Sunday, November 6, 2016
To its chagrin, Coup ended up taking a hiatus which is lasting longer than expected. However, progress toward reopening is happening, and it seems as if we'll be reopening after the holidays. The format will be different in that Coup will be involved in production assistance of BESOTORO while promoting paintings of a small group of artists.
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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Saturday evening FOCI Arts ( https://fociarts.com/ ) brought Omaha-based soprano Amanda Deboer Bartlett and New Orleans-based poet Lauren Capone to Coup. Ms. Bartlett performed works of contemporary music composers George Aperghis and Ray Evanoff, and Ms. Capone read poems from her collection The Hat Lady Equation as well as selected works from a few of her favorite poets. The performances were experienced alongside Coups current exhibit The BEAUTY FOOLS.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Seefeldstrasse 52. 8008 Zürich
Tel. +41 (0)44 252 35 30
The Jedlitschka Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of paintings in Zürich, by the artist Chris Dennis.
The exhibition will run from March 31st 2016, through May 21st, 2016 with an opening reception on Thursday, March 31 from 5pm to 8 pm. The artist will be in attendance.
New Paintings by Chris Dennis.
“When I said I paint the same things again and again because I think about the same things again and again, did you think I was joking?”
Chris Dennis paints his images within a visual world he began to construct in 1996, when he produced a series of paintings based on a collection of short stories by Bret Easton Ellis called The Informers. His figures, with animal heads, are not some other-worldly creatures from Science fiction. They are masks or disguises. The likeness may be hidden but the choice of animal tells its own truth. From here, Chris explores ideas about biography /autobiography, authorship and the unreliable source.
MOTIF/ MOTIVE is an exhibition presented literally in two halves and depicts a split in the mind of ‘the Painter’. This fugue state, not unlike that portrayed by David Lynch in his film, Lost Highway blurs the line between truth and untruth, fantasy and reality.
The left hand side of the gallery displays 9 panels that appear considerably larger to anyone aware of Chris’ previous work. Familiar figures with the heads of fish are placed in landscapes surrounded by water and dominated by an empty horizon. He, sometimes she, sometimes a couple look out on dark water and stormy skies, that threaten pain that is hinted at in paintings titled, A Lake and Promises, Promises but is clearly visible on the skin of the female figure in The Sting.
Around their feet, the shoreline is littered with the past - used matches, crusted, old and splattered paint. And then there is the text. Does it explain, confuse or simply amuse?
On the wall opposite are more numerous, smaller paintings, hung erratically at strange sight-lines. Our eyes dart around as we voyeuristically spy a series of female figures with bird heads. WE are focused on THEM. Their surroundings are clumsily dismissed or ignored and are interspersed with panels of bright white and bare plywood that is ubiquitous in the gallery and art fair. Something is unattainable in these images, be it from the covetous gaze of the viewer, or the wingless, figures who cannot escape the confinement of their cramped compositions.
These 2 sides collide in the centre. A single portrait (the largest piece in the show) looks down on the not too comfortable chair, cell phone, Starbucks, paperback, left behind by a ‘Gallerina’ or ‘Museumsaufsicht’.
Drifting sand invades from the left, littered with the detritus produced by these very paintings that will in time bury all trace of the other.
Chris Dennis Moved to Zürich in 2013 and joined the gallery soon after. Born (1974) in The South of England he received his BA (Hons) from the University of Wolverhampton in 1996. He has lived in Berlin and New Zealand and spent 13 years in the United States, earning in 2000, his MFA from the University of Art College in San Francisco. He has exhibited continuously, in cities including London, Brighton, San Francisco, New York, New Orleans, Baton Rouge,
Nashville, Miami, Berlin, Auckland, St. Gallen and Zürich.
On Friday, May 13th at 6pm, there will be a Q&A with the artist, hosted by Dr. Mark Staff Brandl. Visitors will be invited to submit questions throughout the duration of the exhibition, on-line and via a box on the chair of the installation.
Please contact the gallery with further questions or enquiries.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After Seven Years The Beauty Fools Is Released With An Art Exhibition
Book Release and Opening Reception
Saturday, March 5th ·
Coup d’oeil Art Consortium,
2033 Magazine Street
“When I first read the manuscript, I felt that this was quite possibly the greatest literary find since A Confederacy of Dunces,” said Weeks.
