2015 Summer Show
Yoshii Gallery is proud to present a group show with Sonia Gomes, Kathy Prendergast, Franz West and Berlinde de Bruyckere.The exhibition challenges our interpretation, connection and engagement of familiar found objects.
Brazillian artist Sonia Gomes (b. 1948, Caetanóolis, Brazil) creates multi-dimensional structural sculptures using fabric, thread, and objects that she found or that were gifted to her. Gomes manipulates these found materials through seamstry and mechanics. By sewing and twisting these fragmented found objects together, Gomes honors the previous history and importance of the objects, symbolizing the racial and emotional issues that are apart of some Brazilians. Simultaneously, she tells her own history as an artist of African descent married with her strong indigenous Brazilian cultural influence.After starting her career at 45 years old, Gomes has quickly become an internationally recognized artist, commanding significant influence to younger Brazilian artists. She has garnered international attention, specifically from Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Her works have been exhibited in the 56th Biennale di Venezia (2015); Museu Afro Brasil, Sao Paulo (2013); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (2013); Kunsten-Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark (2013) and Cidade Matarazzo, Sao Paulo Brazil. She lives and works in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Kathy Prendergast’s (b. 1958, Dublin, UK) early series of works were concerned with the dieas of territory and colonization, with maps as a metaphor for control and references to Ireland and its struggle for independence. Her works showed an extensive variety of maps from physical geography – “The City Drawing” a monumental project of several hundred delicate hand-drawn street plans of the world’s capital cities, to personal geography – “Body Map” series where Prendergast painted cross sections of the female body which was thought to symbolize unchartered territories not yet tamed.
In the 1990s, her attention turned to works centering on the themes of sexuality, identity, landscape, and power. Prendergast began to decontextualize and manipulate everyday objects, which have histories familiar to viewers, such as family clothes, photographs, and genetic maps into enigmatic surrealist hand-painted bronze sculptures. This allows viewers to reevaluate their own interactions with these every day objects, resulting in a timeless interpretation of love, memory, and loss.
Prendergast was awarded the Premio 2000 in 1995 for best young artist at the Venice Biennale after displaying “The City Drawing”, which was subsequently shown at the Tate Gallery, London. She has also been widely exhibited including; the Sydney Biennale, the ICA, the “0044” (an exhibition in 1999/2000 which toured MoMA PS1, New York), Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo. She is represented in the public collections of Tate Gallery, London, The British Government Collection, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Arts Council of Ireland, the Albright-Knox Museum, Buggalo, New York, the Santa Barbara University Museum, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery Dublin as well as international private collections based in Ireland, Great Britain, Europe, and the United States. She currently lives and works in London, UK.
Franz West (b. 1947 d. 2012, Vienna, Austria) belonged to the generation of artists exposed to the Actionist and Performance Art era in the 1960s and 70s that challenged the traditional relationship of the artwork and viewer, where art was seen as autonomous. Instead, his idea of an artwork being completed is trhough the physical interaction of the artwork and viewer. This results in an ingition of ongoing internal reactions, uniting both form and function of the object and ultimately forming a conversation between artwork and viewer. His sculptures, objects and collaboration with other artists have found a way to differenitate themselves from the world in which they are made to exist in. “It doesn’t matter what the art looks like, but how they are used,” West said. Despite West’s playful nature as a man and the lewdness of his sculptures, he was a serious, self-taught reader and thinker of philosophy, psychoanalytical literature, the power of the abject and the seriousness of the absurd.
West’s works are fixtures in international exhibitions such as Documenta and biennales internationally, as well as major public collections including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and MAXXI, Rome. West was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime achivement at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011.
Berlinde de Bruyckere
Multimedia artist Berlinde de Bruyckere (b. 1964, Belgium) desires to restore the ability to disturb the public, teetering on the line between safety and discomfort. By using symbols that most viewers can connect with, such as humans and horses, she conveys a feeling of safety through familiarity. Subsequently, the positions that she puts her sculptures and illustration in revokes discomfort and paint, completely what she intended. While she considers her sculptures to be individual pieces of work, she views her drawings as one consistent body of work connected by the concept that it is her execution and evolution of her ideas.
Despite her being such a young artist, Bruyckere is incredibly established. Her opening exhibition was in 2003 at the Venice Biennale in the Italian Pavilion and since then she has become a powerhouse of success, while still remaining true to her ultimate message of reminding her audience of the possibility of pain.