June 13th, 2009
The Palazzo at the Giardini is a large exhibition hall at one end of the Giardini, the garden home of the national pavilions, in Venice. The Palazzo is one of the two main venues for the survey component of the Biennale, and includes a frantic-looking cafe designed by Tobias Rehberger. Curated by the director of this year’s Biennale, Daniel Birnbaum, the exhibition is called “Making Worlds” and includes a wide variety of artists.
There were many compelling sections of the Palazzo, but we’ve broken down nine key selections into three parts. Part 2 features contributions by Hans-Peter Feldmann, Nathalie Djurberg and Guyton/Walker.
“Shadow Play” by Hans-Peter Feldmann used spotlights and rotating platforms covered with everyday objects to generate a shifting landscape of shadows on the wall. Like much of Feldmann’s work, the installation is striking for it’s beguiling plainness.
Nathalie Djurberg, who won the Silver Lion award for best young artist at the Biennale, fowarded a dark installation: three of her signature disturbing stop-motion animations projected in a garden of monstrous plants.
Guyton/Walker is a collaborative project by Wade Guyton and Kelley Walker. Their installation for the entryway to the Palazzo applies the pair’s usual mode, a combination of the two artists’ approaches to image making applied to the production of printed objects: canvases, panels of dry wall, paint cans, shipping crates. There is a deft, insider wit about much of the work, which draws heavily from Pop Art and has a fruity, rainbow-colored visual aesthetic.
Note: There were no press images documenting the exhibition immediately available, so the photos are all by Contemporary Art Daily. We apologize for any poor quality, as we do not have access to a professional photographer.
Full gallery of images available after the jump.