Skin at Ellis King

December 6th, 2016|

Lali Foster - Sound of a Beer Can Tab popping Open, 2016

Artists: Leda Bourgogne, Heidi Bucher, Jacky Connolly, Jessica Diamond, Louis Eisner, Lali Foster, Joseph Geagan, Anne Imhof, Ross Iannatti, Yoan Mudry, Katja Novitskova, Lydia Ourahmane, Michael Ross, Emily Ludwig Shaffer, Anina Troesch, Franz West, Zoe Williams

Exhibition title: Skin

Venue: Ellis King, Dublin, Ireland

Date: November 11 – December 17, 2016

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Ellis King, Dublin

Ellis King is delighted to present Skins – a group exhibition exploring the phenomena of tactility.  The show aims to acknowledge formal attributes in art and the effect it has on the onlooker; their reactions and subsequent interpretations.

‘Skin’ can imply a range of dichotomies: organic or contrived, protective or penetrable, idiosyncrasies visible in many of the works shown. It can also be seductive, and due to the palpable nature of the artworks the spectator may be coerced to touch. Yet, in this context and environment, they must fight the inclination to do so. In many cases touch is necessary – to touch is often to know. Here, touch is met with condemnation; a slap on the wrist, or more appropriate form of admonishment.

‘Skin’, by disposition, does not solely provide a façade; it absorbs and consumes. Much like the viewer at the exhibition, who is forced to articulate their visceral experiences into intangible thought.

So when approach is limited, how well do we manage our constraint? Accept the limitation or try desperately to subdue the desire for further exploration?

Give them an inch, they say.

Yet, on the contrary, when we are met with the exposed do we become roused or avert our senses to the benign?

Skins - Installation View 01, 2016

Skins - Installation View 02, 2016

Skins - Installation View 03, 2016

Skins - Installation View 04, 2016 (1)

Skins - Installation View 05, 2016

Skins - Installation View 06, 2016

Skins - Installation View 07, 2016

Skins - Installation View 08, 2016

Skins - Installation View 09, 2016

Skins - Installation View 10, 2016

Skins - Installation View 11, 2016 (1)

Skins - Installation View 12, 2016

Skins - Installation View 13, 2016

Anina Troesch - Ladder 1 (detail), 2014

Anina Troesch, Ladder 1, 2016
Fabric, foam, Dimensions variable

Anina Troesch - Ladder 1, 2014

Anina Troesch, Ladder 1, 2016
Fabric, foam, Dimensions variable

Anne Imhof - Horizont V, 2014

Anne Imhof, Horizont V, 2014
Black dibond etching, 135 x 100cm (53.15 x 39.4 inches)

Emily Ludwig Shaffer - My Jungle, 2016

Emily Ludwig Shaffer, My Jungle, 2016
Oil on Canvas in artist’s frame, 187.3 x 156.8cm (73.75 x 61.75 inches)

Franz West - Caldare ( A mobile stove sculpture object) Detail (01), 1991

Franz West, Caldare (A mobile stove sculpture object), 1991
Bronze pot on a steel welded base, white laqured sheet, gas burner, spherical castors for movement, and handle for flame control, Dimensions of Pot: 37 x 27 x 27 cm (14.56 x 12.59 x 12.59 inches), Base: 82 x 47 x 40cm (32.28 x 18.5 x 15.75 inches)

Franz West - Caldare ( A mobile stove sculpture object) Detail, 1991

Franz West, Caldare (A mobile stove sculpture object), 1991
Bronze pot on a steel welded base, white laqured sheet, gas burner, spherical castors for movement, and handle for flame control, Dimensions of Pot: 37 x 27 x 27 cm (14.56 x 12.59 x 12.59 inches), Base: 82 x 47 x 40cm (32.28 x 18.5 x 15.75 inches)

Franz West - Caldare ( A mobile stove sculpture object), 1991

Franz West, Caldare (A mobile stove sculpture object), 1991
Bronze pot on a steel welded base, white laqured sheet, gas burner, spherical castors for movement, and handle for flame control, Dimensions of Pot: 37 x 27 x 27 cm (14.56 x 12.59 x 12.59 inches), Base: 82 x 47 x 40cm (32.28 x 18.5 x 15.75 inches)

