Supper Club

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Angensteinerstrasse 37, CH - 4052, Basel, Switzerland
Open: Wed-Fri noon-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm


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Supper Club

Basel

Supper Club
to Sat 29 Aug 2020
Wed-Fri noon-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Adel Abdessemed, Marina Abramović, Omar Ba, Daniel Canogar, Mathieu Dafflon, Wim Delvoye, Arguiñe Escandón, Mounir Fatmi, Vidya Gastaldon, Yann Gross, Fabrice Gygi, Khaled Jarrar, Clare Kenny, Fabian Marti, Andrea Mastrovito, Marie Matusz, Cornelia Parker, Carmen Perrin, Dorian Sari, Simone Steinegger, Cassidy Toner

Wilde presents Supper Club, a group exhibition aiming to create discourse in a landscape of discord and find innovative ways to come together when we’re meant to isolate. The unconscionable acts of those in power face a reckoning, as do we, by calling one another to action. As sensational as it sounds, silence is indeed a form of violence.

Artworks


Voyage au bout de la nuit, 2019
Oil on canvas
190 x 240 cm

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Avalanche 1, 2006
C-Print
100 x 125 cm
Edition 5/9

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Soin, 2020
Mixed technique on paper
24 x 34 cm

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Masque peinture, 2020
Brick
25 x 30 x 15 cm

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History of Hostility, 2019
Marquetry and collage on wood
305 x 535 cm

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Verbrannte Erde I, 2007
Fired clay
150 x 58 cm

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Verbrannte Erde II, 2007
Fired clay
148 x 58 cm

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Verbrannte Erde III, 2007
Fired clay
148 x 57 cm

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Politics of Studio, Lampedusa, 2020
Charcoal and pastel on four attached sheets of paper
260 x 368 cm

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Lampedusa, 2014
Black chalk on paper
60 x 80 cm
Signed on recto

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Volkswagon Camper, 2014
Photo print on glass
63 x 81 x 0,5 cm
AP 1/1

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Anemone stamps, 2015
Self-adhesive stamps
29,7 x 21 cm
Edition of 50

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The Rider 1, 2018
Mixed media on cardboard boxes
240 x 180 x 25 cm

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The Blind Man, 2015
C-print
70 x 50 cm
Edition 2/5

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Loom, 2020
4K HDR screen, generative animation, computer
145 x 90,7 cm
AP 1/1

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Sans titre, 2020
Watercolor on paper
175 x 130 cm

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These Kids, 2019
Radio equipped with iPod mini
40 x 10 x 10 cm

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Quartz Pillows, 1990
Green quartz
11 x 19 x 11 cm
AP 3/4

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Quartz Pillows, 1990
Green quartz
11 x 19 x 11 cm
Edition 15/21

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Quartz Pillows, 1990
Green quartz
11 x 19 x 11 cm
AP 4/4

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Wile E. Coyote will try anything to 'heal' himself at this point, 2019
Clay, various healing crystals, spray paint
50 x 30 x 11,5 cm

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Wile E. Coyote contemplates his existence, 2018
Clay, spray paint, mirror, existential crisis
21,5 x 16 x 12 cm

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Wile E. Coyote desperately tries to open the vault to his inner happiness, 2019
Clay, spray paint, epoxy
22 x 11,5 x 9 cm

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Sans titre, 2014
Gouache on carboard
69,5 x 49,8 cm

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Allpahuayo Mishana, 2019
Phytotype
75 x 55 cm

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Malaparte,
Destroyed fire extinguisher: steel, rust, paint, varnish, Pedestal: calacatta marble from Carrara
25 x 40 x 12,7 cm

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Here / There, 2016
Linen, hand embroidered by prisoners in HM jails, in collaboration with Fine Cell Work

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Bullet Sampler (3), 2013
Mixed media, metallic string obtained by wire drawing of a bullet embroidered on both sides of the paper
35,5 x 33 cm

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Bullet Sampler (5), 2013
Mixed media, metallic string obtained by wire drawing of a bullet embroidered on both sides of the paper
35,5 x 33 cm

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Intersections 09, 2011
Coaxial antenna cable, staples on plywood
40 x 40 x 5 cm

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Intersections 05, 2011
Coaxial antenna cable, staples on plywood
40 x 40 x 5 cm

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Untitled, 1985
Paint on ironing board
136 x 34 x 7 cm

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Supper Club developed from creating safe spaces for open dialogue and canceling cancel culture to give people the chance to grow. It’s about believing people have good intentions, and may not have the same level of “woke-ness,” but “woke-ness” isn’t a competition. Instead, it is about devoting one’s entire being to the search for knowledge and truth and protecting freedoms of the oppressed.

The works featured in the exhibition address these issues, either literally or symbolically. For example, Loom (2020) by Daniel Canogar showcases abstract animations developed with data from real-time Google trends. Stripped from headlines, graphic imagery, and statistics, each phrase inspires a contemplative experience, offering a chance for viewers to ruminate on what is streaming through the collective consciousness at any given time. History of Hostility (2019) by Andrea Mastrovito deploys the famous duo Foottit and Chocolat, figures symptomatic of a dominant/dominated duality between a white clown and an august black man. The action takes place against a backdrop of silhouettes of victims of the Ku Klux Klan, with the 2015 Baltimore riots in response to the death of the young Freddie Gray in the foreground. With this work, Mastrovito denounces the racial underpinnings of police violence. Adel Abdessemed based his series Lampedusa, which depicts refugees on boats on found media images. The title refers to the island near Sicily, a frequent point of arrival for migrants crossing from North Africa. Numerous shipwrecks have occurred in the waters off Lampedusa, as the migrants’ makeshift crafts have floundered, and their captains abandoned them. Abdessemed will continue making this series until the international community finds a permanent solution to support all refugees.

Several works in the exhibition imbue the audience with positive energy, to combat the endless influx of negative information. Marina Abramović’s carved and polished pillow-shaped headrests are made of snowflake obsidian, a crystal known to prevent nightmares and balance energies. Visitors are invited to rest their heads momentarily and assume meditative states to absorb the crystal’s vibrations and healing powers. The coyote in Cassidy Toner’s Wile E. Coyote will try anything to ‘heal’ himself at this point (2019) is partially based on Mark Twain’s description of the animal in his book Roughing It: “The coyote is a living, breathing allegory of Want. He is always hungry.” According to Toner, Wile E. Coyote is much like her; he has an insatiable appetite and is never satisfied. Perhaps traits which, for better or worst, we all share.

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