John M Armleder - EXTRA CONTENT Elad Lassry

John Armleder

26.11.2009 | 03.02.2010
Celebrating the long-lasting relationship between Galleria Massimo De Carlo and John M Armleder, who have been working together for more than twenty years, Carlson is proud to present an exhibition of the Swiss artist in London. The works that were selected to the show originate from Armleder’s known interest for the imagery of Christmas. In fact, during the last ten years the artist has given a Christmas Party, held annually in Geneva, his hometown. For this famous event, he invites friends and famous characters from the international art scene to join him in his celebration of Nativity. At the same time, these works can be seen as a twisted version of his famous Furniture Sculptures, that he has been creating since the 1990’s. These works consist of installations that usually juxtapose furniture with monochrome or abstract paintings. In this case, the artist changed the pieces of furniture for the typical seasonal decorations, such as trees, crowns, balls and lights, on which he either applied drippings of acrylic paint and glitter, or he displayed in relation to a canvas that functions as a background. Walking around John Armleder’s room, full with Christmassy objects, the viewer is surprised to discover some seemingly hidden photographs of people or objects that have an appealing but also retro look. These are Elad Lassry’s contribute to the exhibition, the second part of Carlson’s EXTRA CONTENT program, in which we invite another artist to act like a virus, incorporating his own work inside another show, thus forcing a dialogue or a crack. There is a similar attitude between John Armleder and Elad Lassry’s creative process in the use of found materials and its subsequent elaboration. In fact, the Los Angeles-based Israeli artist either uses images he found on magazines or he makes photos that are similar to commercial photography from the 70’s and 80’s. Then he introduces delicate modifications that produce new approaches to the past formal appearance. In this case, the portrait of a girl, a series of bunnies and the an image similar to a kitch wallpaper continue with his post-picture approach and open a humorous dialogue with John M Armleder works. They become commodities, almost hidden Christmas gifts, showing the other side of the Christmas objects that surround them.
John Armleder

John Armleder è nato a Ginevra nel 1948, ed è qui che vive e lavora.

La sua carriera abbraccia cinque decenni e sintetizza molti degli sviluppi estetici associati a quel periodo. Studente di Fluxus a Ginevra negli anni '60 e fondatore del gruppo Ecart, Armleder è stato poi associato, negli anni '80, al concettualismo neogeometrico. Armleder, rinomato per la varietà del suo lavoro, combina lo spirito Fluxus e la pittura astratta, il readymade e la scultura, la performance e grandi installazioni. Come pittore, scultore e artista performativo, Armleder pone costantemente interrogativi su cosa sia l'arte, su cosa possa fare e su cosa sia consentito. Dalle installazioni di dimensioni ridotte ai dipinti astratti, dai quadri geometrici costruttivisti alle sculture di mobili e alle carte da parati con motivi, la sua arte assume, per sua stessa ammissione, gli attributi della pittura suprematista, della scultura minimalista, dell'arte concreta e dei readymade dadaisti, tra gli altri movimenti.

Le sue opere sono presenti nelle collezioni permanenti di molti musei, tra cui il Centre Pompidou di Parigi, il Museum of Modern Art di New York, il Long Museum di Shanghai, Cina, il Getty Research Institute di Los Angeles, il Kunstmuseum di Basilea, Svizzera, la Fondazione Museion - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bolzano e il Moderna Museet di Stoccolma, Svezia.

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