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April 05 2011

VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 16: Tapes, Fur, Tubes, and Mylar

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 16, April 2011.

During a trip to an evening of openings in Paris, VernissageTV had a closer look at the retrospective with the subtle works of French artist Pierrette Bloch at Karsten Greve Gallery. In Fribourg / Switzerland, we had the chance to do an extensive interview with Edith Dekyndt, who had a solo show at Fri-Art Centre d’Art Contemporain, titled “Dieu rend visite à Newton”.

Number 16 also takes a look at the London Art Scene, where a lot of local galleries showed their program at London Art Fair, and Hauser & Wirth opened new spaces with a Martin Creed solo exhibition that featured a dangerously revolving neon sculpture.

In Berlin, VernissageTV met with Agathe Snow whose solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim was showcasing large-scale collages and mobile sculptures. In this show the New York-based Corsican artist Agathe Snow focuses on monuments, trademarks, and historical sites and investigates how they leave their mark on collective memory and national identity.

For the first time, VernissageTV took at trip to Lithuania, to document Zilvinas Kempinas exhibition at Galerija Vartai in Vilnius. Kempinas conceived a show that presented important older and new works.

One of the main themes of the current issue of the magazine is New York. VernissageTV attended several openings such as Ivan Navarro at Paul Kasmin and Tara Donovan at The Pace Gallery. An extensive photo gallery is complemented by a text by FAD Editor at Large Ben Austin, who shares his personal experiences of Armory Week with the readers.

And finally, issue 16 gives an outlook on VernissageTV’s participation in Art Cologne and the video art program that features the artists G.H. Hovagimyan, Christina McPhee, Maria Joao Salema, Raphaele Shirley, Ultra Art Fair, and Lee Wells.

Artists in this issue: Pierrette Bloch, Alexandre Joly, Bettina Pousttchi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agathe Snow, Edith Dekyndt, Zilvinas Kempinas, and Tara Donovan.

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March 29 2011

Interview with Žilvinas Kempinas

On the occasion of Žilvinas Kempinas’ exhibition at Vartai Gallery in Vilnius / Lithuania, VernissageTV had the chance to speak with the artist about his life in New York, the exhibition at Galerija Vartai, and new works and future projects. In this video, which is an excerpt, Žilvinas Kempinas talks about the sources of inspiration and the creative process. The complete video (17:20 min.) is available after the jump.

Interview with Zilvinas Kempinas, Galerija Vartai / Lithuania. February 22, 2011.

PS: See also: Zilvinas Kempinas at Galerija Vartai, Vilnius / Lithuania; Zilvinas Kempinas Magnetic Tape Installation / Remix; Zilvinas Kempinas: TUBE / Lithuanian Pavilion / Venice Biennale 2009; Manifesta 7. The Rest of Now. Bolzano/Bozen, Italy / Part 1/2.

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February 28 2011

Zilvinas Kempinas at Galerija Vartai, Vilnius / Lithuania

Žilvinas Kempinas’ solo exhibition at Galerija Vartai in Vilnius, Lithuania showcases five of Kempinas’ installations: Columns (2006), Serpentine (2010), Bike Messenger (2006), Fan Drawings (2010), and Ballroom (2010). The show is the first of a new cycle of exhibitions that commemorate Galerija Vartai’s 20th anniversary. The gallery was one of the first private galleries in Lithuania after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Apart from its exhibition program, Vartai organizes exhibitions representing Lithuania at art events such as the Venice Biennale 2009, where the gallery presented Žilvinas Kempinas’ installation Tube (2008) in the Scuola Grande della Misericordia.

In this video, VernissageTV attends the opening of Žilvinas Kempinas’ solo exhibition at Galerija Vartai. An interview with Žilvinas Kempinas’ is coming soon. Clicke here for more videos and information about Žilvinas Kempinas. See also the press release and photo set after the jump.

Zilvinas Kempinas at Galerija Vartai, Vilnius / Lithuania. Opening reception, February 22, 2011.

