Dear iDEALS, some sad news were announced to me just now. Rena Dumas, interior designer and architect known for her collaboration with Hermes and the beauty she so generously offered to the world, is no longer with us.
Dear iDEALS, Athens AMP gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Afterlife, the solo show of Dutch-born artist Joep Van Liefland (1966), on Thursday 7 May 2009.
The show will span in both spaces of the gallery. The main floor will include the installation ‘Video Palace #28’ within a black wooden container, large silkscreens on canvas, lightboxes, smaller sculptures. In the basement of the gallery there will be self-produced videos such as ‘Donald Judd Faces of Death I’, ‘Men and Depressions I, II’, ‘Major Meat II’ and silkscreen posters.
‘Video Palace’ is an open-ended artwork, which the artist has been installing in different locations (art spaces but also the public realm) since 2002 and is based on two activities of the artist: the creation of a massive video collection and the production of his own films, where the protagonist is mostly himself. Van Liefland’s video collection spans from B to Z movies: erotic, horror to promotional tapes for companies, travel, pet movies, propaganda and informational films.
For his own films, Van Liefland uses the iconography of the videos he collects but breaks down their format in order to produce new meaning and reflect thus on the medium. In his own words, his films are ‘poetic de-reconstructions’ of existing media.
His paintings are also referential to the media culture. They deal with serial commodities which were originally produced for media storage and have been transformed. Van Liefland has a great interest in media that shift from new to avant-garde commodities and end up being anonymous. His paintings could be seen as mechanically assembled reproductions of serial commodities. Afterlife is an archaeology, an exploration of the territory of the video medium. Released from any nostalgic concerns, Van Liefland’s work reveals its deep concern in the multifaceted existence of video: its technical development, distribution, content of films, its copy element, its different market segments, the stores and its contextual relation to art.
Crucial to Van Liefland is what the artist calls 'media-entropy', a term which refers to the media formats which are in decay. 'Media-entropy' refers to the transformations on information, on a cultural level but also to the physicality of the media – video is bound to the body and the changes in infrastructure – video shops and rentals that are gradually disappearing. Joep Van Liefland lives and works in Berlin. He runs Autocenter, a non profit artist-space in Berlin. Afterlife is accompanied by a catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition by AMP.
May 7, 20:00, AMP , 26 Epikourou and 4 Korinis street.
Dear iDEALS, last night I watched a wonderful dance performance-play somewhere in Koukaki. The protagonist, Stavros Apostolatos touched my heart... I am posting some photos of an older performance of his, Mont Valmont, with Maria Gorgia.
Dear iDEALS. friend Nicola Formichetti has just sent me a preview of his new collaboration with Hedi Slimane. The shoot is exclusively for the internet users. I am posting some of the photographs. The rest can be seen on Nicola's blog or Hedi's Diary.