The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, August 3, 2015


Hayward Gallery Project Space presents 'What's Love Got to Do With It'
Ilona Sagar, Soft Addictions, Photo Embassy Gallery 2014 © the artist.
LONDON.- To coincide with the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love (28 June - 31 August 2014), Hayward Gallery Project Space presents a group exhibition that explores the verbal and visual languages of love and the many ways that such ‘gestures’ are mediated through social and cultural codes. This exhibition premieres a specially commissioned programme of site specific performances as well as new sculptural works.

The participating artists Anna Barham, William Cobbing, Sharon Hayes, Joanna Piotrowska and Ilona Sagar share an interest in exploring the particular emotional and physical choreography of intimacy and the paradoxical power-shifts that accompany longing and desire.

The works take different approaches to investigating specific constructs of love and how it is influenced by external forces. Beyond the intimacy between individuals, the exhibition addresses wider concerns and societal forces which shape our experience of love and intimacy, including the ways in which politics, popular culture and the built environment affect language and the body.

William Cobbing tackles the possibilities and processes of love through a selection of video works and a new series of kinetic sculptures using oil-clay. Through scenarios that position a struggle to overcome obstacles alongside a failure of communication, the desire to ‘blend’, to come together, yet be empowered and liberated is ultimately rendered unattainable.

The mechanics of romantic speech, and language are appropriated in both a film piece by Ilona Sagar and in an audio installation by Sharon Hayes. Every lunchtime during a working week in September 2007, Hayes emerged from the corporate headquarters of UBS in midtown Manhattan, to speak to an anonymous lover. Her addresses, which form the basis of this work, weave comments on and about personal longing and desire with comments about politics, war and the trauma and dislocation of living in a moment of war. Sagar’s work also treads a line between lover’s address and political message; mixing the sensual with bureaucratic jargon. Alluding to the language of love letters and erotic fiction, both works expose our accustomed use of universal modes of expression to overcome the difficulties of verbalising individual feelings.

Anna Barham disrupts the emotion of a familiar 1970s disco classic love hit by using dictation software which which repeatedly interprets and mediates the live voice reading the lyrics out loud. Recalling the format of 'chinese whispers' or exquisite corpses, the newly 'interpreted' text is in turn read by a subsequent participant. Each new reading generates its own interpretation, resulting in a series of misinterpretations which turn the familiar expressions of love into a chain of subtle displacements and slippages of meaning.

In Joanna Piotrowska’s black-and-white photographs love is shown as a carefully staged and choreographed physical endeavor. Using bodies to form almost sculptural arrangements, she conveys a series of disconnected moments of intimacy. Our reading of these portraits is further complicated when we learn that they are of siblings, parents, and other family members presented in stark contrast to traditional family portraiture.

Curated by Dominik Czechowski, Rahila Haque and Eimear Martin, What's Love Got to Do with It seeks to uncover the complex frameworks that surround the way we as individuals and as a society articulate ‘love’, and to confront its inherently intangible nature and universal significance.





Today's News

July 25, 2014

Archaeologists find burial of unusual characteristics in the Mexican State of Sinaloa

Cantor Arts Center unveils 3 transformative gifts: Works by Warhol, Diebenkorn, and Lawrence

AGO to present major retrospective of NYC art-world legend Jean-Michel Basquiat in winter 2015

Suspected works by Degas, Rodin recently found in German art collector Cornelius Gurlitt's flat

Elizabeth E. Barker appointed Stanford Calderwood Director of the Boston Athenæum

J. Paul Getty Trust announces Lord Jacob Rothschild to receive second annual J. Paul Getty Medal

Portrait of lead Suffragette Christabel Pankhurst goes on display for the first time in eighty years

Crisis engulfs the Metropolitan Opera in New York, world's richest opera company

Yale Center for British Art to conserve iconic Louis I. Kahn building, and close temporarily in 2015

Bonhams to offer ex-1930 Mille Miglia class winning OM 665 SS MM Superba at Goodwood Revival

Two rare Aboriginal shields realize over $45,000 and two new global fine records set at Clars

Winterthur announces book: 'Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850'

Nelson-Atkins Alexander Gardner exhibition documents vanishing frontier

Transient gallery pays tribute to black-and-white analog photography

Debut installation of Peabody Essex Museum's new curator of Chinese and East Asian art

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Geta Bratescu / MATRIX 254

Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata hangs three works at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hotel

ArtCenter debuts Brazilian artist Laura Vinci's first U.S. show

New Chief Curator announced for the Whitechapel Gallery

Hayward Gallery Project Space presents 'What's Love Got to Do With It'

Technokinesis: For five hours a day, works at Blum & Poe hum in unison

Bill Watterson's return to comics: Pearls Before Swine comic art auctioned for Parkinson's Research

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- A second life for the 'blue gold' that once brought riches to France's southwest

2.- Britain's WWII tunnels rediscovered after six decades buried as a forgotten time capsule

3.- Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei arrives in Germany, says Britain restricted his visa

4.- 'Feeding the Empire: Tales of food from Rome and Pompei' on view at Ara Pacis Museum

5.- Exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland

6.- British actress and singer Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take name off crocodile handbag

7.- Smithsonian Institution reveals identities of four lost leaders of Jamestown

8.- Rare medieval panel purchased by the National Gallery thanks to Ronald S Lauder

9.- Teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth in one of the world's most important prehistoric sites

10.- Exhibition presents all 17 works by Hopper in the Carnegie Museum of Art's collection



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
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org 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