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EAU SAUVAGE, Mackintosh Lane, London, 2022.

Crocodile Cradle, PEER, London, 2021

The Enigma of the Hour: 100 Year of Psychoanalytic Thoughts with Goshka Macuga, Freud Museum, London, 2019

Revolt of the Sage with Craig Burnett, Blain Southern, London, 2016
Dadadandy Boutique, ARTPROJX SPACE, London, 2008
Le Palais des Etoiles, Selfridges, London, 2007
Space is the Place, Ritter Zamett London, 2006
Spring Summer, Program, London, 2005
From A to B and Back Again, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, 2005
EXPO 21: Strategies of Display, Angel Row Gallery Nottingham touring to Mead Gallery Coventry, 2004
AFM, with John Armleder and Sylvie Fleury, Percy Miller, London, 2004
Simon Moretti featuring John Armleder, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris 2003
Vis-a-Vis, Platform, 2003
The Green Room, Percy Miller Gallery, London, 2002

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EAU SAUVAGE

 

Simon Moretti

 

 

Mackintosh Lane

12 Mackintosh Lane

London E9 6AE

 

17-18 September 2022

 

 

Inspired by the transitory and experimental nature of Mackintosh Lane and its multiple identities as an artist studio, a non-profit gallery, occasional pied-a-terre and photographic studio, Simon Moretti presents new and existing works that aim to create a complex symbolic narrative as a part of an overall gesamtkunstwerk. This enigmatic display engages with issues of agency, temporality, automatism, desire and masculinity as well as continuing his ongoing investigation with 'curating as practice’. The exhibition will feature new works made with found and borrowed objects, a sculpture made with a well known iconic male fragrance, a new neon text an existing collage and photographic work.

 

With thanks to Michael Anastassiades, Anna Higgins, Paul Heber-Percy, Goshka Macuga, David Noonan, Polys Peslikas.

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blistering dawn

a reddish young orange speed

above the metal

(after Fabio Taglioni) 

2020

Ducati Sport I 1000 Momposto motorbike (2006), purple Phalaenopsis orchid, glass vase

variable dimensions

Courtesy the artist and David Noonan

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I am the river

attached to a rope 

2022 

Shiva Lingam stone 

10 x 20 cm

Courtesy the artist and Michael Anastassiades

 

Shiva Lingam is a crypto-crystalline member of the Quartz family. This stone is found in only one of seven sacred Indian rivers. Villagers visit the Narmada River in Onkar Mandhata and polish these river rocks to better define their famed lingam shape. In Hindu culture, the lingam is a representation of the Lord Shiva in Shivaism and is believed to be a representation of their phallus

The Lingam represents the Brahmanda, which means “cosmic egg”, symbolising the creation of both the divine male and female energies.

            www.thecrystalcouncil.com

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Untitled (Intertext), 2012 

Collage 

44.5 x 44.5 cm 

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the summer grasses

are a relic of 

the warriors’ dream 

2021 

Plaster head by Goshka Macuga 

Courtesy the artist and Goshka Macuga

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Untitled (Je est un autre un multiple toujours) 2014 

silver gelatin print 

50 x 40 cm, framed

 

We can firm up our identity, she suggests—but it will only ever be a mold, or a mask. Deeply influenced by Rimbaud, who declared that “Je est un autre” (”I is another”), Claude Cahun replies, “Je est un autre—un multiple toujours”—”I is another—and always multiple.”

                Dirk Snauwar

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early fountain

where the butterfly fly

under the skin

(after Edmond Roudnitska)

2022

Eau Sauvage, eau de parfume, Christian Dior, Paris

variable dimensions

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Jupiter ascending

as tomorrow youth becomes

beyond the future

2022

Hyena Mask, Bamana, carved wood

Mali, 19th century

45 x 15 cm

Collection of the artist

 

Such masks were used during the Kore initiation, which ensured proper behaviour and social mores and the development of male identity. During their exhibition, the wearers of this mask most often adopt a bent position, supporting themselves on two short sticks that extend their forearms. The symbolism of the hyena, very complex, varies considerably according to the context, but within the framework of the Kore society the hyena most probably represents the initiates’ efforts to perfect their secret knowledge

            Jean-Paul Colleyn

 

Bamana: The Art of Existence in Mali, New     York, 2001, p. 98

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entr’acte 

2022

neon, transformer, cables

18 x 60 cm

 

noun, plural en·tr'actes [ahn-trakts, ahn-trakts; French ahn-trakt]. the interval between two consecutive acts of a theatrical or operatic performance. a performance, as of music or dancing, given during such an interval.

glowing day

a free light present rises

above the future

2022

Folded newspapers, sheep skull

25 x 30 x 40 cm

CROCODILE CRADLE

Simon Moretti

20 February – 18 April 2021


PEER is delighted to present Crocodile Cradle, a new exhibition on three platforms: a filmed performance online, accessible via a QR code; a text collage on the gallery's glass façade; and a book, to be published this summer. For this collaborative project, artist Simon Moretti invited 51 artists including Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press, Tacita Dean, Liam Gillick, Lubaina Himid, Christian Marclay and Cerith Wyn Evans to supply a text that they have written or found.

