AA Bronson's Garten der Lüste

AA BRONSON
April 26 – 29, 2018

Exhibition view:

AA Bronson’s Garten der Lüste

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view: 

AA Bronson’s Garten der Lüste

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018

 

At the center of the exhibition, Folly (2015), a collaboration with Adrian Hermanides and Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur, is based on the famous Japanese Zen garden of Ryoanji, in Kyoto. It consists of a red-and-white, striped carnival tent and a group of objects arranged on a wide rectangular bed of mugwort. Surrounding the tent are two dynastic Chinese urns standing on interlocking wooden plinths, a family of stuffed deer, a Isamu Noguchi paper floor lamp, and a mannequin dressed in a linen shaman coat adorned with a collar of moose antlers and quartz. Folly is enriched by the ambient sound work FIELD (2015) created by artist Ebe Oke.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Folly (in collaboration with Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur and Adrian Hermanides), 2015
Mixed media installation 
475 x 600 x 1200 cm (overall)

 

Foreground: 

Chrysanne Stathacos, Pythia’s Rose Mandala, 2017
Mirror, rose petals, gold skeleton, Bodhi leaf, bronze Delphic tripod replica hand-painted by the artist
Overall dimensions: 350 cm diameter.

Pythia Rose Mandala consists of a large floor mandala made of thousands of rose petals. Artist Chrysanne Stathacos constructed the mandala throughout the preview and opening of the exhibition. At the exhibition’s close, she presentes a special performance in which the mandala was deconstructed and the petals scattered.

 

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Left: 

Cabine (in collaboration with Scott Treleaven), 2008
Cotton, wood, gold leaf
199 x 107 x 107 cm

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Tent for Healing (in collaboration with Travis Meinholf), 2013
Mixed media installation with ash frame, woven wool and cotton fabrics, custom-designed cotton robe by Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur, found carpets, furniture and African sculpture, various objects contributed by viewers, including a performative element
250 x 250 x 350 cm
Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tent for Healing is a large rectangular tent woven from colorfully striped cotton and wool. Dressed in a floor-length ceremonial robe with red-and-white geometric patterns, the healer, AA Bronson, engages with the guests. The tent can only be visited by appointment, making it a private environment separated from the public exhibition space outside. Visitors are asked to bring a gift for the healer, something that is difficult for them to give away.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Tent for Healing (in collaboration with Travis Meinholf), 2013
Mixed media installation with ash frame, woven wool and cotton fabrics, custom-designed cotton robe by Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur, found carpets, furniture and African sculpture, various objects contributed by viewers, including a performative element
250 x 250 x 350 cm
Collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:

AA Bronson’s Garten der Lüste

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Treehouse, 2015
Mixed media installation (Ash wood frame with wool and linen woven textiles, taxidermized fox and magpie on tree trunk, bed of dried mugwort)
225 x 130 x 130 cm (tent), 146 x 42 x 103 cm (taxidermy)

Treehouse is a tent built on a simple structure of ash wood, hung with woven wool and linen fabrics in dark green, brown, and blue. In front of the Treehouse, a taxidermized fox stands on its hind legs in conversation with a crow, illustrating Aesop’s fable. The tent
and the animals are arranged on a bed of dried, shredded mugwort. During the installation process, AA Bronson spraed the mugwort as a meditative action, a secret performance.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Exhibition view:

AA Bronson’s Garten der Lüste

KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2018

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Folly (in collaboration with Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur and Adrian Hermanides), 2015
Mixed media installation 
475 x 600 x 1200 cm (overall)

Detail

 

Inside the circus-like tent hangs a brass lamp casting orange light onto the organza interior, which is exposed to view through the entrance.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Right:

Cabine (in collaboration with Scott Treleaven), 2008
Cotton, wood, gold leaf

199 x 107 x 107 cm


A small green striped tent, Cabine was conceived by AA Bronson in collaboration with Scott Treleaven. The installation resembles a 19th century fortuneteller’s booth with its silky material and harlequin styling. It is at once a changing cabin on the Lido and a private booth in a gay sauna. Its front curtains are raised, creating a stage-like opening.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

Cabine (in collaboration with Scott Treleaven), 2008
Cotton, wood, gold leaf

199 x 107 x 107 cm

 

Every day around noon, artist Michael Dudeck sits inside Cabine and performs an intense durational work. In this fifth iteration of the performance Fish Scroll (Yaldaboath), he inhabits the sorcerer’s tent for three hours per day, body painted, holding a large dead fish in his arms while chanting an invented language.

 

Photo © Andrea Rossetti

AA Bronson's Garten der Lüste

AA BRONSON
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
April 26 – 29, 2018
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Featuring AA Bronson / Collaborations with Adrian Hermanides, Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de LeurTravis MeinolfJames Richards, and Scott Treleave / Performances with Spencer CarterMichael DudeckRichard John JonesEbe Oke, and Chrysanne Stathacos / Additional works by Elijah BurgherTM DavySholem KrishtalkaChrysanne Stathacos and introducing: JX Williams

 

AA Bronson’s Garten der Lüste—a 5-day hybrid installation featuring performances and artworks—will inaugurate KW’s second exhibition season of 2018 as part of its Pause series. Pause is envisioned as a platform to punctuate the program by presenting a singular installation for a short period of time in order to bridge relationships between the past, present and future.

 

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