Rebus

June 21 – September 03, 2011
Simon Lee gallery - 12 Berkeley Street – London

The use of industrially manufactured items rather than handmade goods or, as in the tradition of art, of objects, surfaces and photographic images made directly by the artist, represents a method and a system which in waves is ever present through the last Century to the present day. The object in question can be presented by itself, assembled with other objects, incorporated into a “traditional” painting or sculpture, manipulated, distorted, or framed within a purpose-made structure. In all these cases and any other variation, it is the context of the exhibition space which above all causes the work to be seen, enjoyed and consumed as a work of art.

Almost 100 years after Duchamp’s urinal artists still seem to count on the meanings of the objects rather than on their own practical or technical abilities. The exhibition REBUS (meaning “by means of objects”) defends the idea and the attitude of many contemporary artists from different generations whose works are easy to do and complex at the same time. Objects and their displays are still full of meanings to be discovered and questioned by the public. The exhibition, curated by Mario Codognato, includes works by Vedovamazzei, John M Armleder, Mircea Cantor, Merlin Carpenter, Matias Faldbakken, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sherrie Levine, Sislej Xhafa, Heimo Zobernig.

Image above:
JOHN M ARMLEDER
Zakk Wylde II, 2008
Acrylic on canvas, electric guitar
Painting: 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 in. (120 x 120 cm.)
Guitar: 40 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (102 x 35 cm.)

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MIRCEA CANTOR
Underestimated consequences, 2011
garlic, powder-coated steel
41 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 in. (105 x 100 x 100 cm)

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MERLIN CARPENTER
Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down, 2011
Heater, electricity

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MATIAS FALDBAKKEN
Liquor Sculpture, 2010
32 Liquor bottles
Dimensions variable

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MATIAS FALDBAKKEN
SCREW PIECE #2, 2010
Magazine, screws, plywood
38 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 5/8 in. (98 x 45 x 1.5 cm)

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MATIAS FALDBAKKEN
SCREW PIECE #3, 2010
Magazine, screws, plywood
21 3/8 x 11 x 1/2 in. (54.3 x 28 x 1.3 cm)

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HANS-PETER FELDMANN
Floewr Pots
Set of 10 plastic flower pots for the wall
Dimensions variable

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SHERRIE LEVINE
Shoes, 1972
Mixed media
6 1/2 x 2 in. (16.5 x 5.1 cm)

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VEDOVAMAZZEI
Father, 2010/2011
Jacket, 500 euros in the pockets in 1 euro coins, coat hanger
36 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 5 1/8 in. (93 x 60 x 13 cm)

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SISLEJ XHAFA
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2011
credit card, human hair
9 x 3 7/8 in. (23 x 10 cm)
vitrine and plinth dimensions: 63 x 23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (160 x 60 x 50 cm.)
Edition of 1 + 1 Ap

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SISLEJ XHAFA
quietude, 2011
shopping trolley, cobblestones
38 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 20 5/8 in. (97 x 90 x 52.5 cm)
Unique

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HEIMO ZOBERNIG
Untitled, 2005
6 Projection rolls
98 3/8 x 137 3/4 in. (250 x 350 cm)

All images: Courtesy Simon Lee Gallery