Rose Art Museum Opens MIKA ROTTENBERG: BOWLS BALLS SOULS HOLES and ROSE VIDEO 02: JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER Today
MIKA ROTTENBERG: BOWLS BALLS SOULS HOLES is Rottenberg's (b. 1976) first solo museum exhibition in the United States. Conceived in relation to the Rose's expansive Lois Foster Gallery, the exhibition offers a selective account of the thematic and formal interests that have structured Rottenberg's development to date. In addition to Squeeze (2010) and Tsss (2013), the Rose will present Rottenberg's newest video installation, Bowls Balls Souls Holes (2014), a major new work commissioned and funded in part by the museum.
Rottenberg uses the moving image as a device to relate impossibly disparate-and often highly eccentric-characters, places, and activities, collapsing the space between them to produce parallel worlds. The artist's videos and the sculptural environments that contain them re-imagine space and time to bring fantastical narratives of production and consumption to life, and the resulting installations disorient and transport the viewer to a place where weird and wonderful production lines abide by their own hermetic, relentless logic. Rich in material eccentricity, marginal subjectivities, and narrative absurdity, Mika Rottenberg takes the world we share apart and returns it to us in a form that is as strange and foreign as it is deeply felt and resonant.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a monograph on the artist with essays by Christopher Bedford, Julia Bryan-Wilson, and Wayne Koestenbaum.
Mika Rottenberg: Bowls Balls Souls Holes
Lois Foster Gallery
February 14 - June 8, 2014
Featuring recent important work by the video installation artist Mika Rottenberg, this exhibition provides a comprehensive account of the artist's conceptual interests and material sensibilities-both sculptural and moving image-as they have grown over the course of her career. The recipient of this year's Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Award, Mika Rottenberg will discuss her work and Rose exhibition with Director Christopher Bedford in the Lois Foster Gallery at 6:30pm, which will coincide with the opening of the exhibition.
Rose Video 02: Josephine Meckseper
Mall of America (2009)
Rose Video Gallery
February 14 - March 16, 2014
FEBRUARY 14 - MARCH 16, 2014
JOSEPHINE MECKSEPER Mall of America (2009), 12:52
Meckseper's object of fascination and repulsion is one of the world's largest shopping malls, the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. As the artist explains in an interview, "I shot the Mall of America film just before the recession began in 2007. The focus...was to show the iconography of US American consumer ritual in relation to military expansion." Lingering on advertisements, shop windows, and sale signs, Meckseper defamiliarizes the experience of the mall, transforming its banal motifs into a sinister landscape. Viewed through red and blue filters and accompanied by a pulsing soundtrack, Meckseper's video links nationalism with consumption and suggests that both are ultimately unsustainable.
Museum Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 5pm