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Black Cube: From Denver to Venice

Mar 21 2017

Black Cube will be having its very first international exhibit at the Venice Biennale in May. In partnership with the GAA Foundation, a Dutch nonprofit organization, Black Cube will produce an exhibition titled Personal Structures. This satellite exhibition that coincides with the opening of the 57th Venice Biennale will be in the Palazzo Bembo, along the Grand Canal. Black Cube Artist Fellows Joel Swanson and Laura Shill, both from Denver, will be presenting their works at this exhibition.

Both Joel and Laura’s installations consider the complexities of binary structures in gender and language, exploring the spaces in-between. Joel’s neon installation, S/HE, has a backwards ‘S’ that flickers on and off, acknowledging gender separation and fluidity. Laura’s Trophy Wall (to disguise the void) consists of various basketballs and footballs covered in slinky spandex, suggesting parts of the male body and the shimmer of a Las Vegas stage. The title of this work suggests the male world of hunting but also conjures up the notion of the trophy wife.

Cortney Lane Stell, Black Cube Executive Director + Chief Curator, has worked closely with Joel and Laura to help prepare them for such a well-known exhibition. “Well, this exhibition is exciting on so many levels and challenging on so many as well,” said Stell when discussing this exhibition in Venice. To read the full interview with Cortney Stell and learn more about this upcoming exhibition, check out the Black Cube blog.