Over the last few years, New Zealand-born Berlin-based artist Zac Langdon-Pole has cultivated a practice of elegant, if at times uncanny, elisions. His recombinations of objects, words, and images—poetry, meteorite fragments, literary translations, furniture, photographs, mollusk shells—emphasise, with a fine-tuned lyricism, the...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
For this installation I’ve taken images from Italian Vogue, Zoo magazine, Artforum, gardening books etc. to build a fantastic version of Wall Street. Although it has no direct connection to the original film, the installation creates a similar atmosphere of greed and excess, set against the background of money, art and New York.
I’ve lived in New York so the work touches on a subject I love. I find the close connection of art and money fascinating, as well as the supposed good taste that it implies.
The starting point for this piece was the economic downturn. I found myself stuck at home watching endless movies, MTV and searching the internet, when previously I was always on a plane travelling to art fairs or living in New York and Paris.
There’s no art where I live. I made this lonely connection to art the subject of my work, using ASAP Rocky, Andy Warhol, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Tracey Emin, Frederico Fellini, Paul McCarthy etc. as my subjects. Endless movie titles triggered each body of work as I appropriated images.
The installation The Making of Wall Street 2015 is silent, with a few tinsel curtains and black and yellow painted walls. Party chandeliers and balloons droop as Wall Street takes a hit. The collages are rough and licentious like the subject.
I’ve previously ‘re-made’ the films La Dolce Vita (1960) as The Making of La Dolce Vita 2011 and 8 Mile (2002) as The Making of 8 Mile 2012 at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Overall, I’ve done about 100 re-makes as DVD projections, collages, installations, backlit photos and wig stretchers. Many more are under way.
- Jacqueline Fraser, 2015
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