Market is Done is a presentation of film related works from ‘VERTICAL HORIZON’ a film produced by berlin-based artist Andy Hope 1930, for the 2017 Venice Biennale and recently screened in Los Angeles at Hauser & Wirth November 16th 2017.
‘VERTICAL HORIZON’ is situated ‘after the future,’ as Franco Berardi puts it, when utopian visions have come to an end. Fran Athens, a character shifting between masquerade and sci-fi personage, tries to resist this proclamation of finitude, creating the illusion of embodying a character within a ‘real’ science fiction narrative. Despite his efforts, the fiction repeatedly collapses and Fran finds himself trapped in a present journey, which is marked by untoward social encounters and relished by moments of estrangement, melancholia, and alienation. Also included in the exhibition are works produced in Los Angeles by Andy Hope 1930, an audio loop, and a looped film clip from ‘VERTICAL HORIZON’.
*All works courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
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*Special thanks to Hauser & Wirth
About the Artist
Andy Hope 1930 draws together motifs from cosmic phenomena, self-portraiture, and superhero fiction to explore existentialism and contemporary society. Working across painting, sculpture and film Hope focuses on the devastating consequences of isolation that social life has attained under the banner of self-optimisation and flexibility, the ‘vertical horizon’ that everyone maintains on his touchscreen as his own domain.
Hope’s recent exhibitions include ‘#believe’, Lomex Gallery, New York (2017); 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2017); ‘Enjoy Thank You’, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna, Austria (2016); ‘Black Fat Fury Road‘, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (2016); ‘FRIDAY IS TOO LATE’, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany (2015); ‘UNappropriated Activities’, Hauser & Wirth Zürich (2015); When Dinosaurs Become Modernist’ at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland (2012); and ‘Medley Tour by Andy Hope 1930’ at Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, Germany, where Hope first exhibited the ‘Medleys’, a precursor to the ‘X-Medleys’ (2012).