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David Maljkovic
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Konstantin Grcic
Negatives

Exhibition from March 20 to May 16, 2015

For his exhibition at the CEC, David Maljkovic will create, in collaboration with the German designer Konstantin Grcic, a series of works called Negatives. The “negatives” began with Maljkovic’s Temporary Projections in 2011. For this project, the artist created a fictional studio as a projection and one of the elements in the studio was a ‘fake’ working table. In collaboration with Grcic, the table is now an actual object, and what was once a secondary element becomes a model and the focus of the work. The “negatives”, then, are tables designed by Grcic that Maljkovic transforms by using as a work surface. As the artist cuts into paper with a blade, he leaves slashes and marks on the soft surface of the table top. The result is a group of intersecting lines and marks that combine to make a geometric abstraction. Red ink is then applied to this surface, and paper applied, in a process that resembles printmaking, leaving the table top marks filled with a vibrant red. The ‘negative’ is this structure that provided a space for the edition-making process.

The work of David Maljkovic demonstrates a high degree of formalist imagination. Whatever the narrative or subject matter that prompts a project, the result does not just mediate or describe this narration, but encrypts it, even comments upon it from above, to open up new semantic processes. His work investigates the arbitrary relationship between form and content, signifier and signified, and this investigation is the key preoccupation and strategy of his artistic process. In these gaps, Maljkovic exposes the erosion of memory and the corruption of information, confronting the visitor with a wearing down of meanings and a destabilisation of our senses through the effects of time and technology. As a response to this defective memory, Maljkovic has adopted collage as a formal principle, recombining photographs, films, projected images and sound pieces from his own personal archive. He makes use of operations of dislocation, subtraction and juxtaposition to move towards new conceptual horizons.

Negatives are a result of a close collaboration between the designer Konstantin Grcic and David Maljkovic. The works will oscillate between functional tables and sculpture, between the multiple and the unique object, in a collaboration where one creates the support for an artwork and the other offers a transition into a hybrid object.

In their two-headed collaboration, the production of the artist and that of the designer merge. On the one hand there is the passion of David Maljkovic for architecture and design that are some of the many references that constitute the central body of his work. Some recent productions of Konstantin Grcic on the other hand maintain an esthetical relationship with the works of Jeff Koons, James Turrell or Larry Bell. The common points between Maljkovic and Grcic lie in their interest for industrial design, and more in particular for the world of automobiles. We find this fascination in Maljkovic’s film Out of Projection (2009) produced on the test ramps of the Peugeot factory in Sochaux, in which we can see old aerodynamic and retro-futuristic racing cars. For Grcic, this same taste for automobiles was indisputably expressed in his table collection Champions (2011) whose profile of the legs and structure supporting the table top resemble spoilers of racing cars or motorbike fuselage, varnished in bright colours and customised by a logo coming from the world of sport cars, sportswear, ski or that of bikers.

This very physical and mechanical approach of Konstantin Grcic probably comes from his first training as a cabinetmaker, and from one of his first mentors’, Jasper Morrison’s « for real life » design, and also from another referential figure, Vico Magistretti, who developed more geometrical and industrial forms. Konstantin Grcic’s design is characterized by sharp, efficient, mechanical and hi-tech structures. One of his most recent series, Man Machine (2014), a glass line with silicone and pistons, refers to Kraftwerk’s eponymous electronic music album. Some of his objects are close to mechanics, robotics, kind of machines célibataires in which Grcic engages in advanced research regarding the quality of the materials, new technology and the process of production. Radically functional, his inventions are also multifunctional and sometimes narrative, humorous or even exuberant like the pavilion for the Audi stand at the Design Miami/Basel Fair 2014. Built from Audi TT doors, the structure oscillates between the shed and the spaceship. Grcic comically subverts elements from the world of luxury cars and in a perfectly DIY spirit turns them into an ephemeral and composite structure, just the same way as he did with Paramount (2012), a toy for poodles edited by Architecture for Dogs. This dressing table for stars is in reality a « Mirror Test », a test that enables to control if poodles are a part of those few animals capable of recognising themselves in the mirror. Design for all in a way.

