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Anton Kern Gallery: MAREPE
Back Gallery: John Bock
- 25 Oct 2013 to 14 Dec 2013

Current Exhibition


25 Oct 2013 to 14 Dec 2013
Hours : Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
10011
New York, NY
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MAREPE
October 25 – December 14, 2013
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Artists in this exhibition: MAREPE, John Bock


MAREPE

October 25 – December 14, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, October 25, from 6 - 8pm

For his third solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Brazilian artist Marepe presents a group of six sculptures made of common objects and put together with great formal rigor and poetic potential. These works achieve a complex layering of references and meanings addressing the linkage between the individual and society.

Marepe's sculptures are made from everyday materials such as plastic buckets and tables, ironing boards, brooms, bicycles, wheelbarrows, and chipboard. Some titles, such as Embutido Sanfona (embedded accordion), are inspired by popular music, others are factual and descriptive, such as Empilhamento (stacking). The work allows for a direct reading, and perhaps more importantly, leads toward a sensory experience; an intimacy of touch and interaction, comparable to the deeply emotional experience and immediacy of listening to music.

Duchamp and Neoconcretismo may be part of Marepe's inspiration, but it is the artist's deep concern for the social and for human interaction that drives his art. He combines quotidian objects and materials to form disarmingly simple monuments, some suggesting abstract forms, others depicting figures engaged in dance-like interaction, and in some cases allowing cut-out chipboard to assist in creating specific figures.

Many of Marepe's titles refer to Brazilian music or lyrics. Embutido Sanfona for example, can be translated as “built-in concertina,” the slightly smaller version of the accordion which is the lead instrument in Forró, a thrilling and infectious folk-pop music from the North-East of Brazil, the region where Marepe grew up and still lives and works. "Embutido Sanfona" also refers to Marepe's previous wooden models for rooms and trucks and his interest in communal and shared spaces. It is simultaneously a minimalist kinetic sculpture, a model for multi-purpose housing, and a musical celebration.

Marepe's work speaks, or rather sings of everyday life and love, celebrating and elevating the specific materials and origins of the work to the universal. The ordinary shines in its simple beauty declaring its liberating and transformative power.


Back Gallery

John Bock
Above the point of the glowing silence
2013 Venice Biennale project


The exhibitions open on Friday, October 25 and will run through Saturday, December 14, 2013. The gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm. For further information and images, please contact the gallery at (t) 212.367.9663, or email: nahna@antonkerngallery.com.


Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
tel 212.367.9663
fax 212.367.8135

Anton Kern Gallery






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