Exhibition by American Photographer Gregg LeFevre at Freies Museum, Berlin
3 Voices in my Head: Three exhibitions curated by Shaheen Merali
Freies Museum, Potsdamer Straße 91. 10785 Berlin
April 18 through May 14, 2010. Opening reception: April 17 at 7:00pm
Corporate advertising imprints itself on a city and not surprisingly, a city often talks back. Since the mid-1980s, artist Gregg LeFevre has been documenting this dialog in cities around the world. His photographs illustrate the accidental, premeditated and fleeting ways that a city’s inhabitants—from protestors to pigeons—respond to commercial messaging. His images—straightforward street photography, not collages or digital manipulations—reflect LeFevre’sinterest in documenting the urban landscape exactly as he sees it.
In his Freies Museum installation, LeFevre has stretched a number of large-scale photographic works from ceiling to floor within the industrial interior of the galleries. This recent series explores the concept of subversion. Once an advertising image is released from the safeguards of the corporate studio into the unpredictable topography of the
city, the inherent tensions between commercial mythology and urban reality begin to surface: protestors and graffiti artists respond, urban wildlife plays a part and sun, wind, and rain leave their marks. LeFevre focuses on varied aspects of this dialog between citizens and advertisers.
Curated by the London and Berlin based writer and curator Shaheen Merali, these three exhibitions of artists Gregg LeFevre, Ulrich Volz and Yvette Mattern at the Freies Museum in Berlin will run from April 18 – May 4, with an artists reception on April 17 at 7:00pm. The exhibition’s title, 3 Voices in my Head, refers to the connection Merali has found between the different artists’ work, of which he explains, “In the work produced by all three artists, the one concern that remains stable is their differing relationship to the notion of a globality and its uncontrollable wanton consumption.”
Gregg LeFevre’s work can be viewed at www.gregglefevre.com. Press inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Andrews at 1 347 351 9609 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the exhibition, contact Museum Director Marianne Wagner-Simon at +49 (0) 179 921 2146 or email@example.com
The next exhibition Show II will open on March 12th and run until April 15th and will present the work of Veronika Schumacher, Ingo Fröhlich, Rasso Hilber & Mikko Gaestel, Francisco Montoya, Florian Gwinner, Constantin Hartenstein, Clemens Wilhelm, archivo-video dumbo, Rebecca Loyche and Björk Viggósdóttir. The opening night includes a musical performance by Francisco Montoya, Per Olaf Schmidt and Sebastian Neubauer.
MMX, Open Art Venue e.V.Linienstraße 142/143
general opening hours: Wed 12-22, Thu-Fri 12-18, Sat-Sun 12-19
Exhibition / Salon / Performance with
Elly Clarke, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Linda Franke, Anne Kathrin Greiner, Elisabeth Jugert, Anna-Myga Kasten, Katja Kollowa, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Silvia Marzall, Lätitia Norkeit, Bettina Rave, Karen Scheper De Aquirre, Miriam Steinhauser, Kymberley Ward
Saturday 13th March 2010, 4pm - 10pm
Anyone who thinks Salon Culture belongs to the past is mistaken! Generously (perhaps foolishly?) Clarke Gallery opens its doors to fifteen Ladies, inviting them to present their work in the style of a Salon - as practiced during the 17th-20th centuries.
These fifteen artists met in January 2010. They brought together through their shared "fateful destiny" of the Goldrausch Kunstlerinnen Projekt - of which they are all Stipendium recipients this year. This is the first exhibition these artists have done together and is organised independently of the programme.
With the exhibition title Carte Blanche artists are offered free rein to do whatever they want within the private apartment of Clarke Gallery.
Alongside videos and works on paper are other works created in direct response to the immediate environment of the gallery. The border between furniture and art becomes blurred as the whole flat is monopolised by the artists.
Performances and readings will also take place. The complete line up will be published on the Clarke Gallery website on Friday 12th March.
Food, drink, a touch of anarchy and a sense of nobel refinement will all be present.
We look forward to seeing you!
Clarke Gallery and the 15 Salon Ladies.
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez
Anne Kathrin Greiner
Karen Scheper De Aquirre
Carte blanche definition: unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion.
Clarke Gallery was set up by Elly Clarke in October 2008 and is located in a 4th Floor Hinterhaus apartment in Neukoelln, Berlin, near Hermanplatz.
Text: Miriam Steinhauser, Translation to English: Elly Clarke