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New Zealand artist Simon Denny exhibits at the NAK

Simon Denny exhibits his first major solo show "CRUISE LINE" at the NAK (Neuer Aachener Kunstverein), Passstraße 29 in 52070 Aachen. The exhibition will run from 20 March - 1 May 2011.
"He is a man who is good at going to sleep. It is his peculiar talent. Until that day he can do it professionally, he fancies himself a proletarian, and certainly if laze is a labor, he is by now at least a foreman.” (Mark von Schlegell)

Simon Denny’s art is situated between spatial exploration and a careful examination of display. In his often fragile and seemingly haphazard installations employing a wide variety of materials, the distinctions between “real” and “virtual” spaces collapse on the surface of such interfaces. Denny takes on popular entertainment and consumer cultures and their technical mediums of dissemination, fashioning out of old television sets aquarium-like and trashy-rickety sculptures, which, in the era of the flatscreen, quote in an ironic-melancholic way the former status object of the television set as an item of furniture and living room altar. He also arranges within a given space the various sets according to their depth in order to make evident, in the manner of an evolutionary history, the “flattening” transformation of the bulky object in the room into the “image on the wall.”

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