Friday, September 05, 2008

Yevgeniy Fiks @ Winkleman Gallery (and Shane Hope in Project Space)

Yevgeniy Fiks
Adopt Lenin
September 5 - October 4, 2008
Opens September 5 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present “Adopt Lenin,” our first solo exhibition of new work by Russian-born New York artist Yevgeniy Fiks. Continuing his exploration of the post-Soviet dialog and the legacy of attitudes about Communism in the West today, Fiks presents a critique of the commodification and fetishization of the Russian Revolution’s legacy and imagery.

Over the 15 years since the fall of the Soviet Union, revolutionary memorabilia, including Lenin’s memorabilia, have become a fetish of the post-Communist era, something that has a clear market value, a “Communist antiquity,” sold for souvenirs. In this project, Fiks attempts to free Revolutionary icons, with a particular focus on Lenin’s memorabilia, from the market and negate their market value.

Throughout 2008 Fiks has been purchasing Lenin’s memorabilia at his own expense, including Lenin’s busts, small statues, posters, photographs, etc. These objects will be on display at the gallery from September 5 – October 4, 2008. Over the course of the exhibition (except during the opening reception), visitors can place a reserve on any available object, on a first-come—first-served basis, and then take it away for free, after the show closes. The reserved objects will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. To place an object on reserve, however, a visitor will have to sign an agreement between Winkleman Gallery and his- or herself certifying that he or she will never sell, or otherwise enter this object in the market, or make any profit from this object in any shape or form. A copy of the signed agreement will be also exhibited as part of the exhibition.

In a statement about the exhibition, Fiks noted, “The choice to adopt Lenin on the part of an audience member is not a manifestation of her/his subscription to communist ideology, but rather an acknowledgement of Communism as one of defining features of the 20th century historical narrative.”


ADOPT LENIN REGULATIONS
  1. You can receive any (one) of the available Lenin memorabilia objects from the “Adopt Lenin” exhibition at no cost.
  2. After selecting an object from the installation, let a Gallery representative know. The Gallery will then place the object on reserve. Objects can be put on reserve anytime during the exhibition except for the opening reception (Friday, September 5, 6-8 pm). The object will remain on display for the remainder of the exhibition.
  3. At the end of the exhibition (the last three days: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 2-4, 2008), you can return to collect the object you selected.Objects not collected are returned to the artist.
  4. In exchange for the object, you must sign an agreement between yourself and Winkleman Gallery certifying that you will never sell, or otherwise enter this object in the market, or accept money in exchange for this object, or donate it for a tax deduction, or make any profit from this object in any shape or form.
  5. Copies of the agreement will be signed by both visitors and Winkleman Gallery. A copy of the agreement form will be retained by both the visitor and Winkleman Gallery.
  6. Winkleman Gallery’s copy of the agreement will be exhibited as part of the “Adopt Lenin” exhibition.

Yevgeniy Fiks was born in Moscow in 1972 and has been working in New York since 1994. Among his projects on the subject of the Post-Soviet dialog in the West are “Lenin for Your Library?” in which he mailed V.I.Lenin’s text “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism” to one hundred global corporations as a donation for their corporate library; “Communist Party USA,” a series of portraits of current members of Communist Party USA, which he painted from life in the Party’s national headquarters in New York City; and “Communist Guide to New York City,” a series of photographs of buildings and public places in New York City that are connected to the history of the American Communist movement. Fiks’ work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Common Room 2, NY (2008); Contemporary City Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2008); Marat Guelman Gallery, Moscow, Russia (2007); Lenin-Museo, Tampere, Finland (2007); State Museum of Russian Political History, St. Petersburg, Russia (2006); ARTStrelka Projects, Moscow, Russia (2005). Selected group exhibitions include Biennale of Sydney (2008); Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007); and Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007 and 2005).

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152 or info@winkleman.com

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In the Schroeder Romero / Winkleman Gallery Project Space

Shane Hope

Hyper-Spatial Sentient Sopper Serum Scillystrations of Morph-Feral-Foglet-Fabbed Smart-Gels and Quacker-Cast Dataclouds of Public Panopticon Powder on Airborne Algorithmicracked-Out Recreational Diseases

September 5 – October 4, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, September 5, 2008
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 to 6 PM

The Schroeder Romero / Winkleman Gallery Project Space is very pleased to present “Hyper-Spatial Sentient Sopper Serum Scillystrations of Morph-Feral-Foglet-Fabbed Smart-Gels and Quacker-Cast Dataclouds of Public Panopticon Powder on Airborne Algorithmicracked-Out Recreational Diseases,” an installation of works by New York artist Shane Hope.

Known for his research-based, “speculativernacular” art projects that use futurological technologies and transhumanist narratives, Hope here offers a series of “drawcuments” (hand-drawn documents) of museum-like placards used as placeholders for artwork that has been temporarily removed from its location for some institutional purpose (either for conservation or due to a loan to another institution). Upon reading the placards, though, it becomes obvious that the media used to create these conveniently unavailable artworks doesn’t yet exist, as neither does the post-singularity reality that might make them possible, highlighting the wonderfully imaginative approach to conceiving not only the promise emerging technologies hold for improving human life in numerous ways, but also the potential intersection of such advances and art.

Shane Hope, if one is to believe his resume, received (or rather will receive) his BFA in Geekonomic Scillustration from the Yöü-Ünix Klüster Koördinator U. in 202_? &/or 2034-ish; his MFA in Junk DNA Sculptural Ontogenesis from the Accelerationistas School of Noocytes vs. Computronium in 2041 and 2.22… zeptoseconds; and his PhD. in Cronomordant Extratemporal Studies from the Thought Barrier Overclocking Thinking Recycling Think Tank 2.0, in Wheneverland and Ever Aftermath. He has exhibited (verifiably) at Virgil de Voldere Gallery in New York; Project Gentili, in Prato, Italy; and iMAL (interactive Media Art Laboratory) in Brussels, Belgium.

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152 or info@winkleman.com

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2 Comments:

Blogger kalm james said...

It’s marvelously appropriate that you have an Obama logo link and a Yevgeniy Fiks’ “Adopt a Lenin” logo link sharing your blog roll sidebar. From a purely aesthetic stand point, I think it would look a lot better if they were right next to each other. (Although it might cause some confusion.)

9/05/2008 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric C said...

It's a hilarious project and interesting that it happens in the context of a commercial gallery, especially considering how much discussion happens here about the art market. How much objects are there, grosso modo? I have a Lenin shirt somewhere.

Cedric C

9/08/2008 02:40:00 AM  

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