#ImmediateAttention is an exhibition by artist Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL curated by Tijana Miskovic.
The exhibition focuses on artist’s ability to be “thermometer” detecting, measuring and giving the diagnosis of the dysfunctions in the society. Artistic expressions in time can create vital debate, visibility and hopefully an impact.
The collaboration with Galeria Emma Thomas is making it possible to put light on some of the current issues that need immediate attention in Brazil.
This exhibition intends to be a warm up for a global art movement. It opens up for further implantation and activity in Brazil as well as during CUB – Copenhagen Ultracontemporary Biennale.
In connection with exhibition #ImmediateAttention curated by Tijana Miskovic at Galeria Emma Thomas in São Paulo – Brazil from 11/1 – 27/1 2016, Thierry Geoffroy /COLONELpresents ultracontemporary artworks created the same day as they were exhibited, and most of them expressed about emergencies.
The daily changing exhibition is an art format, whose essence has already been formulated in Thierry Geoffroy /COLONEL’s manifesto for moving exhibitions published in 1989. Since then, the format has been realized as numerous exhibitions and actions around the world as well as a spatial construction EMERGENCY ROOM built in museums and art institutions such as MOMA PS1.
The ultracontemporary way of working is a comment on contemporary not being sufficiently in time. There are a couple of artworks illustrating this critique. For example CONTEMPORARY, ART STILL LIKES TO QUESTION THE CANVAS. It is a toilet chair with one missing wheel on a white canvas. The canvas and the painting are used as symbols for contemporary art not reflecting about the now but continuing to question the canvas, the pigment, and the frame.
Even though the production of artworks is being done fast, Thierry Geoffroy /COLONEL’s work includes a great deal of observation and investigation. He researches as much on the streets as on Internet. His sources of information and inspiration can be anything from articles in local newspapers over information found on social media to opinions he extracts from local people or experts.
Thierry Geoffroy /COLONEL’s artwork production is like streaming expressions taking shape in different forms and media. Some of the artworks are produced from objects found, collected or purchased in São Paulo, while others are made with materials already established in his repertoire, such as white cotton fabric, cartons, and tents.
Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL has been using tents since 1991. Tents can be both looked at as paintings and as sculptures. The artist uses the sides of a tent as a canvas for painted statements. After, each tent becomes a mobile sculptural object. Some of Thierry Geoffroy/COLONEL’s previous tent artworks have been exhibited in The Maldives Pavilion, Venice Biennale, IT; The ZkM Museum, Karlsruhe, DE; Marta Herford - Museum für moderne Kunst, Herford, DE; Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück, DE. (among other places) The tents are also in the collection of Museum of Contemporary Art, Danmark as well as private collections in Paris, Copenhagen, and São Paulo.
Cartons are a diary-like artworks consisting of drawing, text and occasionally glued paper cutouts. They play a vital role in Thierry Geoffroy /COLONEL’s creative process because they capture the raw, unpolished artistic thought. Depending on the moment, the state of mind of the artist and the surrounding, the statements on the cartons can range from direct and sharp to personal and doubtful, also including the contradiction as part of authentic and honest communication.
Similar to the cartons and the tents, the banner-like artworks with text on pieces of fabric are expressing artist’s statements in the given circumstances, conditions and situations of the moment. Often they are exhibited on the spot at international events such as Manifesta, Cartagena/Murcia, ES or Documenta, Kassel, DE.
Some of the important topics being commented during the exhibition at Galeria Emma Thomas in São Paulo were: Zika virus outbreak in Brazil, anti-refugee movements and laws in Europe, demonstrations and police violence in São Paulo, water problems in Brazil, chemical explosion in the industrial port of Santos, Lava Jato operation in Brazil connected to money laundering and corruption in the country, gentrification and real estate speculations in the time of crises in Brazil, toxic mud from Brazilian dam disaster, The World Economic Forum in in Davos and global climate change problems.
A selection of artworks also includes poetic reflections on the artistic process and subjects like the role of the artist in the society, the notion of time, the routine versus the ritual and the syntheses.
This exhibition was realized in collaboration with Juliana Freire, Flaviana Bernardo and Daniel Marchezini from Galeria Emma Thomas and developed thanks to Décio Hernandez Di Giorgi.
During the exhibition period Thierry Geoffroy opened the exhibition space for one day to invite artists from Sao Paulo to express about what they find emergencies.
Following artists participated:
Jac Leirner, Carla Chaim, Artur Lescher, Daniel Lie, Bel Falleiros, Flavia Mielnik, Amaury Santos, Laura Gorski, Ícaro Lira, Renata Cruz, Bruno Galan, Alessandra Duarte, Peter de Brito, André Gomes, Lucas Simões, Raquel Kogan and Lea van Steen
A video reportage made by ARTE 1 TV channel can be seen HERE.
In addition to the exhibition in Sao Paulo, Thierry Geoffroy/ COLONEL also produced new artworks in Rio de Janeiro.
A selection of press appearance:
The exhibition was supported by Danish Arts Council and organized by:
Thierry Geoffroy / COLONEL
Thierry Geoffroy, also known as COLONEL, is a French artist, living in Copenhagen, Denmark. He is a format artist developing art formats, most known being Emergency Room, Biennalist and Critical Run.
Thierry Geoffroy / COLONEL has published 6 books and his artworks are are included in international museum collections.
He is Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
SELECTED GROUP AND ONE-MAN SHOWS FROM 2007 - 2015P.S.1/ MOMA New York, USA; ZKM Museum Karlsruhe, DE; Sprengel Museum, Hannover, DE; Moderna Museet, the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, SE; HEART- HerningMuseum of Contemporary Art Denmark, Herning, DK; Plazzo Delle Arti Napoli, IT; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK; Galerie Asbaek Copenhagen, DK; The Maldives Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK, Manifesta Biennal, Murcia, ES; National Museum Rejkavik, FI; Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin, DE, IKM Museum, Oslo, NO; Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL; Devron Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, SCO; The Model, Sligo, IR; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK; Cairo Biennale, Cairo, EG; Blackwood Gallery Toronto, CAN; Galerie Ileana Tounta, Athens, GR; Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Osnabrück, DE.