November 11 – December 31, 2005
Curated by Robert Knafo
Artists: Miklos Gal, Kenny Hunter, Andreas Schulenburg, Nebojsa Seric (Shoba), Santeri Tuori
Opening: Friday, November 11th, 6-8pm
Curator’s Talk: Saturday, December, 10th, 6-8pm
ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION is pleased to present the exhibition, ¡ÈKidding¡É Featuring work by Miklos Ga«¡l (photography), Kenny Hunter and Andreas Schulenburg (sculpture), Nebojsa Seric – also known as Shoba – (photography), and Santeri Tuori (video installation), ¡ÈKidding¡É features five contemporary artists who address the subject of children and adolescence.
Each of these artists takes the depiction of children, or of things associated with childhood, as a point of departure for explorations that variously touch on questions of identity, individuality, social behavior, cultural norms and political consciousness.
Finnish artist Miklos Ga«¡l is represented by a suite of photographs of children taking swimming lessons at a municipal pool. Varying the focus of his photographs so that they are by turns blurry and sharp, Ga«¡l transmutes real places and events into so many toyland vistas.
Scottish artist Kenny Hunter¡Çs sculpture of a young adolescent with eyes cast reflectively downward and one arm raised defiantly upward (¡ÈFeedback Loop¡É) offers an icon to the particularly adolescent (and in many ways conflicting) experiences of self-absorption and idealism. The Bosnian-born Nebojsa Seric (Shoba), long interested in producing images and objects at the intersection of personal experience and the forces of history and culture, presents a selection of photographs from an ongoing project to photo-document children at various public events, dressed in various political and cultural costumes.
German-born, Copenhagen-based artist Andreas Schulenburg constructs objects out of felt that look like strangely fractured and reconstituted children¡Çs toys, and that offer metaphors of cultural and psychic dislocation. Helsinki-based Santeri Tuori presents ¡ÈBogeyman,¡É one in an ongoing series of video installations that focus on very young children doing simple acts – smiling, putting on a t-shirt, for example – in super slow motion. Tuori¡Çs videos impart a sense of the particular nexus of physical and intellectual capabilities and social knowledge possessed by – or rather that posesses – a young child.
Each in his own way displaying a formal and conceptual inventiveness toward a subject that has long attracted the attention of visual artists, Ga«¡l, Hunter, Schulenburg, Shoba and Tuori offer new imaginative spaces in which we can reflect on collective and our own personal conceptions and images of children and childhood.
This exhibition is part of the ISE Cultural Foundation’s Program for Emerging Curators. Please contact Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery for further information.
About the curators –Robert Knafo
Robert Knafo is an art critic and independent curator, publisher of the online art periodical SV (www.studiovisit.net), and director of Open Project Space (NYC). Recent and upcoming curatorial projects include exhibitions at Photo Espana, Madrid, 2003 (Julie Moos), the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2003 (Jessica Stockholder), Scope Art Fair, Miami and New York, 2004-05, and Villa Croce, Genoa, 2006 (Lucio Pozzi). He is based in New York.