Cory Arcangel's "Hot Topics"
11 April – 20 May 2015
Opening Hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm (closed 1-3pm)
Sat by appointment Location Via Zenale 3, 20123 Milan
"Seven congregations of anthropomorphic objects constitute Cory Arcangel’s solo exhibition in Milan, which is a complement to the artist’s concurrent exhibition at the GAMeC – Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – in nearby Bergamo. Both spaces have been populated by groupings of sculptures made from pool noodles, colourful cylindrical flotation devices, which stand in for figures, or in this case, for representations of youthful tribes and typically American sub-cultures. [...]
Aside from Arcangel’s acute portrayal of contemporary American identity as the sum total of its readily available, mass market hyper-branded goods, his agglomerative sculptures also refer back to specific moments in recent art history, such as the Minimalist ‘planks’ of John McCracken, the consumer good presentations of Cady Noland or Haim Steinbach and, most specifically, to the striped, painted poles of André Cadere. With the latter in mind, the largest installation in Hot Topics is entitled Your Performance and consists of seven multi-coloured pool noodles covered with vertical bands taken from tracksuits or sportswear items bearing the famous three stripes of Adidas. Arcangel’s exhibition in Bergamo, This is all so crazy, everybody seems so famous, includes a further 20 pool noodle works, as well as a new carpet piece, early modified computer games and four of his recent Lake works (reflective, meditative flatscreen videos), all of which will be presented in the historic Sala de Giuristi, the oldest municipal building in Italy.
Submitted by Matteo Bittanti (via Cory Arcangel)