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Spirit Your Mind

Curated by Marie Maertens & Anissa Touati / Chalet Society

This exhibition was originally presented on the occasion of the last edition of Art Basel Miami Beach at Free Spirits, a mythical bar typical of Miami’s atmosphere with its wooden bar, television monitors, regulars customers and contemporary art aficionados. Spirit Your Mind offers a live experience. Upon entering the bar, one might notice nothing peculiar as the screens are still broadcasting moving images, except that except that upon closer inspection it’s not the news or sports that are playing on the monitors, but artists’ videos. In turn mesmerizing or new age, documentaries or inspired by the spirit of television, digital animation or poetic reveries, they create a subtle but palpable evolution of feeling within the bar. Today, Spirit Your Mind is on DAD to empathize the viewer’s experience.

I'm from the Stone Age

SD Video - 2015 - 02:50 min

Roamings

HD Video - 2015 - 04:34 min From its first work in the early 1990s, Kolkoz has constantly gambled – literally and figuratively –with the effects of simulation. Every one of their works is a duality – of a reality, a person or a shape – created by modelization. In its simplest form, simulation is a specific mode of generating illusion, as a way to move between a physical and virtual reality. The artistic work undertaken by Kolkoz is based on activating the powers of representation through the transactions and exchanges that occur between what is virtual and what is real. Transforming the mundane into the hyper-mundane is therefore an esthetic act that has real political impact. First, because improving the powers of reality means that its nature can be profoundly modified through use. Second, transforming the mundane into the hyper-mundane is a gesture in which impact can be viewed as meta- physical, as it incites areflection on the nature of reality. Kolkoz have a network internationally and are known for their artistic practise, interventions in performance, installation, nomadic sculpture and sound. Their performance hosts to the artworld and dance-floors around the world they have invented a language through music and culture that is unparalleled with their social sculpture parties. They have been celebrated for their contribution to contemporary art and social libations and exhibited in Mexico City, Paris, New York, Dubai and participated in a panel discussion on the social aspects of art in a relatively progressive science experiment and sound lecture with Simon De Pury. Represented by Galerie Perrotin (Paris, Hong-Kong, New-York), one of the most influential French galleries in the industry, Kolkoz has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in UCCA Beijing, Wentrup (Berlin), Perrotin (Paris) and OMR (Mexico City) Gallery, at The Museum of Modern Art (Paris), Fondation Ricard, BASS Museum (Miami). Their artwork has been acquired for the collection of public institutions at Beaubourg Centre Pompidou and The Museum of Modern Art of Paris in Paris, France, the Fond National d’́Art Contemporain in Bordeaux, France, and Colección Jumex in Mexico City, Mexico. Their work has also been acquired for private collections in France, England, Mexico, Argentina, and Dubai.

Aranjuez

SD Video - 2002 - 03:31 min Gonzalo Lebrija’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition Deriva Especular at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City in 2011. His project R75/Toaster was featured at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow in 2012 as part of the Moscow Photobienniale. In 2013, his work was seen at the 13th Istanbul Biennial, as well as in the solo exhibition, Possibility of Disaster, curated by Humberto Moro at the Center for the Arts in Monterey with a catalogue designed by the Spanish publishing house This Side Up, and also at Faggionato Ltd in London. This year he has had major exhibitions in institutions such as Marfa Contemporary, Texas; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico; and La Casa Encendida in Madrid.

Post Prelude (Cave Painting)

HD Video on loop - 2015 - 12:00 min Adam Henry (b. 1974 Pueblo CO) lives and works in Brooklyn NY.  He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and a double major BFA in Art and Art History from the University of New Mexico. His most recent solo exhibition was at Meessen De Clercq Gallery (Brussels, Belgium) in 2015.  Recent group exhibitions include Villa Merkel (Esslingen, Germany), Kansas Gallery (New York), Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York), Lucien Terras Gallery (New York), and Stefan Lundgren Gallery (Palma de Mallorca, Spain). Adam Henry is represented by Meessen De Clercq Gallery, Brussels, Belgium. 

Etat d'âme, State of the Mind

HD Video - 2015 - 17:22 min Etat d'âme, State of the Mind is a film project directed by artist Rafaela Lopez. The film combines both fiction and documentary genres as well as employing the structure of reality TV shows. "Etats d'âme" is a french expression without an accurate english translation. The translation would be situated somewhere between the literal translations "state of mind" and "state of soul”. However, "state of the mind" is not a synonym or translation of "états d'ame". It is a subtitle that raises the game of relationships between the expression's nuances of meanings, between intuition and conception. Etat d'âme, State of the Mind, follows the lives of a group of sculptures, made by artists from the Royal College of Art. Although the artists feature in the film, it is the sculptures which are conducting a daily retrospective, metaphysical and reflective speech upon their own existence. Participant artists: Saelia Aparicio - Philippe Darendinger - Jamie Fitzpatrick - Laura O'Neill - Valentina Pini - Natalie Price Hafslund - Lucia Quevedo - Marco Strappato - Sam Tierney - Julia Varela Original music: Andrew Claristidge (Acid Washed) - Benjamin Blaquart - Crash Normal - Diederdas - Anne-Sophie Le Creurer - Sarah Maison - Mother - Rhodes Tennis Court - Maxime Peloni Jingle conception : Benjamin Magot Direction of photography : Margaux de Sermoise Graphic design : Virginie Diner  Visuel effects : Jonas Stuckenbrock Rafaela Lopez studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD), Villa Arson (Nice) and the Royal College of Art (London), where she graduated in July 2015. She has a sculptural as well as a collaborative practice through projects which employ pop culture, and organizes collaborations from different fields such as art, music or synchronized swimming. Her projects create communities and experiments from the perspective of the individual participating in a group, of the artist and his work integrating a group exhibition - using sculpture as a veritable protagonist. Her work has been shown in such venues as Studio Voltaire (London), Camden Art Centre (London), Flat Time House (London), Paul Smith (London), Centre National d'Art Contemporain de la Villa Arson (Nice), Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Paris) …

You'll Be Okay, 2014

Courtesy David Castillo Gallery

In The Mouth of the Tyrant, 2015

In the Mouth of the Tyrant, 2015 follows the slow descent of the sun setting into the crater of the still-smoking Mount Stromboli — a phenomenon that occurs once a year, around August 15.

Behind: Øndskapstrand, 2015

Chloe Wise’s Behind offers a comedic blurring between reality and fiction. Set in Boca Raton, Florida, the video follows Wise and Norwegian snowboarder Mikkel Bang as they perform the roles of a newly-formed Norwegian black metal band, Ondskapstrand. Sliding between biography and theatricality, Wise toys with our expectation of millennial flippancy and her irresolute branding as an artist, all the while insisting on occupying non-sequitur and clashing realities. The images and recitations in Behind never fully meld; Wise dons corpsepaint in pools and on the beach, her parents (said to be funding the project) appear alongside her while the lyrics and documentary suggests Wise’s contempt for them, and Bang and Wise, in the guise of Ondskapstrand, complain regularly of their lobster meals and brands of water offered at the Standard Hotel. Behind generates a surplus of meaning, with multiple conflicting identities converging onto Wise who gallantly performs this symbiosis of personas.