Fonderie Darling is pleased to present It Has a Golden Orange Sun and an Elderly Blue Moon, German artist Ulla von Brandenburg’s first solo exhibition in Canada, bringing together five recurring themes in her work: colour, ritual, movement, stairs, and textiles. Here, the inspiration around these themes is drawn from the architecture of modern theatre and Adolphe Appia’s stage designs, the dances of Rudolf Laban and the Judson Dance Theater, the work on movement by Samuel Beckett, and John Cage’s musical constructions on randomness.
This exhibition at the Fonderie Darling works in tandem with another facet of the exhibition being presented at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, entitled It Has a Golden Red Sun and an Elderly Green Moon. Taking place simultaneously, these two exhibitions are both independent and complementary, echoing the recurring strategy of mise-en-abyme in von Brandenburg’s practice.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a book, It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon, edited by Alexandra Baudelot. Between a monograph and an artist’s book, this publication brings together texts by various authors exploring the five themes of the exhibition, and which are also present in von Brandenburg’s wider work. Published by Mousse, It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon is funded by the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; Aarhus 2017: European Capital of Culture, Denmark; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; the Ricard Foundation; and the CNAP, Centre national des arts plastiques, France.
Curated by Alexandra Baudelot.
Thanks to the partners: Conseil des Arts du Canada/Canada Council for the Arts, Goethe-Institut, Consulat general de France a Quebec, Bétonel/Dulux, IKAMA PIGMENTS, and Rosco Laboratories, Canada.
Image Credit: Ulla von Brandenburg, “It has a Golden Orange Sun and an Elderly Blue Moon” [exhibition view], 2016. Photographed by Maxime Boisvert. Courtesy of the artist and the Fonderie Darling.