Rita Ackermann and Harmony Korine "Shadow Fux"

Swiss Institute Contemporary Art

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Swiss Institute presents the first exhibition of the collaborative work of New York artist Rita Ackermann and Nashville based director Harmony Korine. The show consists of large-scale paintings on vinyl and canvas, several drawings as well as two films, creating a grand presentation with dissonant overtones.

Renowned for seminal works in the respective mediums of film and painting, Harmony Korine and Rita Ackermann meet and overlap with their shared interest in unorthodox and mischievous beauty. Central to the praxis of both is the creation of psychologically jarring figures, whose presence is further enhanced by fragmented narratives.

Shadow Fux, the artists’ first collaborative presentation aims to create a veritable alien, who stalks the viewer from the fringe of the exhibition space. Taking the recent film Trash Humpers (2009) as its point of departure, the exhibition features large scale works in which Ackermann and Korine have collaged, painted, and drawn over stills of the film’s beguiling young bodies with old faces. Produced in a call and response method, the collaboration illustrates the importance of cutting to both artists’ works. Editing and splicing, Ackermann and Korine insert absurdist moments into narrative tropes, subverting plotlines and ultimately defying our expectations towards story telling. Bmxhex (2010), a towering collage, is composed of two scenes––a redheaded half-figure standing on an abandoned mattress, and, grafted onto it, a quarreler sitting on a BMX, ready to take off. The composition is a phantom for the split personality, which runs throughout the show.

The eerie paintings and their filmic complements are an unyielding monument to the freak, the hysteric, the rake, and the eccentric. In the painting, sekret clubs(2010), a family of coquettish elders emerges from a thick coat of paint, which has been scraped down, reworked, and built up again. This rising ruin finds similarity in an adjacent film,POTS AND PANS(2010), a never before screened work of Korine that documents a deaf Cuban family as they bang on pots in a boozy scene. The lunatic beats ricochet throughout the gallery, while remaining unheard by the players themselves.

Saturday, January 15 | 4:00 PM

Dan Graham and Harmony Korine
Dan Graham and Harmony Korine will talk about comedy in films such as Elio Petri's The Tenth Victim, Billy Wilder's Kiss Me Stupid, as well as the comedic styles of Jerry Lewis as opposed to Dean Martin.

Saturday, January 22 | 4:00 PM

Peter Doig, Charline von Heyl, Rita Ackermann
Internationally renowned artists Peter Doig, Charline von Heyl, and Rita Ackermann will discuss the use of allegory as applied to painting. A critically rich topic, they will examine the overlap between collage and painting--the opposing desires to subvert and to fix.



from November 24, 2010 to January 30, 2011
See description or venue's website

Closing Reception on 2011-01-30 from 14:00
Closing day 2pm reading by Chris Kraus and Jeremy Sigler. Gallery hours will be 12 - 5PM.

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