The Beauty Fools team produced a limited pre-edition run of 300 copies designed in collaboration with the award-winning Hamper Studio in
This exquisite volume is shaped and proportioned as an oversized box of tarot
cards, placed in an embossed and gold foiled box. In addition to the book, each
box contains a small deck of colorized illustrations from the book, expanding
on the tarot card theme. The pre-edition run will be available exclusively at
Coup d’oeil Art Consortium at a price of $36.00 per book. Zagreb, Croatia
To accompany the launch of the book, Coup d’oeil Art Consortium (2033 Magazine Street) in New Orleans will host a month-long exhibition featuring multimedia installations inspired by The Beauty Fools, a series of limited edition intaglio prints based on the book’s illustrations, and a series of events and readings. The Beauty Fools exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, March 5th from to and run through Saturday April, 9th on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from to Copies of the pre-edition and limited-edition intaglio prints can be reserved by calling the gallery at (504) 722-0876.
The Beauty Fools team will also launch a Kickstarter campaign to take pre-orders for the first edition and paperback edition of the volume.
ABOUT THE BEAUTY FOOLS
The Beauty Fools is the tale of Blake Kennedy, a young cynic who says “Why? Why? Why?” until the charming Eliot Dejan and beguiling Miss Peaches teach him how to say “Why Not?” and whisk him away on a wild jaunt. Eliot and Miss Peaches, who embody the adage that living well is the best revenge, soon introduce Blake to Doctor Kookie, a tarot card reader and slick street mystic who guides the group on a crazed trip to the Mexican desert. The story – about being young and having fun – takes place against the backdrop of famous (and infamous) New Orleans landmarks: the Sazerac Bar of the Roosevelt, the Victorian Lounge at the Columns Hotel, Jazz Fest, Commander’s Palace, Orpheum Theater, Moonwalk, Napoleon House, R-Bar, Rocky & Carlo’s, and ends tragically on Mardi Gras in the Royal Street courtyard that is now Café Amelie. A tale about learning to fly – and flying too high.
“I’m constantly fussing that contemporary novels are always 50 pages too long, and this story was no different. Late one night at John Paul’s Bar, I wagered a friend that I could make this glorious mess into magic. I always wanted to be Max Perkins. And I finally found my Fitzgerald”
–Timothy Alan Weeks
The Beauty Fools contains 14 illustrations developed over a period of three years by visual artist Lala Rascic. The illustrations are rendered in black and white, as they appear in the book. The challenge of working on The Beauty Fools was that the project was executed from scratch for a text from an anonymous author. Rascic took inspiration from the book’s language to create illustrations that were full and rich.
“The overall idea was to represent the iconic
with its famous checklist of places, but also a rebellious, fun-loving,
and sometimes melancholic youth set loose on the New Orleans and beyond.” Crescent City
– Lala Rascic
The Beauty Fools at Coup d’oeil Art Consortium
This exhibition will use a space conventionally reserved for the display of the visual arts to bring focus to text and enliven the generic model of a book launch.
· The fourteen illustrations from The Beauty Fools will be released as a series of intaglio prints in a limited edition of five. The black and white edition will be printed on 14 x 20 in. acid free rag paper and signed and numbered by artist Lala Rascic. One exhibition edition will be displayed at the gallery, the remainder will be available for sale as an edition or individually.
· A multimedia installation will bring words from the book to life in a blacked out room of the gallery. Artifacts from the production of the book and the accompanying illustrations will be displayed, documenting the process.
“We wanted to explode all the possibilities in a gesamkunstwerk exhibition that draws from all the textual and visual elements of The Beauty Fools book and its story.”
–Timothy Alan Weeks and Lala Rascic
Timothy Alan Weeks and Lala Rascic
Timothy Alan Weeks is an editor, analyst, and project manager for a virtual company with numerous Fortune 500 clients. Weeks was previously a financial analyst and editor for both a Dutch and Belgian startup, and before that covered EU central bank policy while living in
Besides writing sundry freelance articles for European business and lifestyle
magazines, he edited and published the English edition of a Swiss travel book.
Weeks is also the publisher of the Wise
Mullet children’s books series, which are based on the . Gulf
Lala Rascic is a multimedia artist working across disciplines that include performance, video, installation, and painting. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is part of both private and public collections, including
. Rascic was awarded artist residencies at the
Rijksakademie in Museum of Contemporary
Platform Garanti in Istanbul,
KulturKontakt in Vienna, and Cité
des Arts in Paris, and in 2013 was
the recipient of a Future of Europe award in Leipzig.
Rascic divides her time between her native Sarajevo,
Zagreb, and New
Orleans, where she is a member of artist-run Good
Children Gallery on St. Claude Street.