Shooting Wallpaper: Brigitte Zieger


Shooting Wallpaper: Brigitte Zieger
September 5 – December 8, 2017
John Young Museum of Art, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Tuesday, September 5
4:00-6:00 p.m. Reception and artist conversation
John Young Museum of Art, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Inspired by 18th century French toile de Jouy printed textiles and wallpaper, Paris-based artist Brigitte Zieger reimagines the designs through video installations. Zieger creates visual tensions by pairing historic utopian references with violent, thought-provoking visuals from contemporary society. Shooting Wallpaper  (2006) presents idyllic pastoral motifs that turn into unexpected animated surfaces. The female shepherd suddenly stands, walks towards the viewer, and begins shooting a gun before turning back around and once again becomes camouflaged within the wallpaper patterns. The exhibition consists of four animated wallpapers including: Shooting Wallpaper (2006), Exploding Wallpaper (2007), Tank Wallpaper (2009), and Bewildered (2012). Each one asks viewers to think about what we present in our home, what our decor is made up of, and what realities they keep out of sight.

The exhibition will include a selection of 18th and 19th century French porcelain, generously donated by Steven and Ginger Spiegel, that is part of the permanent collection of the John Young Museum of Art. Juxtaposing Zieger’s animations with the French porcelain repositions the collection and invites questions into hidden social meanings.

Brigitte Zieger has participated in numerous international exhibitions and artistic events such as Abracadabra at the Tate Modern, London (1999), Shadows Dream the Man with Kara Walker at the L’Aître Saint-Maclou (2010), Digital Hand at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2010), Bang! Bang! at the CCA Kunsthalle, Andratx (2011), Tirs Reloaded/Pacific Standard Time at Here Is Elsewhere Gallery in Los Angeles (2012), Metamatic Reloaded at the Tinguely Museum in Basel, and Motopoétique at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon (2014). Recent solo shows include Wallpapered at Millennium Court Art Centre, Belfast/Portadown (2013), Pieces of Possible History at the Gallery Odile Ouizeman, Paris (2014), and Other Scenes at Void Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland (2017). Her video Shooting Wallpaper was recently included the collections of the Nevada Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 5
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Opening Reception and artist conversation

John Young Museum of Art, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Department of Art + Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Student Activity and Program Fee Board, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Supported by Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa, and anonymous donors.

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