Do you want to go on a date with me? … No? … Let’s just be friends, Then? Dennis Tyfus at Kunsthalle São Paulo
At KUNSTHALLE São Paulo the Belgian artist Dennis Tyfus (1979, Antwerp) presents the exhibition – his first solo show in Brazil, curated by Marina Coelho – Do you want to go on a date with me? … No? … Let’s just be friends, Then?
The artist, based in Antwerp, is one of the most active players on the European underground scene of the last decade. Tyfus draws, paints, takes photographs, makes films, plays noise music, sings, makes CDs, cassettes or LPs, does parodies, writes and publishes zines and books, hosts a radio show on Radio Centraal in Antwerp, is a performer and manages the cult label Ultra Eczema, which has produced the work of obscure bands, as well as emerging figures and famous visual artists incognito. His trademark crosses, with originality, scant traces of condensed imaginary that ranges from writing to outsider art, to the most vernacular forms of art brut, and to dada and optical art. Fascinated by the possibilities in every form of subversion – that he triggers permanently, as a live performer – Tyfus compulsively collects materials for a body of work that covers visual art, illustration, music publishing, and more generally, graphics. His work can be found online constantly updated on his website, as well as through his highly irreverent but influential international fanzines. For all these reasons, it is impossible to know in advance what Tyfus will perform live.
Daily experience and humour are central to Tyfus’ work. Several weeks prior to arriving in São Paulo, he was interviewed and photographed by a Belgian magazine. Tyfus then proposed the production of a collage out of the photos, rather than the magazine using the original portraits. The resultant artwork led to the title for the exhibition at KUNSTHALLE São Paulo – Do you want to go on a date with me? … No? … Let’s just be friends, Then? — and to a fictional dialogue between two imaginary protagonists.
The title forms the basis for a number of works in the exhibition: a publication (Ultra Eczema 203), sculptures, oil paintings and a specially-recorded soundtrack, all of which play out scenarios originating from the aforementioned dialogue.
Special thanks to musician Kris Delacourd
KUNSTHALLE São Paulo – Rua dos Pinheiros, 411 – Pinheiros – 05422-010 São Paulo – SP – Brazil
29 October – 28 November 2015
For further information about the artist visit http://www.ultraeczema.com/