For ABMB15, Kerlin Gallery presents a unique and unprecedented presentation of Irish and international contemporary art, all exhibited for the first time.
Visitors will enter and exit the booth via two site-specific works by Liam Gillick, Engaged Revision I and II. Curtaining over the doorways with PVC strip ribbon, the works incorporate the architecture of Booth J16 to transform the viewer’s journey into the space. Precedents for this work can be found in Gillick’s entrance to the German Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009, and subsequently his 2010 retrospective at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle in Bonn, however this marks the first time such a work has been shown in the United States, or in an art fair context.
Once inside, visitors will encounter a new hand-tufted wool carpet by Isabel Nolan, hanging from the wall and rolling down onto the floor. Titled Fourfold Sorrows, the work is only Nolan’s fourth carpet sculpture in as many years, and the first to introduce a figurative element. Meanwhile, Siobhán Hapaska has returned to her signature handling of fibreglass resin, creating Repressed Apple, a powerful and playful work that pits diverse materials (aluminium, artificial snakeskin and polished fibreglass resin) together in a delicate and complex arrangement.
Alongside these two works of contemporary sculpture, the booth will house two very different and distinct abstract painters: Liliane Tomasko and Jan Pleitner. Tomasko’s large, complex and meticulous painting captures the mood, activity and psychological associations of the bedroom. Her work is offset by the mercurial, movement-filled paintings of Pleitner, whose practice is driven by subconscious thought and informed by science fiction.
Finally, exhibited for the first time are a number of ‘Sex Paintings’ by Merlin James. These explicit works depict scenes of sexual intimacy in graphic detail (for this reason, Booth J16 will be labelled as unsuitable for minors). The paintings reflect a vital strand of James’s practice, but one that few are familiar with; our inclusion of them at ABMB15 will cast new light on this previously unknown body of work.
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