La criée - bande noir

Mahony

Mahony


Slow Season

Slow Season

13 June 2013 > 14 August 2013
Growing absence, 2010

"Growing Absence", 2010, impression jet d’encre sur papier, Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienne

From 13 June to 14 August La Criée is presenting Slow Season, the first solo exhibition in France by Mahony, an Austrian art collective currently based in Berlin. Slow Season combines a variation on the theme of absence with an exploration of our cultural and economic models, past and present.

Different geographical and historical zones, different social and political contexts: Mahony’s projects often start out with aspects – real or fictional, known or unknown – of our collective memory. The collective provokes confrontations, two-way trajectories and spatio-temporal connections between several strata and several interpretations of the same narrative; the upshot is a rhizomatic, constantly evolving work process whose issues lie neither in the trigger factor nor the ultimate purpose, but in the data constellation created in between.

Slow Season takes its inspiration from its La Criée context – the history, the space and the site of an art centre in a former fish market – and from the tutelary figures of the heroes of Homer and James Joyce.
The exhibition is built around a succession of reciprocally responding works and clues that form an assemblage made of scraps of a story – or maybe several possible stories.

Entering the exhibition space, visitors are confronted by Slow Season (2013), a large-format archival photograph of the covered market dating from the 1920s, repainted by hand. This work sets up an interaction between the space itself, its built environment and its history: a direct echo of La Criée, it makes the centre a full protagonist in the exhibition scenario.

References to the Ulysses of Joyce and Homer are everywhere. Meeting of the Waters (2013), for example, offers a map of the public garden in Dublin where part of Chapter 10 of Joyce’s Ulysse is played out. A response in the form of Swansong (2013), a quotation from the same chapter, prompts interplay between the exhibition’s historical roots and variations on its mythical theme.

The literary allusions are paralleled by a close focus on the complexities and excesses of contemporary society. This leads Mahony to an emphasis on objects that channel conflict, and whose contradictory nature they spotlight: mass consumption items and archaeological artefacts treated and considered both as merchandise and as vehicles for meaning.

For Mahony these objects, which circulate on the global market, are inherently an expression of today’s materialist culture. The installation Gum - Paste Incident (2011) contains a reference to a Mayan statue whose authenticity was recently challenged when it came up for sale: the installation questions its value as an (art) object and calls attention to the power struggles taking place between Old Europe and the ‘other worlds’.

Slow Season’s equilibrium is doubly underpinned by this subtle mix of the poetic and the political and by the artists’ attentiveness to the exhibition’s setting. Crucial here is the image of the sharp-eyed nomadic observer: the flâneur, from Leopold Bloom to Walter Benjamin, or the long-distance traveller, from Ulysses to Ernest Shackleton.


This exhibition is part of Ulysses, l’autre mer, a contemporary art itinerary in Brittany open to visitors from April to November 2013.
The Ulysses, l’autre mer project was initiated by FRAC Bretagne – the Brittany Region Contemporary Art Collection – to mark its 30th anniversary.
Further information: www.fracbretagne.fr


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work of art

Poor Mamma´s Panacea
Poor Mamma´s Panacea
Mahony
2013 Sculpture Painted wax, string About 10 x 5 x 5 cm Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel (...)
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Natural Loss
Natural Loss
Mahony
2013 wall painting Variable dimensions Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienne (...)
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Being There is Enough
Being There is Enough
Mahony
2013 Sculpture Wood, fabric 90 x 90 x 50 cm Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel Layr, (...)
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Swansong
Swansong
Mahony
2013 Concrete characters painted in white, stone Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel Layr, (...)
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o.T.
o.T.
Mahony
2013 Sculpture Metal, white lacquer 27 x 4 cm Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel Layr, (...)
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Meeting of the Waters
Meeting of the Waters
Mahony
2013 Floor Installation, Fabric About 180 x 200 cm Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel (...)
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The Assembly
The Assembly
Mahony
2013 Floor Installation, Synthetic materials, newspaper, string Variable dimensions (...)
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Slow Season
Slow Season
Mahony
2013 Banner Printing on fabric, watercolor 220 x 400 cm Courtesy Mahony et Galerie Emanuel (...)
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Files

PRESS PACK - SLOW SEASON

PRESS PACK - SLOW SEASON
Mahony

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Links

http://www.mahony.fm