April 1 - June 18, 2016
Dada turns 100 – long live the nonsense! Infected with these high-spirits, Various & Gould have locked themselves in the laboratory for several months creating new, surreal artworks for their first solo exhibition “Permanently Improvised” at Anno Domini Gallery.
By merging methods such as painting, serigraphy and collage in their unique way, Various & Gould keep on extending the series “Rabotniki”. In those pieces they raise the curtain on some kind of dream logic. A regiment of multicolored patchwork characters tumbles on stage from another space-time continuum. Surrounded by mysterious, partly disturbing sceneries, these carnies, utopians and adventurists make their way with the unflinching confidence of a modern Munchausen.
Various – born near San Jose but grown up in the divided Berlin – and her partner Gould both address personal experiences of closeness, distance and deracination, and also reference the current refugee situation in Europe. For the first time, the two artists have portrayed people from their personal sphere of family and friends. The results are poetic, sometimes intimate works that blur the line between reality and fiction.
The exhibition also includes a selection of canvas pieces, reminding of popular jumping-jack cut-outs covered with individual body parts and objects. This juxtaposition of loose elements and final collages provides an insight into the duos‘ intuitive working process. Suitably the title “Permanently Improvised” is a tribute to the DIY culture, and a reference to everlasting workarounds, precarious existences and a fundamental attitude towards life.
April 1 – June 18, 2016
Anno Domini Gallery
366 South First Street
CA 95113, US