Purgatorio at Victori + Mo
November 4th, 2020 - January 19th, 2021
New York, NY
Victori + Mo is proud to present Purgatorio, a new project by Michael Gittes. Combining his practices in video and painting, Purgatorio is an interactive new media installation opening on November 4th, 2020, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery.
Borrowing its title from Dante’s Divine Comedy, Purgatorio debuts a series of video works continued out of Gittes’ participation in a 2018 exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery. There are nine video works powered by DVD players, each on meticulously reconstructed televisions. Our experience in the space begins with an introduction read by Hollywood icon Elliott Gould, and the viewers then assume control of the show for as long as they desire. Our senses are submerged in familiar territories -- navigating an old technology, unearthing the words to a favorite song, seeing an iconic music video -- which are eerily in sync with the movements on-screen.
The videos range from Cyd Charisse and The Nicholas Brothers to BTS, and the television figures dance to Selena, Sam Cooke and Rachmaninoff. Accompanying each video is a painting depicting lyrics floating in outer space from the removed songs on the screens below. In harnessing the beautifully mathematical ways that tempos of audio and visual harmonize, the result is a full sensory experience that begs a deeper examination of authorship, memory, and new modes of painting.
This exhibition was created in collaboration with Eli Bronner Fine Art.
KÖNIG GALERIE: Open Call
August 14th, 2020 - September 26th, 2020
KÖNIG LONDON is pleased to present OPEN CALL, a group exhibition curated from a series of studio visits held through the gallery’s digital channels during lockdown.
As physical distance transformed our means of seeing and discovering new works, KÖNIG GALERIE has invited artists to participate in digital discussions online, bridging the gap of separation and expanding horizons of engagement. Showcasing works by 14 artists, including Jack Penny, Marie Hazard, Machteld Rullens, Ruben Maria and more, the exhibition culminates in the manifestation of such new encounters into the material space.
Gianna Dispenza’s physically charged works observe archetypal images, in this case the herculean athlete, and transpose them into a present landscape. One Small Club draws from a photograph sourced in a newspaper sports section depicting rugby players huddled against each other. Through the use of clay, and grout the artist’s bodily energy is translated onto the canvas, amplifying the image and recontextualising the subject. Gianna lives and works in London. She graduated from The Royal College of Art, London UK with an MA in Painting.
Miguel Machado: Las Mascotas De Venice
Cordon De Plata by Miguel Alejandro Machado Suarez
November 21st, 2019 - January 21st, 2020
Translated from Spanish: A silver cord is a thread of light that allows the ether or soul to return to the body after a transpersonal experience. I have experienced this sensation while I meditate or paint -- what interests me most to show with this series of paintings is the aura of the places that I have visited, the energetic sensations, and the invisible presences before my eyes.