The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, May 22, 2018

British artist Tris Vonna-Michell exhibits new work at Metro Pictures in New York   
Tris Vonna-Michell, installation view at Metro Pictures, New York, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.

NEW YORK, NY.- Presenting a range of installation-narratives for his first exhibition at Metro Pictures, Tris Vonna-Michell exhibits a new sound edit combining hahn/huhn (2003-ongoing) and Leipzig Calendar Works (2005-ongoing), which recalls the peaceful 1989 demonstration of East German citizens at the Ministry for State Security, or Stasi, district headquarters in Leipzig. Merging this with descriptions of a feverish initiative to destroy incriminating documents before citizens stormed the agency’s Berlin headquarters, Vonna-Michell’s chronicle becomes a patchwork account of the months leading up to German reunification. Here, signals and pulses, repetition and overlay are edited in the recording to correspond to the slide sequences he displays on anachronistic projectors. As Vonna-Michell seems to earnestly meander through his monologue he alludes to the crafted structure of the very story he is telling, and suddenly the credibility of the words he speaks and the images he presents are cast into fiction.

Vonna-Michell develops his narratives over extended periods of time, altering and adding to them to make each of their iterations unique. Listening to his studio recordings, aural performance documentation, or abstract speech compositions, which he refers to as “audio poems,” one is spellbound by the dizzying stream of his words. Vonna-Michell’s installations beguile his audience with ostensive objects and projected images as his monologues reconstitute their respective histories and significance. It is the rapid-fire of his words however—whether heard on overhead speakers, headphones or in a small live audience—and methodical combination of fact with fiction that serves to disrupt his listeners’ otherwise stabile sense of time and space and enmesh them in an adaptation that suspends doubt and distance.

Vonna-Michell’s 2009 Jeu de Paume exhibition “Finding Chopin: Endnotes 2005-2009,” is the result of the artist’s everevolving research into the iconoclastic French concrete poet, independent publisher, graphic artist, and, for a time during Vonna-Michell’s youth, neighbor, Henri Chopin. After several attempts to meet Chopin and one brief encounter before his death in 2008, Vonna-Michell set out for Paris to unearth the obscure poet’s work. The resultant exhibition presented an assortment of ephemera collected during Vonna-Michell’s time in the French capital, which in the context of the show, were read as artifacts as dubiously related to Chopin’s life and work as they were genuine. A version of the installation-narrative Finding Chopin (2005-2009) is exhibited at Metro Pictures.

Tris Vonna-Michell was born in 1982 in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom. His one person exhibitions include: “Finding Chopin: Endnotes 2005-2009,” Jeu de Paume, Paris; “Studio A: Monumental Detours / Insignificant Fixtures,” Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy; “Auto-Tracking-Auto-Tracking,” Kunsthalle Zürich; and “Tris Vonna-Michell,” Witte de With, Rotterdam. His work has been exhibited in group-shows at institutions and biennials that include: X-Initiative, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; 5th Berlin Biennale, Kunst-Werke, Berlin; Performa 07, New York; and Manifesta 08, Cartagena and Murcia, Spain.

Metro Pictures | Tris Vonna-Michell |

Today's News

September 22, 2011

Tate Britain unveils John Martin's lost masterpiece for the first time in almost a century

The Rijksmuseum presents Johan Maurits & Frans Post: Two Dutchmen in Brazil

Sotheby's contemporary art evening auction to be highlighted by four masterworks by Clyfford Still

Marlborough Gallery presents an exhibition by Red Grooms on the theme of New York

Exhibition of artwork by Brigitte Kowanz, Shirley Shor, and Ingo Günther at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Sotheby's to sell the BAT Artventure Collection formerly known as the Peter Stuyvesant Collection Part III

South African artist William Kentridge exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Chiara Parisi appointed new Director of the cultural programs at the Monnaie de Paris

British artist Tris Vonna-Michell exhibits new work at Metro Pictures in New York   

Exhibition of photographs in the spirit of alchemy at Galerie Guido W. Baudach

Picasso and Braque: first exhibition to unite works from pivotal years at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Major collection of antique telephones will keep collectors "engaged" at Morphy Auctions

Russian art gets younger, less politicized as fourth Moscow Biennale opens

Florian Maier-Aichen's defiant new works at Baronian_Francey in Brussels

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers' fine jewelry and timepieces auction realizes over $3 million

Sotheby's sale of the philatelic collection of Lord Steinberg brings a total of $4.2 million

Rare blue diamond by Bulgari sells for 1.9 million pounds in Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale

Swedish artist target of murder plot

Bonhams Fall salon jewelry and watches sale a starry success

Frieze Art Fair 2011 announces works to be installed at Sculpture Park

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

Related Stories

Paulina Olowska Shows Paintings and Knitted Sweaters at Metro Pictures

Berlin-Based Artist Andy Hope 1930 Opens "On Time" at Metro Pictures

T. J. Wilcox Introduces Three New Films at Metro Pictures

"Midnight Matinee" by Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures

Metro Pictures Exhibition Features Robert Longo, David Maljkovic and John Miller

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful