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ArCHITECTurE, DISPATCHES ArT, MuSIC, ArCHITECTurE, FIlM, SHoPPInG, nEWS AnD THInGS To MAKE AnD Do… ArT, MuSIC, ArCHITECTurE, FIlM, SHoPPInG, nEWS AnD THInGS To MAKE AnD Do…
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From a ruined temple to an airport, the
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buildings in which we hang out, eat and
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garden gnomes, ornamental doorknockers or
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exploration of ideas addressing this
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polymorphous relationship with the built
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environment. Curated by critic John Slyce,
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the show includes a cross-section of works
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Armando Andrade Tudela, Cyprien Gaillard
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and Becky Beasley to the likes of Stephen
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Willats and Dan Graham. Slated for inclusion
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1982 project The New Reality, part of his
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ongoing exploration of the socio-urban

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environment, and new Polaroid work by

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Gaillard documenting a process of ruination,
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artist and longtime
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of both architecture and the gradually
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fading photograph itself. Further spoofing
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and fellow Icelander Björk,
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the inscription of power resonant in
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presents videowork Ouroboros

feasting in a cave. Elsewhere
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memorialising and commemorative processes,
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(2007) for her solo show

in the work, Fridriksdottir
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this month at Gallery Bob e
uses breadmaking – a recurring
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van orsouw, in Zürich.
by Andrea Beeman aka the Enchantress of i
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factor in her work – to
Bioluminosity and Gen Ken Montgomery on 16

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symbolise rebirth, drawing
May. In it punters will be invited to offer
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pancultural symbol the
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a link between the flour of
up any old bit of flotsam they find in

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the couple’s memories and the
their pockets and memorialise it, like so
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sustaining loaf of bread it
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renewal), Fridriksdottir’s
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it encased in plastic. Skye Sherwin

15-minute video taps into
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norse mythology to create
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vignettes on the subjects
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Fridriksdottir is showing 11 APrIl – 17 MAY
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of death and rebirth, all
drawings and paintings,
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set against the backdrop of
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alongside a sculpture
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Iceland’s dramatic landscape.
complementing events in the
These vignettes run the gamut
video. on a table, objects,
from haunting and beautiful
including ones from Ouroboros,
to abject and grotesque; from
are arranged like sacrificial
the enchanting image of a
offerings, or artefacts in a
couple’s memories sprinkled
museum. What was once part of
over their bodies in the form
a moving drama is condemned to
of fine white flour to the
stasis, eventually forced to
dismal scene of a pair of
die a death, but perhaps, at
cannibalistic figures, their
some later date, compelled to
heads made of raw flesh,
rise again. laura Allsop
GABrIElA FrIDrIKSDoTTIr
29 MArCH – 10 MAY
GAlErIE BoB vAn orSouW
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