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From the press release:
22 February 2011, Galerija Vartai is pleased to announce a new cycle of exhibitions commemorating its 20th anniversary. The cycle begins with Žilvinas Kempinas’ first solo show at the gallery.
Galerija Vartai was one of the first private galleries and among first private businesses in Lithuania after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Over the course of 20 years Vartai has built a reputation as one of the most important spaces for contemporary art in the country.
In addition to the wide range of national and international exhibitions at the gallery, Vartai participates in international art fairs and organises exhibitions representing the nation at prestigious international events such as Liverpool or Venice Biennale. In the latter, in 2009, Vartai presented the widely acclaimed installation TUBE (2008) by Žilvinas Kempinas, the artist commencing the Vartai: 20 Years exhibition cycle. In the same year, Vartai launched one of the most successful projects for “Vilnius – European Capital of Culture” – the ongoing exhibition cycle “ARTscape”, featuring such renowned artists as Hans Op de Beeck, Jesper Just, Atelier Van Lieshout, Erwin Wurm and others in a dialogue with national artists such as Žilvinas Landzbergas, Laura Garbštienė, Gintaras Makarevičius, Ugnius Gelguda, S&P Stanikas and others. The upcoming ARTscape exhibition will present the works of the Latvian artist Miks Mitrevics.
Žilvinas Kempinas is best known for his perception and space-altering installations, which invite the viewer to participate in the art event as it unfolds. Using magnetic tape as the main medium for his installations, Kempinas’ art acquires multiple points of interpretation. Magnetic tape at once becomes a ready-made, while its use addresses the laws of physics and phenomenology. Through the concept of the line in space the artist’s works expand the boundaries of the medium of drawing and his installation Double O (2008) was recently exhibited in MoMA’s show On Line: Drawing Through the Twentieth Century (2010).
The exhibition at Vartai showcases five of Kempinas’ installations, representing different media in different periods of time. The first room of the gallery transforms into a forest of translucent columns of stretched video tape, creating spectacular physical and optical experiences while walking through the space in the installation Columns (2006). Walking further, the eyes meet the installation Serpentine (2010), created using efficient means of expression and consisting of strips of magnetic tapes held by blowing fans and dancing freely in a corner of the room. Making a turn to the right, the viewer virtually enters the streets of Manhattan (NYC), captured by the artist’s one-hour bike trip. Four video cameras fixed to his bike form a hyperactive, multipart constellation through the fast-paced metropolis (Bike Messenger, 2006). At the back of the gallery, Kempinas presents his latest, previously unseen ink drawings on paper, executed employing a fan (Fan Drawings, 2010). The exhibition is completed by the rather unexpected hypnotic and brightly coloured installation Ballroom (2010). The latter work opened the New York exhibition season at the Yvon Lambert gallery in the fall of 2010.
Žilvinas Kempinas was born in Plungė (Lithuania) in 1969 and has been living and working in New York for more than 10 years. He graduated from the Vilnius Art Academy, and later studied at Hunter College, New York. In 2009, he represented Lithuania at the 53rd Venice Biennale and in 2007 he received the prestigious Calder Prize and was the resident artist at the Atelier Calder in Saché, France in 2008.
He has been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, including solo shows in Galeria Leme (Sao Paulo), Yvon Lambert (New York), Spencer Brownstone Gallery (New York), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Contemporary Art Centre (Vilnius), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre (New York). Selected group exhibitions include: MoMA (New York); 6th Liverpool Biennial (UK); Yvon Lambert (Paris, New York); Lunds Konsthall (Lund, Sweden); Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin Citz, Korea), Manifesta 7 (Bolzano, Italy); SFMOMA (San Francisco, USA); MUDAM (Luxembourg).


November 20 2009

Zilvinas Kempinas Magnetic Tape Installation / Remix

At this year’s Art Forum Berlin, Berlin’s international fair for contemporary art, Spencer Brownstone Gallery presented a magnetic tape installation by Zilvinas Kempinas. It was the only work on display at the gallery’s booth. The Lithuanian artist, who lives and works in New York is known for his works that use unspooled videotape as sculptural medium. At the 53rd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in Venice, Zilvinas Kempinas represented Lithuania with his installation TUBE.

Zilvinas Kempinas magnetic tape installation at Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Art Forum Berlin 2009, September 24, 2009.

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