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THANKSGIVING & DIVINE FELONY

By EDDIE MARTINEZ & JAMISSON BROSSEAU, VINCENT SZAREK, TROELS CARLSEN

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THANKSGIVING & DIVINE FELONY

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THANKSGIVING

An exhibition by Eddie Martinez & Jamison Brosseau

OPENING: FRIDAY JANUARY 13. 2012. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 04. 2012.

In Thanksgiving Martinez and Brosseau meet as friends and mutual admirers. Each presenting 7 new works that reflects on their current whereabouts on the artistic map.

Eddie Martinez (b. 1977, US) has created 7 works on paper. In these new works, Martinez’s figuration is lending space to abstraction, while remaining distinctly Martinez. Martinez has developed a very concise end engaging visual vocabulary over the years and it is remarkable to watch it expand. His work takes influence from abstract expressionism, the CoBrA movement and neo-expressionism. Artist movements celebrated for their skill and innovation within the fields of drawing and painting. Like these, the work of Martinez is instantly engulfing, touchingly honest and original. Eddie Martinez has recently shown with Peres Projects in Berlin, Patricia Low in Genova and Saatchi Gallery in London.

Jamison Brosseau (b.1976, US) has created 7 new paintings on panels. Brosseau’s work hoovers with ease somewhere between figuration, abstraction and the geometric. Humans and things are concentrated into iconic shapes and silhouettes that recount the essence of their former presence. In this sense Brosseau’s tableaus are about pattern recognition, and if you let yourself wonder, there are many stories to be experienced.
Jamison Brosseau has recently shown in New York with Dodge Gallery and Participant Inc.

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DIVINE FELONY

A solo exhibition by Vincent Szarek

OPENING: FRIDAY JANUARY 13. 2012. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 04. 2012.

DIVINE FELONY is Vincent Szarek’s (b.1973, US) first solo exhibition in Scandinavia.
Szarek’s artistic practice revolves around contemporary culture, exploring and engaging American iconography in a distilled minimalist fashion. At first glance the slick and beautiful finish of Szarek’s work could be misread as an homage or ironic pastiche on the subject matter, but quickly it becomes apparent that the highly detailed and labor intense execution is an agent for contemplation.

The exhibition takes its title from two famous American prostitutes. Divine was arrested with British actor Hugh Grant in 1995 while preforming oral sex. In 2011 Felony also became an infamous media sensation over night due to her relationship with American actor and sitcom star Charlie Sheen. Both names are executed in sequins, attached to nails, in meter high gothic letters on the gallery walls. The work and title reflects on the nature of the crime, celebrity culture gone wild on so many different levels and on the current nature of our society. No judgment is passed, but it’s hard not to feel a sting of accountability.

In another work a pair of cherries akin to those found on slot machines and in numerous bad tattoos, is presented, suspended in mid air from the ceiling, with chrome stems and high gloss fiberglass dark red cherries, the size of handballs. Mundane iconography presented in a fine art disguise and context. Subversion of image and meaning is a reoccurring strategy in Szarek’s practice. A sparkling golden half star, projecting a mixed aura of military precision and authority and nouveau riche decadence, reveals itself as objectified representation of a hemp leaf. In Szarek’s work, high and low, Americana, minimalism, subcultural iconography, and references to custom bike and surf culture seamlessly merge.

Vincent Szarek has recently (2011) exhibited with Leo Koenig, New York, the exhibition Hi-Fi Chassis received critical praise in The New York Times. Other recent exhibitions include Almine Rech, Paris and Galerie Nicholas Ruzicska in Salzburg. In 2003 he had his first solo exhibition at P.S.1 MoMA, New York. The artist has recently relocated from New York to Los Angeles, where he lives and works.

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SIPPING FROM THE MIRRORS

An exhibition of lithographs by Troels Carlsen in The Depot

OPENING: FRIDAY JANUARY 13. 2012. TIME: 17.00 - 22.00
EXHIBITION PERIOD: JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 04. 2012.

In 2010 Danish artist Troels Carlsen was selected to create a special edition for the art fair Volta Basel in Switzerland. Every year the fair has a tradition of selecting one promising international artist to create an artwork to commemorate that year. Troels Carlsen created a limited-edition lithograph, with a unique hand-painted intervention or detail in his signature style, making each piece distinctive in itself. Carlsen’s work embodies a thematic unity exploring human existence and challenges the idea of a single, unified truth, and poses questions about our social, biological and historic heritage to which we are all linked.

Carlsen has returned to a signature image or theme that he uses rarely now, but one that populated much of his early work: the ape and its relation to humanity. Here the excited Macaque monkey is portrayed as a reflection of Man -- in fact the artist himself -- or vice versa. Like a playing card, the image is inverted to portray a classical dualism. The image of the monkey and the self-portrait are hand-drawings executed in crayon directly onto the lithography stone; other motifs are hand painted or applied with collage to the lithographic print, making each piece entirely unique.

As these works have never been shown outside Basel before, we thought it was about time to rectify this by presenting 10 editions from the series in our project room The Depot.

The print was made in collaboration with Edition Copenhagen one of the leading lithographic workshops in Europe, founded in 1959. The print is a lithographic stone print, 2010. Size: 76 x 56 cm. On Velin Arches 250 gr. Cotton Paper.

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