South likes: Burn These Eyes Captain, and Throw Them in the Sea!! at Rodeo Gallery, IstanbulSouth likes: Burn These Eyes Captain, and Throw Them in the Sea!! at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul
Burn These Eyes Captain, and Throw Them in the Sea!!
Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
14 November 2013 – 8 February, 2014
The new group show presented by Rodeo Gallery, Burn These Eyes Captain, and Throw Them in the Sea!!, gathers some works by artists who decided to look at useless things discarded during everyday life and contemplated the metamorphosis in their shape and function after they become finished products. Goods become a medium to experience the performativity of production and their simple classification determines just a stage in a process of endless transformations.
Leads the way a body of works by the late Běla Kolářová, questioning more or less stereotyped aspects and representations of femininity with her painterly use of cosmetics. A similar use of commodities is chosen by Ian Law, who uses fridge doors to create neat juxtapositions of simple forms, while the work of Eloise Hawser takes a slightly different perspective on the second life of industrial products, playing around the coexistence of the manufactured and the handmade with a composition made of shower doors and a proposal for a corporate office space. A series of Tamara Henderson’s paintings engages with the use of coarse and bristly matte surfaces—courageous materials if one considers the title, Corpse Reviver Suite, referring to a cocktail said to be lost in time and able to make things better or to ‘less worsen’ them. The small sculptures of Ron Nagle conceptually close the circuit, rendering an eclectic and original body of works, build in many years of painstaking research.
It is in a mix of different ages, birthplaces, and styles, that a common research brings together these works, which, curated together into a new view on materials, succeed in strengthening a confident effort in a playful craftsmanship.