Sex Mag * Issue 12 * Berlin Launch * Saturday 6 October, from 6 to 8pm @ Motto Berlin

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Pope.L, My Kingdom for a Title — book launch | Wednesday 3 November | Motto Berlin

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on October 31st, 2021
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Dear friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the book launch of
Pope.L, My Kingdom for a Title in presence of the artist.

7–9 pm Wednesday 3 November 2021

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin
U1 Schlesisches Tor

 

My Kingdom for a Title is a collection of writing by Chicago–based artist Pope.L documenting his use of language as a mode of visual, narrative, and performative story telling.

The act of writing has been integral to how Pope.L works and is arguably the most consistent element in his practice. These works take various forms: scripts, short stories, scribbled notes, large scale installation, and painting—many never before released. Assembled here for the first time, My Kingdom for a Title allows the breadth of the artist’s engagement with language to be fully assessed. Within the book, Pope.L’s work is supplemented with extensive endnotes sourced by artist Kandis Williams.

Pope.L is a visual artist and edu­cator whose multidisciplinary practice uses binaries, contraries, and preconceived notions embedded within contemporary culture to create artworks in various formats including writing, painting, performance, installation, video, and sculpture. Building upon his long history of enacting arduous, provocative, absurdist performances and interventions in public spaces, Pope.L applies some of the same social, formal, and performative strategies to his interests in language, system, gender, race, and community. The goals for his work are several: joy, money, and uncertainty—not necessarily in that order.

Edited by Courtney Willis Blair
Endnotes by Kandis Williams
Published by New Documents in collaboration with Mitchell-Innes & Nash
First Edition (2021)

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Renaud Regnery | Vrach Book launch | Friday, 29 October, from 7 to 9pm



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Original sketches for “Vrach”, 2019. Mixed techniques on print outs, 29.7 x 21 cm each.

Book launch:

Renaud Regnery | Vrach

You are cordially invited to join us for the launch of Renaud Regnery publication Vrach,
 published by Motto Books in collaboration with Klemm’s gallery.

Friday, 29 October 2021, from 7 to 9pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof

10997 Berlin

Vrach is Renaud Regnery’s collection of all the sketches made for the painting of the same name: Vrach, 2019, plaster, acrylic paint and alkyd lacquer on wallpaper on canvas, 200 x 135 cm. The painting is photographed at various stages of its completion and these printed images are used as the basis for further Studies. The artist reuses the loose sheets he finds in his studio: fragments of theoretical texts printed for the preparation of exhibitions, essays on the work by other artists, extracts of bank statements, failed copy of car documents etc.

Vrach is the first book of a wider collection based on the same concept.

Published by Motto Books
Edition of 150 / Order your copy here
Special Edition / Order here

David Maroto – The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts | In conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen | 27.10.2021, 8pm @ Motto Berlin

Posted in art, Artist Book, events, Motto Berlin event on October 22nd, 2021
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Photo credit: Anna Azzali. Courtesy of Mousse Publishing.

Book launch:

The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts

David Maroto

In conversation with Krist Gruijthuijsen

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 8pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin

Publication in two volumes:

Part 1. A New Medium (theoretical essay)

Part 2. The Fantasy of the Novel (novel)


Why do artists write novels? What does the artist’s novel do to the visual arts? How should such a novel be experienced? In recent years, there has been a proliferation of visual artists who create novels as part of their wider art projects. They do so in order to address artistic issues by means of novelistic devices, favoring a sort of art predicated on process and subjectivity, introducing notions such as fiction, narrative, and imagination. In this sense, it is possible to speak of a new medium in the visual arts; yet, very little is known about it.

Join us for an evening of discussion during the launch of David Maroto’s The Artist’s Novel: The Novel as a Medium in the Visual Arts (Mousse Publishing, 2020). This two-volume book is the first to explore in depth the subject of the artist’s novel. Part 1: A New Medium aims to critically elucidate the pressing questions posed by the emergence of a new artistic medium with a theoretical approach to a number of key case studies.

Part 2: The Fantasy of the Novel is a research project in the form of a novel, which examines the process of creation of an artist’s novel. The protagonist is in the position of a detective who tries to understand the conditions under which an artist decides to write, and how such a thing is possible within an artistic setting.

Curator and art critic Krist Gruijthuijsen will accompany David in the discussion in order to examine the different ways contemporary artists have employed the artist’s novel, and its impact on the curatorial and institutional context in which it appears and with which it interacts.

 

Bios

David Maroto is a Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands and a PhD from the Edinburgh College of Art, with an extensive international artistic practice. In 2011, he spent time at a residency in ISCP New York, where he met curator Joanna Zielińska and began a collaboration called The Book Lovers, a research project based on the creation of a collection and bibliography of artists’ novels with the continuous support of M HKA (Antwerp). This collaboration has enabled them to engage with a host of international institutions. David has published numerous articles and edited various publications, including Artist Novels (Sternberg Press, 2015); Tamam Shud (Sternberg Press, 2018); and Obieg Magazine no. 8, ‘Art & Literature: A Mongrel’s Guide‘ (2018).

