21.04.18 – 16.06.18

If I Was Your Girlfriend: A Jam

 

Saelia Aparicio 

Sarah Cleaver 

Guilherme Dable

Giulio Delvè 

Vanessa Disler 

Magdalena Drwiega

Johanna Magdalena Guggenberger

Raphael Hefti

Paul Housley 

Paul Kindersley

Valerie Kong

Emiliano Maggi

Hanna Mattes

Nicole Miller

Karl Monies

Nicola Pecoraro

Sigmar Polke 

Richard Prince

Bernhard Rappold

Morten Skrøder Lund

Jenny van Sommers

Evren Tekinoktay

Joel Tomlin 

Charlott Weise

Jerusha West

 

With 'The Beautiful Ones' Scent by Antoine Maisondieu

Accompanying playlist by Jarvis Cocker 

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With contributing texts from Rebecca Arnold, Michael Bracewell, Paul Gorman and Ben Street

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Lina Viste Grønli will contribute a limited edition rendition of the forthcoming publication (If I Was Your Girlfriend, Belmacz 2018) relating to her ongoing series ‘On Books’ 

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Opening on the eve of the second anniversary of Prince’s passing, a group of contemporary artists are coming together to celebrate the musician’s extraordinary life and gift. Recognising his legacy, commemorating his songs, remembering his persona, sympathising with his eccentricities and revering his rare talent - other artists respect what this man represents. Belmacz is privileged to act as host to a group of twenty-seven international artists, who have come out to join in the jam session. 

 Prince Rogers Nelson, also known as The Unpronounceable Symbol, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Jamie Starr, The Starr Company, Camille, Joey Coco, Alexander Nevermind and Christopher was continuously reinventing himself; he created a musical genre of his own.

‘Prince represents the inspiration of the moment, like an ode composed to capture a passing sensation. And when the mood changes, he changes with it: another good lesson’ – Zadie Smith

Closely associated with the colour purple, despite reports of orange in fact being his favourite, the colour has become synonymous with him and is now a symbolic reference in light ever after. Known as a tireless supporter of talent, and finding it anywhere, he propelled others to stardom alongside him by empowering and uplifting them. Platforming female musicians from the very beginning, Prince stands out his industry.

Oscillating between the sexes, this musician used fashion, both the subversive and ‘glam rock’, to explore and challenge America. This was a current of genius that flowed through Prince Rogers Nelson.

Various works in ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ are probing into his image, playing on ideas of materiality and sound, with reference to his catalogue of iconic songs.

“For all of us, life is death without adventure, adventure only comes to those who are willing to be daring and take chances” - Prince Rogers Nelson, 1986, AMA Awards

Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Nicole Miller
Anthony, 2018
Single Channel digital HD video
4 minutes 22 seconds
Courtesy of the Artist, Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn
Paul Kindersley
Goodwill Ambassador (Parce que je la vaux bien), 2016
Vinyl banner
135x135 cm
Valerie Kong
The Hour of The Star, 2018
acrylic, silver leaf on wood
18 x 54 cm
Paul Housley
Sid, 2018
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 cm
Emiliano Maggi
Young Fool with Tongue, 2018
Lustre on Glazed Ceramic
22 x 19 x19 cm
Charlott Weise
Teeth, 2015
Oil on Linen
40 x 30 cm
Karl Monies
no 27, 2018
found regalia, insignia and visual signifiers from hierarchy and rank related social institutions
63 x 77 cm
Vanessa Disler
Psychic Edelweiss Mandala, 2018
Oil Pastel, Oil Paint, Wax, Chalk, Aquarelle on canvas
50 x 40 cm
Jenny Van Sommers
PRINCE, 2018
Photograph
17 x 21.25 cm
Nicola Pecararo
Untitled, 2017
UV print on velvet
60 x 40 cm (each)
Richard Prince
In Complete Control, 1975
Invitation card for the artist's early sol exhibition, September 25 - October 23 1975
10.8 x 15.6 cm
by Ellen Sragow Ltd., Fine Arts Building, 105 Hudson St. NYC
Sigmar Polke
8 Zollstocksterne / 8 Folding-Rule Stars
Offset litograph in colour, on tinboard
44.5 x 28.3 cm
Emiliano Maggi
La Marquise de la Boutade, 2018
Pencil and Glazed Ceramic
50 x 33 x 5 cm
Everen Tekinoktay
Nikki, 2015
Neon Relief
90 x 90 x 16 cm
Everen Tekinoktay
Dolphin, 2018
Polaroid
7.3 x 7.3 cm
Hanna Mattes
In the Mood for Love, 2018
C-print on Alu-dibond
10 x 70 cm
Joel Tomlin
Untitled, 2017
Found Wood, Tempera, Copper Wire, a Nail
11.5 x 68.5 x 52.5 cm
Jerusha West
Still from Ice Well
40 seconds
Guilherme Dable
Untitled from 'tacet' series, 2008-11
carbon on paper
38 x 41 cm
Giulio Delvè
Kiss me baby, 2017
concrete
Raphael Hefti
Hay hay hay the eye!, 2017
Iris Print on Paper obtained with off set print machine
50.5 x 35.7 cm
Raphael Hefti
Hay hay hay the eye!, 2017
Iris Print on Paper obtained with off set print machine
50.5 x 35.7 cm
Raphael Hefti
Hay hay hay the eye!, 2017
Iris Print on Paper obtained with off set print machine
50.5 x 35.7 cm
Raphael Hefti
Hay hay hay the eye!, 2017
Iris Print on Paper obtained with off set print machine
50.5 x 35.7 cm
Magdalena Drweiga
Composition White and Purple, 2017
concrete, glass, fabric
35 x 12 cm
Bernhard Rappold
Guitar Sculpture ('Snacko Double Neck' and 'Katie Cruel'), 2018
tempera & lacquer on Finnish wood, jeans, leather, metal, piezo pickup, nails, tuners
82 x 34 x 6 cm 126 x 30x 5 cm
Saelia Aparicio
Anatomy of Pleasure (detail), 2017
epoxy resin, NSCPS, polypropylene, gloves, hair, shoes, masturbator
Morten Skrøder Lund
Untitled, 2018
Emulsion and Inkjet ink on Plastic sheets, Canvas, Cardboard
28 x 20 x 4 cm