Green Ted

Ivor Cutler

at Goldsmiths CCA

Green Ted place

This relatively new gallery is only a bus ride away on the 321, near New Cross (one of the CruStations).

A small but perfectly formed exhibition about a small, wonderfully eccentric performer. There is a piece in what looks like Ivor's own, shaky hand and so presumably written in later life (see below) that states, "Ivor Cutler / 1. Poet / 2. Composer / 3. Singer / 4. Musician / 5. Artist / 6. Author / 7. Humorist / 8. Therapist".

Wikipedia entry. Obituaries: Guardian; Independent; Telegraph.

General Views and displays

Cat. 5,431-40

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Posters

Cat. 5,441-50

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Pieces

Cat. 5,451-68

The lighting in the CCA leaves a lot to be desired, so some of the pieces suffer from the reflection of flourescent tubes on the covered displays.

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Mika Rottenberg

Cat. 5,480

There is also a series of unlabelled installations by Mika Rottenberg on show.These are described on the web site as "elaborate visual narratives" and several are clever and/or amusing, though I remain mystefied by the room containing spot-lit frying pans on hotplates.

This was the simplest and the best. That's all it did (while we were there, anyway).

Here's the full spiel from the web site.

Mika Rottenberg presents new and existing work in an exhibition that will run throughout seven galleries in Goldsmiths CCA.
Featuring two new films, Rottenberg will respond to the building incorporating purpose-built installations alongside sculptural objects. Mika Rottenberg is known for her ability to highlight themes such as the inequalities of our global economy and the fragility of the human body, spun through a lens of humour, absurdity and confusion. She juxtaposes the vulnerabilities and strengths of her protagonists within uncanny interpretations of our physical world.
Rottenberg’s elaborate visual narratives draw on cinematic and sculptural traditions to forge a new language that uses cause and effect structures to explore labour and globalisation, economy and production of value, and how our own affective relationships are increasingly monetised. The artist explains that through film, architectural installation, and sculpture, she “designs systems with their own subjective logic, precarious systems that are constantly on the verge of collapsing, both logically and physically but somehow are able to hold themselves together through this motion of perpetual movement and growth, until they also pop…”
Two new works have been commissioned for the exhibition: Untitled (Ceiling Projection) and Study#4, which examine the human body’s physical and psychological potential and limitations. Rottenberg attempts to create a kind of psychological state, a spiritual state and a cosmic state, where energies transform things from one state of matter to another. There’s a crucial pivot point in these works, where they “become little solar systems or salad spinners, governed by their own perpetual centrifugal force”.
BIOGRAPHY
Mika Rottenberg was born in Buenos Aires in 1976 and lives and works in New York. Her film installations explore the seduction, magic, and desperation of our hyper-capitalistic, globally connected reality. Recent solo presentations of Rottenberg’s work include Magasin III, Stockholm (2013), Israel Museum, Jerusalem (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016) and the Bass Museum, Miami (2017–2018). Rottenberg’s work was also showcased at the Whitney Biennial 2008. She collaborated in 2011 with artist Jon Kessler on Seven, a cycle of performances and installations created for Performa 11 in New York City. In 2015, her work NoNoseKnows was featured in the Venice Biennale as part of All the World’s Futures. Rottenberg’s most recent film Cosmic Generator was part of Skulptur Projekte 2017 in Münster.
The new works are co-commissioned with Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo).
With thanks to the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in the United Kingdom. goldsmithscca.art