Autumn 2009 at Magasin 3
July 21, 2009
The Israeli artist Smadar Dreyfus is interested in how meaning is created as well as distorted in the meeting between that which we apprehend with our eyes and that which we hear. The exhibition at Magasin 3 will focus on her latest work, a large-scale installation calledMother’s Day (2008). where she investigates the roll of the voice in the cultural context and how it functions as intermediary between the individual and the collective. Dreyfus distinguished herself at the 2005 Istanbul Biennial with her acclaimed work Lifeguards of the same year.
The exhibition at Magasin 3 will be her debut in Scandinavia.
”Wall Drawing #422”, November 1984
Courtesy Estate of Sol LeWitt
First installation: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
First drawn by: A. Sansotta, M. Schouten, W. Starkenburg, W. Wolff
The room (or wall) is divided vertically into fifteen parts. All one-, two-, three-, and four part
combinations of four colors, using color ink washes. Color ink wash.
Sol LeWitt holds a special position within the group of prominent Minimalists and Conceptual artists that were so pioneering at the end of the 1960s and beginning of the 70s. He drew directly on a wall for the first time for an exhibition in 1968. For the remainder of his life he continued to work with what he termed wall drawings and investigated every line combination imaginable. Initially he restricted himself to horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines before expanding his geometric lexicon.
”Wall Drawing #123”, 1972
Courtesy Addison Gallery of American Art, Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. 1991.20 gift of the artist, Addison Art Drive
Copied lines. The first drafter draws a not straight vertical line as long as possible. The second drafter draws a line next to the first one, trying to copy it. The third drafter does the same, as do as many drafters as possible. Then the first drafter, followed by the others, copies the last line drawn until both ends of the wall are reached. Pencil.
The exhibition at Magasin 3 comprises works that like an artistic grammar focuses on his use of lines, that are visually chaotic, that emphasize the architecture and that are seductive color spectra. The artist is quoted as saying, ”every door is a wall”. In the exhibition each work leads to the next and rather than the Renaissance notion of painting being a window onto the world, the wall drawings are doors that lead the viewer into a world of ideas.
”Wall Drawing #85”, June 1971
Courtesy LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT
First installation: LeWitt residence, New York
First drawn by: Sol LeWitt
Four color composite/pencil. A wall is divided into four horizontal parts. In the top row are four equal divisions, each with lines in a different direction. In the second row, six double combinations; in the third row, four triple combinations; in the bottom row, all four combinations superimposed.
The American artist Sol LeWitt was born in 1928 and died in 2007. A number of retrospective exhibitions focusing on his wall drawings have taken place in the USA since 2000, most notably at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2000), Dia Beacon, New York (2009) and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2008-2033). In Europe the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented a retrospective with LeWitt’s wall drawings in 1984.
2 October – 13 December 2009
Curator: Richard Julin
Opening on October 2, Magasin 3 will be hosting an exhibition with Tal R, born 1967 in Israel and based in Denmark. He describes his artistic style as 'Kolbojnik', the Hebrew word for leftovers:
”I have a pot on the boil all the time and am continuously throwing new material into it”,
Tal R is Denmark's most widely recognized contemporary painter today.
The artist has reached considerable international acknowledgement and was awarded the prestigeous Carnegie Art Award in 2002.
Tal R's art is brightly colored with a deliberately naïve, abstract quality and his exhibitions become a voyage of discovery into a universe with a very direct expressiveness, which celebrates playfulness, spontaneity, imagination and creativity. He is probably best known as a painter but works in a number of media: sculpture, drawing, printmaking, installation, video and textiles. Currently he is also developing the experimental clothing brand MoonSpoonSaloon.
Tal R lives in Copenhagen, where he also has his studio. His most recent solo exhibitions include: Bonnefanten Museum, Holland (2008), Camden Arts Centre, London (2008), Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst, Denmark (2007). He holds a guest professorship at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, which he often “swaps” with colleagues at other art academies.