Market Forces (15 September – 27 October 2018)

Market Forces

a group show / curated by Nick Hackworth
15 September – 27 October 2018

Opening Saturday 15 September, 17 – 20 hrs
Performance by Aukje Dekker at 19 hrs

Atelier van Lieshout / Aukje Dekker / Ceel Mogami de Haas / Claire Fontaine / David Birkin & Mariam Ghani / Desiree Dolron / DIS / Ed Fornieles / Gabriele Beveridge / Guillaume Paris / Jake & Dinos Chapman / Jeremy Hutchison / Keith Coventry / Leo Fitzmaurice / Martha Rosler / Michael Pybus / Tony Heywood & Alison Condie / Wayne Horse / Yoan Mudry

 

Guillaume Paris, Mégane (Hommage à Franz Fanon,2005, 80 x 80 cm

Guillaume Paris, Mégane (Hommage à Franz Fanon) 
2005, ed. 5, 80 x 80 cm

A group show of work that variously critiques and co-opts the techniques of mass-markets, often succeeding in both at once. The exhibition comprises both historical and recent work, mapping out creative responses to the steady intensification of consumer culture engendered by the dominance of neoliberalism from the 1980’s onwards.

Opening the exhibition are artists who have faced and responded to this trend from early in their trajectories, with works like: Martha Rosler Reads Vogue (1981), the artist’s seminal deconstruction of the magazine’s iconography, Untitled (1988), Atelier van Lieshout’s sculptural appropriation of beer cases and various examples from Guillaume Paris’ critical examination of commodity culture from the 1980’s onwards.

The exhibition’s narrative arc brings us to a present where younger artists derive their vocabulary from within a landscape of consumption. Whether as adaptive mechanisms or underhand critiques, their works are articulated in the spectacle’s very language: DIS’s Thinkspiration (2016), an ironic conflation of philosophy and brand culture, Gabriele Beveridge’s elegant manipulations of retail aesthetics and Ed Fornieles’ insidious Finiliar series, which makes use of the latest devices in empathically focused, corporate marketing strategies.

A central question haunts the exhibition and the works within it:
In which forms and in what kinds of spaces can art exist, when the realm of self-fulfillment has been so ruthlessly colonized by consumer culture?

Market Forces was curated by Nick Hackworth, Creative Director of Modern Forms, a London based art collection and platform. www.modernforms.org

 


Songs (4 augustus – 8 september)

#4     Athanasios Argianas
Andreas Ragnar Kassapis

‘SONGS’

 August 4 – September 8, 2018

Andreas Ragnar Kassapis (2018), Hoing Torture (projector), oil and pencil on wood panel. 40×50

 

Athanasios Argianas (GR, 1976) lives and works in London and Athens. Solo exhibitions include EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), The Barbican Art Gallery (London) and The Serpentine Gallery (London). Notable group shows include Kunsthalle Wien, Fondazione Prada Milano, Ca Corner Venice and Tate Britain in London. In 2012 his work was featured in the Biennale of Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2013 at PERFORMA Biennial New York, and in 2017 at Documenta 14, Kassel. Argianas is taking up residence this september at the Camden Arts Centre (London), ahead of a major solo exhibition in 2020.

 

Andreas Ragnar Kassapis (GR, 1981) lives and works in Athens, Greece. Notable group shows include Documenta 14 in Athens (2017), SMFA in Boston (2014) and Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2013). He also participated in the 2nd Athens Biennale.

 


Yellow Paintings

#3  YELLOW PAINTINGS
PETER SCHUYFF
21 June – 21 July 2018

Front space: The Great Peter Schuyff Art Robbery, Eliane Gerrits

 

Peter Schuyff (NL, 1958) came to prominence in 1980’s New York, alongside the likes of Philip Taaffe,  Peter Halley and Ashley Bickerton, part of the loosely defined ‘Neo Geo’ movement. His signature style is a kind of proto-digital, geometric abstraction.

