At the door of the house who will come knocking?
An open door, we enter
A closed door, a den
The world pulse beats beyond my door
— Pierre Albert Birot
piloto pardo is proud to present At the door of the house who will come knocking?, a group exhibition with works by Gillies Adamson Semple, Aitor González, Julie Koldby, Cosima zu Knyphausen, Paul Niedermayer, Giles Thackway, Ignacio Gatica and Gabriella Torres-Ferrer. This is the first exhibition by piloto pardo held at Wild Trumpets.
In The Poetics of Space, the mid-century French philosopher Gaston Bachelard speaks about the house as a shelter that we create in our minds, a ‘body of images that give mankind proofs or illusions of stability’, or a place where ‘we stop reading the room but start reading ourselves’. In the exhibition, the works explore ideas around subjectivity, relation to space and personal imagery.
Ignacio Gatica (b. 1988) is a Chilean-born, New York-based visual artist. He employs different media such as sculpture, software, video, publication, text, and installation. In his practice, he prioritises raising awareness of the dissonances and conflicts experienced in the sociopolitical contexts of the Global South. Gatica constructs environments to present the complex histories of these territories. Gatica has exhibited at SculptureCenter, New York (2022); Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on- Hudson, NY (2022); Fundaci.n Marso, Mexico City (2019); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2018); Galeria Jaqueline Martins, S.o Paulo (2018); Fondation Hippocr.ne, Paris (2017); and Galeria Gabriela Mistral, Santiago (2016); among others. Features of his work have been published in Mousse, The New York Times, and Balcony Magazine.
Gillies Adamson Semple (b. 1996, Edinburgh) lives and works in London. He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, The Royal Institute of Art Stockholm and The Slade School of Fine Art. His work is concerned with how we can treat sound with the same physicality as any other material, building installations and mechanisms to diagrammatically express our corporeal interaction with vibration and resonance. He is interested in the treatment of sound as a means of environment building and an indicator of site and place. Recent shows include Nighttimestory (LA), Youkobo Art Space (Tokyo), Cedric Bardawil (London) with whom he is due to release a 12’’ album of music recorded on a research trip conducted through the Boise Travel Award. He has an upcoming sound work commissioned for a dance choreographed by Nina Davies at Matt’s Gallery, and is due to be in residence at Xenia.
Aitor González (b. 1994) is a Quechua-Spanish artist whose practice explores the intersections around diasporic and queer identity, storytelling and family dynamics. Based in London, Aitor's practice started in sculpture, but has since evolved towards drawing and painting. Aitor’s research orbits around family and familial relationships, which become the arena through which he unravels dualities of given and constructed identity, factual and mythical storytelling, dreams, and reality. He holds an MFA from the University of Leeds, and past exhibitions include solo exhibition A bark in the night woke me up to a bed with no sheets, robert’s, Glasgow (2022), Lo ech. en el fuego y ha salido este becerro, Sala La Marina, El Puig (2016) and group exhibitions Naturaleza, cuerpo y construccion, Llano, CDMX (2023), Cancer Season. Curated by Robbie Von Kampen, 12 Saint George Street, London (2023), MELTDOWN, Ridley Road Project space, London (2022), THE BLUE, THE PINK, THE IMMATERIAL, THE VOID (Curated by Rosa Abott and Krishna Shanti) Austrian Cultural Forum, London (2022), GREY AREA (curated by Kevin Hunt), PINK, Manchester (2022), among others. Aitor Gonzalez lives and works in London, United Kingdom.
Julie Koldby (b. 1993 Copenhagen, DK) works with installation, moving image, printmaking and writing. Koldby’s work is closer to sculptural scenarios rather than stable/finished work that poses questions to binary oppositions and works on the relational level between forces. As fluid territories, her work position itself in space as it waves between experiment and failure. She holds a MA Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London (2020-2022). She took her undergraduate in Fine Art from Malm. Art Acade- my, Sweden and Cooper Union School of Art, New York City (2016-2019). Recent residencies include Editions Basel (2023), Bikubenfonde, Copenhaguen (2023) and recent shows include House of Voltaire Sky Sticker Collaboration, Studio Voltaire, London (2022), We Wouldn't Stop Showing, SETSETSET, London (2022) and Run Hard Point, EKELY, Copenhagen (2021).
Cosima zu Knyphausen (b. 1988) is a Chilean born artist based in Berlin, working mainly with painting and drawing. In her work, she revisits art historical motifs to inhabit them as scenarios for the queer imaginary. She studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) in Leipzig (DE), and was participant in the Berlin Program for Artists 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include The End Surprised me at Weiss Falk, Basel (2022), Pinturas de genero at Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago (2022), Closet Drama at piloto pardo (2021), and recent group exhibitions include The Temptation to Exist at Thomas Schulte, Berlin (2023), Landschaft at Galerie Khoshbakht, Cologne (2023), Figur–Grund 2, Kunstverein KunstHaus, Potsdam (2022) and Bajo el sol, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid (2022).
Paul Niedermayer (b. 1989, Germany) is an artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her work in the exhibition explores the moment of time in the service sink at a bar where the artist worked, exploring ideas of labour and the passing of time when it is for oneself. Paul’s work has recently been shown at The Wig (Berlin) and Photography Exhibit (Zurich). This Autumn her work is also shown at Gauli Zitter in Brussels. She will start teaching this fall at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig in the Photography Department. In 2023 she joined the collective Cittipunkt e.V. and hosted, in the third year, a queer bar in the garden of im M.1 in Hohenlockstedt, Germany.
Giles Thackway (b. 1987, Australia) is a researcher and maker with a studio practice based out of Chisenhale in London, UK. His practice investigates the influence of infrastructures and built environments on our moods, emotions, habits and behaviours. Through various mediums, Giles explores how examples of interiors, architecture, planning, logistics, online platforms and financial structures produce social space and in turn subjects. His research and works focus on the agency of individuals within these structural constraints. He is an MFA graduate of Goldsmiths (2020) and has exhibited in Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America. This includes the 29th Ljubljana Biennale, the 9th Shanghai Biennale, #27 Kaldor Art Projects: 13 Rooms exhibition in Sydney, MCA Sydney. He is currently a resident at SOMA in Mexico City.
Gabriella Torres-Ferrer (b. 1987, Puerto Rico) is a multimedia artist and researcher whose work considers futurability, power dynamics—means of exchange and production in a globalized networked society. Their transmedial practice integrates new media, installation, video, web-based interventions, among other experimentations. Torres-Ferrer’s work has been featured in the Whitney Museum of AmericanArt, El Museo del Barrio (New York), the Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, 2022) and the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa). Their work has also been shown at The Wrong New Digital Art Biennale; 15th Bienal de Artes Mediales (Santiago, Chile); The Shed (New York); SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin, DE); A.I.R. Gallery (Brooklyn, New York); max goelitz (Munich, DE); CURRO (Guadalajara, Mexico); and Embajada (San Juan, Puerto Rico). In 2020, Torres-Ferrer received a guest artist prize from CERN (Geneva) and enrolled in the Akademie Schloss Solitude’s international artist-in-residence fellowship.
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