DAN REES
STIMULATE SURPRISE
24 January - 7 March 2015
PREVIEW 23 January, 6 - 10 pm

After six years at Kurfürstenstraße 156, we are pleased to announce the gallery’s expansion into a newly renovated, 130 m2 space opposite the existing gallery. Inaugurating Kurfürstenstraße 24/25 is a solo exhibition by Dan Rees titled Stimulate Surprise, which spans both the new and existing galleries.  

PRESS RELEASE

The defenders of pasta are shackled by its ball and chain like convicted lifers or carry its ruins in their stomachs like archaeologists.
-Marinetti, 'The Futurist Cookbook' 

Stimulate Surprise
, the artist’s fourth solo show at the gallery, develops from Rees’ 2013 exhibition Kelp at the National Museum of Wales and draws together various strands of his ongoing research into the seaweed industry. The artist’s aims lie between posing a practical solution to pertinent questions concerning global food shortages and a utopian vision, where our overreliance on wheat and corn is replaced by a readily available resource that requires no land or fresh water to grow.  

A 'presentation deck' commissioned by the artist displays a New York ad agency's rebranding of Welsh seaweed as the next must-have food in the United States. The imagery of the slideshow stands in contrast to a documentary video depicting the workings of a small seaweed farm in Vietnam, a country where this type of aquaculture has yet to establish itself on the international market.  

The gallery becomes a site of distribution in the work Tri Tin, which takes its title from a seaweed company in the Khánh Hòa province of Vietnam specialising in the farming of a seaweed called Green Caviar. Not currently exported to Europe, the 500 boxes of Green Caviar on display in the gallery mark its introduction into a new market.  

These various points of enquiry into the feasibility of an alternative food source are mediated by a continued sense of transnational trade via large advertising billboards imported by the artist from China. The blank billboards rotate on a timer, programmed to turn in a specific wave formation at various intervals, evoking both continuity and change, along with the potential of an untapped resource.

Dan Rees, 'Stimulate Surprise'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Dan Rees
'China Trivision 1', 2015
Aluminium, trivision billboard
14 x 451 x 300 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0278)



Dan Rees
'China Trivision 1', 2015
Aluminium, trivision billboard
14 x 451 x 300 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0278)



Dan Rees, 'Stimulate Surprise'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Dan Rees
'China Trivision 3', 2015
Aluminium, trivision billboard
151 x 202 x 14 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0280)



Dan Rees
'China Trivision 2', 2015
Aluminium, trivision billboard
222 x 297 x 14 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0279)



Dan Rees
'Tri Tin', 2015
Sea grapes, cardboard boxes, shipping pallet, shipping documents
120 x 102 x 148 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0282)



Dan Rees
'Tri Tin', 2015
Sea grapes, cardboard boxes, shipping pallet, shipping documents
120 x 102 x 148 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0282)



Dan Rees
'Tri Tin', 2015 (detail)
Sea grapes, cardboard boxes, shipping pallet, shipping documents
120 x 102 x 148 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0282)



Dan Rees
'Tri Tin', 2015 (detail)
Sea grapes, cardboard boxes, shipping pallet, shipping documents
120 x 102 x 148 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0282)



Dan Rees
'Nha Trang', 2015
HD Video
5 mins 20 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0284)



Dan Rees
'Nha Trang', 2015
HD Video
5 mins 20 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0284)



Dan Rees, 'Stimulate Surprise'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Dan Rees
'China Trivision 4', 2015
Aluminium, trivision billboard
100 x 137 x 14 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0281)



Dan Rees, 'Stimulate Surprise'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



Dan Rees
'Poca', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
36 x 40 x 8 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Super Crisp', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
38 x 36 x 14 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Tasto, Shrimp Tempura', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
36 x 28 x 7 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Big Roll', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
36 x 28 x 14 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Tao Kae Noi', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
38 x 19 x 10 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Tasto, Japanese Seaweed', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
34 x 26 x 14 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Pringles, Salt and Seaweed', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
34 x 19 x 10 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Hi Tempura', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
34 x 28 x 16 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Lay, Nori Seaweed', 2015 (detail)
Perspex, food packaging, stickers; 9 parts
34 x 32 x 20 cm
Unique
(REES-2015-0283)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)



Dan Rees
'Stimulate Surprise', 2015
Video slide presentation
7 mins 4 secs
Edition of 3 + 1 AP
(REES-2015-0285)