Steinar Haga Kristensen + Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
Das Loch der Kranke Prophet.
4/3/2011 – 27/3/2011
Opening Friday March. 4th - 6.30 to 9 PM
Exhibition runs through March. 27th
Rod Bianco is proud to present a duo show with Steinar Haga Kristensen and the Belgian artist duo Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys.
“As the post-modern multiculturalism fails to invent an alternative to the modernist universalism, our lingual situation is vulnerable yet potent. The exhibition “Das Loch der Kranke Prophet” consecrate this situation.”
Steinar Haga Kristensen
DER KRANKE PROPHET
Montage with guest performance, by Laone dos SANTOS Lopes according to an event score.
Haga Kristensens montages contains diverse artistic gestures ranging from event-scores and painting to video and performance. After publishing his “catalogue raisonné”, retrospective – on the un-subjectified persona, Torpedo press, 2009) he has been developing staged theatrical readings of the exhibitions. These “ideal readings” devote an uncanny occupation of potentially communicative expressions.
The exhibit is not solely objects of passion, lust or representation, nor a dumb variation of an exuberant culture, but rather a bold and heroic, resurrection of authorship.
Steinar Haga Kristensen (f.1980) is educated at Kunstakademiet i Oslo (MA), Akademie der bildenden künst, Wien and Sydney Collage of art, Sydney.
Kristensen has been nominated for the Carnefie Art Award 2012. He
lives and work in Brussels and has recently opened Gallery D.O.R with the Performance group D.O.R.
Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
(2010, 25 min)
The films shows the slow decay of Johannes, an old romantic painter. Assisted by his cruel wife Hildegard and his acquaintances Fritz, Tommy, Rikko and Rokko, Johannes slowly fades away into the black hole of death.
The collaborative work of artists Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys is rooted in a folksy, tragicomic sensibility
honed into an experimental dramaturgy. Their video and photographic work use simple, symbolic sets, including the paradigmatic spaces of home, battlefield, urban periphery and community hall. They have engaged a recurring cast of nonprofessional actors as well as invented or adopted personae spanning the forms of puppets, dummies, plush animals, makeshift robots and rejected toys. These characters continually rehearse power dynamics and emotional entanglements, creating worlds not unlike our own, yet more focused, bizarre and bleak. The artists seek ways to confront marginal, incapacitated, lost and alienated subjects without defining these ‘others’ in sociological terms. In this sense, and especially in their novel use of a ghoulish humour, De Gruyter and Thys broaden the scope of reflection on socially produced behaviour.
Jos de Gruyter (1965) & Harald Thys (1966) is educated at the Institute for fine arts, Sint-Lukas Brussel, film and video section, Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht. Fine Arts Department (Harald Thys) and Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, Fine Arts Department (Jos De Gruyter). They both live and work in Brussels.
Jos de Gruyter og Harald Thys has recently had solo exhibitions at Culturgest, Lisbon; Kaleidoscope, Milan; Pro Choice, Vienna; Dépendance, Brussels (alle i 2009); Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2008). They have attended many group exhibitions inkluding: The Filmic Conventions, FormContent, London; All That is Solid Melts into Air/The Thing, MUHKA, Antwerp; Un scene, Wiels; The Invisible Hand, Sommer Contemporary Art project space, Tel Aviv; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (all 2009); Manifesta 7, Trento; When Things Cast No Shadow - the 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art, Berlin (begge 2008); The Go-Between, de Appel, Amsterdam (2007); La Belgique Visionaire, Bozar Brussels (2005); Marking the Territory, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2001).