ANNE-LISE COSTE. Fallen from Grace (with Uwe Max Jensen). 10.05.2003 – 14.06.2003

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With `Fallen from Grace` Gallery Reinhard Hauff hosts the first single shows in Germany by the French artist Annelise Coste and the Danish artist Uwe Max Jensen. An installation by Annelise Coste was included in the Gallery´s December 2002 group show In poertraiture irrelevance is ugliness. In `Fallen from Grace` Coste’s drawings, collages, sculptures and photographes pretend in style and content innocent, spontaneous and almost childlike observations and commentaries on politics, media, entertainment and news. Playful combinations of fairy tail illustration imagery and though text messages look deceivigly fragile, but bring across the artsist´s sharp views and social engagement.

Coste is currently working a lot with spraypaint applied directly to wall and paper surfaces. For the exhibition, Coste spraypaints the gallery walls bright pink and displays randomly across the walls of the room a series of large, colourful compositions spraypainted on paper in broad grafitti movements. Flourescent colours, silver and gold drip-mix in these highly poetic gestural paintings titled Turbulences. Architectonic models and sculptural objects in painted gesso sweep her text and paint compositions from the walls and pillars out to engage the entire room in the artists own, very original creative universe.

Uwe Max Jensen`s work is inspired by the ready-mades of Duchamp the performances of Yves Klein and the provocations of the Surrealists. Uwe Max Jensen has caught the attention of the art and media world by defecating in the world´s finest museums, peeing in electric (designer) kettles, written letters to the Prince of Denmark, exhibited his own mother and lately hit all the Danish front pages and TV- news by entering a work The Artist Drawing in Bed, actually done by his 1 year old son Hans Christian Andersen, to the 2003 Artists´ Easter Ehibition group show in the Aarhus Kunstbygning. His mission- which also led to him being thrown out of the Art Academy in 1996 – is to question and explore the extreme limits of our accepted views of what is, and what isn´t, art. This process— or demonstration – includes a series of performances involving bodily fluids and excrements: (in chronological order) feces, urine, blood and sperm. Concluding this series and taking the demonstration from and through the material to immaterial Uwe Max Jensen will perform The Breath of the Artist at the opening of the Stuttgart show, where he will brush his teeth in the gallery, hand over his toothbrush and toothpaste to the gallerist who will lock this utensils away in his save. The artist will then not brush his teeth for the whole week´s duration of the performance, when visitors can meet the artist at the gallery every day from 13-17 May between 2.30 and 3.30 p.m. and witness the extent and speed with which refraining from those daily rituals which are part of the civilized behaviour, give way (bad breath) decay and disgust. Not brushing teeth for one week will be all it takes, to distance a person in our society from others – and fall from social grace.

In other works on show,
Uwe Max Jensen offers up to 18 meters of art, in this case not „good art“ or „bad art“ but „precisely“ as many meters of „art“ as you may wish to aquire. Fontana meets Hitschcock in meticulously slashed shower curtain copies of vintage Fontana pieces. Fallen from Grace is the title of a sculptural group used, silver plated badminton balls piled on the floor.