68projects is pleased to present the group exhibition “Error Explanation” with works by Ivana de Vivanco, Sally Kindberg and Paris Giachoustidis. Experimenting with contemporary figurative painting in different ways, each artist provokes a discourse about the history of humanity and the absurdity of our times. Satirical, theatrical and comical in nature – humor plays a key role in the works presented. They offer a complex examination of present-day life, seen through a whimsical lens, which places the viewer into a seductive perspective from which the ridiculous and civilized can be examined. Through “Error Explanation” the artists thus explore societal “errors” in an attempt to better understand and redirect our collective notion of the world today and of history. In doing so, they tackle issues of gender conformity, high and low brow culture, capitalism as well as colonial pasts.
In the works of Ivana de Vivanco we are presented with a complete reversal of roles – female characters sit center stage with decisive gazes and a powerful presence as representatives of Western colonial history find themselves trampled underneath the chaos they have created. A chain leads itself from one work to the other, a chain of conformity and a chain of difference. It marks the shackles of indigenous populations and the role of women in society - this chain, however, in the end is simply an accessory, a reminder of a darker past and struggles overcome. It no longer holds a woman down, pulling at her braids, instead it now sits quietly across her neck and points to her power.
For Sally Kindberg the examination of our surroundings takes place much more on a formal level. The tragicomic of society makes its way through the fine lines between imaginary and everyday scenes and depictions. The intricate differences between forms of artistic expression, such as stylized form, use of color, photorealism, or mark-making, dissolve the picture planes. As flatness meets near three-dimensionality, and the double-take interaction with the works leaves the viewer wondering where the predominant figuration ends and abstraction begins. Connecting threads of contemporary culture, Kindberg's surreal paintings comment on our daily confrontation of poignant and at once basic aspects of our daily lives.
Paris Giachoustidis' critical practice objectifies semiology and culture. Based on external content from the Internet and historical recordings, Giachoustidis creates highly topical, socially relevant works that sharpen our perception when dealing with images from mass media. Discovering new adequate forms of painterly appropriation and alienation, the artists' distanced process subtly expresses elements of absurdity in contemporary culture. Undermining pseudo-realistic elements within his paintings by adding allegedly unsophisticated traits, he aims to disrupt the prevailing viewing habits of his viewers. Within this newest body of paintings, Giachoustidis playfully critiques the farce of capitalist freedom and the ultimate alienation of the worker from both life and work.