AboutArnolfini presents the first exhibition in the UK of work by Cosima von Bonin, one of the most prolific artists working in Germany today. Her practice incorporates a mixture of sculpture, installation, painting, textiles, performances, sound and films. Von Bonin's approach is often collaborative, and she has organised numerous exhibitions and events with fellow artists, musicians and theorists, stretching the definition of an artist by also assuming the roles of curator, critic and producer.
Cosima von Bonin uses a combination of fabric and wood in her work to create a complex web of references to high art, popular culture, craft, as well as notions of domesticity, that look to challenge bourgeois constructions of femininity. oversized stuffed animals, sewn paintings, minimalist sculptures, formalism and Pop references are balanced somewhere between seriousness and fun, the concrete and the fictitious, and are all weighed down with melancholy and critical wit.
Her exhibition at Arnolfini is part of a wider European partnership, with the collective title of The Lazy Susan Series. She will present an exhibition featuring a combination of new and existing works around notions of sloth and fatigue. The title refers to the tabletop appliance, the Lazy Susan, a rotating disk that is used in restaurants to present an array of dishes.
Alongside the exhibition, Arnolfini presents a weekend of films and events on the pleasures and downright hard work of being idle and a talk by Brian Dillon.
This project has been developed in partnership with the Witte de With, Rotterdam;
MAMCo, Geneva; and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation and Goethe Institut.