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“DISAPPEARING ACTS” GROUP EXHIBITION WITH DENNIS MCNULTY

by Ariadna Zierold

Disappearing Acts will take its thematic basis on ideas of human agency disappearing through the processes of history, ecology, and technology. Organised as a large-scale group exhibition in the Jern & Bygg premises in Svolvær, Disappearing Acts will feature works by 24 artists, including 11 new commissions. These commissions include work that addresses the context of the Lofoten Islands, its histories of environmental dependency and retreat—such as Juha Pekka Matias Laakkonen’s work, produced during his one-month stay on the remote island of Lillemolla outside Svolvær; and Roderick Hietbrink’s sculptures that will be submerged into the sea for a period of three months before being presented in the exhibition.

dennis mcnulty, exhibition, the citrus report, upper playground

Other artist commissions include Anna Ådahl, Sam Basu, Jason Dodge, Hedwig Houben, Dennis McNulty, Katja Novitskova, Émilie Pitoiset, John Russell, and Jon Benjamin Tallerås.

Artist Dennis McNulty, who participated in a group exhibition at Fifty24SF in 2002, re-engages the colors, shapes, and layouts of early 1980s men’s magazine design, zeroing in on the genre’s own re-engagement of the pinup icons of the 1940s and 1950s. Mindful of the broader definitions of “pervert” as both noun and verb, McNulty distorts the quasi-underground tradition of pinup art, presenting it not as nostalgia or historical quotation, but as a subjective, personal aesthetic interpretation. The results are provocative, infused with a disquieting sexual force that is by turns amusing and unsettling.

The exhibition is open from 28 August–27 September 2015.