The artists' texts have been brought to life with a reading by actor Alastair Mackenzie; a 38-minute-film of his one-take performance will be viewable on smartphones via a QR code, accessible from the gallery windows and online. A live performance and publication will follow later in the year.

Artists, in order of appearance are: Liam Gillick | Lubaina Himid | Helen Cammock | Matilde Cerruti Quara | Nedko Solakov | Jimmie Durham | Tacita Dean | Andrea Bowers | Erica Baum | Liliana Moro | Giorgio Sadotti | Dan Perjovschi | Alejandro Cesarco | Stefan Brüggemann | Fiona Banner aka The Vanity Press | David Horvitz | John Smith | David Austen | Cally Spooner | Vedovamazzei | Sue Tompkins | Peter Liversidge | Pavel Büchler | Cerith Wyn Evans | Goshka Macuga | Amikam Toren | Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt | Ian Whittlesea | Sylvie Fleury |Ugo Rondinone | Christian Marclay | Simon English | Carey Young | Mai-Thu Perret |Jimmy Robert | Marysia Lewandowska | Nicholas Alvis Vega | Linder | Koushna Navabi | Sophie Jung | Karl Holmqvist | John Armleder | Annie Ratti | Jason Dodge | Cesare Pietroiusti | Marcel van Eeden | Daniel Gustav Cramer | Paul Heber-Percy | Joan Jonas | Jirí Kovanda | Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt | Jonathan Monk

Some of the artists have contributed original texts, while others have selected excerpts by writers and poets such as Daniel Defoe, Andrew Marvel, Samuel Coleridge, Emily Dickinson, John Cage and Christopher Isherwood.

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The Enigma of the Hour: 100 Year of Psychoanalytic Thoughts with Goshka Macuga

June-August 2019

Photo by Angus Mill

An exhibition marking the centenary of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis.

This exhibition presents archival material touching on the origins and life of The International Journal alongside contemporary artworks, bringing together themes central to both psychoanalysis and art: translation, transformation, temporality, the unconscious, metaphor and dreams. The artworks address these ideas, creating a conversation that reverberates throughout the evocative rooms of the Freud Museum.

The archival presentation explores the prehistory of the journal, the hidden role of women in its early years, its beginnings and connections with the Bloomsbury Group, and the influence of classical art and culture on Freud’s ideas and the visual identity of the International Journal.

Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ

The exhibition includes new commissions by Simon Moretti and Goshka Macuga, alongside specially selected works by invited artists, Linder, Daniel Silver and Paloma Varga Weisz. Loans from the British Psychoanalytic Society, Tate and The Wellcome Trust including works by Duncan Grant, Barbara Ker-Seymer with John Banting and Rodrigo Moynihan, along with items from the Freud Museum Collection.

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Revolt of the Sage with Craig Burnett, Blain Southern, London

Novembre 2016-January 2017

Revolt of the Sage is an exhibition featuring sixteen artists that takes its title from a work by Giorgio de Chirico painted in 1916. The Revolt of the Sage1 is an example of what the artist would call a ‘metaphysical interior’, and yet its crowded pictorial space overflows with ephemeral things:

frames, measuring devices and biscuits. Objects pile up and overlap, while a strange perspective recedes into an irresolvable background. What did the artist mean by a ‘metaphysical interior’? In a letter to Apollinaire, written around the time he painted The Revolt of the Sage, de Chirico describes two realms: our finite condition, and its loss and longing, and a metaphysical realm where time does not exist.

"It has been almost two years now since I’ve seen you. The Ephesian teaches us that time does not exist and that on the great curve of eternity the past is the same as the future. This might be what the Romans meant with their image of Janus, the god with two faces; and every night in dream, in the deepest hours of rest, the past and future appear to us as equal, memory blends with prophecy in a mysterious union.

Giorgio de Chirico to Apollinaire, July 1916

 

Picking up on de Chirico’s vision of a ‘metaphysical interior’, Revolt of the Sage gathers a range of artists who use collage, juxtaposition, fragments, framing devices and layered imagery to explore ruptures in time and the alluring mysteries of the everyday. The exhibition features new and existing work by contemporary"

Horst Ademeit, Lynn Chadwick, Hanne Darboven, Haris Epaminonda, Geoffrey Farmer, Jannis Kounellis, Mark Lewis, Goshka Macuga, Christian Marclay, Simon Moretti, David Noonan

Sigmar Polke, Erin Shirreff, Michael Simpson, John Stezaker, Paloma Varga Weisz

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