David Maljkovic is a Croatian artist, born in 1973 in Rijeka (Croatia). He lives and works in Zagreb. Among his recent solo exhibitions: Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, GAMeC, Bergamo, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Secession, Vienna, Whitechapel, London, CAPC musée d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, CAC Vilnius, Kunsthalle Basel, SculptureCenter, New York, MoMA PS1. His work has been included in group shows at Kunsthaus Bregenz, MAXXI Rome, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon, Spain, The Power Plant, Toronto, Wiels, Brussels, Centre Pompidou, Paris, La Triennale 2012, Paris, 29th São Paulo Biennial, 9th and 11th Istanbul Biennial. His work is part of major public collections such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, MUMOK, Vienna, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, MoMA, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Tate Collection, London.
Konstantin Grcic is a German designer, born in 1965 in Munich. He was trained as a cabinetmaker at the John Makepeace School (Dorset, England) before studying Design at the Royal College of Art in London. After studies, he worked for Jasper Morrison, a British designer, and he established his own practice in Munich in 1991: Konstantin Grcic, Industrial Design (KGID). Since then, he develops and creates furniture and products for various leading companies in the field of design, such as Mattiazzi, Muji or Vitra. He received international design awards, among which the Compasso d’Oro that he received twice: for his Mayday lamp in 2001 and for his Myto chair in 2007. Grcic was in charge of the design exhibition of the German Pavilion at the 13th Architecture Biennial in Venice and showed his works in numerous exhibitions such as at the Kreo Gallery in Paris (2004), the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2006), Haus der Kunst in Munich (2006) and at the Art Institute in Chicago (2009). Some of his creations are part of the permanent collections of important museums, such as MoMA, Musée des arts décoratifs and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. In March 2014, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rheim dedicated a massive retrospective to Grcic’s work entitled Panorama covering 25 years of designer’s work.

David Maljkovic is also exhibiting at
 Blondeau & Cie, 5 rue de la Muse, 1205 Geneva

David Maljkovic
New Collection

From March 20 to May 9, 2015

 

LIST
OF
EXHIBITIONS
 

Complete list
of exhibitions
(pdf)
(1989—2019)
 


2019

TIMOTHÉE CALAME
ALTERA
Spring Sale Time
LE CEC à la LA Art Book Fair 2019
artgenève
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
What to wear to a concert? Tips for concert outfits: wear your best punk jacket with the right patches !
“A patch meant to be fixed to the back of your jacket depicting relevant cultural affiliations”


2018

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy
The Meadow
Salon MAD#4 (Multiple Art Days)
Paris 2018
Entrelacs
Victor Man invites Navid Nuur
Valentin Carron, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, François Curlet…
artgenève


2017

Jonathan Monk
Directional Advice
Thomas Hirschhorn
Flashforward
Edited by the CEC!
Focus: Mélanie Matranga
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o Section 7 Books, Paris
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Book Launch c/o SALTS, Birsfelden/Basel
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
#picturebook1
Jakob Kolding
The Outside or the Inside of the Internalised Externalised
Jean-Michel Wicker
BBiblioteca ffanafffantastica
artgenève
Presentation of the edition
Jean-Michel Wicker
Belle étiquette


2016

Presentation of the book
Mathis Gasser
In the Museum 1 2 (3),
Regulators 1 2 n
Presentation of the edition
Artists’ Voices
Valentin Carron
Deux épaisseurs un coin
Mathis Gasser
Sept sont tombés vers le ciel
Works on paper
Artists’ Voices
Prolongation
artgenève


2015

Artists’ Voices
Extract
I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel 2015
Jason Dodge
David Maljkovic
with
Konstantin Grcic
Negatives
artgenève


2014

WINTER SALE
AND
ALPHABET EDITIONS
Raphaël Julliard
Chromozone
Oriol Vilanova
Renoncer à te décrire
artgenève


2013

Artissima, Turin
Edited!
NY Art Book Fair
David Hominal
Through The Windows
Jonathan Monk
Egg
artgenève


2012

Posters
Salon Light #9, Paris
NY Art Book Fair
Oscar Tuazon
Salon des Dames
artgenève
Jeffrey Vallance
The Vallance Bible
Nouvelles éditions
Oscar Tuazon
Book Launch c/o Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zürich


2011

Aaron Flint Jamison
Philippe Decrauzat
Book Launch c/o Motto Zürich
Abstractions sentimentales et quelques éditions, Cneai, Paris
Philippe Decrauzat
NYSTAGMUS
Gerard Byrne
For example; a sketch of Five Elevations, 1971-72
Presentation of the book
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava


