The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 25, 2018


Sophie Jung develops a new sculptural installation at Blain/Southern
Sophie Jung, Come Fresh Hell or Fresh Hell Water, Installation View, 2017, Courtesy the artist and Blain/Southern. Photo: Peter Mallet.


LONDON.- For the second in Blain|Southern’s new series of exhibitions, collectively titled Lodger, its curator Tom Morton has invited the artist Sophie Jung to develop a new sculptural installation, accompanied by a performance that exists as both a live event and a looping video work. For this exhibition, Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water, Jung will transform Blain|Southern’s lower gallery into an environment that recalls at once a bunker, an ice cellar, a Brechtian stage set, and a dressing room. Scale, here, is subject to sudden glitches, and the most mundane of objects – coffee mugs, shower curtains, hat stands ­– hum with histories, ironies, and a simmering sense of fury.

Jung is a storyteller. In her sculptural installations – and the performances and texts that attend them – she weaves free-wheeling, deeply idiosyncratic, and sharply funny narratives, which draw on everything from pop culture to philosophy, the idlest of thoughts to the most heartfelt of convictions. Both objects and language are prone to slippage in this work. Form and content is always shifting shape.

From one angle, Jung’s practice might be described as a skewed form of ‘show and tell’, in which she uses live monologues and audio and video soliloquies to introduce visitors to the objects she’s assembled in the gallery space. But if her performances begin life as a loose verbal (and gestural) commentary on the ideas embedded in her sculptures, then they very quickly grow into something else, like an annotation that has overrun the margin of the page, and spilled into the outside world.

The self that Jung presents in her monologues is chronically digressive, and given to making cavalier leaps of logic. By turns gawky and swaggering, sultry and manic, easily distracted and full of desperate focus, she seems driven by the need to link up her every stray thought, no matter how disparate, letting nothing go to waste, until her words begin to resemble a sprawling, eccentrically edited wiki. A partial inventory of what Jung terms the ‘things/concepts/objects/stuff’ that feed into Come Fresh Hell or Fresh High Water includes: Van Gogh’s 1886 painting Shoes (the most pondered over footwear in Western philosophy); the similarities between Winnie the Pooh and Voltaire’s Candide; the military bearing of many of Henry Moore’s busts; Brecht’s Mother Courage; Hélène Cixous’s notion that women ‘write in white ink’; her own grandmother’s long-hidden artistic practice; wheelie bins; aeroplane emergency doors; ice packs; permafrost; the layout of Sigmund Freud’s study; the DNA restriction enzyme known as NotI; and Billie Whitelaw’s 1973 performance of Samuel Beckett’s one-person play, Not I. From such material, Jung braids her narrative. We might think of her as a hybrid of a Google-enabled bricoleur and the Basler Schnitzelbänggler – a jester-figure who features in the carnival of Jung’s sometime-home town of Basel, and who holds up a mirror to the world’s hypocrisy, folly and vice.

Just as Jung destabilises her sculptures by treating them as something approaching props, she appears to frequently derail her performances, falling prey to hesitations, salty asides, bursts of song, Tommy Cooper-esque object gags, and groan-inducing puns. Storytelling, here, is not about authority, or beginnings, middles and endings, but about the contingency of knowledge, and of meaning. It is also about taking pleasure in the dexterity – and the multiplicity ­– of a single human voice.

A publication accompanying the exhibition, with texts by Sophie Jung and Tom Morton, will be available from 16 December, 2017.





Today's News

December 1, 2017

The Museo del Prado's nearly 200 years of history available now on its website

Prehistoric women were stronger than modern rowers

Hauser & Wirth announces worldwide representation of the Estate of Eduardo Chillida

McNay Art Museum announces major acquisitions of African American art

'Spiderman' nearly squashed at birth, says creator Lee

Neil Young's spectacular collections of model trains, classic cars & guitars for sale at Julien's Auctions

Gagosian Hong Kong presents a selection of paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst

The Cleveland Museum of Art announces major initiative to address lack of diversity in art museums

Exhibition of women artists of the Modern British period on view at Aidan Meller

Exhibition at Ben Brown Fine Arts spans eight decades of German painting

Sophie Jung develops a new sculptural installation at Blain/Southern

L.A. artist releases alphabet book of eccentric 30 characters

Capitain Petzel opens second solo exhibition by visual artist and musician Stephen Prina

Michael Jackson's impact on art revealed in new show

Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts appoints Catherine Opie to its Board of Directors

Treasured icons of modern design available at Bonhams auction

The Approach opens exhibition of works by Jack Lavender

Fully stocked with hundreds of hard-to-find items, smart vending machines to launch in Dubai

Cyril Power's Sunshine Roof leads Bonhams Prints & Multiples sale

Irene de Andrés explores the complexity of postcolonial relations in exhibition at Fundació Joan Miró

Taka Ishii Gallery opens a solo exhibition of works by photographer Lynn Stern

Alicia McCarthy exhibits new drawings and large scale paintings at Jack Hanley Gallery

Mobile games: Where to get inspiration for map art?

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Galerie Miranda opens exhibition of works by Marina Berio

2.- Restorers unveil original face of Belgium's 'Mystic Lamb'

3.- Classic Beauties unveils the sensual enchantment of Neoclassicism

4.- Exhibition presents a dramatic survey of five hundred years of Spanish painting

5.- Glasgow blaze guts one of world's top art schools - again

6.- The Prado opens the first major monographic exhibition on Lorenzo Lotto's portraits

7.- Cleveland Museum of Art announces new acquisitions

8.- A record setting necklace, diamonds & gemstones propel $1.9 million in jewelry sales at Rago in June

9.- Czech Art Nouveau painter Mucha's masterpiece finds home after 90 years

10.- Exhibition at The Laing Art Gallery explores the garden as a "stage" for the extraordinary



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, .

 

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


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

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