Kari Altmann | Gretchen Bender | boychild | Lizzi Bougatsos | Mathis Collins | Kate Cooper | Natalie Dray | Jack Early | Elif Erkan | Awol Erizku | Ryan Estep | Gina Folly | Timothy Furey | Louisa Gagliardi | Thea Govorchin | Daiga Grantina | May Hands | Fiona Hallinan | Bernhard Hegglin | Zak Kitnick | Melanie Matranga | Flavio Merlo | Adriana Minoliti | Ebecho Muslimova | Oisin O'Brien | Grear Patterson | Billy Rennekamp | Emanuel Rossetti | Eoghan Ryan | Yves Scherer | Stefan Tcherepnin | Amalia Ulman


Cookie Gate


10th July - 15th August 2015

Cookie Gate considers the practices of artists exploring notions of consumerism, mainstream advertising, mass media production and its inherent infiltration into our daily lives. This exhibition inspects the continuing investigation of the role of the artist in this contemporary climate, narrowing its focus on visceral communication and the dissemination of information, and indeed the vicissitudes of such undertaking.

In our hyper consumer oriented society, we are progressively bombarded with ideas and perceptions of what we want or need through mass media. The apparent need to represent ourselves with certain identifying material objects and to categorise ourselves via the individuals with whom we associate often comes directly from suggestions in advertisements and digital culture. Often we don’t even know what we want until we see it on TV, online, in a magazine, in the window of a store, in people’s home’s or even on their body. We continually turn to advertising, the very source of the production of desire, to discover and determine our passions; from extremes of realism or glorified fantasy.

Consumption presents a cyclical phenomenon; the more we consume, the more we crave consumption. We are always searching for what’s missing. We are never quite satisfied. This increase in consumption can become an addiction. Corporations, brand names, and images become rituals, obsessions, and diversions. Consumption is made all but too easy.

Cookie Gate comments on the methodologies employed in terms of how an artist can effectively and efficiently communicate with one’s audience, and will peer deeper into the transparency or, indeed, opacity of this pre-engagement; deliberate, passive, or otherwise. In this respect, information promulgation is not always clear, not always direct, and can become easily distorted through the artist’s chosen medium and channels of communication. This bi-polarity, manifesting itself in these presented artistic forms and their inherent elusory foci, lead us to question both the functionality and the capacity of the artist’s role in the information-overloaded milieu of our present.

Sometimes we go shopping to buy mere necessities, other times we are looking to fulfill a deficiency or to reward ourselves for all our ‘hard’ work. Sometimes we just want a cookie. Can I have another?

Zak Kitnick
Courses of Action (2/3 Apple, 1/3 Bread), 2014
Direct-to-substrate-print on powder-coated steel shelving
62 x 61 x 30.5 cm

Zak Kitnick
Courses of Action (2/3 Cheese, 1/3 Apple), 2013
Direct-to-substrate-print on powder-coated steel shelving
62 x 61 x 30.5 cm

Jack Early
Fig Yoko, 2012
Plywood, ink, and metal
66 x x 66 x 176.5 cm

Jack Early
Banana Yoko, 2012
Plywood, ink, and metal
66 x x 66 x 176.5 cm

Jack Early
Honeydew Yoko, 2012
Plywood, ink, and metal
66 x x 66 x 176.5 cm

Timothy Furey
Untitled, 2015
Silkscreen print on silk organza and chiffon
Dimensions Variable

Eoghan Ryan
Are you trying to making me say the word?,  2015
HD video and altered photograph
8 minutes

Eoghan Ryan
(we found) a chisel in the hip (hurts), 2015
Plasticine, coat hangers, chisel, spray paint
Dimensions variable

Eoghan Ryan
(we found) a chisel in the hip (hurts), 2015
Plasticine, coat hangers, chisel, spray paint
Dimensions variable

Elif Erkan
Standards for Living, 2015
Plasticine and limes
27 x 22 x 6 cm (2)

Ryan Estep
1.15.15, 2015
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.16.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.17.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.18.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.19.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.20.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.21.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Ryan Estep
1.22.15
Ink on newsprint / Conductive pigment on plastic
18”.5 x 6” x 2” (wrapped)
22” x 12” (unwrappped)

Melanie Matranga
Reset, 2015
Sofa and various materials
80 x 190 x 85 cm

Melanie Matranga
Reset, (detail) 2015
Sofa and various materials
80 x 190 x 85 cm

Melanie Matranga
Reset again, 2015
Sofa and various materials
80 x 190 x 85 cm

Natalie Dray
Triphosphor blush T8 (pink caprice), 2015
4ft triphosphor fluorescent, tridonic ballast, end caps, single core
cable, 3 way fused connector block, 3 core flex, hardened brass, powder coated steel
Dimensions variable

Natalie Dray
Triphosphor blush T8 (pink caprice), 2015
4ft triphosphor fluorescent, tridonic ballast, end caps, single core
cable, 3 way fused connector block, 3 core flex, hardened brass, powder coated steel
Dimensions variable

