Goggel på jorden: Marcus Coates, James Ireland, Zhao Liang, Dario Urzay, Curated by Cecilia Andersson

2008, March 13 - May 03

Galleri Charlotte Lund is happy to present the exhibition "Goggel på jorden" (Goggel on Earth), curated by Cecilia Andersson.

The exhibition includes video work, drawing, photography and sculpture by four artistst: Marcus Coates, James Ireland, Zhao Liang and Dario Urzay.

Throughout art history landscape has positioned itself in its own genre. More than anything, depictions of landscape helped to instill values contributing to the shaping of national identity, national romanticism, the sublime and the picturesque.Under the looming shadows of Google Earth, GPS navigation systems, second life and other digital networks, what thoughts and values are transmitted in today’s depictions of landscape?

The group exhibition titled Goggel på jorden (Goggel on Earth) is an attempt to approach the landscape genre in a playful manner. The serious part in this playfulness is the fact that depictions of landscape to a large extent shape the way we as human species look upon ourselves. During the 1960s and inspired by the political and cultural climate at the time, a series of artistic processes were set in motion that instilled new consciousness to the genre of landscape. This exhibition presents an opportunity to observe how this development continues. Today’s political situation in combination with an expanded flow of information leaves obvious traces. Participating in the exhibition are Marcus Coates (UK), James Ireland (UK), Zhao Liang (China) and Dario Urzay (Spain).

Marcus Coates (1968) is a performance and video artist living in London. His performances explore our relationship to the animal kingdom and deals with gullible attitudes toward nature, to what is ’natural’, in a humoristic manner. A selection of his works are installed and projected in one part of the gallery.
Coates has previously shown in the Venice biennial, at Whitechapel Gallery, Serpentine Gallery and Hayward Gallery, all in London. This summer his work will be shown as part of Manifesta in Trento, Italy.

James Ireland (1977) is a sculptor living in London. Influenced by minimalism and land-art he works with the forms in nature. Materials ranges from steel to plexi glass, and includes branches, sand and moss. In the exhibition he shows two sculptures and one drawing. His works has been on display in the context of public art for the Economist Building and at Zoo Art Fair in London. Recently he participated in the European Triennial of Small-Size Sculpture in Slovenia.

Zhao Liang (1971) is a documentary filmmaker and photographer living in Beijing. His photographic language is strict and low key, his films often depicts violence. On display are photographs and a video about the changes taking place in Beijing in preparation for the Olympic Games. Zhao Liang’s photographs have been shown at the festival in Arles and Houston, and at ICP in New York. His films have been screened worldwide at for example Input in Taiwan, the International video and art biennial in Israel, Impakt the Netherlands and Tempo documentary festival in Stockholm 2008. The artist will participate in the Berlin biennial this spring and one of his video works will be installed at Östasiatiska museet in Stockholm this summer.

Dario Urzay (1958) is a painter and photographer living in Bilbao. His works are often results of organic processes where mixed pigment and epoxy are poured over the canvas and shaped by heat. In later years Urzay has also integrated digital photography and interactive installations into his work. Photographic images from La Rioja, a series about geographical coordinates and site-specific experiences are on display. Urzay has exhibited at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Peking biennial, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. His works are in the collections of Guggenheim Bilbao, Chase Manhattan Bank, NY, and in the ARCO, La Caixa, Banesto och Botin foundations, among many others.

Cecilia Andersson is a curator based
in Stockholm. Current projects include the exhibition On Cities currently showing at Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm, Supersocial, a network parasite for biennials and art fairs, a touring Chinese video art program in collaboration with Riksutställningar and Östasiatiska museet, along with the conference Magical Mysterious Regeneration Tour at Tate Liverpool 12-14 June. Cecilia publishes in magazines and writes artist catalogue texts. She is an independent advisor for Disonancias, a platform for exchange between artists and businesses in San Sebastian, Spain and part of a working group for Madrid Abierto, an annual public art project in Madrid. www.werkprojects.org

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