David Kordansky Gallery

  • Steven Claydon
New Valkonia April 27 — May 26, 2007

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  • Hornets (Mousterians & Moderns), 2007, acrylic, oil, copper and bronze solution, sealing wax on canvas, lead, plexiglass, bronze, found object, 180 x 30.5 x 30 inches (457.20 x 77.5 x 76.2 cm)
  • Hornets (Mousterians & Moderns), 2007, (alternate view) acrylic, oil, copper and bronze solution, sealing wax on canvas, lead, plexiglass, bronze, found object, 180 x 30.5 x 30 inches (457.20 x 77.5 x 76.2 cm)
  • Hornets (Mousterians & Moderns), 2007, (alternate view) acrylic, oil, copper and bronze solution, sealing wax on canvas, lead, plexiglass, bronze, found object, 180 x 30.5 x 30 inches (457.20 x 77.5 x 76.2 cm)
  • Hornets (Mousterians & Moderns), 2007, (detail) acrylic, oil, copper and bronze solution, sealing wax on canvas, lead, plexiglass, bronze, found object, 180 x 30.5 x 30 inches (457.20 x 77.5 x 76.2 cm)
  • A Monopoly On Posterity (Battering Ram), 2007, 49 x 70.5 inches (124.5 x 179.1 cm), 49 x 70.5 inches (124.5 x 179.1 cm)
  • A Monopoly On Posterity (Battering Ram), 2007, (detail) 49 x 70.5 inches (124.5 x 179.1 cm), 49 x 70.5 inches (124.5 x 179.1 cm)
  • A Monopoly On Posterity (Battering Ram), 2007, (detail) 49 x 70.5 inches (124.5 x 179.1 cm), 49 x 70.5 inches (124.5 x 179.1 cm)
  • Patrician (female) (Anthropods In Arcadia), 2007, resin, graphite, marble, brass, steel wool, plaster, plastic and metallic paint, 66 x 14 x 11 inches (167.6 x 35.6 x 27.9 cm)
  • Patrician (female) (Anthropods In Arcadia), 2007, (detail) resin, graphite, marble, brass, steel wool, plaster, plastic and metallic paint, 66 x 14 x 11 inches (167.6 x 35.6 x 27.9 cm)
  • Patrician (female) (Anthropods In Arcadia), 2007, (detail) resin, graphite, marble, brass, steel wool, plaster, plastic and metallic paint, 66 x 14 x 11 inches (167.6 x 35.6 x 27.9 cm)
  • The Layman's Lot, 2007, pencil on found drawing, 22.5 x 13 inches (57.2 x 33 cm)
  • Patrician (male) (Despotism & Tricks), 2007, resin, onyx, brass, steel, plastic and metallic paint, 71 x 15 x 15 inches (180.3 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
  • Patrician (male) (Despotism & Tricks), 2007, (detail) resin, onyx, brass, steel, plastic and metallic paint, 71 x 15 x 15 inches (180.3 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
  • Fauna and Platonic Love, 2007, bronze raccoon penis bones, found painting, 12.5 x 9.75 x 4 inches (31.8 x 24.8 x 10.2 cm)
  • Fauna and Platonic Love, 2007, (alternate view) bronze raccoon penis bones, found painting, 12.5 x 9.75 x 4 inches (31.8 x 24.8 x 10.2 cm)
  • Spaka Spou (Deposed Deity), 2007, resin, graphite, marble and steel, plastic, space blanket, 71 x 15 x 15 inches (180.3 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
  • Spaka Spou (Deposed Deity), 2007, (detail) resin, graphite, marble and steel, plastic, space blanket, 71 x 15 x 15 inches (180.3 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
  • Spaka Spou (Deposed Deity), 2007, (detail) resin, graphite, marble and steel, plastic, space blanket, 71 x 15 x 15 inches (180.3 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)
  • A Monopoly on Posterity (book lungs), 2007, screen print on Mylar (space blanket), sealing wax, bronze, 48.75 x 70.25 inches (123.8 x 178.4 cm)
  • A Monopoly on Posterity (book lungs), 2007, (detail) screen print on Mylar (space blanket), sealing wax, bronze, 48.75 x 70.25 inches (123.8 x 178.4 cm)
  • The Ancients Set Great Store, 2007, copper, leather, paint, 66 x 51 x 20 inches (142.2 x 77.8 x 50.8 cm)
  • The Ancients Set Great Store, 2007, (detail) copper, leather, paint, 66 x 51 x 20 inches (142.2 x 77.8 x 50.8 cm)
  • Chitin & A-Parallelism (New Valkonia), 2007, brass, bull horn, plastic, 65 x 34 x 34 inches (165 x 86.4 x 86.4 cm)
  • Chitin & A-Parallelism (New Valkonia), 2007, (detail) brass, bull horn, plastic, 65 x 34 x 34 inches (165 x 86.4 x 86.4 cm)
  • Chitin & A-Parallelism (New Valkonia), 2007, (detail) brass, bull horn, plastic, 65 x 34 x 34 inches (165 x 86.4 x 86.4 cm)
  • Chitin & A-Parallelism (New Valkonia), 2007, (detail) brass, bull horn, plastic, 65 x 34 x 34 inches (165 x 86.4 x 86.4 cm)
  • Valkonian Objects, 2007, brass and steel, bull horn, quartz crystals, bronze, 50.5 x 30 x 20 inches (128.3 x 76.2 x 50.8 cm)
  • Valkonian Objects, 2007, (detail) brass and steel, bull horn, quartz crystals, bronze, 50.5 x 30 x 20 inches (128.3 x 76.2 x 50.8 cm)
  • The Bringer of Burden (Drakes), 2007, copper and bronze solution, conte pencil, Pepto Bismol, correction fluid, copper sulphate solution, acrylic and oil on canvas, 62 x 50 inches (157.5 x 127 cm)

