Galerie Meyer Kainer

Ei Arakawa / Nikolas Gambaroff: Bodycard Testimonials

Ei Arakawa / Nikolas Gambaroff: Bodycard Testimonials

exhibition view 1

Exhibition view 1, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012Saturday, June 16, 2012


Vienna, Austria

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EI ARAKAWA / NIKOLAS GAMBAROFF
BODYCARD TESTIMONIALS

Die Ausstellung BODYCARD TESTIMONIALS von Ei Arakawa (*1977, lebt in New York) und Nikolas Gambaroff (*1979, lebt in New York) in der Galerie Meyer Kainer dreht sich um ein Kartenspiel, das aus 325 Two-Alphabet Monograms besteht.

In ihrer Zusammenarbeit, die im Jahr 2008 begann, entwickelten Arakawa und Gambaroff in regelmäßigen Abständen verschiedene Umschreibungen der Two-Alphabet Monograms. Ursprünglich im Jahr 2009 als eine dysfunktionale, geschriebene und gesprochene Sprache entstanden, bleibt das Projekt in ständiger Entwicklung und findet verschiedene formale und materielle Daseinsformen in Performances, Geräusch, Installationen, Objekten, Architektur und Vorträgen. „One will pat the 25 randomly drawn cards on four different parts of one’s body: Head, Heart, Gut, and Below. The result is your Two-Alphabet Monogram self-portrait, that is Bodycard Testimonial. With this testimonial being voiced out in different abstract modes, one can consult the cards of and on your past, present and future: any questions and concerns. Two-Alphabet Monograms are tools to ST IR UP AN IN TE RS UB JE CT IV EP OE TR YO CE AN.“

In der Galerie Meyer Kainer sind die Two-Alphabet Monograms wie Wohnstätten von Poeten oder Bauten im Stil der Architektengruppe MVRDV angeordnet. Diese sind umgeben von aufblasbaren Menschen, den Betrachtern, Menschen mit Löchern (z.B. im Kopf) und den bodycard-Menschen, die unsere Herzen befragen. Eine andere Variante der Two-Alphabet Monograms ist derzeit in der richtungsweisenden Ausstellung Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language von Laura Hoptman im Museum of Modern Art in N.Y. zu sehen.

Obwohl Arakawa immer im Bereich der Performance arbeitet, Gambaroff sich hingegen stärker der Malerei widmet, teilen beide Künstler ein gemeinsames Interesse an der Befragung der Sprache, ihrer sozialen, psychologischen und formalen Strukturen. Ihr Projekt für die Galerie Meyer Kainer wurde aus dieser Perspektive heraus entwickelt und setzt sich aus neuen Werken der Künstler zusammen.

Die Arbeitsweisen und künstlerischen Haltungen der beiden Künstler zeichnen sich durch eine Reihe von ähnlichen Merkmalen aus: Beiden gemeinsam ist das Austesten von Produktions- und Bedeutungsmöglichkeiten traditioneller künstlerischer Medien wie Malerei, Skulptur, Plastik, Fotografie, Vervielfältigungs- und Druckverfahren und Installation; sie teilen einen experimentellen und improvisierten Umgang mit leicht zugänglichen, gebrauchten und vorgefertigten Materialien; sie spielen mit Ideen der Selbstorganisation des Kollektiven, sowie dem Aktionistischen und operieren insgesamt mit einem performativen Zugang sowohl in den eigenen Werken, als auch im Umgang mit Materialien und Räumen. Das Erproben unterschiedlicher Formen historischer Bedeutungsmodelle von Kunst und Kunstwerken in der Tradition der modernen Avantgarden spielt in ihren Arbeiten ebenso eine Rolle, wie das Variieren von Ideen des künstlerischen Environments als performative Modellsituation des Einbezugs ihres Publikums.

Ausstellungsdauer: 11.5.-16.6.2012

Ei Arakawa (*1977, Japan) lebt und arbeitet in New York. Seine letzten Einzelausstellungen umfassen Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, mit Sergei Tcherepnin (2011), CAC Brétigny, Paris, France, mit Gela Patashuri und Sergei Tcherepnin (2011), DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany, with JXXXA HFBK HH and Yuki Kimura (2011), und Galerie Neu, Berlin (2010). Beteiligungen an Gruppenausstellungen: Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011), Kunstverein München (2011), Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (2011), und Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011).

Nikolas Gambaroff (*1979, Deutschland), lebt und arbeitet in New York. Seine letzten Einzelausstellungen umfassen “Male Fantasies”, White Cube, London (2011), “The seven habits of highly effective people”, Swiss Institute, New York (2011), “Der Herrische Säugling“, Balice Hertling, Paris (2011), “Time is Brain“, New Jersey, Basel (2010). Beteiligungen an Gruppenausstellungen: Kunsthalle Zürich (2009), Kunsthall Bergen, Norway (2010) Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2011), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2012) und Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012).

How to do the Bodycard Reading

Play with two people. One as the reader, the other one as the one to be read.

Person 1 (the one to be read) picks up 25 cards.

Person 1 places each of them on different spots on the board after using them to touch the corresponding part of his/her body: Head, Heart, Gut, Below.

Person 1 places the last card (25th card), the Emphasizing Bodycard, on any outer line that he/she feels like. (Head, Heart, Gut, Below, Pre-Past, Post-Past, Pre-Present, Post-Present, Pre-Future, Post-Future).