 

Krist Gruijthuijsen is a curator, art critic, and director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art. He was artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein in Graz in 2012–16 and has been course director of the MA fine arts department at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam since 2011. He is one of the co-founding directors of Kunstverein in Amsterdam and has organised numerous exhibitions and projects over the past decade, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino-South Tyrol,IT), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York), Swiss Institute (New York), Galeria Vermelho (São Paulo), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Arnolfini (Bristol, UK), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, US), and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane). Gruijthuijsen has produced, edited, and published extensively with JRP|Ringier Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing, Printed Matter, Walther König, and Kunstverein Publishing, among which The Encyclopaedia of Fictional Artists (JRP|Ringier, 2010).

This project is possible thanks to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund.

Dayna Grosz, Jana Nowack – MISTAKE or Miracle? book launch | Friday 22nd October @ Motto Berlin

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Friday 22nd October

From 6pm @ Motto Berlin

MISTAKE or Miracle?

a collaborative project between artist Jana Nowack and writer Dayna Grosz.

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Kristin Loschert | Heinz Peter Knes | Oct. 3rd | Motto Berlin

Posted in events, Motto Berlin event, Motto Berlin store on September 30th, 2021
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Dear friends,

We are excited to invite you to the finissage of Kristin Loschert „Subject to“

Screening of „ein Riemenschneiderfilm“, a collaboration between Kristin Loschert and Heinz Peter Knes during the evening.

October 3rd 2021

from 5pm

Screening times:
5.30pm
6.30pm
7.30pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof

Subject to
Subject to (special edition)

Sgomento #9 launch | Magdalena Mitterhofer performance | 22 Sept. 2021 | @ Motto Berlin

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Sgomento #9 launch | Magdalena Mitterhofer performance | 22 Sept. 2021 | @ Motto Berlin

Dear friends,

We are excited to invite you to the launch of the latest issue of SgomentoIn The Bosom of…, in collaboration with Marco Rigoni.

On September 22nd at 6pm we welcome you to experience a scenic reading and dedicated performance by Magdalena Mitterhofer with Arnold Trautwein, Merch – bozze per un bottegaio.

The freshly printed issue #9 of the comic will be available at Motto from the night of the event, together with some past issues.

Our dear friend and colleague Barbara will serve a special cuntktail, especially brewed for the occasion!

‘Subject to’. Kristin Loschert. Sept. 3, 2021. Motto Berlin

Posted in art, events on August 30th, 2021

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‘Subject to’

Kristin Loschert

Opening Friday Sept. 3 @ Motto Berlin

Exhibition 04.09-02.10.2021

Désirer, ne pas voir | Joachim Perez Performance with Morphena @ Motto Berlin | Thursday 19th August

Posted in art, events, Motto Berlin store on August 17th, 2021
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Joachim Perez

Performance with Morphena

19.08.2021

6-8pm

@ Motto Berlin

Joachim Perez | Marc Bauer @ Motto Berlin | Thursday 15 July 2021

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store on July 10th, 2021
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Joachim Perez

Opening on Thursday 15 July, from 6 pm @ Motto Berlin

Men have always depicted naked women. Joachim Perez took this observation as a starting point,  appropriating a medium codified as feminine — embroidery — to depict male bodies. Working primarily with sewing and embroideries, he began to create large-scale installations that explore masculinity and sexuality in a defined space.

Following his residency at the Musée Jenisch (Vevey, Switzerland), where the classicism of the paintings in the permanent collection clashed with the elasticity of his works, Perez presents a new series of embroideries at Motto, this time on tarpaulin. Limited to the gallery’s glass cabinets, his embroideries stress a back and forth in his practice between the male body displayed in an unaffected manner and the constraints imposed by the space in which it is exhibited. Indeed, Perez’s works speak of our gaze, tensions and the internal dialogue that results from the tendency to both desire and reject eroticism.The partial unveiling of the works engages the visitor to develop a narrative aroused by the latent violence of bodies kept in glass cages.

Stick Your Finger – a Recollection by Marc Bauer

Stick Your Finger – a Recollection

Marc Bauer

Opening on Thursday 15 July, from 6 pm @ Motto Berlin

Another Mobile Gallery is pleased to invite you to Marc Bauer’s exhibition entitled Stick Your Finger – a Recollection which will take place on the 15th of July, hosted by Motto Berlin. Summoning the public to a meditation on the body and the sense of touch, the artist has put together 12 works to express difficult themes such as sexuality and the implied dichotomy of care and abuse, blended with his own personal experiences and memories as a teenager in the 1980s. The artworks will not be displayed in a traditional format, but will be shown as part of a collaborative performance where the public will interact directly, as an homage to the recent reality of the pandemic and the restrictions universally faced for the past year and a half.

Another Mobile Gallery is a dynamic, alternative space thought out as a stand-in for the usual contemporary art gallery. Starting out in the shape of a van, AMG isn’t currently tied to a physical space but it continues with the main purpose of providing pop-up shows which can take place anywhere in the world. Born out of pure passion by making use of minimal resources, this project continues to ensure the promotion of young, up-and-coming artists as well as established creators, while presenting them with the same challenge faced by AMG’s owner in the first place: create something extraordinary from little to nothing; the sky is the limit.