Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

Do you want to go on a date with me?… No?… Let’s just be friends, then?

Dennis Tyfus

Kunsthalle São Paulo São Paulo, Brazil 10/29/2015 – 11/28/2015

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Curated by Marina Coelho

The practice of Belgian artist Dennis Tyfus (*1979, Antwerp) traverses drawing, painting, radioshows, installations and performance, much of which is produced under the banner of Ultra Eczema, his long-running record label and publishing arm.

Daily experience and humour are central to Tyfus’ work. Several weeks prior to arriving in São Paulo, he was interviewed and photographed by a Belgian magazine. Tyfus then proposed to produce a collage out of the photos, rather than the magazine using the original portraits. The resultant artwork led to the title for the exhibition at KUNSTHALLE São Paulo – «Do you want to go on a date with me? … No? … Let’s just be friends, Then?» – and to a fictional dialogue between two imaginary protagonists.

The title forms the basis for a number of works in the exhibition, Tyfus’ first solo show in Brazil: a publication (Ultra Eczema 203), sculptures, oil paintings and a specially-recorded soundtrack, all of which play out scenarios originating from the aforementioned dialogue.

http://kunsthallesaopaulo.com/

Courtesy of Kunsthalle São Paulo

KUNSTHALLESPDennisTyfus-9287

KUNSTHALLESPDennisTyfus-9293

KUNSTHALLESPDennisTyfus-9305

Curated by Marina Coelho

The practice of Belgian artist Dennis Tyfus (*1979, Antwerp) traverses drawing, painting, radioshows, installations and performance, much of which is produced under the banner of Ultra Eczema, his long-running record label and publishing arm.

Daily experience and humour are central to Tyfus’ work. Several weeks prior to arriving in São Paulo, he was interviewed and photographed by a Belgian magazine. Tyfus then proposed to produce a collage out of the photos, rather than the magazine using the original portraits. The resultant artwork led to the title for the exhibition at KUNSTHALLE São Paulo – «Do you want to go on a date with me? … No? … Let’s just be friends, Then?» – and to a fictional dialogue between two imaginary protagonists.

The title forms the basis for a number of works in the exhibition, Tyfus’ first solo show in Brazil: a publication (Ultra Eczema 203), sculptures, oil paintings and a specially-recorded soundtrack, all of which play out scenarios originating from the aforementioned dialogue.

http://kunsthallesaopaulo.com/

Courtesy of Kunsthalle São Paulo

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