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Hiroka Yamashita 12 March – 23 April 2022 Kurfürstenstraße 24/25, Berlin
a picture stuck in the mirror
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
16 October 2021 – 6 March 2022
Moravian Gallery, Brno
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
12 February – 24 April 2022
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
5 November 2021 – 30 January 2022
Yesterday we said tomorrow
Prospect 5 Triennial, New Orleans
23 October 2021 – 23 January 2022
The Beauty of Early Life
ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe
26 March – 10 July 2022
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
30 April – 25 June 2022
John Smith, solo exhibition
Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, Germany
A Manual for Retaining Light in Dark Ages
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
20 March – 25 September 2022
Tanya Leighton, Berlin, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Vanessa Boni
Associate Director: Simon Gowing
Associate Director, Los Angeles: Andrew McNeely
Associate Director, Berlin: Melanie Isabel García
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Geometry, Physics and the Science of Life
1 June – 6 August 2016, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Tanya Leighton Gallery is pleased to announce 'Geometry, Physics and the Science of Life' – Czech-born artist Pavel Büchler's fourth exhibition at the gallery.
The idea of 'work' and its multifarious significance in relation to labour, art and productive thought has long been a subject of Büchler's. Work can be a bootstrapping capitalist ideal, or a vague reference to the sum of an artist's output; 'I love her work'. Büchler's own practice holds a mirror to the schizophrenic definition of the word, revealing its contradictions, ironies and subtleties. For his part, Büchler strikes a careful balance between over-working and not working at all, or rather turning idleness into artwork. Even when over-working, the product is often self-effacing, auto-destructive; 'All that hard work for nothing'.
It is hard not to refer to the artist's oft-quoted description of his practice as 'making nothing happen'.
'Nothing' in this case can be an idle object; popped footballs scavenged from playgrounds, tripods with no cameras attached to them, or outmoded slide projectors without images to project. Büchler's penchant for the left behind or obsolete often initiates his efforts in 'making nothing happen' – these are all objects that for whatever reason don't work anymore, but once did. Our understanding of their former lives is as important as our evaluation of their new ones. This psychology of seeing differently is directly alluded to in Observational Drawings (Yarbus Rorschach) in which Büchler has repurposed Russian psychologist Alfred Yarbus' exploration of vision as a product of prior conditioning, revealing that preconceptions colour our visual experience of all images.
'Nothing' can also be the accumulation of something. In the five monochrome paintings, the most recent works on view – Portrait in Profile, Sad Young Man, and the triptych Brides – the artist's work is abstracted to the point of illegibility. Each was previously a failed figurative painting, gifted from a friend who would otherwise have thrown them out. Büchler has scraped the paint from each canvas, ground it with a mortar and pestle, and painstakingly reapplied it as uniformly as possible, obfuscating both the original image and his own weeks of labor. Work is again rendered obscure in Blind Circles (Under Surveillance), the oldest work in the exhibition, completed nearly 40 years ago. A series of seven photographs ostensibly picture performances in which Büchler drew circles while blindfolded. Here the medium has again been disabused of its usual documentary function and coaxed into performing a different role. Rather than capturing one fraction of a second – a moment indicative of the whole repetitive performance – the camera's shutter was left open an entire hour, effectively erasing all but traces of the artist working and leaving only the imperfect results of his efforts.