LONDON.- Today The Royal Academy of Arts launches GSK Contemporary, a new eclectic three month season of exhibitions and events. GSK Contemporary introduces international artists, surveys emerging trends and provides a new platform for experimentation, discussion and debate within the contemporary visual arts. The exhibition programme is split into two main parts:
Part I: Molten States 31 October 4 December
Part II: Collision Course, 16 December 19 January
Opening the season in the main first floor galleries is the multi-media exhibition Molten States. Exploring the links between art and performance, it features work from four international artists known for their focus on film, theatre and narrative - Olaf Nicolai, René Pollesch, Julian Rosefeldt and Catherine Sullivan. Olaf Nicolai presents a newly commissioned installation Lonesome Spot and René Pollesch will stage a performance of: Tod Eines Praktikanten(Death of a Trainee). Julian Rosefeldt will show the trilogy, featuring Stunned Man, The Perfectionist and The Soundmaker Sound Maker. US film and video artist Catherine Sullivans recently commissioned work Triangle of Need, a multi- faceted combination of 16 mm film, video projection and monitors will be shown in London for the first time.
Event Horizon is a 12-week programme of new commissions by major London-based artists curated by temporarycontemporary. Highlights include Georgina Starr, Bob and Roberta Smith, David Medalla, Spartacus Chetwynd and Marc Camille Chaimowicz. Transforming experience through experimental installation and action, Event Horizon explores a trend in British contemporary art where sculpture becomes event. A late-night bar and social club environment by temporarycontemporary hosts installations, performances, and ephemeral participatory works.
Throughout the entire run of the season, work by artists Antony Micallef, Rémy Markowitsch and Maya Roos will be installed in the grand entrance hall of 6 Burlington Gardens and the surrounding ground floor galleries. On entering the building, visitors will be greeted by Swiss artist Rémy Markowitschs suspended light-sculpture, Onion Options. The Berlin-based painter Maya Roos uses the computer software Norton to break down and colour code the work of an individual and create a portrait through the hard disk of the subjects personal computer. The large painting, Portrait by Speed Disk, will be unveiled in the ground floor entrance gallery.