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Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Anna Margrethe Pedersen: Amici
curated by Anna Frost

09.07. - 02.08. 2015

Opening: 09.07. 2015 // 19:00

In a recent conversation my friend Honza Hoeck made this statement: "I do administration 90% of the time. Either you settle for making art 10% of the time or you make art out of the administration".

Amici presents works by the two Danish artists and friends of mine, Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Anna Margrethe Pedersen, who, for this show, are working with the migration of their day jobs into their art practice.

Currently Merete's main source of income is her freelance job as an interior stylist installing furniture, patinated vintage uniques and tasteful artworks into an ambient image collage. Through this job she comes in contact with various disciplines that she sources and integrates in her practice.

Oscillating between seemingly random doodles and the pathos of the artist, some of the most recent pieces by Anna Margrethe are autobiographical slips of the mind made during her job at a gallery. The doodles that emerge come from an out of focus state where thoughts wander off and make conspicuous characters surface. Elevating these drawings from the notepad to the canvas functions both as a comical comment on the rather old school concept of the ingenious artist who struck by a vision has to put it out in to the world. At the same time the drawings recognize and celebrate these slips of the mind as an alley to the obscure one cannot plan or force.

The pieces by Merete imitate the artist's studio. Through a large paint brush, a custom up-art pillow, and a table made from a blank canvas, this interior set-up functions as a co space in between fields and methods from where the artist works today. Reciprocal dynamics between art and trend, as well as object and representation are hereby brought to the foreground. By this it addresses how we value and conceive objects in a transitory field between working fields, displacement, interpretation and transition from 2D to 3D.

In Amici the set-up circumvents itself by this very self-proclamation. Does artistic autonomy exist? And perhaps more important, do we even want to go there? Inevitably one practice seeps into the other. With this constant fluctuating in and out of focus, money job and artistic practice, Amici is a humorous play of existentialist self reflection that extracts joy and privileges from the tediousness of work as well as celebrating the premise that everything exists on top of one another.
-Anna Frost-

the ever missing Pizza Pavilion @ Venice Biennale #56
First International Pavilion dedicated to Pizza as Cultural Canvas

opening: May 7, 2015 / 8pm
location: Pizza Al Volo, Campo Santa Margherita (Venice, Italy)
duration: May 8 to Nov 22, 2015

Alma Alloro / Anthony Antonellis / Rachael Archibald / Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach / Paul Barsch / Dineo Seshee Bopape / Matteo Ceretto Castigliano / Debora Delmar / Jack Fisher / Luc Fuller / Shiyu Gao / Jason Hirata / Tilman Hornig & Anselm Ruderisch / Sascha Hundorff / Simona Lamparelli / Lorna Mills / Yorgos Sapountzis / Sydney Shen / Santiago Taccetti

"When entire sections of our existence spiral into abstraction as a result of economic globalization, when the basic functions of our daily lives are slowly transformed into products of consumption (including human relations, which are becoming a full-fledged industrial concern), it seems highly logical that artists might seek to rematerialize these functions and processes, to give shape to what is disappearing before our eyes." (N. Bourriaud)

PIZZA PAVILION takes place at 'Al Volo' a regular pizzeria in Venice for the duration of the Venice Biennale #56. A list of international artists were invited to create their very personal pizza-topping ideas that will be realized by the pizzeria´s bakers and served on-site. PIZZA PAVILION uses the existing infrastructure of a working local pizzeria in order to create a highly effective and still priceless Venice Biennale 'pavilion' - a platform for young international artists at a minimum to zero cost and effort. (Almost like using solar power to gain electric energy, or using the internet to spread .gif-art …) The pizzeria will continue to run as usual. Beside the pizzeria´s regular choices PIZZA PAVILION adds a special PIZZA PAVILION menu that announces the participating artist and their pizzas. PIZZA PAVILION PIZZAs are totally edible and available at regular prices. In order to stick to the pizzerias working procedures and resources the artists could only choose from the pizzeria's usual topping variety. PIZZA PAVILION is turning a regular pizzeria into an art production studio and gallery, where one can witness the creation of an contemporary "artwork" and can buy and consume it directly. PIZZA PAVILION is not supported by any funding or grants, it is realized by the enthusiasm of a few to benefit all. It is not part of Venice Biennale #56 or any official programming. But it is an operation of professionals at large. Artists make art, curators curate, pizzerias make pizza! It's an experience of choice. The pavilion of the hungry hearts. <3
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The opening event was accompanied by Pizza Parlance a project by Julia Mintzer (mezzo-soprano), Charles Ogilvie, Toby Young. An accompanying catalogue and fantastiv ediction is coming and will host texts, poems, research and interviews on Pizza, Pizza Pavilion and its participants. more information here: or via the facebook eventpage.

The exclusive Pizza Pavilion mixtape was released and made available by/via The Pizza Suicide Club on bandcamp and F***NG BLUESTORK went wild on WE LIKE PIZZA. Thanks a million! available here: Pizza soundcloud

Pizza Pavilion is a project by Konstanze Schuetze and Paul Barsch, Simona Lamparelli and Matteo Ceretto Castigliano in cooperation with ‚Pizza Al Volo' (Venice) and S T O R E contemporary (Dresden) //