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S.M.A.K. presents Jordan Wolfson Ecce Homo / le Poseur

S.M.A.K. presents Jordan Wolfson Ecce Homo / le Poseur an exhibition on view through 5 January 2014, which is built up around a trilogy of his recent animation films. Con Leche (2009), Animation, masks (2011) and Raspberry Poser (2012, co-produced by S.M.A.K. and REDCAT) are being shown in a labyrinthine exhibition layout that reflects the complexity of Wolfson’s blend of internet images, autobiographical elements, art history references, popular culture, scraps of music and analogue and digital animation.

Jordan Wolfson is interested not only in the expressive potential of animation, but also in animation as a sculptural genre and as an essential step in the history of modernism. His films, tracking issues of ethnic stereotyping, narcissism, class disparity and implied violence, are typical of a generation whose identity is increasingly defined by the fusion of its own self-image and digital space. Our lives can be read as a play with countless roles and masks which, as a result of such phenomena as social media, can almost endlessly be multiplied and enhanced. In that sense, the title of the exhibition Ecce Homo / le Poseur refers to this contemporary state of mind: the wild darkness between the ego and its image.

To accompany this exhibition at S.M.A.K. and Jordan Wolfson: Raspberry Poser, a show that was on at REDCAT in Los Angeles from December 2012 to January 2013, a book was published, titled Jordan Wolfson. Ecce Homo / le Poseur with contributions by Aram Moshayedi, Esther Leslie, Linda Norden, Martin Germann and Philippe Van Cauteren.

Museum for Contemporary Art
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