15 Oct 11 - 15 Nov 11
Trolley Presents TJ Boulting Presenting Kling & Bang
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TJ Boulting presents the inaugural exhibition of the gallery by welcoming back to London Icelandic artist-lead gallery Kling and Bang. Previous Kling & Bang projects in London include The Tower of Now at Tate Modern's No Soul for Sale in 2010 and Sirkus, a demolished Reykjavik bar re-erected by Kling & Bang for Frieze Projects in 2008. Here they will be showing a program of predominantly video from their archive of over ten years, incorporating the work of over 60 Icelandic and international artists as a dynamic VJ installation, along with other new and recent work, and on the opening day, performance, music and a custom-built bar the artists have created in the space.
The format of the video part of the exhibition, which was originally created in collaboration with Hamburg gallery Dorothea Schlueter in 2010, will be the foundation and starting point of the other activities, and will consist of a series of ten colour-coded video ‘playlists’, of ten videos each, curated as both solo and group presentations. The colour acts as a code for each group, for example the red-themed ‘One Person’ takes on a feeling of aggression, whilst the orange is a group presentation of predominantly Kling and Bang artists entitled 'Male, Ridiculous, Pathetic, Irony', and light blue is entitled ‘One Pool, One Girl Bathing Different Weather’ a solo work by Czech artist Monika Frycova.
Since 2009 Kling & Bang have been building an archive of DVDs compiled by the gallery out of the many projects, exhibitions and collaborations that Kling & Bang undertake, not only in their roles as hosts and curators, but also as artists in their own right. The archive contains artists’ films, videos and animations, as well as documentations of performances and much more. Amongst others, the work shown includes Kling & Bang members and associates Hannes Lárusson, Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, Sigurdur Gudjónsson, Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Inga Birgisdóttir, Monika Frycova, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir and Erling Klingenberg.
In the basement of the gallery is presented recent work by Kling&Bang artists - painting, drawing, video sculpture and installation - Anna Hrund, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir, Selma Hreggviðsdóttir, Lilja Birgisdóttir, Ragnar Már Nikulásson, Katla Rós, Thorgunnur Oddsdottir, Hekla Dogg Jonsdottir, Úlfur Grönvold, Erling T.V. Klingenberg and Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir.
The golden bar upstairs was made by the artists in the gallery for the opening night, as they stated, “The takeover of the gallery will consist of works made in the heat of the moment by Kling & Bang´s members and guests as well as showing works from Kling & Bang's video archive. As a spectator’s focus point and a safety net we will put up a temporary bar in the gallery, with celebration pouring out of everything. Ever challenging the context and content of creative thinking Kling & Bang reincarnates magical spirits in unknown forms and creates new sparkles.”
The Kling & Bang gallery was founded by a rag tag group of artists at the beginning of 2003. Coming from a variety of different backgrounds, the group’s common goal was to challenge the context and content of creative thinking. And throughout the nine years of Kling & Bang’s existence this enthusiasm has been responsible for countless projects, exhibitions and collaborations. Since 2003 they have presented work by carefully-chosen, emerging and established artists, both Icelandic and international. As well as the before mentioned projects they have participated in a show at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, at the Berliner Liste in Berlin and collaborated with such distinguished international figures as Christoph Schlingensief, Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhoades, John Bock, David Askevold and Gelitin, as well as working with a number of influential Icelandic artists.
For two years, they ran the 5,000-square-meter KlinK & BanK studio space, where some 137 artists, designers, filmmakers and musicians worked on a day-to-day basis, producing a wide variety of projects, presenting on average three events per week.
As the artist-run element of the organization is vital to the group’s identity, all of Kling & Bang’s members are artists themselves — indeed, when applicable, the gallery participates in the creation of artworks with the artists they exhibit. Kling & Bang puts up close to a dozen exhibitions every year. They are down-and-dirty, they’re hands-on and above all “can-do”.