Marcel Dzama’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery, Revolution Blues comprises of new works on paper, sculptures, collages and film.
Drawing is the foundation of Dzama’s artistry. He got his breakthrough as a young artist with his distinctive colored drawings in saturated shades, self-made fables and a surreal drama and black humor. An image world that could be taken from a fictitious United States, influenced by early superhero comics, science fiction and early Hollywood.
In recent years his drawings have become increasingly complex, both the imagery and the content. His characters has evolved and the plot thickened. You’ll find references to art history, dada and surrealism, but also to our contemporary society. Dzama has often woven in fragments of text and quotes in his pictures. In the new works, the texts have more the form of slogans and manifest, that comment on the current political situation of the United States and the World.
The exhibition title Revolution Blues (after a song by Neil Young) marks a political position. In the work Deplorables and Their Simpleton Leader Will Have a Great Fall (2017), a Humpty Dumpty-like figure (suspiciously similar to a newly elected president) speaks from a pulpit, next to him is a wolf prompting. White ghosts by the speaker’s feet gives us an eerie reminder of the Klu-Klux Klan. Dzama also incorporates feminist thoughts in several of his new works, where titles such as Revolutionen kommer att vara kvinnlig (The Revolution will be Female), Resist and We Have Arrived tell a tale of an alternative path and of change.
In recent years, Marcel Dzama’s artistry has also included three-dimensional works such as sculpture, assemblages and dioramas, but also film, choreography and scenography. In 2016 he made the scenography and costume for The Most Incredible Thing based on the dark fairytale by H.C. Andersen and performed by The New York City Ballet.
As a part of the exhibition we will be showing Dzamas film Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester’s Dance) in which the many parts of his rich artistry are brought together. It can be described as a “Dadaist love story”, it is inspired by the fierce love affair between Marcel Duchamp and the Brazilian sculptor Maria Martins, who was the model of Duchamp’s last great work Étant donnés. One of the characters are portrayed by musician and artist Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth.
Marcel Dzama b.1974 in Winnipeg, Kanada, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Since graduating from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Kanada in 1997 he has exhibited extensively all over the world. Selected solo exhibitions: Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2014); Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (2013); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Zapopan, Mexico; World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis (all 2012); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2011); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2006); and Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2005); David Zwirner, New York, USA (2016, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2004, 2000, 1998); David Zwirner, London, UK (2016, 2013); Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany (2016, 2012, 2009, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000); Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden (2007, 2004, 2002, 2001).
Selected public collections: Art Institute of Chicago, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London and the Vancouver Art Gallery.