Monday, November 9, 2009

Zoe Beloff in London

Zoe Beloff--personal friend, friend of Morbid Anatomy and Observatory, and one of my favorite contemporary artists--has a few wonderful sounding art-pieces showing in London over the next few months. If you are based in or near London, I highly recommend you take this opportunity to check out her work in person; Her work is lovely, multi-layered, fascinating, and seriously not to be missed.

Here is a bit about her work, from her artist's statement:
Zoe Beloff is an artist who is particularly fascinated by attempts to graphically manifest the unconscious processes of the mind. She is particularly adept at dreaming her way into the past. Zoe’s work has been exhibited internationally. Venues include: The Whitney Museum, MoMA, The Freud Dream Museum (St Petersburg), Pacific Film Archives and the Pompidou Center.
And here are the full details of her upcoming London events:
The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and their Circle 1926-1972
An illustrated lecture and screening by Zoe Beloff
November 18th, 2009 - 7pm - 8:30
The Freud Museum 20 Maresfield Gardens London NW3 5SX
Freud Museum:
More here.

To celebrate the centennial of Freud’s visit to the great amusement parks of Coney Island, prior to his visit to Clark University in 1909, artist Zoe Beloff resurrected the forgotten world of the Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society, along with the visionary ideas of its founder Albert Grass, for an exhibition at the Coney Island Museum in New York.

Here she will present an overview of the work of the Society, which might best be described as an urban legend. The members, working people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, were filled with the desire to participate in one of the great intellectual movements of the 20th century. Beloff will discuss the Sunday lectures, plans to rebuild the “Dreamland Amusement Park” according to Freud’s ideas of dream formation, the controversy over the lost "Sigmund Freud" figure at the World in Wax Musée and will screen a number of the “Dream Films” in which members of the society recreated their dreams on film in an unapologetic and playful exploration of their inner lives.

The Magic Show
28th through 31 January
Opening 27 January 7pm to 9pm
The Quad
Market Place,Cathedral Quarter
DerbyDE1 3AS

Premiere of new Hayward Touring exhibition curated by Jonathan Allen and Sally O’Reilly, organised in collaboration with QUAD, Derby. Magic, like art, thrives in the gaps between truth, half truths and lies. ‘Magic Show’ considers how contemporary artists adopt the perception-shifting ploys of theatrical magic, to summon wonderment while also exploring questions of creative agency and the power of suggestion.

Magic Show artists: Jonathan Allen, Archive (Anne Walsh & Chris Kubick), Zoe Beloff, Ansuman Biswas & Jem Finer, Joan Brossa, Rick Buckley, Brian Catling, Center for Tactical Magic, Jackie & Denise Chapwoman, Tom Friedman, Brian Griffiths, Colin Guillemet, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Susan Hiller, Alexandra Hopf, Janice Kerbel, Christian Jankowski, Annika Lundgren, Juan Muñoz, Bruce Nauman, Ian Saville, Ariel Schlesinger, Suzanne Treister and Sinta Werner.
You can find out more about these upcoming events, and about Zoe's work in general, by clicking here.

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