Heidi Bucher - Untitled, undated

Heidi Bucher, Untitled, Undated
Latex, mother of pearl, textile, 57 x 36cm (22.4 x 14.2 inches)

Jacky Connolly - Tales from the Borscht Belt, 2016

Jacky Connolly, Tales From the Borscht Belt, 2016 (video still)
Digital video, 11 minutes and 34 seconds

Jacky Connolly, Tales From the Borscht Belt, 2016
Digital video, 11 minutes and 34 seconds

Joseph Geagan - Seashell Superstar (detail), 2016

Joseph Geagan, Seashell Superstar, 2016
Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Joseph Geagan - Seashell Superstar, 2016

Joseph Geagan, Seashell Superstar, 2016
Mixed media, Dimensions variable

Katja Novitskova - Innate Disposition 5, 2012

Katja Novitskova, Innate Disposition 5, 2012
Digital print on aluminum, cutout display, 170 x 128 cm (66.92 x 50.39 inches), edition 1/1 (+1AP)

Lali Foster - Sound of a Beer Can Tab popping Open (detail), 2016

Lali Foster, Sound of a Beer Can Tab Popping Open, 2016, Pencil drawing, frame, hardware, burnt silk ribbon, laser cut wood, paint, Dimensions variable

Lali Foster - Sound of a Beer Can Tab popping Open, 2016

Lali Foster, Sound of a Beer Can Tab Popping Open, 2016, Pencil drawing, frame, hardware, burnt silk ribbon, laser cut wood, paint, Dimensions variable

Leda Bourgogne - Desire Lacks Authority (01), 2016

Leda Bourgogne, Desire Lacks Authority, 2016
Concrete, plaster, Dimensions variable

Leda Bourgogne - Desire Lacks Authority, 2016

Leda Bourgogne, Desire Lacks Authority, 2016
Concrete, plaster, Dimensions variable

Louis Eisner - Foreskin, 2016

Louis Eisner, Foreskin, 2016
Pencil on Paper in artist’s frame, 38 x 44cm (14.96 x 17.32 inches)

Lydia Ourahmane - +44 (0)7508706907, 2016

Lydia Ourahmane, + 44(0)7508706907, 2016
Durational performance, GSM Bugging Device, SIM Card, Active 24/7

Michael Ross - Doppleganger IV (detail), 2016

Michael Ross, Doppleganger IV, 2016
Rubbler thimble, steel wool, 3.7 x 2cm x 2cm (1.45 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches)

Michael Ross - Doppleganger IV, 2016

Michael Ross, Doppleganger IV, 2016
Rubbler thimble, steel wool, 3.7 x 2cm x 2cm (1.45 x 0.79 x 0.79 inches)

Ross Iannatti - Hysteresis no. 62, 2016

Ross Iannatti, Hysteresis no.62, 2016
Silicone coated nylon fabric, sodium azide, residue, wood, 245 x 120cm (96 x 47.25 inches)

Yoan Mudry - Dirty Ghost, 2016

Yoan Mudry, Dirty Ghost, 2016
Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry - Flux Paranoia, 2016

Yoan Mudry, Flux Paranoia, 2016
Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry - If Value then Copy, 2016

Yoan Mudry, If Value, Then Copy, 2016
Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry - Oops I Did it Again, 2016

Yoan Mudry, Oops I Did it Again, 2016
Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry - The Seductive Way, 2016

Yoan Mudry, The Seductive Way, 2016
Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Yoan Mudry - Your Day Job, 2016

Yoan Mudry, Your Day Job, 2016
Ink on Paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (11.7 x 8.26 inches)

Zoe Williams - Pel remnants (Smoking in Furs) (Detail), 2016

Zoe Williams, Pel remnants (Smoking in Furs), 2016
Assorted furs, Sobraine Cocktail cigarette butts, perfume (Nishane – Sultan Vetiver), Dimensions variable

Zoe Williams - Pel remnants (Smoking in Furs), 2016

Zoe Williams, Pel remnants (Smoking in Furs), 2016
Assorted furs, Sobraine Cocktail cigarette butts, perfume (Nishane – Sultan Vetiver), Dimensions variable