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ENRICO DAVID Exhibition at Hammer Museum

Dates: January 12, 2013 – May 5, 2013

Location:
Hammer Museum, UC Los Angeles

Transient figures and intangible forms dwell in the work of Enrico David. They retain a graphic quality as they transition from spontaneous sketches on paper to paintings, sculptures, and other media. This installation takes its cue from a singular figure modeled in bronze around a hollow animal bone and bound to a protruding blade. The statuette is like an anthropomorphic pocketknife that embodies both permanence, through its molded outlines, and ephemerality, through its gaping cavity. Around it, paper mummies crawl across the wall, haunting silhouettes peer out of canvases, and ethereal profiles delineate see-through metal screens. The infinite shifts and vortexes of David’s underworld are evoked in the dark tunnels of a painting and the repetitive loops of a handcrafted tapestry. Groundless images and vacuous gazes exude a sense of unease in the visitor, who is at once observer and participant in a staged scene. Its components recall the miscellaneous displays of regional arts and crafts museums, but they could also be props for a Surrealist set. Organized by Allegra Pesenti, curator, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts.

Biography
Enrico David was born in Ancona, Italy in 1966. His work has been the subject of numerous one-person exhibitions at venues such as the New Museum, New York (2012); Museum Für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (2009); the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington (2008); ICA, London, United Kingdom (2007); the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2007); and Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom (2005). David’s work has been featured in group exhibitions including Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany and CAPC Bourdeaux, France (2011); Turner Prize 09, Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom (2009); Textile Art and the Social Fabric, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium (2009); Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008); Tate Triennial, New British Art, Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom (2006); Flesh at War with Enigma, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2004); and Dreams and Conflicts, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2003). Enrico David lives in Berlin, Germany.

Hammer Projects is a series of exhibitions focusing primarily on the work of emerging artists.

Hammer Projects is made possible by a major gift from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

Generous support is provided by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy. Additional support is provided by Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; the Decade Fund; and the David Teiger Curatorial Travel Fund.

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