2010

Présentation de l’édition de Pierre Bismuth Something Less, Something More – DIY
Sgrafo vs Fat Lava
Céramiques et porcelaines Made in West Germany, 1960-1980
“Encadrées”
Susanne M. Winterling
They Called Each Other Horses
Changement d’accrochage: Heimo Zobernig
Fröhliche Gesellschaft,
Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart


2009

Editions vs. objets
Erik van Lieshout
The Assistant
T. Quelques possibilités de textes
EDITIONS (suite…)
Présentation du catalogue
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007,
castillo/corrales, Paris


2008

EDITIONS (2004-2008)
Presentation of
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
at Maison de la poésie, Basel
Trisha Donnelly
L’Effet papillon, 1989-2007
Olivier Bardin
You belong to me I belong to you
Editions récentes


2007

Gianni Motti
Perpetual Channel
Anne-Julie Raccoursier
Wireless World, BAC, Genève
Otra de Vaqueros (Redux), BAC, Genève
Habitat/Variations, BAC, Genève
Markus Schinwald, BAC, Genève
Andreas Dobler
In Deep Ink, BAC, Genève


2006

The Missing Evidence
Accrochage des éditions 1995-2005
Marie Velardi
Futurs antérieurs, 20006


2005

Christophe Rey
Ocean Bluff
Quelques éditions…
No More Lights On My Starguitar


2004

Florian Pumhösl
Héliogravures et film
M/M (Paris)
Pour hoM/Me,
printemps-été 2004
Mai-Thu Perret
Love thy sister like thyself
Haroutioun Simonian
Performance (à huis clos) & installation vidéo


2003

Filière papier – Filière expo
Monica Bonvicini
Accrochage de l’édition
Eternmale
Finger No. 12
conventions/
Konventionen/
conventions
Jakob Kolding
Amy O’Neill et Emmanuel Piguet
Dm-melkenburg


2002

Karl Holmqvist
Soirée tropicale
Animation: Vidéos
Rosemarie Trockel
Edition, eaux-fortes, 1996
KIOSK (V)
Monica Bonvicini
Bonded Eternmale


2001

Affiches/Livres
Social Hackers
Editions
Fabrice Gygi
VITRINES et PITON UNIVERSEL
Vidya Gastaldon & Jean-Michel Wicker


2000

Editions 2000
Bring the Noise
Bourse du CGGC 1997-1999


1999

KLAT
Evil Talk: Beyond the pleasure principle
Thomas Hirschhorn
Elke Krystufek
In the Arms of Luck
Editions


1998

One Step Backwards: Books,
prints, videos, 1998
LISTE 98, The Young Art Fair,
Usine Warteck, Bâle
lithographs


1997

Multiples of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Elena Montesinos
Tune out, Turn off, Drop in
Eté 97
Stan Douglas
Photographies
Hinrich Sachs

B. Toguo Tamokoué
Gravures et Multiples


1996

Heimo Zobernig
Alexandre Bianchini,
Nicolás Fernández,
Jérôme Hentsch
et
Alain Julliard
Kristin Oppenheim
Rosemarie Trockel


1995

Thomas Hirschhorn
Les Plaintifs, les Bêtes, les Politiques
Karen Kilimnik
Tiger
Editions of the Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine
Luc Tuymans
Le Verdict
Claude Lévêque
Sans titre
Estampes et photographies
Yves Gevaert éditeur, Bruxelles


1994

Olivier Mosset
Claude Closky
Alexandre Bianchini

Hubert Mean
Alex Hanimann
Peintures, édition


1993

Giuseppe Penone
Images de pierres
Sigurdur Arni Sigurdsson
Peintures, dessins
Gerry Schum
Fernseh und Videogalerie
John M Armleder
Ian Anüll
Dessins, sérigraphies et éditions
Claude Gaçon


1992

Éditions, 1986-1992
John M Armleder
Parkett
Jean Stern
Panini alle melanzane
Stephan Landry
Marie Sacconi


1991

Laurence Pittet
Suzanne Lafont
Photographies
Marcel Broodthaers
Œuvres graphiques, 1964-1975
Jean-Michel Othoniel
¡ Capotes !


1990

Roman Signer
Installation hélicoptère, 1990
Jean-Marc Meunier
Sapins de Noël, 1988-1989
Anne Pesce
Pêcheur, c’est lui qui devient un poisson
Andreas Hofer
Installation – édition


1989

Henri Michaux
Encres, gouaches, aquarelles, lavis
Emmett Williams
Multiples
Andreas Gursky
Photographies
Stéphane Brunner
Mori Shigeru
Estampes