For immediate release

 

“Strange events permit themselves the luxury of occurring.” – Charlie Chan

 

David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present New Valkonia, the first U.S. solo exhibition by London based artist Steven Claydon. The opening reception will be held on Friday, April 27th from 6 to 9pm, and the exhibition will be on view through May 26th. New Valkonia is an imaginary nation state inspired by the artist’s misinterpretation of the Polish phrase nie wal konia, which literally means, “stop masturbating.” Its civilization, relics and ideology take material form in Claydon’s installation of sculptures, prints and paintings.

 

In his work, Steven Claydon incorporates modernist styles and historical figures to draw associations between contemporary power structures and antiquated ideologies. His museological arrangements of fictional artifacts from a distant Eastern European nation call into question assumptions about history as it is authored and documented. Furthermore, Claydon challenges temporal models of history in which artifacts act as evidence in a “progressive” model of socio-political evolution. He describes history as “a lateral environment or miasma that cannibalizes and mutates in a way that defies statistical harnessing” and often represents it as such. In his willful reconstitution of real and imagined cultural tropes, Claydon seeks to subvert commonly held beliefs and shared value systems.

 

Fossils, tools and sculptural busts of the elite and their deities depict remnants of a supposed reality, but absurdity, impossible pairings and irrationality govern New Valkonia. Objects collectively contradict their own meanings: fractures and discrepancies become apparent in the historical narrative. In this society, classical motifs stamp authority on the iconoclastic, the minimal is colonized by the ritual and symbolic, and science fiction is used as folklore. New Valkonia pushes the viewer to come to critical understandings of the deceptiveness of history and its imagery.

 

Steven Claydon has had recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Dusseldorf, Germany (2006), White Columns, New York, NY (2006) and Hotel, London, England (2005). He was included in The Rings of Saturn at the Tate Modern, London, England (2006), and has recently participated in Pale Carnage, Arnolfini, Bristol, England (2007), a group exhibition at Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (2007), Dereconstruction, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (2006) and Even a Stopped Clock Tells the Right Time Twice a Day, ICA, London, England (2005).

 

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