Contemporary Istanbul: Nicholas & Sheila Pye
Novemeber 7th – 10th, 2013
Plugin Istanbul New Media Section, Istanbul Congress Center, Congress Valley,
Harbiye, Taskisla Street Istanbul, Turkey
Presented for the first time in Europe in its entirety, Curator's Office is pleased to present Trilogy, the acclaimed trio of films by Nicholas & Sheila Pye in the Plugin Istanbul New Media Section. Trilogy took 3 years to make and includes Paper Wall (2004); A Life of Errors (2006); and Loudly, Death Unties (2007). It is a poetic yet brutal, sometimes darkly comic series of films about a passionate and codependent relationship gone very wrong.
The Pyes relentlessly blur the borders between their lives and their art as they tackle the highly charged yet poetic issues that arise from their own relationship. But theirs is not a self-absorbed biographical fascination. Rather, the relationship depicted in their work becomes emblematic of all things that can go wrong in a mutually dependent and suffocating relationship. Their work joins a lineage of other artist couples -- such as Marina Abramovic & Ulay and Gilbert & George -- who use their relationship to explore the nuanced tribulations of coupledom.
The Pyes' artistic output spans photography, film, performance, video, and installation while acknowledging the profound influences of surrealism in film, narrative conventions in painting, 19th and early 20th century portraiture, and conceptual approaches to subject matter. Given this well-versed theoretical blend, they avoid prosaic performance art documentation preferring to transform their photographs and films into works that cleverly reconfigure art historic antecedents.
The Pyes have exhibited their work at museums such as The Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Incheon Women's Biennial, Incheon, Korea; Kunsthallen Brænderigården, Denmark; Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada; The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; The Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada; and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
To preview Trilogy: nickandsheila.com
One of the films from this trilogy, Loudly, Death Unties, is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
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