Natalie Dray
6 sheet, 2014
Aluminium, stainless steel, acrylic medium, heavy duty polythene,
polythene membrane
180 x 120 cm

Natalie Dray
6 sheet, 2014
Aluminium, stainless steel, acrylic medium, heavy duty polythene,
polythene membrane
180 x 120 cm

Adriana Minoliti
Sexy, 2015
Spray paint
Dimensions variable

Flavio Merlo
Untitled (complacent components), 2015
Wood panel, acrylic, metal hooks, electrical fittings, and lighbulb
Dimensions variable

boychild
Patrick (unbound), 2015
Vinyl and oil based make-up.
200cm x 99 cm

boychild
Wu (threshold), 2015
Vinyl and oil based make-up.
200cm x 99 cm

Kate Cooper
Rigged,V1, 2015
HD video
Diemsnions variable

Emanuel Rossetti
Untitled Filmstill, 2015
Inkjet print on vinyl
Edition of 3
25 x 45 cm

Kari Altmann
Stretch Flex and Xtend, 2015
Inkjet on vinyl and aluminium hardware
91.5 x 66 x 7.5 cm

Daiga Grantina
ЯschlepR, 2015
String, wire, heavy acrylic gel, luggage tag, polycarbonate, frozen glass spray, mirrors, safety glass, thermodynamic elastomer, and projection
Dimensions variable

Bernhard Hegglin
Pitch, 2015
Salt dough, plastic-wrapped toys, portfolio, and acrylic glass
16 x 117 x 98 cm

Fiona Hallinan
Pendants, 2015
Builders’ string, edibles, and pips.
Dimensions variable

Thea Govorchin
The angel of love smiles at you, 2015
Acrylic on denim
170 x 120 cm

Stefan Tcherepnin
Cuddle Monster, 2014
Faux fur fabric, black fabric, and wood base structure
188 x 150 x 185.5 cm

Grear Patterson
Atlanta, 2015
Canvas and tarpaulin in three parts
69.9 x 161.75 x 6.3 cm

Yves Scherer
Frutis Hardcore (Gel 1), 2014
Fake grass, hairgel, and perspex
203.20 x 135.89 x 10.16 cm

Awol Erizku
Oh what a feeling, aw, fuck it, I want a Trillion, 2015
Mixed media with seven regulation size basketball rims and Spalding NBA Brooklyn Nets team basketball
376 x 48 x 62 cm

Bernhard Hegglin
Best Moment of my Life, 2015
Vinyl
23 x 98 cm

Gina Folly
Life, 2014
Cotton, kapok, and dye
226 x 155 x 40 cm

Gina Folly
Untitled, 2015
Marble
6 x 4 x 1.5 cm (2)

Gina Folly
Untitled, (detail) 2015
Marble
6 x 4 x 1.5 cm (2)

Amalia Ulman
Untitled (Safety Net), 2014
Thongs and beads
Dimensions variable

Gretchen Bender
Doin’ Time on Planet Earth, 1988
Vinyl, neon, graphic
Dimensions variable

Gretchen Bender
Top Dog, 1988
Vinyl, neon, graphic
Dimensions variable

Mathis Collins
Self-portrait low on spirit, 2015
Ceramic, saké, p.l.a 3D print, pencil, paper
Dimensions variable

Mathis Collins
Self-portrait low on spirit, (detail) 2015
Ceramic, saké, p.l.a 3D print, pencil, paper
Dimensions variable

Louisa Gagliardi
Gill, 2015
Digital print and gel medium on canvas
172.5 x 115 cm

May Hands
Picolito Skittles (Orange, Blue and Green), 2015
Aluminum stretcher, polythene, voile, net, ink, cellophane, shredded papers, fruit and vegetable packaging, plastic tapping and swimming hats
200 x 150 cm

Billy Rennekamp
FTW #14 (Writ Does Not Run), 2015
Marble, PVC, Astroturf, Acrylic Polymer, Granular Plaster
61 x 21.5 x 9cm

Billy Rennekamp
FTW #6 (Stomping Divots), 2015
Marble, PVC, Dice, Handballs, Acrylic Polymer, Trophy Figure
55 x 21.5 x 9 cm

Billy Rennekamp
FTW #4 (Hometown Pry), 2015
Marble, PVC, Aluminum, Leather, Wooden Louisville Slugger VanityBaseball Bat, Acrylic Polymer, Trophy Figure – 2015
53 x 46 x 9 cm

Oisin O’Brien
Optimum Performance, 2013
Handlebar Grip, Racquet Tape, Glove, Hot Dog Bun, perspex,
39 x 22 x 18 cm

Ebecho Muslimova
Untitled, 2015
Ink on paper
30.5 x 23 cm

Ebecho Muslimova
Untitled, 2015
Ink on paper
30.5 x 23 cm

Ebecho Muslimova
Untitled, 2015
Ink on paper
30.5 x 23 cm

Ebecho Muslimova
Untitled, 2015
Ink on paper
30.5 x 23 cm

Lizzi Bougatsos
Untitled, 2012
Found poster, braces, and boxing glove
101.5 x 61 x 7.5 cm