13 Jan – 17 Feb 2018
CONDO LONDON 2018
LYDIA OKUMURA | JOSE DAVILA | JEPPE HEIN
13 JANUARY - 17 FEBRUARY 2018 PREVIEW WEEKEND 13 & 14 JANUARY, 12 – 6 PM
For Condo 2018 König London hosts Galeria Jaqueline Martins from São Paolo. The exhibition is a group show based around the language of Minimalism with König London exhibiting Jeppe Hein and Jose Dávila to complement Brazilian, New York based artist Lydia Okumura from Galeria Jaqueline Martins. All three artists play with space and the bodily experience of the viewer, Hein and Dávila both engaging with the discourse of early Minimalism that has been developed by Okumura since the 70s.
Born in 1948 Osvaldo Cruz, São Paulo, Brazil; she lives and works in New York, USA.
For almost 50 years, the Brazilian-born, New York-based artist has been investigating the interplay between two and three-dimensional space through precise, site-specific installations. Mostly using acrylic paint, cotton string, painted aluminium sheets, charcoal and pencil, Okumura constructs abstract geometric compositions that project into three-dimensional space from the walls and door. Although her practice can be framed within the minimalist tradition, op art is also at play. Through modest interventions, Okumura enhances our awareness of our bodily presence in the exhibition space.
Lydia Okumura had her first solo exhibition of Objects/paintings in 1968 and was awarded various art prizes before obtaining her B.A from FAAP in São Paulo in 1973. Since the 1970s Okumura has developed her work by appropriating elements of architecture and, in the 80s, by adding volumes using wire mesh and steel wires. She participated in the National São Paulo Biennial in 1972 and the International São Paulo Biennials in 1973, 77, 79 and in 83.
In 1978 Okumura was the first Brazilian artist to be collected by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and she has works in institutions and museums in Japan, Chile, Venezuela, Colombia and Norway and USA and in the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM) and Museu de Arte Contemporanea de São Paulo (MAC/USP) in Brazil.
JOSE DAVILA Born 1974 in Guadalajara, Mexico, lives and works in Mexico.
Jose Dávila studied architecture in the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Guadalajara, Mexico, however, he considers himself as an intuitive selftaught artist. The work of Jose Dávila is the result, on one hand, of taking the resistance of both form and material to its limit, and on the other, of the appropriation and recontextualisation of poignant works of art throughout history, defining them within a local and contemporary context.
His work is part of the Getty’s PST LA/LA triennial in Los Angeles and has been exhibited in Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, DE; Marfa Contemporary, Marfa, USA, Savannah College of Art and Design; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Museum Voorlinden, AG Wassenaar, Nederland, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico City; Caixa Forum, Madrid; MoMA PS1, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; San Diego Museum of Art; Museo de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; MAK, Vienna, Fundación/ Colección JUMEX, Mexico City; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; The Moore Space, Miami; NICC, Antwerp, among others; Jose Dávila has been awarded with the Baltic Artists’ Award along with artists Eric N. Mack, Toni Schmale and Shen Xin.
JEPPE HEIN Born 1974 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Copenhagen / Berlin.
Hein’s practice engages interactively with his viewers, drawing them in as the centre of the work, and making essential their presence as an integral component of the work’s existence and function. The use of humour is central to Hein’s oeuvre, and it is with sly playfulness that he investigates the symbolic cues of the ubiquitous.
Since studying at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main (1997-1999) he has been part of numerous group exhibitions and has realised several works in public space. Numerous museums own his work, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gallery, London and MoCA, LA. In 2016 Kistefos-Museet in Jevnaker, Norway inaugurated a site specific work of his for the permanent collection. Lately he had solo exhibitions at Chateau La Coste, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm and a major project at Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYC in cooperation with the Public Art Fund.