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Muntean/Rosenblum

Booth 722 | Pier 94 | 711 12th Avenue | New York City

Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents a new group of paintings by Muntean/Rosenblum to The Armory Show 2019, with an additional selection of works by Anthony Goicolea, Hans op de Beeck and Sebastiaan Bremer.

The artist duo Muntean/Rosenblum mixes references from art history with contemporary popular culture. Playing with visual codes from the past and the present, they mostly depict groups of young people – ambiguous scenes seeming to present unresolved situations in the making. In their latest works, the artist duo explores YouTube as a space of contemporary iconography by introducing scenes inspired by video’s gone viral. Their paintings and drawings are often accompanied by captions or texts not directly relating to the depicted scene, adding another layer of complexity.

Muntean/Rosenblum consists of Markus Muntean (AT, 1962) and Adi Rosenblum (IL, 1962). Based in Vienna, they have been collaborating since 1992. Solo exhibitions were held at i.a. MAC, Coruña; MOCAK, Krakow; Parkview Museum, Beijing; Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg and Tate Britain, London. Group exhibitions they recently participated in were, among others, at Kunsthaus Graz; Nam June Paik Art Centre, Gyeonggi-do; The Parkview Museum, Singapore; Oude Kerk, Amsterdam and MAXXI, Rome. Their work is collected by museums such as MoMA, New York; Albertina, Vienna; Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Tel Aviv Museum of Art and MUSAC, Léon.

For their presentation at The Armory Fair 2019, Muntean/Rosenblum have invited two other artists to show new works: Anthony Goicolea and Sebastiaan Bremer. During the opening on March 6 at 4pm and 6pm, acclaimed choreographer and artist Jonah Bokaer (US, 1981) will perform a live choreography at the booth, responding to and interacting with the artworks.

Growing up in the Deep South, Anthony Goicolea was socially stigmatized for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, which continues to influence his work. He created New York’s first public LGBTQ Memorial monument, which was revealed in Hudson River Park last year. For this monument, as well as for the new sculptures debuting at the fair, he takes boulders as a formal starting point. The presentation also includes drawings from the Anonymous Self-portraits series.

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a mixed-media artist based in Brooklyn. He has exhibited widely, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the International Center of Photography, New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA, New York.

Using pre-existing images, Sebastiaan Bremer explores ideas about time, memory, melancholy and processing. Experimenting with different techniques and materials to alter photographs, he adds new dimensions, giving the images more possible meanings and shifting the viewer’s perception. He creates hybrid images using collage techniques and by meticulously cutting and carving away sections of emulsion to create etchings on the photographic surface.

Sebastiaan Bremer (NL, 1970) is based in New York. In 2016 Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU held a mid-career retrospective. His work has also been shown at museums including Tate Modern, London; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; Projektraum I, Berlin; MOCA Tucson and the Warhol Museum, Pittsburg. Bremer's work is represented in collections such as Victoria & Albert Museum, London; MoMA, New York and LACMA, Los Angeles.

Hans Op de Beeck produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings and photographs. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection. His monochrome sculptures depicting children are inspired by the artist’s experiences and dreams as a child and evoke notions of innocence and vulnerability.

Hans Op de Beeck (BE, 1969) has shown extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at the Venice Biennial; Tate Modern, London; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels; PS1, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Reina Sofia, Madrid; MACRO, Rome; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Tampa Museum of Art and Sammlung Goetz, Munich.

 

ABOUT Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics – a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.

The backbone of Goicolea’s practice is painting and photography. The key process of painting is a combina- tion of inks, paints, graphite, and enamel applied directly on layers of Mylar. By painting front and back layers of semi-translucent frosted Mylar lm, he adds and subtracts areas of varying opaqueness.

