Josefin Arnell

Evoking legends and gods on the peripheries of reality in Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you at London’s Auto Italia, Jul 15 – Sep 9

12 July 2018

Josefin Arnell and Margaret Haines are presenting a collaborative exhibition Sister said to Satan: my diary is too hot for you at London’s Auto Italia, opening July 15 and running to September 9.

A first-time show in the UK for both artists, Sister said to Satan will gather together a number of moving image works by Haines and Arnell alongside texts and posters to explore their shared interests in ‘ideas of destiny, collective experience and mysticism’. 

In the press release, the curators tackle the common philosophical nature of the works on display, hinting that through a complex layering the exhibition will configure the ripple effect of myth and legend across time. We will be presented with characters – such as Apollo or Cassandra in Haines’ ‘The Stars Down to Earth’ or the hyped up puking teenagers in Arnell’s ‘Gag reflex’ – that ‘occupy the position of actors in a wider plan’, one that they seem almost incapable of working against. They will appear as intermittent images that ‘slip between screens and display systems scattered across the exhibition space’ evoking the sense of the characters’ continual drift on the ‘peripheries of reality’. However, in presenting these perverted prophecies, these fatalities, it comes across like the intentions of collective perception are being questioned, in some ways lamented through tragedy and we’re left wondering where we stand and what for.

You can watch the trailer for Haines’ The Stars Down to Earth below or read more about the piece in an interview with AQNB’s Editor, Jean Kay. 

To formally launch the exhibition, Arnell and Haines will give a public reading at the gallery on July 15 and there will be a number of other public events over the coming months. See Auto Italia’s website for forthcoming announcements**

 

  share news item

A GUIDING DOG FOR A BLIND DOG leads us into the medium of contemporary art to sniff the air around it

4 July 2018

The GUIDING DOG FOR A BLIND DOG group exhibition at Prague’s Futura Gallery ran April 24 to June 17.

Lukáš Hofmann + David Střeleček in A GUIDING DOG FOR A BLIND DOG (2018) Detail view. Courtesy the artist + Futura Gallery, Prague.

Curated by artist Lukáš Hofmann (aka Saliva), the show “leads us into the medium of contemporary art itself, then pauses to sniff at the air around it” and features over 20 artists including Josefin ArnellMaria Gorodeckaya, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Lukáš Hofmann, Sophie Jung, Nat Marcus, Magdalena Mitterhofer + Shade Théret, Valinia Svoronou, and tranzit.cz, among others. 

Examining “reality’s soft scaffold—the truisms by which we knew it becoming damp, and possibly tearing,” the exhibition is a varied installation of ‘memorabilia, mass-produced objects, and installations’ and accompanied by a series of performances including sauna recital A guiding dog: You are soooo hot by Valentýna Janů, Therapy by tranzit.cz and a lecture by Sophie Jung in cooperation with Hope Recycling Station.**

The GUIDING DOG FOR A BLIND DOG group exhibition at Prague’s Futura Gallery ran April 24 to June 17, 2018.

  share news item