Oct 8th 2016

Sasha Auerbakh: The Formalist / Michael Madrigali: Hungry Games

@ cornerstore

1903 S. Allport #3F

Opening Saturday, October 8th, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, November 13th

Sasha Auerbahk: The Formalist, curated by Anastasia Karpova Tinari

Michael Madrigali: Hungry Games

October 8 – November 13, 2016
Opening reception: October 8, 6-9PM

Sasha Auerbahk
The Formalist
Cornerstore is delighted to present the first US exhibition of Vienna-based artist Sasha Auerbakh, curated by Anastasia Karpova Tinari. In The Formalist Auerbakh disrupts and subverts established Contemporary Art hierarchies by re-mixing images from the blog “Contemporary Art Daily.” Auerbakh appropriated and formally categorized artworks from the image archive of the internationally-respected blog, which was founded in Chicago and until recently based just a few blocks from cornerstore. As a limited-edition zine designed like fashion and lifestyle magazines, The Formalist de-contextualizes and devalues photographs of artworks from leading contemporary art spaces, taking them from a highly regarded curated online platform into a cheeky game of formal comparison. Presented as an all-encompassing installation or Gesamtkunstwerk, The Formalist exemplifies Auerbakh’s playful criticality and art system referentiality, while also pointing to a Chicago-based institution and visual language.

Sasha Auerbakh (b. Moscow, 1985) is a MA candidate in textual sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, where she studies with Heimo Zobernig. Auerbakh received a BA from the Fine Arts Vienna and studied at the Moscow Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia Art. Group exhibitions include the 3rd Moscow Biennale; the Moscow House of Artists; Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy; Kunstraum Niederosterreiqch, Vienna, Austria; and Baril Gallery, Timisoara, Romania, among others. Sasha Auerbakh’s work is in public collections including the Moscow House of Photography and Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Auerbakh is represented by Baril Gallery in Romania.

Michael Madrigali
Hungry Games

From a car window – the colors and lights of Tokyo’s neon glow at night blur by. In the backseat Michael (early thirties but boyish), tired and depressed, leans against a little doily headrest cover, staring out the window. We see buildings covered in bright animated signs. Michael’s taxi pulls up to the entrance of a modern high rise. The taxi’s automatic door opens up as Michael gets out. Elegant bellhops wearing white gloves approach at the sight of the car, welcoming Michael and helping him with his bags. Michael stands in the back of the elevator crowded with animals from the African savannah: a gazelle, zebra and ostrich all minding their own business. The elevator stops at the 50th floor and the doors open onto the massive, streamline lobby of the hotel. Michael follows his multi-species elevator mates out into the marble and glass lobby that frames the view of Tokyo.


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