Leda Bourgogne, Daiga Grantina, Patrick Staff, Jessica Vaughn, with a poem by Pedro Neves Marques
28 February – 25 July 2020 (extended)
Unit 4 Huntingdon Estate, Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6JU
Emalin is pleased to present Expectations, a group exhibition with Leda Bourgogne, Daiga Grantina, Patrick Staff and Jessica Vaughn, accompanied by a poem by Pedro Neves Marques.
The exhibition brings together a group of artworks that consider ideas of embodiment in fraught spaces where language often fails and where realities of regulation and control structure life.
Leda Bourgogne’s practice manifests as an exploration of surface as skin, dealing with the tension between translucence and opacity both of texture and of language. Her ongoing series of chewing gum poems populate the floor like sticky nuclei – oral units of speech that mediate movement around the gallery and a physical interaction with text.
Daiga Grantina’s sculptures mimic the constitutional transformations of materials and environments, freely moving between the granular and the macroscopic. Her works probe our assumptions about the potential of a body to inhabit and demand space as well as the adaptation to and transgression of its demarcations, toying with the inherent slippages of language and the need for alternative modes of communication.
Patrick Staff explores the movements and tensions of queer bodies as regulated by forms of internal and external discipline.The site-specific intervention The Appetite runs along one wall of the gallery, physically combining the genericness of both familiarity and threatening restriction.
Jessica Vaughn’s floor-based cutouts on plexi resurrect the discarded surpluses of textiles manufactured for upholstering the seats in Chicago’s public transit network. These abstracted forms reflect both on ideas of absence and negative space while drawing attention to the urban movement of bodies within civic infrastructures.
Leda Bourgogne (b.1989 in Vienna, AT) lives and work in Berlin. She studied Fine Arts with Judith Hopf at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, DE, and in 2017 she was awarded the Städelschule Graduation Award. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Fragile (Berlin, DE, 2020) & QBBQ’S (Berlin, DE, 2020). Current exhibitions include Dead Heat, Braunsfelder (Cologne, DE, 2020). Recent exhibitions include Kreislaufprobleme, curated by Anna Gritz, Croy Nielsen (Vienna, AT, 2019); Skinless, BQ (Berlin, DE, 2018) and Leda Bourgogne with Ida Ekblad, Kunstverein Braunschweig (Braunschweig, DE, 2018).
Daiga Grantina (b. 1985 in Riga, LV) lives and works in Paris. Following her BFA at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, she completed her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, DE. Current exhibitions include What Eats Around Itself, New Museum (New York, NY, US, 2020). Recent exhibitions include Saules Suns, Latvian Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale (Venice, IT, 2019); Toll, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, FR, 2018); GIVE UP THE GHOST, Baltic Triennial 13, Contemporary Art Center (Vilnius, LT, 2018); Pillars Sliding off Coat-ee, Kunstverein Hamburg (Hamburg, DE, 2017) and Grotto from Glammar, Galerie Joseph Tang (Paris, FR, 2016).
Patrick Staff (b. 1987, Bognor Regis, UK) lives and works in Los Angeles and London. In 2009, they completed a BA in Fine Art Practice and Critical Contemporary Theory at Goldsmiths College, London, UK. Recent exhibitions include On Venus, Serpentine Galleries (London, UK, 2019); The Prince of Homburg, Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, IE, 2019), and Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, UK, 2019); Made in LA, Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA, US, 2018); Weed Killer, MOCA, (Los Angeles, CA, US 2017); Foundation, Spike Island (Bristol, UK, 2016) and Chisenhale Gallery (London, UK, 2015).
Jessica Vaughn (b. 1983, Chicago, IL, US) lives and works in Brooklyn. In 2011, she received her MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, PA, US. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Kissing Through a Curtain, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, (North Adams, MA, US, forthcoming 2020); In Polite English One Disagrees by First Agreeing, Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, TX, US, 2019); Feelings, Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, DE, 2019); Exit Strategy, Emalin (London, UK, 2018); Receipt of a Form, Martos Gallery (New York City, NY, US, 2017); Material Deviance, Sculpture Center (New York, NY, US, 2017) and Harlem Postcards, The Studio Museum (New York, NY, US, 2015).
Pedro Neves Marques (b. 1984, Lisbon, PT) lives and works in New York. He holds a MA in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths, London, UK, and a BA in Fine Arts from University of Lisbon, PT. Recent exhibitions include Becoming Male in the Middle Ages, Castello di Rivoli (Turin, IT, 2019); It Bites Back, Gasworks (London, UK, 2019); Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, CA, 2019) and A Mordida, Pérez Art Museum of Miami (Miami, FL, US, 2018).