Sayre Gomez Studio Visit
For obvious reasons our third solo exhibition with Sayre Gomez, which was supposed to take place in Brussels in April/May of this year, had to be postponed to 2021.
The new dates will be announced soon.
We decided to deal with the situation caused by Covid 19 in a productive way and to work on a substatial publication as a „replacement“ of the Brussles exhibition.
The catalogue which will be published by Walther König and designed by Yvonne Qurimbach will contain essays by Maurin Dietrich (director of Kunstverein Munich), Rita Gonzalez (Terri and Michael Smooke Curator and Department Head of Contemporary Art at LACMA in Los Angeles) and Contemporary Art Writing Daily.
This video was made by invitation of YUZ Museum Shanghai, asking Sayre Gomez to videotape a studio visit, on the occasion of the exhibition 'In Production: Art and the Studio System‘ (Yuz Museum Shanghai in collaboration with LACMA, curated by Rita Gonzalez). The artist took this opportunity to give an insight into his visual repertoire which is strongly influenced by his daily passages through the City of Los Angeles.
The works of Los Angeles based artist Sayre Gomez (*1982, Chicago) capture our world in the moment of transition initiated by the 4th Industrial Revolution. When we look up from our phone and computer screens, we see the city scapes and environments that were designed in the 1980s and 1990s in decay. They become our cultural unconscious. Shops are closing, storefronts are empty, as a result of e-commerce. G5 towers are imitating trees. In times of the digital projection of permanent presence the physical world is still there, but it’s ageing.
When Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi predicted in their famous book „Learning from Las Vegas“ from 1972, that our urban landscapes turn into strips of signs and advertising billboards, like in Las Vegas, today these signs and billboards lose their function. Their messages are woven into the commercially exploited fabrics of social media.