Kunstraum exhibitions

I Like My Job Five

SOMA (Plus TRBE Recordings)
21 - 27 September, 2020

Binnie Sisters: The Muddy Clearing
Reopening July 3 - August 1

Julie Béna: The Jester & Death
January 10 - February 15

Dangerous Bodies: Barbara Kapusta
12 October - 16 November
(PV 11 October 6:30 – 9pm)

To Ailsa Rock
Beatrice Loft Schulz and Lindsay McMillan
14 June – 28 July

Something soft: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal & Zoe Williams
13 April – 25 May (PV 12 April, 6.30–9pm)

Nils Alix-Tabeling
Le Bétyle d’Ail
19 January – 22 February 2019

Anna Hulačová
Graceful ride
29 Sept – 24 Nov 2018

Shelly Nadashi
The Avocado Vampire
26 April – 9 June 2018

Mary Hurrell
2 (Aerial)
9 March – 14 April 2018

Von Calhau!
12 January - 10 February 2018

Merike Estna
fragments from the shattered toe
29 September – 25 November 2017

Jennifer Tee
Structures of Recollection and Perseverance
1 July – 9 September 2017

Sophie Jung
Producing My Credentials
14 April – 27 May 2017

Olivier Castel
Communicating vessels
25 November 2016 - 11 February 2017

9 September – 5 November 2016

Jumana Emil Abboud
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine
14 May – 30 July 2016

Dorine van Meel
Disobedient Children
23 October – 19 December 2015

New Pabulum
Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport
6 September - 10 October 2015

Alex Cecchetti
The printing house of hell
27 June - 22 August 2015

Barbara Visser
Manual/2: The Patient Artist
25 April – 13 June 2015

Unlearning to speak
Tyler Coburn, Luca Frei, Joachim Koester, Jacopo Miliani
28 February - 11 April 2015

Nicoline van Harskamp
25 October - 13 December 2014

Zin Taylor
The Tangental Zigzag
14 June – 26 July 2014

Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon
Curated by Thomas Cuckle and Mette Kjærgaard Præst
26 April – 31 May 2014

Flirting, playing, eating, drinking, talking, laughing
with Søren Aagaard, Magnus Clausen, Robert Kjær Clausen, Simon Foxall, Steffen Jørgensen, Peter Larsen, Jørgen Michaelsen, Allan Nicolaisen, Carl Palm, Fredrik Paulsen, Anna Margrethe Pedersen, Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Ditte Boen Soria
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst and Mette Woller
22 February – 5 April 2014

An Opal World
Rossella Biscotti, Priscila Fernandes, Jan Peter Hammer, Alberto De Michele
25 October — 30 November 2013

Late Nights & Early Mornings
Willem Besselink, Jacob Dahlgren, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Relief Journal
21 June — 29 September 2013

Miles Thurlow
Variable Foot
20 April — 1 June 2013

Peter Wächtler
Celtic Dawn
22 February — 6 April 2013

Definitional Disruptions
with Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben
1 December 2012 — 2 February 2013

Jason Coburn
x ways to improve your y
28 September — 17 November 2012

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Jason Coburn
x ways to improve your y
28 September — 17 November 2012

Kunstraum is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, ‘x ways to improve your y’, a solo exhibition by Jason Coburn, the Rotterdam-based artist, curator, writer and DJ.

The two large-scale works produced for ‘x ways to improve your y’ include ‘Atomizer – Lustrous (Red)’, 2012, a 3.5 meter diameter visual representation of particles exploding out from a central point, formed from strips of paper with a specially designed embossed foil pattern. The second work, ‘Spaced Out’, is an intricate wall drawing utilising a 19th century ornamental typeface by Henri-Désiré Porret which was meticulously restored by Coburn
and arranged to form the words ‘Spaced Out’, a word play on the spacing of the letters themselves and a term used to describe confusion, disorientation or intoxication.

Throughout ‘x ways to improve your y’ Coburn explores underlying systems common to the histories of music, visual art and graphic design. A theme running through Coburn’s works is an endeavour to establish relationships between things which are otherwise perceived to be unconnected or in contradiction: In ‘Spaced Out’, 2012, Coburn highlights the supposed oppositions between rationality on the one hand and creativity, intuition, extravagance and controlled substances on the other. The video work, ‘The Etcetera Principle’, 2011, is an audiovisual essay tracing the theme of the optical perception of pattern through an unlikely selection of examples from the history of visual art and design. ‘Atomizer – Lustrous (Red)’, 2012, creates a narrative on painting from abstraction to graffiti and back again, and draws from a fascination with optical effects that cause humans to perceive pattern where there is chaos, and chaos where there is pattern.

Within the works in ‘x ways to improve your y’, ideas ‘sampled’ from outside of visual art are combined and compressed into one another, questioning the traditional hierarchy of art forms. The exhibition is punctuated by a new series of works on paper that utilise media that sit in this grey zone between high and low art. The prints are made using a Risograph printer, a hybrid between a screen-printing bed and a Xerox machine, but the frames and works have been defaced or effaced by spray paint, in some places using the loose approach of an urban tagger, in others utilising the services of a professional spray shop.

The techniques Coburn uses throughout are defined by a collision of forms, materials, processes and ideas from outside of visual art. A half-tone pattern used in printing is illusionistic but the means of the illusion are never disguised. Coburn’s use of print finishing methods has something of the same openness: the materials and techniques introduce layers of complexity, without pretending to be other than what they are.



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