REBUS curated by Mario Codognato, 21 JULY 2011 – 03 SEPTEMBER 2011, artists: vedovamazzei, John M Armleder, Mircea Cantor, Merlin Carpenter, Matias Faldbakken, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sherrie Levine, Sislej Xhafa, Heimo Zobernig, SIMON LEE GALLERY 12 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8DT.
Sislej Xhafa also often brings together found objects from divergent sources and contexts. His modified American Express corporate card, human hair attached in the place of the plumed helmet of the card’s logo, recalls a surrealist collage object, but the defacing of the corporate with the human also delivers a potent critical reflection. With a related stance, Merlin Carpenter contributes an oil-filled radiator to the gallery’s summer show. Titled ‘Don’t Let the Bastards Grind you Down’ it comes with the instructions that it is to be switched on during gallery opening hours, and returned to the artist’s studio at the end of the exhibition..
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