Saturday, November 14, 2015

International Art News: 6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee

From a media release:

International Art News: 
6th Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen goes to Jennifer Tee
The Soul in Limbo, Jennifer Tee's first museum solo exhibition in the Netherlands.

Prize presentation and exhibition opening of The Soul in Limbo by Jennifer Tee on 22 November 2015 in the Cobra Museum of Modern Art.
Jennifer Tee meets Cobra: collaboration between the Cobra Museum and Kunstverein Amsterdam. Alongside Jennifer Tee, works from the Cobra Museum by Pierre Alechinsky, Reinhoud, Eugène Brands and Frits Lemaire will also be on view. On show in the Kunstverein Amsterdam from 27 November.

AMSTELVEEN, NL - Jennifer Tee (NL 1973) is the winner of the 6th edition of the Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen. With this award The Cobra Museum of Modern Art and the Amstelveen Municipality aim to draw attention to the values of the Cobra movement - experimental, engaged and interdisciplinary - in relation to contemporary art. Headed by Saskia van Kampen, curator at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the jury remarked, “Over many years Jennifer Tee has shown herself to be a unique multi-talent, who can throw herself into making a thought-provoking choreography with the same apparent ease as creating a huge hanging sculpture. And it is extraordinary how, no matter how multi-layered her work may be, it still remains accessible for a wide public. The jury was unanimous in its decision to award the 2015 Cobra Art Prize to the multi-disciplinary artist, Jennifer Tee.” (Jennifer Tee, Shuudan Koudou (collective action), Ether Plane / Material Diagram series 4, plate 3, 50 x 84 cm)

Jennifer Tee
Jennifer Tee's work is very diverse in form, from almost impossible to make ceramics to hand-knitted floorpieces from curved bamboo floating in fragile balance to complex performances. Collaboration with others (artists, graphic designers, choreographers) and the surroundings in which a work is created play an important role. One example is the progressive manner with which Tee investigates the changeability and complexity of constantly overlapping cultures. Her work attempts to capture and reactivate recurring themes in Western culture and art history and to permeate them with Eastern philosophy.

Exhibition: The Soul in Limbo, until 21 February 2016
The Soul in Limbo* is the first museum retrospective of Tee's work to be held in the Netherlands. Taking the themes of 'Language', 'Choreography' and ‘Occult Geometry’, the exhibition looks back on her work's development over the last 10 years and includes new pathways extending into the future. Elements from Tee's previous installations are grouped in each section and include banners, ceramic vases, spheres and masks, photography, sculpture, knitted floor pieces and diagrams. The exhibition also features material connected with her work processes and sources of inspiration.

*The title of the exhibition is taken from the statement, “I am the soul in limbo”, made by Nadja, the central character in the eponymous novel by André Breton.

Right: publication dust-jacket, The Soul in Limbo, designed by Richard Niessen, 2015.

Performances/choreography
Written, spoken and sung language make up a recurring theme in much of Tee's work. The language-based performances in particular are a key part of her oeuvre. Tee's interest in written language has led to research into Egyptian hieroglyphs and Chinese calligraphy - both forms in which texts and symbols show an affinity with choreography. The performances have gone on to develop more and more into remarkably devised choreographies. Three of these performances and choreographies will be carried out during the exhibition. Left: Jennifer Tee, Star Crossed, performance for the exhibition Nether Land, Shanghai Expo, China, 2010 © Photo by Peter Cox

Exhibition: Jennifer Tee meets Cobra
Simultaneously with the exhibition in Amstelveen, there will be a show of works at the Kunstverein in Amsterdam chosen by Jennifer Tee and Maxime Kopsa (Kunstverein) from the Cobra Museum collection. Works by Pierre Alechinsky, Reinhoud, Eugène Brands and Frits Lemaire will be displayed along with a work by Tee. 27 November – 2 January 2016

Publication: The Soul in Limbo
The Soul in Limbo is a monograph compiled by Jennifer Tee in collaboration with Hilde de Bruijn. Some of the images have never before been published. Articles by Zoë Gray (Senior Curator, Wiels, Brussel), Maxine Kopsa (director, Kunstverein, Amsterdam) and Monica Szewczyk (co-curator, Documenta 14) interpret Tee's work. The Soul in Limbo was designed by Richard Niessen and published by Roma Publications. The book presentation will be held on Sunday, 29 November (during the Amsterdam Art Weekend) from 12:00 in the Kunstverein at 132 Gerard Doustraat, Amsterdam. (Right: Jennifer Tee left: Heart Ferment, ceramic urn filled with crystals and spices, 2014 right: Star-Crossed, Witte de With, Expo 2010,Shanghai)

Previous winners of the Cobra Art Prize Amstelveen:
Joost Conijn 2005; Johannes Schwartz 2007; Gijs Frieling 2009; Nathaniel Mellors 2011; Metahaven 2014

The Cobra Art Prize jury consisted of Saskia van Kampen-Prein (curator, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, chair), Roos Gortzak (director, De Vleeshal, Middelburg), Domeniek Ruyters (chief editor, MetropolisM) and Katja Weitering (artistic director, Cobra Museum). The Cobra Art Prize committee members are Marieke Sanders-ten Holte, Mels Crouwel, Eelco Dijk and Els Ottenhof. The publication was made possible through support by Galerie Fons Welters, the Mondriaan Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, and the Tijl Fund. With special thanks to Zwaan Printmedia.

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