Sunday, 27 February 2011

Thursday: Arnolfini

Cosima von Bonin

 On Thursday, the lovely Rosie and I went to the Arnolfini to see the Cosima Von Bonin show.  It is her first exhibition in the UK, one of the most prolific artists working in Germany today. Her practice incorporates a mixture of sculpture, installation, painting, textiles, performances, sound and films.

Cosima von Bonin uses a combination of fabric and wood in her work to create a complex web of references to high art, popular culture, craft, as well as notions of domesticity, that look to challenge bourgeois constructions of femininity. oversized stuffed animals, sewn paintings, minimalist sculptures, formalism and Pop references are balanced somewhere between seriousness and fun, the concrete and the fictitious, and are all weighed down with melancholy and critical wit.
Her exhibition at Arnolfini is part of a wider European partnership, with the collective title of The Lazy Susan Series. She will present an exhibition featuring a combination of new and existing works around notions of sloth and fatigue. The title refers to the tabletop appliance, the Lazy Susan, a rotating disk that is used in restaurants to present an array of dishes.

Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to take my own photos but here is some from the Arnolfini site.

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