Monthly Archives: September 2013

Wednesday September 4, 2013

“Do not touch doubtful things” at ribordy contemporary, Switzerland

We are delighted to present Erik Lindman’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Over the past six months, the artist has developed a new series of both large and small scale paintings to occupy both floors of the gallery.
From the aesthetics (as well as politics) of waste, Lindman explores abstract painting and its position within contemporary art. Discarded elements retrieved by the artists are physically integrated into these paintings. These surfaces become a reflection on the act and idea of painting. In this way, scratched Perspex, stained leather or protective surfaces are used as a starting point – or a motif – for abstract compositions. In this new body of work, the materiality of paint becomes increasingly present eo ipso. Paint mirrors, and yet parodies, the waning tangibility of these obsolete quotidian elements in an increasingly virtual world.

While giving a generous place to chance and accident in the creative process, Lindman is also interested in the notion of failure and editing. Sections of canvas from unsuccessful paintings are given new life, as in works like in ‘Harlequin’ and ‘Harlequin 2’, where a former painting is literally split and made into two new original works.
In Lindman’s paintings, one can often observe empty surfaces, shaped by the removal of cut canvas or other material. Empty or blank or silent, these surfaces can be seen as blurry screens or as spaces for projection. Key to these paintings, this tone was clearly articulated by Aoife Rosenmeyer in a recent review:

“When Maurice Blanchot wrote The Death of the Last Writer in 1955, he could not have foreseen our information-flooded age, yet he already identified the author as a figure that ‘imposes silence on this speaking’ – the speaking being the insistent, vain noise of the void around us. That speaking has since become a cacophony: we need authors and artists to tickle, torment and subdue it more than ever, and Lindman demonstrates this … [in an] orchestrated moment of stillness.”

Aoife Rosenmeyer, A Grammar of the Accidental, frieze d/e, n°153 March 2013

Exhibition from September 12 to November 2, 2013
Opening on September 12, 6-9pm, in presence of the artist, at the occasion of the Nuit des Bains

ribordy contemporary
7b boulevard d’Yvoy, CH-1205 Geneva T +41 (0)22 321 75 63

Wednesday September 4, 2013

“The Stand In (or A Glass of Milk)” at The Museum of Public Fiction, Los Angeles

Curated By Alexandra Gaty & Lauren Mackler
The Stand In (or A Glass of Milk)

We are proposing an exhibition whose arrangement is unstable, whose parts accumulate and change over time. An exhibition, like a surrealist exercise; nonlinear, non-narrative, symbolic and referential. During three months, in three configurations, we will involve artists whose work mirror these ideas. Artists who flex material and content to stand-in for something else: a still life for a portrait, a film for a performance, a performance for a painting, a painting for a sculpture, a sculpture for a photograph. A presentation, in iterations, within which we play with the promise that the exhibition is a medium in itself. This new series includes artists from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Paris, London, and Berlin, with works by: Trisha Baga, Scott Benzel, Gabriele Beveridge, Lucas Blalock, Nina Canell, Marieta Chirulescu, Isabelle Cornaro, Deanna Erdmann, Erik Frydenborg, Amy Granat, Nathan Hylden, Barbara Kasten,Erik Lindman, Shana Lutker, Alex Olson, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Rachelle Sawatsky, Sara VanDerBeek, Erika Vogt and Rosha Yaghmai. Populated by happenings, performances and screenings in collaboration with: Karen Adleman, Lindsay August Salazar, Scott Benzel, Brendan Fowler, Taisha Paggett and Flora Wiegmann.

From: The Museum of Public Fiction
749 Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
[email protected]
Friday September 6th from 7-10pm
Phase 1: An Unbiased Teal
Friday October 4th from 7-10pm
Phase 2: An Unabated Isle
Friday November 8th from 7-10pm
Phase 3: An Unstable Idea
With performances in between…