February 1, 2006

Walking & Falling


Anna Gaskell, Ann Hamilton, Rebecca Horn, Sigalit Landau, Richard Long, Bruce Nauman, Danica Phelps, Sam Taylor-Johnson (formerly known as Sam Taylor-Wood), Vangelis Vlahos

February 11 – May 28, 2006

Curators: Elisabeth Millqvist, Tessa Praun

With each step, you fall forward slightly. And then catch yourself from falling.
In Laurie Anderson’s quote, the everyday is paramount. Her observation on walking, on how we unconsciously are falling with every step, constitutes the point of departure for this exhibition, both as an observation and as a metaphor for life. Our sense of balance, the precondition for our ability to walk, also plays a central role in this exhibition.

Magasin 3 curators Elisabeth Millqvist and Tessa Praun have jointly examined artistic practices spanning from the late 1960s till today. This makes it possible for the viewer to experience the present from a different and visually strong perspective.

David Neuman, director, Magasin 3.

The works in this exhibition function as a series of poetic, contemplative, and surrealist associations. Rebecca Horn was fascinated by the way a woman walked and created a unicorn costume for her. During the early 1970s, Horn worked with costumes that elongated the shoulders, fingers, or head and emphasized the body’s movements. In Walking 9–5 Amsterdam (2001), Danica Phelps exchanges ”working” with ”walking.” She walked every day for a month from 9 am to 5 pm, an average workday. Bruce Nauman has examined walking in a number of performance pieces – he has stamped in his studio, walked in an exaggerated manner and in various patterns.

Vangelis Vlahos and Sigalit Landau challenge our sense of balance. In Vlahos’s video Untitled Knight 1 (1997), a knight in shining armor roller-skates in a gymnastics hall, while Landau stands balanced on a watermelon in the Dead Sea.

All the participating artists are represented in Magasin 3’s permanent collection but several of the works have been borrowed for Walking & Falling.

About the artists:

Anna Gaskell is born in 1969 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

Ann Hamilton is born in 1956 in Lima, Ohio, USA.

Rebecca Hornis born in 1944 in Michelstadt, Germany.

Sigalit Landau is born in 1969 in Jerusalem, Israel, and lives and works in Tel Aviv. A dancer trained at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, Landau frequently uses her own body as a means of expression.Solo exhibitions include Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2005), Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art (2004). Her work has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1, New York (2006), the Venice Biennale and Documenta X, Kassel (1997). She has previously been shown at Magasin 3 int he exhibition Spiritus (2003).

Richard Long is born in 1945 in Bristol, where he lives and works.

Bruce Nauman is born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.

Danica Phelps is born in 1971 in New York, USA.

Sam Taylor-Wood is born in 1967 in London.

Vangelis Vlahos is born in 1971 in Athens.

For press inquiries please contact:

Sannah Söderman, coordinator: soderman@magasin3.com, 08-545 680 40