Thursday 8 December 2011

Kendall Koppe / LAYING DOWN AND KISSING THE LOVE IN THE MIST, Part 1 - curated by Laura Aldridge / Preview 15 Dec 7-9pm


Part 1 - Ree Morton
15th December - 14th January 2012

Preview: Thursday 15th December 7-9 pm - Join us for drinks and mince pies
Gallery will be closed for the holidays between 24th Dec - 7th January 2012


I want to make a presentation that draws on the American artist Ree Morton, whose work and writings about her work I have been invested in over the last several years. Fragments of her writings and her emotionally changing and critically honest relationship to her work have held something of me in them at times. She makes space within the work for her relationship to others and her relationship to places within language to unfold, but with a certain hard fought ease or lightness. At the same time the work does not explain itself away, you have to come to it. These are things I admire.


Kendall Koppe is pleased to present Laying down and kissing the love in the mist , part 1 & 2 . The exhibition takes the performance work made by American artist Ree Morton in 1976 as its catalyst. Morton worked throughout the 1960s and 70s developing her own critical and artistic trajectory in relation to structuralist theory, surrealist literature and emotional experience. Armed with her own directness of attitude Ree Morton's work offers a distinctive framework to contemporary visual art practices today. Her insistence on the intuitive as part of a rigorous and theoretical approach makes her work relevant to current practices that explore spaces within the subjective, and their possible reflection on embedded behavior and habitual relations of knowledge and power.

The exhibition curated by artist Laura Aldridge seeks to develop a creative space where moments within the work of Morton and the participating artists may be expanded and held open as a possibility. Laying down and kissing the love in the mist will take place in two parts. The first presents the documentation of Morton's The Maid of the Mist performance at ArtPark , New York with an exhibition design by Laura Aldridge. Part 2, opening on the 20th of January will feature newly commissioned art works and performance by Neil Bickerton, Kathryn Elkin, Anna Mayer, Jess Flood-Paddock and Louise Shelley, anchored by an existing piece by Caroline Achaintre. This gradual reveal of the exhibition's distinct chapters will allow these works to sit alongside one another while encouraging a reading of the different relationships at work within each practice. The careful handling of these, often intuitive, relationships is key to the exhibition.
About the artists:

Laura Aldridge (b. 1978) lives and works in Glasgow. She graduated from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include Cairn, Pittenweem, Fife; Studio Voltaire, 2011; Cat's are not important, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2010); The workshop survived because we love each other, Glasgow Sculpture Studio, Glasgow (2007); and Social Dynamism, Calarts, Los Angeles (2005). She has a forthcoming solo exhibtion at the CCA, Glasgow in February 2012.

Caroline Achaintre (b.1969 Toulouse) lives and works in London. She graduated from the MFA programme at Goldsmiths College in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include Couleur Locale, Arcade, London; Novelty, Mirko Mayer, Cologne and Visor Visitor, Fake Estate, New York. She has also participated in group exhibitions in LOG, Bergamo; Oechsner Galerie, Nuremberg; Waltraum, Munich; Timothy Taylor Gallery, London and The Saatchi Gallery, London.

Neil Bickerton lives and works in Glasgow

Kathryn Elkin (b.1983) lives and works in London. Her research is most commonly realized through live performance, video or writing as proposed performance. Recent exhibitions include 21st Century program at Chisenhale Gallery, (London, 2011), The Hole, (London, 2011), with Sue Thompkins and Oliver Rees and 'What we Make With Words' at CCA (Glasgow, 2011). Her work has been published by Sternberg Press, 2HB and gnommero.

Anna Mayer lives and works in Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from CalArts in 2007. Moving between collectivity and introspection, Mayer attempts to establish an "outcantatory" practice that uses language, fire, and intention to propose relationships encouraging embodiment and the rejection of discreet, linear modes of reception. In 2010 Mayer had a solo exhibition at Sea and Space Explorations in Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Night Gallery (CA), Cerritos College Art Gallery (CA), A.I.R. Gallery (NY), Karen Lovegrove (CA), and Klaus Von Nichtssagend (NY). Mayer recently completed her WORD THE WORD series of guided listening sessions at the Experimental Meditation Center of Los Angeles. In addition to her solo practice, Anna works with Jemima Wyman as part of the collaborative duo CamLab. In the first part of 2012, CamLab will stage three events at MOCA in Los Angeles as part of its Engagement Party series.

Ree Morton (b.1936 - 1977) , an artist who is virtually unknown in Europe and has recently been rediscovered by a growing American audience, was of the generation of Eva Hesse and Paul Thek. Not unlike them, she challenged conceptual art and the orthodoxy of 1970s minimalism by fusing elements of historic art, aspects of ritual, and decor with the analytical rigor of a structural mapping of space. Her thinking drew on a great variety of literary, philosophical, and ethnological sources

Jess Flood-Paddock (b.1977, London) lives and works in London. Educated at The Slade and The Royal College of Art. Forthcoming projects include a solo show at Grimm Gallery Amsterdam and Britain Creates 2012 a collaboration with fashion designder Jonathan Saunders.Recent exhibitions include Gangsta's Paradise at the Hayward GalleryProject Space, London (2010, curated by Tom Morton), The Grid System A Regime: SpartacusChetwynd & Jess Flood-Paddock at MCA, Malta (2010), Sacrifice at Swallow Street, London (2010,curated by Sarah McCrory), Phyllida Barlow & Jess Flood-Paddock at the Russian Club, London (2009)and Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2006). She was commissioned to make a short film for Channel 4and Frieze Foundation Film Commissions 2010.

Louise Shelley (b.1982) lives and works in London. Co-editor of 2HB she also works at The Showroom coordinating the Communal Knowledge programme and as Education Curator at Studio Voltaire. She occasionally produces work in collaboration with other artists, these have included; Laura Aldridge, Giles Bailey, Kate Morrell and Kathryn Elkin

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