Alex Villar, Hansberg/Woolf

Directors: Emma Flynn and Leigh Hazzard
Exhibition 24 June — 15 July, 2011
Artist Talk 24 June, 5.30pm

We are pleased to announce that New York-based artist Alex Villar will inaugurate the Gallery’s exhibition program in June 2011 with the first solo presentation of his work in the UK.

Drawing on important video works made over the past 10 years, this exhibition surveys the artist’s long-running investigation and articulation of potential spaces of dissent in the urban landscape. Employing video-based, performative actions, installation and photography, Villar’s practice concentrates on matters of social space, often positioning the performer in situations where the architectural and urbanistic codes that regulate our everyday spatial and social experience can be made explicit.

Villar’s work draws from multidisciplinary theoretical sources including the works of Foucault and de Certeau, and is foregrounded by aesthetic traditions ranging from the sixties and seventies performative-based sculpture and installations by Helio Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Cildo Meirelles to the urban strategies of the Situationists and the anarchitecture of Gordon Matta-Clark.

Born in Brazil (1962), MFA from Hunter College (1998) and Whitney ISP Fellow (2000), VLA Art & Law Fellow (2011). Selected exhibitions include the New Museum, Mass MoCA, Drawing Center, The Menil Collection, Exit Art, Art in General, Apexart and Dorsky Gallery in the U.S.; Museum London in Canada; Institute of International Visual Arts and the Whitworth Art Gallery in England, Museu de Arte Moderna, Paço Imperial and Funarte in Brazil; Museu da Cidade in Portugal; Galleri Tommy Lund and Overgaden in Denmark, UKS and Oslo Kunstforening in Norway; Contemporary Art Centre in Lithuania; the Goteborg Konstmuseum, Rumänska kulturinstitutet and Signal in Sweden; Galeria Arsenal in Poland; Beirut Art Center in Lebanon; the Breeder in Greece; New Plymouth in New Zealand; Zendai Moma in China; Marco Museum in Spain; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Lichthaus, Halle fur Kunst and Internationale Kurzfilmtage in Germany.

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