Jonathan VanDyke at ABC

September 17 - 20, 2015

At art berlin contemporary Loock Galerie presents the New York-based Jonathan VanDyke with an installation linking painting and performance. For the specific site he has mounted a tall, freestanding wooden fence creating both an exhibition and social space.

On the outside of the fence a series of paintings are mounted. The marks on the surface of the canvas are made through a series of movements and choreographies created with the dancer-couple David Rafael Botana and Bradley Teal Ellis. These canvases are cut and sewn into vibrant patterns that refer to the early 20th-century Amish quilt and to Futurist and Cubist experiments. VanDyke´s paintings combine the strict geometry and labor of sewing of each piece of canvas with the messy, sexualized by-products of body movement and relationship.

A video inside of the fence shows the performers’ identities obscured by the play of pattern, color, and movement.

Jonathan VanDyke’s most recent performance work, “Movement for Monoliths–€, debuted this summer at Storm King Art Center in the U.S. A solo exhibition of VanDyke’s work will open at 1/9unosunove in Rome on September 30. His lecture-performance „Self Evidence“ will be presented by Tyler School of Art, Rome, and Martedi Critici on September 28.