ART :: HELIOPOLIS PRESENTS : CIRCLED THE MAN
“You could say that a reckoning has to be made with the coyote…”
Joseph Beuys on I Like America and America Likes Me, 1974
Circled the Man
through November 30th
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Erkan Özgen and Sener Özmen
Ji Hye Yeom
Curated by Georgia Elrod, Sarada Rauch and Baris Gokturk
Heliopolis Project Space
154 Huron Street
G train to Greenpoint Avenue
With CIRCLED THE MAN, the Heliopolis Curatorial team continues to push material and conceptual mediums, reaching into the historical and imaginary past, present, and future, and featuring work from an impressive array of international artists. Through November 30th, this small space offers once again a range of challenging, engaging work with roots in South Korea, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa, and the US. A performance by Daniel Bozhkov accompanied the opening on November 9th, where per usual the diminutive trappings were full to bursting with those seeking out the best creative curating in Brooklyn has to offer.
When Joseph Beuys came to New York to live and communicate with a wild coyote in a small room he fascinated people. In I Like America and America Likes Me (1974) Beuys assembled a parallel mythology; through symbolism he proposed a different perspective on America, both current and historical. Using an alternative lexicon of ancient myths, he attempted, through his work, to “fix” or heal the rampant global effects of American foreign policy at work during that time. Following this lead, the works in Circled the Man extend parameters by investigating parallel mythologies at work today–traditional, political and otherwise. A show inviting expansion and insight, these are international artists whose work questions, navigates, or provides a broader perspective on political and social paradigms.
It is the common practice of political entities, states and institutions with access to power to churn their respective mythologies, amplifying their raison d’etre and justifying their actions beyond ethical frontiers. The fabrication of such mythologies is followed by the aestheticization of their message sponsored by these very same machines. The individual, the artist, and the independent mind finds itself on the edge of these official narratives. This displacement at its best can result in an alternate current, an adjustment, and a healing. The artist can respond to the officially sponsored spin-of-authority with their own individual practice, placing a stick into the spinning wheel.
In Susana Gaudêncio’s 2008 work, Equestrian Project, the artist proposes the equestrian statue of D. Jose I, in Terreiro de Paco, Lisbon to be moved temporarily into the nearest desert. A formal letter to the mayor of Lisbon with the request ensues.
In Road to Tate Modern (2003), Erkan Özgen and Sener Özmen travel on horse and donkey, in the fashion of Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Sancho Panza through the southeastern region of Anatolia. During their journey, they ask people they encounter the way to Tate Modern…
In Wonderland (2012), Ji Hye Yeom offers a mono-interview in an artificial exotic hole in the middle of snow in Finland, spinning over desires to see other places to Finnish relations with Russia.
Like a contemporary sideways vertical roll, Dineo Seshee Bopape’s 7egg (2012) moves static imagery against a roughly shot video landscape. With this stream she creates a new narrative and altered perspective on ordinary items.
Daniel Bozhkov (seen above performing live with video capture at the gallery) engages in a wide variety of media, painting and performance as acts of resistance to institutionalized homogenization, aiming his works to be more infectious than disruptive.
Open on weekends, the gallery is open weekdays by appointment.
Editor’s Note: curator Sarada Rauch’s solo show, It’s a Bag of Snakes and Chocolate, is currently on view at Novella Gallery. You can see our recent preview of the work here. Curator Georgia Elrod’s solo show, Here and Here, at the John Davis Gallery, was the subject of this earlier post in September. Please get to know and support these terrific artists!