June 13, 2018 - Vleeshal - Paranoid House
June 13, 2018


Design: Dorothee Dähler, Werkplaats Typografie.

Paranoid House
July 1–September 30, 2018

Opening: June 30, 5–7pm

Markt 1
4331 LL Middelburg
The Netherlands
Hours: Wednesday–Friday 1–5pm,
Saturday–Sunday 11am–5pm

T +31 118 652 200

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How’s your love life?

-Very fulfilling. How’s your career?

Steady like magnetic North.

-Has it affected your libido?

Still no change.

-You don’t really see other people, just a little shadow where an individual should be.

Bodies always seems so obscenely factual. Like a chair, a table.

-Don’t you have any fantasies?

My perspective is so completely secular, so disillusioned that this human lump could just as well be anybody.

-In what way is a bit of skin or a particular joint erotic, any more than the tube of a vacuum cleaner?

The next logical conclusion. Failure of imagination becomes paranoia.

Anders Dickson (1988, USA) is currently a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, where he also cooperates the project space Root Canal. Having previously studied Philosophy in The States, he started his fine art studies in 2010 in Karlsruhe and continued at The Städelschule in Frankfurt. While Dickson works in several media, his dreamlike subjects and unique use of colour make his pieces pervade a sense of the supernal. Inspired by elements of American culture; from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, to the Native American figure of the "Trickster," the artist balances elements of mythology, philosophy and nature in order to confront the mystery of human identity in contemporary society.

Philipp Gufler (1989, Germany) is based in Amsterdam and Munich and since 2013 a member of the grassroot archive forum homosexualität münchen. Gufler is a former resident of De Ateliers working with performance, text, video installation and silkscreen prints. His work often pays tribute to historic figures who were fundamentally critical towards the norms and values of their time. In his work and recent publications, these figures meet with contemporaries of Gufler. Different characters are formed and expressed in a fragmented way, mixing quotes and possible thoughts, as condensed attitudes. Moreover, Gufler repeatedly seems to merge with his characters.

Henna Hyvärinen (1986, Finland) is currently based in Amsterdam for a residency at De Ateliers and also cooperates the project space Root Canal in Amsterdam. Hyvärinen holds an MFA from Time and Space department from the University of the Arts Helsinki and is part of the performance duo echo+seashell as well as the artist-run space and collective Sorbus in Helsinki. Using sound, video, performance and text to create autofictional narratives, Hyvärinen considers the ways in which power structures, gender, sexuality and socio-economic backgrounds shape one’s identity.

Becket Mingwen (1984, USA) received his MFA from the University of Southern California, and attended the Rijksakademie residency program in 2016-2017. His work spans audio, installation, publishing, and performance. Working frequently with the form of the dialogue, his recent projects have focused on how subjects are called forth, particularly the relation between speaking and the production of the self. He opens up this system of self and language to question current forms of political subjecthood.

Sophie Serber (1993, USA) currently lives and works between Amsterdam and Berlin. She studied Fine Arts at Pratt Institute, NYC and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. In her work, Serber continually grapples with such ideas and themes as containers, what they can and can't contain; cleansing as ritual or a form of secular prayer; and material and linguistic purging. Sense is warded off by way of its filtration through chaotic, atomizing matrices, but is then granted slow access back in.

This group exhibition is curated by Roos Gortzak, director Vleeshal.

Funded by Mondriaan Fund and City of Middelburg.

For press requests, please send an email to office@vleeshal.nl or call T +31 (0)118 652200.

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