Natheniel Mellors: Songs In The Key of Mard | Linda Franke: Utility Fatigue
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Nathaniel Mellors “ Press release, press release Won’t somebody press release? “ Listen to Nathaniel Mellors' audio press release at Nathaniel Mellors (b. 1974, UK) studied at the Ruskin School, Oxford University (1996-99) and the Royal College of Art, London (1999-2001). In 2007-09, Mellors was resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Mellors work spans various media, combining original fiction, music, painting, sculpture, animatronics and installation forms to explore themes of identity, class and power. Recent solo exhibitions include Matt’s Gallery, London (2022), FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, 2021; Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden, 2019; Kiasma, Helsinki, 2018; New Museum, New York 2018; Cobra Museum, Amsterdam 2018; Finnish Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (with Erkka Nissinen), 2017. - Linda Franke “ Every object has its function, and with it a set of implicit instructions about how it should perform. In this way, our objects—in their suggestion of prescribed use, narrative, and meaning—organize our surroundings and compel us to perform accordingly, as Baudrillard theorized in his 1968 book The System of Objects. But what if objects could be peeled away from their function? Utility Fatigue poses this question by disrupting the narrative of everyday found objects and rearranging their given grammar to invite new forms of language and behavior. “ Linda Franke (b. 1980, Dresden, East Germany) has been based in Los Angeles since 2017. Franke is a Graduate of Universität der Künste Berlin, Chelsea School of Art and Design London and Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Besides Residencies at Sacatar Brazil, CCA Glasgow or Impact Utrecht, her work has been shown at Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Goethe Institut Montreal; Schaulager Barbara Thumm Berlin; W139, Amsterdam; Simultanhalle Cologne; Art Cologne; Film Festival, Sao Paulo; Galapagos Art Space, NYC; Moscow International Film Festival; Soma Mexico City & Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, and Mars Gallery, PAM, Navel, Femmebit Festival, Neon Museum in L.A. She has been teaching Video Performance, Non-Linear Film Montage and Multimedia Art at Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Filmuniversität Konrad Wolf, Ba- belsberg, and Loyola Marymount Univeristy in LA.