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Cris Brodahl & Duncan Marquiss at "Secret Societies", CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux

by Suzanne on November 22nd, 2011


The Cure by Cris Brodahl, oil on glued canvas, 2009, courtesy Marc Foxx - click to enlarge

Like every so often and just to piss you off, I'm hijacking yet another exhibition announcement (I am apparently not the only one to not be terribly convinced/slightly confused by) to introduce you to the work of Cris Brodahl (top & middle) and Duncan Marquiss (bottom), two great young artists that haven't been featured here yet - at least not that I know of and I'm way too lazy to do a search. Y? Cause.


Reality (detail) by Cris Brodahl, oil on glued canvas, framed, 2009, courtesy Marc Foxx

Don't get me wrong, Secret Societies has a pretty epic line-up of artists that, taken per se, are often great talents - particularly the brilliant Markus Schinwald (showing his Untitled/Radetzky) and the ontologically ingenious Suzanne Treister who has created a plethora of vast artistic universes like few other artists.

However, the specific works selected seem to mainly underline something I find a bit problematic with young hyped contemporary art: It all looks rather pseudo-alchemical, faux-mysticistic, ironically psychedelic, post-neo-pagan, and in the end and upon closer inspection, it's really just rather superflat on neon (no, srsly, there's plenty of neon in the exhibition design...). In this context, all seems a bit like someone's Tumblr has come alive and even the minimalist sculptural pieces don't work anymore and look more like lost furniture from some space opera.

However, as always, please do enlighten me if you've seen the show and actually enjoyed it - I'm honestly just making all these observations based on the installation views and the press release I was sent.

Secret Societies - To Know, To Dare, To Will, To Keep Silence opened earlier this month and will remain on show until February 2012. All details below.

Please note that the artworks shown here will not be on display and serve merely to portray the artists' oeuvres.


Untitled by Duncan Marquiss, coloured pencil on paper, 2008, courtesy Dicksmith Gallery - click to enlarge

On show: Nov 9, 2011 - Feb 26, 2012

Address: CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Entrepôt. 7, rue Ferrère, Ville de Bordeaux, F-33077 Bordeaux, France, tel: +33 (0)5 56 00 81 50

Hours: Tue - Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM

Admission: €5

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