In the series “Anonymous Self-Portraits” displayed at Galerie Ron Mandos, Goicolea paints sexually ambiguous gures caught between various states of dress. Many of the faces are obscured by large elds of white oil paint, roughly corresponding to shifting shapes of clothing. These architectural shapes abruptly divide the body and simultaneously conceal and unveil key components of traditional portraiture. The identity of each sitter lies in the body language and gesture rather than on facial recognition. The feature of a gnarled hand, a twisted arm, or a hunched shoulder are the identifying factors that characterises each (seemingly) anonymous portrait as that of an individual sitter with his own unique, personal identity.

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ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck (Be) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.

He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

He has had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, B (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2010); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2010); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRL (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, D (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2013); the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, F (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US (2014); MOCA Cleveland, OH, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, D (2014); Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Art Unlimited, Basel, CH (2016); Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, AU (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE (2017); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); ...

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ABOUT Muntean / Rosenblum

Muntean/Rosenblum consists of Markus Muntean (AT, 1962) and Adi Rosenblum (IL, 1962). Large-scale painting is one of the core aspects of their practice. However, they often expand their work by creating large installations with sculptural elements where performances are staged or films screened. In addition, they make drawings as well as collages with texts and photographs.

In their work, Muntean/Rosenblum mix references to art history and present-day popular culture. They mostly depict groups of apparently lethargic or melancholic young people in idle situations, which are either ordinary and everyday or mysterious and ambiguous. The often-dreamy scenes take place in rooms, public spaces or landscapes as if part of a film, presenting unresolved situations in the making. The characters seem to adopt postures copied from fashion magazines, or from paintings originating from the renaissance to the nineteenth century. Their work is frequently accompanied by captions or texts not-directly relating to the depicted scene, adding another layer of complexity. The artists themselves described their work as ‘precise ambiguity’. By playing with visual codes from the past and the present, Muntean/Rosenblum scrutinise the power of images and how these constitute an overwhelming collective memory.

Muntean/Rosenblum live and work in Vienna, the city where they met while studying at the end of the 1980s. The artists have collaborated since 1992. Their work has been exhibited widely in international museums, institutions and galleries. Recent solo exhibitions were at MAC, Coruña (2018); MOCAK, Krakow (2018); Parkview Museum, Beijing (2017); Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg (2014); Tate Britain, London (2004); and De Appel (2002). Group exhibitions they recently participated in were, among others, at Kunsthaus Graz (2018); Nam June Paik Art Centre, Gyeonggi-do (2018); The Parkview Museum, Singapore (2017); Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2016); and MAXXI, Rome (2016). Their work is included in both private and public collections, such as MoMA, NYC; the Burger Collection; and the Rubell Family Collection.

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ABOUT Sebastiaan Bremer

Sebastiaan Bremer is renowned for transforming ordinary snapshots into grandly baroque and surreal tableaux by a careful process of retouching and enlargement. Since his first solo show, in 1994, he has exhibited in venues such as the Tate Gallery, London, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, and the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut. He has been based in the United States since 1992.

Although Bremer has always been interested in photography, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that he began to draw directly on the surface of photographs. He has been inspired in part by nineteenth century spirit photography, and fin de siècle Symbolists such as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and painter Odilon Redon, but his methods partake of advanced photographic techniques. Often he will begin with a simple snapshot of friends or family or familiar places, and after enlarging it far beyond conventional dimensions, he will begin altering and embellishing the image with India ink and photographic dye.

He has often used the ink to produce fine patterns of lines reminiscent of cobwebs, or readings from seismographs. Photographic dyes also enable him to blur and mute some forms while accentuating others, and make some colors bloom while others recede into mysterious darkness. The result is an image that seems to literally vibrate with hidden consequence, as if the subject matter has sent cracks across the surface of the picture. Whilst Bremer’s choice of images inevitably grounds his work in his own biography, his imagery also makes reference to alchemy, art, and the occult, establishing unexpected connections between ordinary life, history, and the unconscious.

Sebastiaan Bremer lives and works in New York. He studied at the Vrije Academie, The Hague, and Skowhegan School of Art and Sculpture, Maine. He has published two major catalogs: Monkey Brain (2003), and Avila (2006). His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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