Zac Langdon-Pole
Ars Viva 2018
Kunstverein München
7 October – 19 November 2018

From 7 October to 19 November 2017, Kunstverein München proudly presents an exhibition featuring new and recent works by the winners of the ARS VIVA 2018 prize: Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, and Zac Langdon-Pole.

Since 1953 the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. (the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries) has been awarding the annual ARS VIVA prize to young artists living in Germany whose works are distinguished by their pioneering potential. This year’s jury was chaired by Ulrich Sauerwein and consisted of members of the Kulturkreis Fine Arts Committee, and directors and curators Chris Fitzpatrick (Kunstverein München), Martin Germann (S.M.A.K., Ghent), Zita Cobb (Foto Island Arts / Shorefast Foundation), Nicolaus Schafhausen (Kunsthalle Wien / Shorefast Foundation), and Krist Gruijthuijsen (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin) as expert advisors. In 2018, the exhibition will tour to S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium, where it will be attenuated appropriately. The artists are additionally awarded individual prize money, a residency at Fogo Island Arts (Canada), and a bilingual catalogue centered on their work, with essays by Simon Baier, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Gregory Kan, Laura McLean Ferris, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

While the artistic strategies and areas of investigation of Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, and Zac Langdon-Pole are very distinct, all of them develop their projects through in-depth research into the social, historical, and economic dimensions of objects and environments. Each artist makes visible and combines differing modes of production, distribution, and value-attribution. In the ARS VIVA 2018 exhibition, logics of displacement, hybridization, and semantic ambiguity are featured front and center.

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Ars Viva 2018, Installation View, Kunstverein Munich, 2017

Zac Langdon-Pole, Punctatum (music shelf), 2017, Anobium Punctatum (woodworm) ridden music shelf from New Zealand, restored with 24ct. gold, 90 x 52.5 x 51.9 cm

Zac Langdon-Pole, Punctatum (longcase clock), 2017, Anobium Punctatum (woodworm) ridden longcase clock from New Zealand, restored with 24ct. gold, 217 x 33 x 30.4 cm

Ars Viva 2018, Installation View, Kunstverein Munich, 2017

Zac Langdon-Pole, Assimilation Study, 2017, Right wing Mallard Duck, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Ringneck Parrot, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Pigeon, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Mallard Duck, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Ring- neck Parrot, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Pigeon, Right human Scapula model, dimensions variable

Zac Langdon-Pole, Assimilation Study, 2017, Right wing Mallard Duck, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Ringneck Parrot, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Pigeon, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Mallard Duck, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Ring- neck Parrot, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Pigeon, Right human Scapula model, dimensions variable

Zac Langdon-Pole, Assimilation Study, 2017, Right wing Mallard Duck, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Ringneck Parrot, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Pigeon, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Mallard Duck, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Ring- neck Parrot, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Pigeon, Right human Scapula model, dimensions variable

Zac Langdon-Pole, Assimilation Study, 2017, Right wing Mallard Duck, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Ringneck Parrot, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Pigeon, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Mallard Duck, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Ring- neck Parrot, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Pigeon, Right human Scapula model, dimensions variable

Zac Langdon-Pole, Assimilation Study, 2017, Right wing Mallard Duck, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Ringneck Parrot, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Pigeon, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Mallard Duck, Right human Scapula model, Right wing Ring- neck Parrot, Left human Scapula model, Left wing Pigeon, Right human Scapula model, dimensions variable

Zac Langdon-Pole, Paradise Blueprint, 2017, Wallpaper based on a cyanotype photogram of the removed legs of a bird of paradise, inkjet print, paper, poster-glue, dimensions variable

Zac Langdon-Pole, Argonaut (Arrested Star), 2017, Iron barbwire fence stretching tool, part replaced with Seymchan meteorite (iron pallasite, found: Seymchan, Russia), 82.5 x 95 x 10 cm