Photos by Zeno Zotti


Kim Jones
nominated by Maurizio Cattelan

October 17 - November 29, 2008

On wednesday October 26 will be opened the artistic project elaborated by Kim Jones during his residency, supported by Fondazione Buziol, Venice. The artist has been invited by Maurizio Cattelan, who collaborates with VIR Viafarini-in-residence as artist nominator.

The exhibition project conceived for VIR space includes multi layered wall drawings and mixed media installations. All artworks are rendered as wide, criptic, richly detailed war plans. A plenty of different signs of war and power are traced upon the white walls, as if they were blank sheets of papers. The drawings are a moving diagram of the conflict between Xs and dots. Because Kim is on both sides at the same time, he always wins and he always loses.

The process of interaction with the studio space started during a workshop held by the artist with 17 young italian artists selected from DOCVA Archive: Leonora Bisagno, Dafne Boggeri, Lisa Castellani, Sally Cellophane, Sabine Delafon, Giulio Delvè, Giulio Frigo, Stefano Lupatini, Gianluca Malgeri, Concetta Modica, Jaša Mrevlje, Cristiana Palandri, Luigi Presicce, Alessandro Quaranta, Setsuko Kibe, Emilia Smiderle.

Born in Bernardino, California, in 1944, in the Seventies Kim Jones and started off with a series of performances in which he covered himself with mud, carrying on his shoulders a structure made of wood and plastic materials. As Mudman the artist walked in various urban landscapes.

Part of the history of Kim Jones is being a Marine in Vietnam and being crippled as a child from age seven to ten. Kim’s work is mostly influenced by other artists, including Bruce Nauman and Eva Hesse.

VIR Viafarini-in-residence is realized with the support of PARC department of Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Australia Council for the Arts, ACACIA  Association (Associazione Amici Arte Contemporanea Italiana) and Gemmo spa. All these partners support VIR by through the institution of specific artist residency grants


last update 14-04-2010