|Billy Childish at Neugerriemschneider|
First stop was the gallery Peres Projects, where we saw the exhibition My Heroine and Her Mate by the artist Dorothy Iannone. Although Iannone is best known for her feminist erotic drawings, we were treated to some of her earlier abstract paintings. Although precursors to her later works were to be spotted in this painting, "The Sea Where Cleopatra Bathed" from 1964. We learned that this American artist was born in 1933 and lives in Berlin.
|The Sea Where Cleopatra Bathed, 1964|
The next stop was Reena Spaulings Later Seascapes at Galerie Neu. We were confronted with an at first glance cryptic press release, which we eventually realized we could take in the most literal sense. The paintings were physically painted by an iRobot Scooba 450, a robotic vacuum cleaner, and they claimed to reference seascapes by JMW Turner. "Spaulings channels the senile-visionary late later Turner in the robot's drone-like way of attacking the canvas like any vacuum floor," states the press release. Some of us were quite entertained by irreverent personality of the show, while others found it to be overly smug and ironic. But definitely thought provoking!