Some more pictures of the USA exhibition, showing more of the space:
In the 80s I grew up with the idea of America as a wonderland; I was lucky enough to visit then and it did feel like ‘crossing over’ to another, more dazzling world… Now I can only think of contradictions, complex crossovers of misaligned cultures and ideas. The poster consists of a cross between two images: Brooklyn Bridge is superimposed on a geometric painting that I made after visiting the Alhambra. It is at once the idea of a glorious expansive America we have been fed on and a hint towards the ideological battleground it has become.
Rebecca Partridge is an artist working in Berlin. RP 2013
The place we never quite get to, only in our imagination from books and films. I have been to NYC more times than I can remember, had a studio and exhibited, lived there for months at a time, fell in love, back in the 80’s, been south as far as Washington DC and up to Boston, even spent a couple of weeks in LA and SanFrancisco. But America I do not know…..and perhaps I am more familiar with Amerika on my mind.
This work was made back then, very curvy, playing with the neo geo of the times, more curves than was allowed in strictly modernism revisited.
Vanessa Jackson lives and works in London and went to St Martins Art School and the Royal College of Art. She has shown extensively as a painter with recent exhibitions in London of wall paintings at Sadler’s Wells Theatre and the Café Gallery, Southwark Park.
www.vanessajackson.co.uk VJ 2013
During the USA exhibition, GIG Munich will be posting short individual features on all participating artists. This is the first of the series:
I have always been drawn to American popular culture, specifically to the movies from the 70s, which I watched when growing up in the 80s. Looking back, I find the film Star Wars particularly relevant to my current practice.
The epic struggle between good and evil in Star Wars is a very prominent one and very American in its simplification of moral values. The “good guys” are clearly contrasted with the “bad guys”. This moral branding is a theme throughout the film, ominous music appearing when the Empire is on screen and changing into something lighter and more hopeful with the appearance of the Republic. Darth Vader represents darkness right down to his black uniform as opposed to Luke and Lea’s almost monastic white.
For this show, I wanted to create a Darth Vader logo. Against a plain red background, I coupled the image of his helmet with some flowers, a hippie gesture, which belongs to the troubled American civil rights movement originating in the 60s, but already on the wane by the time the Star Wars films were being made.
GiG Munich is happy to announce that our next show will feature new work by Magdalena Wisniowska. With more details to come soon, we can also confirm that the opening night will take place on the 31st of May!
You can see some of the work below:
And if you need more information, have a look at the following links:
Just to show what some might have missed…
… and to thank all of those who came along! We hope to see everyone soon, for the next planned event in May!