Image: Tania Cross, Köln Dom (Have You Ever Seen It?), 2013
|MO N S A L V A T
a Merkx & Gwynne project
organized with Maliea Croy and Allison Branham
January 18 - February 17 2013
with Cy Amundson, Erica Baum, Gina Beavers, Francisca Benitez, Jessica Bennett, Paul Bergeron, Isaac Bonnel, Becket Bowes, Barb Choit, Andy Cross, Tania Cross, Cynthia Daignault, Constance DeJong, Michael DeLucia, Tyler Dobson, Sarah Dornner, Mark Fetty, John Finneran, Laurie Silver Flannery, Michael S. Flannery, Ron Flannery, Ellie Ga, Tamara Gonzales, Vivienne Griffin, Rachel Harrison, Dmitri Hertz, Matthew Hilshorst, Anders Holen, Matt Hoyt, Alex Hubbard, Timothy Hull, Tonya Huskey, Paul Jacobsen, Kristen Jensen, Joshua Johnson, Craig Kalpakjian, Scott Keightley, Gavin Kenyon, Viktor Kopp, Natalie Labriola, Tom Long, Benjamin Lowney, David Malek, Megan Marrin, Chris Martin, Tony Matelli, Justin Matherly, Lionel Maunz, Dave Miko, Filip Noterdaeme, Rome Petersson, Arianna Petrich, Rebecca Poland, Birgit Rathsmann, John Richey, Sarah Rogers, Julia Rommel, David Scanavino, Maximilian Schubert, Davina Semo, Mamie Tinkler, Tom Vanderwall, Erik Wysocan
Text by Joshua Johnson, Monsalvat: Breaking Perspective
Bureau is pleased to open 2013 with the exhibition Monsalvat, a project conceived by collaborators Andrea Merkx and Nathan Gwynne. With the work of over fifty contributors, the gallery will be transformed into a group exhibition-cum-music-video set to be used for periodic filming throughout the show.
Monsalvat is the first installment by Merkx & Gwynne in their sprawling series King Arthur Rock Opera, a multi-part project that will engage musicians, authors, artists and artisans, sound, film and television professionals in re-imagining Arthurian legend. The exhibition's title is taken from Munsalvaesche, the name given to the castle of the Fisher King in Wolfram von Eschenbach's 13th-century tale.
Employing a raked stage floor built in medieval-esque forced perspective, this first episode will center around the hall of the Fisher King in which Perceval encounters the procession of sacred objects, notably candelabras, a bleeding lance and the holy grail. In a massive collaborative undertaking, the objects and architectural elements in the space are bespoke artworks, made or altered specifically for the exhibition, from the tiled floor pattern, stained glass window design to the salon hanging of prints and paintings and archway which recedes into a tromp l'oeil wall painting extending the line of sight.
'Damn you, wherever the sun lights your path' shouted the page. 'You silly goose! Why didn't you open your gob and ask my lord the Question?'
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Gallery Hours: Wed - Sun, 11 - 6 p.m.
Images: Jason Mandella