10/04/14 – 20/04/14

FORTUNE

Camping in Eden

a duo show with
Rachel Koolen, Lynn Hershman Leeson

at -1, Paris
curated by the ister

Camping in Eden by Lynn Hershman Leeson and Rachel Koolen is the first part of a cycle of exhibitions, entitled Fortune. Fortune is at once a parable and a saga, borrowing from its biting gaze over mankind from the former and taking its fanciful spirit from the latter.

Camping in Eden alludes to metamorphosis and holds an interest in transitory states of beings, objects and ideas: these are the metaphorical elements that construct a reality. Hershman Leeson and Koolen exercise control over these “things” by instilling them with an existence; their futures are entirely shaped by the hands of their creators. Neverthe- less, each object’s fortune is corrupted by chance. The natural, pre-determined authority exercised by the artists is subverted, allowing the works to become autonomous enti- ties.

I can be someone else for almost a decade: I exist as Roberta Breitmore. Look at me, I am actually Roberta Breitmore.

The works symbolize a condition of free-will: they develop a conscience in and of them- selves, defining their own contours, creating their own language and conduct. Chance makes them meet wellbeing or misfortune.

Roberta Breitmore has some good times, although she suffers from depression, loneli- ness, and lack of money. Koolen’s objects, on the other hand, become animated – al- lowing foresight into a myriad of possible actions – then recant, finally unable to come to a fulfilled existence.

Camping in Eden deals with wanderings of an idealist spirit in its exercise of the real. One is entirely free to imagine the outcome of Camping in Eden, but whichever it might be, one thing is for sure: the elements involved participate in a meandering dynamic, meeting the real in which they attempt to fix their intuitions, to go beyond its materialistic occurrences.

Green is the color for resurrection.

 

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Rachel Koolen, Lynn Hershman Leeson Camping in Eden (exhibition view) 
 
 
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Rachel Koolen, Lynn Hershman Leeson Camping in Eden (exhibition view)

camping06Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta Breitmore series (exhibition view) 
 
camping05 Lynn Hershman Leeson, Roberta Breitmore series (exhibition view)

 

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Rachel Koolen, What affirms ripening, 2014
reed, wood, torso, wire, strap; 185 x 165 x 170 cm (front)

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Rachel Koolen, What affirms ripening, 2014
reed, wood, torso, wire, strap; 185 x 165 x 170 cm

camping03Rachel Koolen, Chatter Box, 2014
bag, plaster, reed, dimensions variable 

camping01 Rachel Koolen, Lynn Hershman Leeson Camping in Eden (exhibition view)

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Lynn Hershman Leeson
(left)
Roberta’s Handwriting Chart, 1976, photography, digital print, 25 x 22.5 cm
(right)
Transformation Process #2, 1974, photography, cibachrome print, 101.6 x 25.4 cm 
 
camping09Lynn Hershman Leeson Roberta’s Handwriting Chart, 1976,
photography, digital print, 25 x 22.5 cm 
 
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Rachel Koolen, Over My Dead Body, 2014
HD video 16:9, monitor, loop, 22’18’’

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Rachel Koolen
(left)
Short Cut, 2014
chair, fabric, cotton, 37 x 37 x 98 cm
(right)
A Conundrum, 2014 photo print, 55 x 73 cm 
 

camping18Rachel Koolen, Lynn Hershman Leeson Camping in Eden (exhibition view)

camping26Lynn Hershman Leeson,Roberta Meets Sydney at Del Coronado Hotel (San Diego), 1976 photography,
digital pigment print, 23.7 x 18.9 cm
 
camping25Lynn Hershman Leeson,Description of How Roberta Wrote in Her Diary, 1976 photography,
gelatin silver print, 20.2 x 25.2 cm 
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Rachel Koolen

Egg Beating, 2014 clay, dimensions variable

picture by © Nachito Pike