Tangled Up
Group Show featuring Guerra de la Paz

Run Dates: February 2nd - June 30th 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday February 2nd, 5-8 pm

21C Museum
700 West Main Street Louisville, KY 40202

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The multi-stranded threads of family and romance that wind their way through each of our lives are explored, celebrated, and interrogated in the 21c Museum Foundation’s current exhibition. From Louise Bourgeois’s searing childhood drama to Bill Henson’s provocative, mysterious vision of young love, to Will Ryman’s sculptural staging of an interminable Family Dinner, these works examine the tension, the tenderness, and the inescapability of our most essential relationships. We are born connected to others, as Max Streicher’s Trio in a Box so poignantly illustrates. The struggle to create a unique self fosters an endless cycle of attraction and repulsion, of defining and denying boundaries at once.

Communication, verbal, physical, and otherwise, is the essential tool for both self-expression and for connecting with others. Several of the works included examine the complex ways in which both individuals and groups speak, touch, and reach outward and inward – attempting to create and conceive a conceptual place as unique beings and in communion with others. This labyrinthine exploration of communication and individuality is examined by Kenneth Feingold’s talking heads sculpture. Who is the You of the title? Is it one of the heads, or is it the viewer? Eva Koch’s evocative video Approach offers a celebratory invitation to marvel at the human drive for communication, for a communion between self and others that is seen, heard, and felt.

           “An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.”
                                                   -Louise Bourgeois

The works in this exhibition offer us an unashamed glimpse of those bonds of family and loved ones that are embedded within us. Using materials that both repel and attract, Andres Krisar explores an introspective view of our most instinctive family connections. While Guerra de la Paz, on the other hand, achieves an almost whimsical approach – through their use of reclaimed materials, they explore the human condition and family ritual. Displaying an unfamiliar or sometimes disturbing insight, these artists allow us to marvel at our own hindrances and uniqueness that make us undeniably human.

Tangled Up In You marks the second year of exhibitions held in the first floor gallery at 21c MuseumHotel. This exhibition will include a multitude of works in sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, and video. Please check 21cmuseum.org for updated information and events related to this and other upcoming exhibitions.


about the artist:
Guerra de la Paz is the composite name that represents the creative team efforts of Cuban-born artists, Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz. What began as an idea for two individual artists to share a working studio in Miami's Little Haiti, has become an ongoing collaboration that has evolved into constant experimentation.The recipient of the 2008 SCOPE Foundation Grant for artist project “Under the Banyan Tree,” they are are represented in the Saatchi Collection (London), 21C Museum Foundation (Louisville, KY), Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL), Miami Art Museum (Miami, FL), and The Cintas Fellows Collection.

about the gallery:
21C Museum is a non-profit, collecting institution and manages the museum within the 21c MuseumHotel. 21c Museum is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting the very best work of living artists from all over the world. With over 9,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as a dedicated video lounge, the museum features dynamic group and solo exhibitions, as well as permanent, commissioned installations.
Guerra de la Paz, The Family, 2005, mix media sculpture with assorted clothing consisting of 8 figures, a rug, and a chair, 96x72x72in (244x183x183cm) Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York Installation View: Tangled Up, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY. 2008
Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York

Installation View: Tangled Up, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY. 2008
Image courtesy of {CTS} creative thriftshop, New York

Exhibited Works:
Albano Afonso (Brazilian) Natureza Morte, 2006 Mixed media

Hans op de Beeck (Belgian) All Together Now..., 2006 Video, running time 6:20 minutes

Louise Bourgeois (French) Blue Bed, 1998 Etching and aquatint in colors
Hologram #4, 2003 Hologram #6, 2003 Hologram glass

Kelli Connell (American) The Valley, 2006 Digital lambda print

Guerra de la Paz (Cuban) The Family, 2005 Mixed media

Bill Henson (Australian) Untitled, 2000-2002 C-print

Nico Jorcino (Argentinean) Life Cycle, 2004 Mixed media

Hendrik Kerstens (Dutch) Bathing Cap, 1992 Pimp Up Towel, 2006 C-prints

Eva Koch (Danish) Approach, 2005 Video, running time 3:20 minutes

Anders Krisar (Swedish) One as Two, 2005 Aluminum and magnets

Cornelia Parker (British) Rorschach, 2004 Silver, metal wire

Christa Parravani (American) Before the Meadow, 2006 C-print

Robert Pettena (British) Victorian Play, 2002 Video, running time 26:00 minutes

Will Ryman (American) Family Dinner, 2005 Mixed media with papier-mache

Carlos and Jason Sanchez (Canadian) The Baptism, 2003 C-print

Max Streicher (Canadian) Trio in a Box, 2006 Nylon, spinnaker, electric fan

Bill Viola (American) Surrender, 2001 Video installation