His most recent body of work Yellow Paintings (2018) is the 10th in a sequence which he started back in 1979 in Vancouver, Canada. That same year Dennis Hopper shot his film Out of the blue there, and used the very first of Peter’s yellow works as a backdrop in one of the scenes. Every four years or so since then, Schuyff paints a series of pictures in yellow, white, grey and black; always in acrylic, on paper.

Peter has painted this series over the past four months in his studio in Amsterdam North, adjacent to HE.RO. The twenty-seven works, which are exhibited for the first time, are light hearted and often humorous; playfully referring to American contemporaries such as Christopher Wool, Robert Indiana or Richard Serra and suggesting a subtle yet evident irony.

The use of multiple vanishing points lends a 3D perspective to the images, which carry the proto-digital, geometric abstraction that make them immediately recognizable as Schuyff’s.

The works seem to be part of an enormous psychedelic exhibition space, a gallery or museum, in which the yellow texts and structures are sculptures on display. In this fictional exhibition, black-and-white versions of Peter’s well-known oil paintings are often seen hanging on the walls, creating a museum within a museum, a world that belongs to the artist himself and to whom the spectator is invited to take part of.

In the Frontspace: The Great Peter Schuyff Art Robbery
Instead of showcasing moving images, this month HE.RO’s Frontspace features stills. Eliane Gerrits (NL, 1960), who studied both graphic design and painting, calls herself a draughtsman: an illustrator, cartoonist as well as a painter. This is her very first gallery solo-exhibition.

Following Peter’s suggestion to portray him, Gerrits ultimately decided to make a series of 20 large drawings (180 x 140 cm), which form a comic story. The hilarious narrative depicts an art robbery which ends up as an exhibition in Japan, and features elements of Peter’s fascinating biography, in which many of his illustrious friends (Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone – to name a few) make a guest appearance.

 

Peter Schuyff, RADIATOR (2018), acrylic on paper, 150 x 300 cm

Peter Schuyff, BISCUIT (2018), acrylic on paper, 150 x 190 cm

Peter Schuyff, CALL THE POLICE THEY CANT HEAR YOU I AM THE POLICE (2018), acrylic on paper, 150 x 200 cm

Eliane Gerrits, The Great Peter Schuyff Art Robbery #cover (2018), acrylic ink on paper, 180 x 140 cm


Into The Woods (21 April – 9 June 2018)

#2  INTO THE WOODS
21 April – 09 June 2018

In his manifesto The Barbarians (2006), Alessandro Baricco describes a cultural shift where the rule of the elitarian few (aristocracy, church, intellectuals, cultural elite), has been replaced by the rise of young ambitious outsiders. The works exhibited in ‘Into the Woods’ playfully illustrate how technological innovation has mutated our cultural values into a rapid experience along the surface of things. The exhibition explores the state of global culture and how connectivity is changing the way we experience it.

Into the Woods features new works by Daniel Boccato (BR, 1991), Stevie Dix (BE, 1990), Rindon Johnson (US, 1990), Thomas van Linge (NL, 1989), Dustin Pevey (US, 1980), Victor Payares (CU, 1985), Gino Saccone (UK, 1979) and Lara Verheijden (NL, 1990).

Furthermore, @theoffice we present ‘I Will Be Wolf’, a solo exhibition by photographer Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942). In 1975 she made a series of black-and-white photographs capturing daily life in metropolitan Hungary. I will be Wolf brings together many of these beautiful and never-before-seen images with the editorial direction of renowned British photographer Stephen Gill. Her snapshots of commuters, grocers, chemists, café workers, and street vendors contain all the hallmarks of a bygone era, before the grip of globalisation was able to make its mark on the country. Imbued with an air of ambivalent nostalgia, the series takes its title from the poem Grief by the Hungarian poet József Attila.

For enquiries, please send an e-mail to office@hero-gallery.com, or call Gabriel Rolt at +31(0)625005374.