Hopefully some of you got to check out my sister Maggie’s amazing James Turrell show. If you missed it, here’s another excuse to visit her gallery! The latest amazing exhibition at Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Santa Monica features work by Michel Auder and Giulia Piscitelli.
Michel Auder moved from Paris to New York City in 1969, where he quickly fell in with Andy Warhol and his legendary Factory. Auder became a video-art pioneer, shaping real footage of his colorful life into experimental films. For example, in The Valerie Solanas Incident, Auder and his wife receive a death threat from Solanas, who’d nearly killed Warhol just two years before. The gallery is showing sixteen of Auder’s short films, as well as six photographs taken from stills of his work. I think it’s so beautiful how the short films and still photos, taken together as a whole, echo the journey of Michel’s life.
Italian artist Giulia Piscitelli is a rising star in the art world, showing in Naples, Berlin, London and even the Venice Biannale. She was so excited by the prospect of her first show in the U.S. that she produced an entirely new body of work just for the exhibition! Piscitelli looks at ordinary objects through a slightly off-kilter lens. She titles a buttery cow-hide American Skin in a playful homage to Bruce Springsteen, and “draws” on her old set of encyclopedias by erasing illustrations. In her Spyhole series, Piscitelli sourced (over the course of ten years) handcrafted damask coverlets from San Leucio. Inspired by prison spyholes, she bleached a series of circles into the pink silk, and hung them on the walls like tapestries. In her artist’s statement, she imagines that “behind every hole could be an eye.” Her work is so fresh and creative, and I love how she embraces her own unique perspective
Kayne Griffin Corcoran will be showing Michel Auder + Giulia Piscitelli through the 19th of May. Maggie’s curated such an amazing show, and I hope you love it as much as I do! Kayne Griffin Corcoran is located at 2902 Nebraska Avenue in Santa Monica - you can find more information and pictures on their website. XXJKE