Vong Phaophanit

3 December 1999 - 19 January 2000
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by British artist Vong Phaophanit. Phaophanit has created two new pieces for this exhibition. A greenhouse, its structure eroded by perforations, transforms the front space by refracting light about the room. In the back space the artist has created an installation with bamboo, polybutadiene rubber and zinc metal sheets. The fluidity of the milky-white rubber as it infiltrates the gaps of the bamboo construction underscores Phaophanit's constant interest in territories and shifting boundaries.

Beatriz Milhazes

29 October 1999 - 27 November 1999
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Britain of Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes. The artist will be presenting six new works. Beatriz Milhazes' paintings play with notions of ornamentation and decoration. Her vividly coloured canvases contain a multitude of shapes and curves including frills, waves, precious stones, eyes, suns and stars. These paintings are intricately constructed and recall doilies and antique embroideries. Milhazes appropriates figurative and abstract elements from local flora and fauna, folk art and craft, fashion, jewellery and the colonial baroque.


Tom Claasen

17 September 1999 - 23 October 1999
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Tom Claassen in Britain. Tom Claassen uses a mixture of unconventional and traditional materials such as sand, rubber and bronze to draw attention to the surface or ‘skin' of his sculptures. The ambiguous forms of his works have been described as "psychomorphic": vaguely familiar shapes, whether human, animal or other seem to emerge from his material, hovering in a semi-state between creation and dissolution.


Kendell Geers

4 June 1999 - 17 July 1999
Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present new work by South African artist Kendell Geers. For this exhibition Geers will show two video installations and a large work on paper. He will use the full window front of the gallery to display a text collage appropriating news items. At first, the visual format is reminiscent of classified ads, but on closer inspection they reveal themselves as extremely discomforting lists of crime, murder and other atrocities committed within a 48 hour period in South Africa. Facing the street the viewer is immediately confronted with this work.

Rivane Neuenschwander

28 April 1999 - 29 May 1999
For this exhibition Neuenschwander will make a site-specific geometrical drawing on the parkett gallery floor by placing marble dust in the gaps between the wooden boards. This very simple but precise gesture shows the pattern of the floor, traces the history of the space and makes visible what is not normally seen. It deals with absence and presence, the positive and the negative.