Kevin Gallagher and Perri MacKenzie at Futura

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Artists: Kevin Gallagher and Perri MacKenzie

Exhibition title:  Find Yourself A Human Activity

Venue:  Futura (Karlin Studios), Prague, Czech Republic

Date:  July 16 – 30, 2015

Photography: images copyright and courtesy of the artists and FUTURA, Prague

Perri MacKenzie (Scotland, UK) and Kevin Gallagher (Chicago, US) are two visual artists based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands who often present work together or collaborate on event­based programming. For this exhibition the artists have chosen to build on a previous collaboration, a story­cum­artwork. The list of actors include non–human intelligences, painters with writing addictions, troubled genres. How do these actors communicate? ­> Spun and threaded email chains ­> inter­identity crises ­> multi­medial meltinggg.

The title, Find Yourself A Human Activity, is drawn from a mistranslated painting. Travelers carry germs, ye know, and the microbes of Chapter One have found a new host: Prague. And so continues this Story­cum­artwork saga. Re-generating legs, crawling, sprouting hairs, and sometimes now even an aching back (through heavy lifting and aspirational reaching).

“Prague interests” become a recipe for homespun bread sculptures and muralistic dragon painting. With ingredients culled from nudist reservoirs and cellphone store architectures. Assembled with the flair of a painter­tagonist and the rusty agency of yeast.

Chapter One, entitled Real Snow, was presented in December 2014 at Pracownia Portretu, Lodz, Poland.

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Kevin Gallagher, Frozen Carb, 2015

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Kevin Gallagher, Frozen Carb, 2015 (detail)

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Kevin Gallagher, Frozen Carb, 2015 (detail)

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Kevin Gallagher, Untitled (Acoustic O2), 2015 (detail)

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Perri MacKenzie, Choices, 2015

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Perri MacKenzie, Choices, 2015

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Perri MacKenzie, Choices, 2015

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Kevin Gallagher, Thirsty Carb, 2015

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Kevin Gallagher, Natural Carb, 2015

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Kevin Gallagher, Untitled (Acoustic O2), 2015

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Perri MacKenzie, Choices, 2015

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Perri MacKenzie, Choices, 2015

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Perri MacKenzie, Choices, 2015

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Kevin Gallagher, Punished Carb, 2015