Let the last card touch all bodyparts.

Energy Levels: 1 Skyblue, 2 White, 3 Purple, 4 Brown, 5 Black, 6 Red White Stripes, 7 Red

The Sum of the line highlighted by the Emphasizing Bodycard ranges from 7 points to 49 point. 25 points are generally considered the most balanced score.

Read out loud, either horizontally (Head, Heart, Gut, Below) or vertically (Pre-Past, Post-Past, Pre-Present, Post-Present, Pre-Future, Post-Future), the line of cards that the Emphasizing Bodycard highlights.

Person 1 can now ask the reader any 1 question of his/her concern.

Reading Tips:

Head/Mind, Heart/Feeling, Gut/Intuition, Below/Desire
Postive Letter/Lack, Negative Letter/Excess
Right way up/Internal, Upside Down/External
Yearly Bodycard Testimonial (Red Bodycard). See the Poster.

Similarity of the monograms on the field.
Symmetry/Asymmetry of the monograms.
Echoing of the shape.
Symmetry of distribution of Bodycards.

May 2012

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- EI ARAKAWA / NIKOLAS GAMBAROFF
BODYCARD TESTIMONIALS

The exhibition Bodycard Testimonials by Ei Arakawa (*1977, lives in New York) and Nikolas Gambaroff (*1979, lives in New York) circles around a card-game, consisting of 325 Two-Alphabet Monograms.

In their collaboration, which started in 2008, Arakawa and Gambaroff have been working periodically on different instantiations of the Two-Alphabet Monograms. Set up as a dysfunctional written and spoken language in 2009 the project stays in constant flux and found different formal and material existences in performances, sounds, installations, objects, architecture, and speech-lessons.

„One will pat the 25 randomly drawn cards on four different parts of one’s body: Head, Heart, Gut, and Below. The result is your Two-Alphabet Monogram self-portrait, that is Bodycard Testimonial. With this testimonial being voiced out in different abstract modes, one can consult the cards of and on your past, present and future: any questions and concerns. Two-Alphabet Monograms are tools to ST IR UP AN IN TE RS UB JE CT IV EP OE TR YO CE AN.“

At Galerie Meyer Kainer, Two-Alphabet Monograms are arranged like dwellings of poets, or quasi MVRDV buildings. Surrounding those sets of buildings are inflatable men, us the viewers, the men with holes (i.e. on Gut), and bodycardmen interrogating our hearts. A different version, the Two-Alphabet Monograms flags, is currently exhibited at “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language“ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Although Arakawa is working always in performance, Gambaroff on the other hand mainly within painting, both share a common interest in the interrogation of language, its social, psychological, and formal structures. Their project for Galerie Meyer Kainer was developed from this perspective and is comprised of new works by the artists.

Duration of the exhibition: 11.5.-16.6. 2012

Ei Arakawa was born in Japan in 1977. He lives and works in New York. Recent solo shows include exhibitions at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, with Sergei Tcherepnin (2011), the CAC Brétigny, Paris, France, with Gela Patashuri and Sergei Tcherepnin (2011), DAAD Gallery, Berlin, Germany, with JXXXA HFBK HH and Yuki Kimura (2011), and Galerie Neu, Berlin (2010). Selected group exhibitions include shows at The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011), Kunstverein Munich (2011), Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (2011), and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2011).

Nikolas Gambaroff was born in Germany in 1979. He lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include “Male Fantasies”, White Cube, London (2011), “The seven habits of highly effective people”, Swiss Institute, New York (2011), “Der Herrische Säugling“, Balice Hertling, Paris (2011), “Time is Brain“, New Jersey, Basel (2010). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at Kunsthalle Zürich (2009), Kunsthall Bergen, Norway (2010) Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2011), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2012) and Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012).

How to do the Bodycard Reading

Play with two people. One as the reader, the other one as the one to be read.

Person 1 (the one to be read) picks up 25 cards.

Person 1 places each of them on different spots on the board after using them to touch the corresponding part of his/her body: Head, Heart, Gut, Below.

Person 1 places the last card (25th card), the Emphasizing Bodycard, on any outer line that he/she feels like. (Head, Heart, Gut, Below, Pre-Past, Post-Past, Pre-Present, Post-Present, Pre-Future, Post-Future).

Let the last card touch all bodyparts.

Energy Levels: 1 Skyblue, 2 White, 3 Purple, 4 Brown, 5 Black, 6 Red White Stripes, 7 Red

The Sum of the line highlighted by the Emphasizing Bodycard ranges from 7 points to 49 point. 25 points are generally considered the most balanced score.

Read out loud, either horizontally (Head, Heart, Gut, Below) or vertically (Pre-Past, Post-Past, Pre-Present, Post-Present, Pre-Future, Post-Future), the line of cards that the Emphasizing Bodycard highlights.

Person 1 can now ask the reader any 1 question of his/her concern.

Reading Tips:

Head/Mind, Heart/Feeling, Gut/Intuition, Below/Desire
Postive Letter/Lack, Negative Letter/Excess
Right way up/Internal, Upside Down/External

Yearly Bodycard Testimonial (Red Bodycard). See the Poster.

Similarity of the monograms on the field.
Symmetry/Asymmetry of the monograms.
Echoing of the shape.
Symmetry of distribution of Bodycards.

May 2012