The Institute of Visual Arts is currently showing four exhibitions by four artists from The Netherlands, Ukraine, Belgium and Venezuela. Tiong Ang will present two video projections shot during his travels to India and South Africa. Photographer Serhiy Bratkov uses images of children and adolescents who are surveyors of their own destiny. David Claerbout plays with a variety of new media in order to critique the way in which time is fashioned and framed. Jose Antonio Hernandez-Diez uses sneakers, skateboards and other objects as sites for philosophical interventions.
Within the complex oeuvre of Dutch artist Tiong Ang, certain common elements about the nature of identity, cultural meaning and social absorption emerge. Using materials specific to his topic-whether paintings, video or constructed environments-Ang poses questions about how we negotiate our politically and ethnically hybridized world.
In his first one-person project in the United States, Ang will present two video projections shot during his travels to India and South Africa. Ang chose these particular locations for his American debut as they are as foreign to him as is Milwaukee. Ang uses a mixture of straight footage with manipulated, edited footage to evoke dream state of being cut off from society while traveling. It is this constant state of dislocation that allows the individual to recognize their own state of belonging and alienation within the global sphere.
Born in Indonesia in 1961, Ang attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He has had one person shows in Germany and The Netherlands, and has been included in group shows in Belgium, Finland, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, and the United States. His work was included in the 2001 Venice Biennale, the 1997 Istanbul Biennale and the1994 Havana Biennale.
Tiong Ang has received support from The Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam, the Consulate General of the Netherlands, New York and Chicago, and the Netherland-America Foundation - New York.
Curator: Marilu Knode, Senior Curator, Institute of Visual Arts
Ukrainian photographer Serhiy Bratkov was co-founder of a post-Glasnost group of engineer-turned-artists whose works were set in defiance to the notion of the silent artist in post-Soviet Ukraine. The group-Fast Reaction Group (FRG), with fellow artists Boris Mikhailov and Serhiy Solonskiy with Victoria Mikhailova and based in Kharkiv-created activities that drew upon existing social and political realities in an effort to question newly instated state policies relating to language and national and cultural identification. The members made performances assuming the role of civil servant, citizen, or historical observer, with the right to critical intervention and debate.
In his personal work Bratkov uses images of children and adolescents who are surveyors of their own destiny, at times scheming, other times with goals more ephemeral, reticent to reconcile their present with a collective past. While adults are not present they are invoked-the father is the spirit of primitive anarchism and the mother marks the passing of the Oedipal complex--all bouncing between the document and the fantasy.
Serhiy Bratkov was born in 1960 in Kharkiv, Ukraine, where he lives and works. He graduated in 1982 from the Polytechnical Academy, Kharkiv, with a degree in Photography, and received an advanced degree at the Art-photography Academy in Kiev in 1993. He has exhibited his work in France, Germany and Ukraine; this is his first exhibition in the United States.
Serhiy Bratkov is supported by the Institute of Visual Arts Major Exhibition Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, New York.
Curator: Peter Doroshenko, Director, Institute of Visual Arts
Belgian artist David Claerbout (born 1969 in Kortrijk, Belgium), plays with a variety of new media in order to critique the way in which time is fashioned and framed. If the new media are used to generate loud, hectic, garish art pictures and art worlds whose synthetics are anonymity, Claerbout uses them instead to pursue the opposite. Using images from his own memory and experience which he isolates and manipulates, the artist re-sensitizes the viewer to the significance of individual gestures and their intimate poetry.
For inova, Claerbout will present two works. The first is Kindergarten Antonio Sant Elia, 1932 (1998), a 60 minute black and white projection, part of a series which features the element of wind in the leaves of a tree. Here the moving images are played against a still photograph of the 1932 opening of the new kindergarden in Como, Italy. With this is Untitled (Carl and Julie) (1999), an interactive black and white projection showing a man and a girl lounging outdoors. The girl turns her head towards the camera when the viewer enters the space, evoking a sense of inclusion and interruption.
Claerbout has presented his multi-media works in exhibitions in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland. He recently completed an on-line work for the Dia Center in New York
David Claerbout has received support from the Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap Brussels and the Belgian Consulate, Washington.
Curator: Brigitte Kölle, Adjunct Curator, Institute of Visual Arts
Jose Antonio HERNANDEZ-DIEZ
Reflecting on youth culture but twisting its underlying ideological import, Jose Antonio Hernandez-Diez uses sneakers, skateboards and other objects as sites for philosophical interventions. The six photographs and five banners to be shown at the Institute of Visual Arts use sneaker logos to spell out names of historical intellectual leaders from philosophy, the arts and science. The works are sly critiques of the decidedly unphilosophical worlds of contemporary sports and consumer culture.
Born in 1964 in Caracas, Venezuela, Hernandez-Diez lives and works in Caracas and Barcelona, Spain. He has been included in one-person and group exhibitions since 1991 in Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He was included in the 2000 Carnegie International, the 1996 Sao Paulo Biennale and the 1995 Kwangju Biennale, Korea.
Support for Jose Antonio Hernandex-Diez comes from the Rockefeller Foundation and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, New York.
Jose Antonio Hernandez-Diez
Vista instalación, New York, 1995