This Sunday (Sept 9th) @ GAllery -able in Neukolln. Come by at 21h00 for the weekend opening of Angie Eng’s ‘Executives’ and catch myself on the analogue visuals and Audrey Chen (Cello/Voice/Analog electronics).
8 September – 8 October 2012
Opening/vernissage: 8 September 6-9pm
This is Angie Eng’s first European solo exhibition where she presents a series of paintings and animations, The Executives at Gallery
-able in Berlin. Every decade has its celebrity type. In the 60’s it was the protester, the 80’s it was the singer, the 90’s the dotcom start up. Today it’s the CEO (chief executive officer) and tomorrow perhaps, the architect. Rather than turn the financial crisis into a plea of injustice, Eng approaches this subject with a Jungian and sociological eye. The executive is grouped as a power authority archetype reduced to a suit and tie. Lopping off the head is not meant as a violent statement. She eliminates the entire body and redraws the psyche as thought patterns visualized by line and gesture.
Also on view are her one-liner animations that expand upon her drawings to her preferred medium, moving images. In Coop (the title is a double entendre of Co-operative and chicken coop) eggs hatch and bounce from their collars to the ground. InBudgetary Peace Cuts, debt figures swarm around like mosquitos to the sound of machine guns and slot machines.
Eng is known for her contribution to experimental video in New York City especially during the 90’s when artists continued the tradition of avant-garde analogue video art with new technologies. Like many of her peers, Eng was formally trained as a painter and later self-taught in digital arts. She regards herself as a symbolist before committing to any media as a title, such as ‘painter’, ‘video artist’, etc. If one is familiar with the diversity of mediums in her previous art, then one not be surprised to witness: an experimental video/music performance, a photography installation or an internet-based piece.
Other video works by Eng will be screened the evening of September 9th prior to a concert given by Audrey Chen, Wouter Jaspers and Stan Stencil at the gallery.
Located in the Neukölln district in Berlin, gallery –able promotes the work of artists from a wide range of contemporary culture and seeks to contribute to the development of cultural activities in the neighborhood. The space allows emerging artists to exhibit their work. Through art exhibitions, film screenings, performances, concerts, lectures, etc. the venue provides a wide range of cultural practices.
-able is an experimental space that focuses on multidisciplinarity art that fosters relationships across artistic domains.
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