Four exhibitions: Berlin and Los Angeles

Peres Projects, Berlin / Germany

February 29, 2008

Peres Projects Los Angeles
969 Chung King Road,
Chinatown Los Angeles
Opening March 01, 2008 6 – 9PM

Peres Projects Berlin
Schlesische strasse 26, Kreuzberg Berlin
Opening March 01, 2008 7 – 10PM

http://www.peresprojects.com

Peres Projects Los Angeles
969 Chung King Road, Chinatown Los Angeles
Opening March 01, 2008 6 – 9PM

Paul LEE: Arm’s Lenth
Known for his considered use of what are often forgettable materials of the everyday, Lee here expands his range into what appears to be playful territory; towels, light bulbs and soda cans are joined by tambourines, record players, tennis and squash balls. But, where the viewer might imagine a good old-fashioned kinetic romp, these objects of recreation are instead completely suspended. The space between anticipation of contact and actual contact, between stillness and movement, between longing and realization all constitute the space of “Arm’s Length.”

Peres Projects Berlin
Schlesische strasse 26, Kreuzberg Berlin
Opening March 01, 2008 7 – 10PM

Dean SAMESHIMA: Numbers II (Ode to Johnny Rio)
Javier Peres is very pleased to present the second Berlin solo exhibition of Dean SAMESHIMA, “Numbers II – Ode to Johnny Rio,” a new series of silk-screens on canvas. The title refers to John Rechy’s 1967 novel, Numbers, a thinly veiled auto-biographical portrait of a narcissistic, self-indulged, Johnny Rio, and his sexual forays in the cruising “scene” of Los Angeles – spurred on by the ravages of time, racking up bed partners becomes an obsession, and thus the protagonist, a dark angel of sex and stand-in for his progenitor, turns his tawdry, illicit world into a code of numbers.

Antonio BALLESTER MORENO: Bärkostüm
Over the last few years, Antonio Ballester Moreno has decidedly focused on returning to the basics, often painting as a child, and even going as far as dedicating an entire week to only generating one type of image – for example scribbling triangles on his canvases for weeks, then dedicating another week to spreading dots over the works…the end results are works that can be seen as both abstract and figurative, real and surreal. Yet their bright colors and silly playfulness belie a darker side. Delving into the fascinating and unsettling waters between madness and society, Antonio Ballester Moreno creates works that teeter on the crux between man and nature, between technology and Walden-like hermeticism.

SGOZZATA: featuring works by Dan Attoe, Avner Ben Gal, Larry Clark, Jen De Nike, Amie Dicke, Kaye Donachie, Lucio Fontana, Thomas Helbig, Terence Koh, Steven Parrino, Dean Sameshima, Robert Therrien, and Andro Wekua.

SGOZZATA is an homage to the aesthetics and narrative form of classic Hollywood film noir and Italian giallo movies. The exhibition is a stylistic translation of these popular film genres into an art gallery context; a cinematic murder-mystery within the “white cube.” SGOZZATA (Italian for slit throat) is an exhibition that, piece by piece, reveals the grim story of the violent murder of a young woman.

Accompanying SGOZZATA will be a series of film screenings featuring several classic film noir and giallo movies that inspired the exhibition. The first film will be shown on Wednesday, March 5 at 9pm at BASSO (Koepenicker Str. 187-188, Berlin), Dario Argento’s “L’Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo” (The Bird with Crystal Plumage), 1970

For further information on any of our shows, or reproductions please contact in Europe Margherita Belaief at [email protected] , or in America, Sarah Walzer at [email protected]