NO, IT IS NOT NOT, ALWAYS
IS A SOLO POST-CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION DEVELOPED AND RUN BY ARTISTS ARTHUR SOPIN AND ANDREAS ROD ALONG WITH THEIR ART PROJECT DOWNTOWN 500 MAGAZINE
PHOTOGRAPHY / MOVING IMAGE / INSTALLATION / HAPPENING / CURATORIAL ASSEMBLAGE / PERFORMING ART / DOCUMENTARY A POSTERIORI
Arthur Sopin and Andreas Rod were creating the immersive show, also exclusively for the Opening of the Exhibition, connecting artists, musicians, curators, editors, gallerists and other creatives of London today ( by the before announced Open Call: “Are You a Metamodernist?”). The idea was developed to connect and recreate the main inspiring story of Downtown 500 crew NYC from the 80ies, where J-M. Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Maripol, Lou Reed, David Wojnarowic were among other members.
The whole space at the By Other Means Gallery, Studio, Halls, Corridors and other possible corners were transformed for Exhibition Opening Event to the factory and club. With the chosen Open Call’s finalists: Aria Kiani, Mune, Metaraph, Anide, Arora Gazm, Jeb Hartley and Neo Fung. DJ Raro ( HTBX), DJ Venice Calypso (Inferno), DJ VISHSCALE.
The Main Gallery Room was exhibiting: The Photography Exhibition of 12 portraits of eccentric figures from NYC, London, Berlin ( by Andreas Rod and Arthur Sopin together with a winner of Open Call Aria Kiani‘s VRTX triangle installation ). + Extra Studio, Halls, Corridor Rooms were exclusively converted for the Opening Event along with other 4 performances of the finalists and their interpretations of No It Is Not Not Always narrative ( the finalists from DT 500 MAG OPEN CALL)
NO, IT IS NOT, NOT ALWAYS: IS EXHIBITED AT BY OTHER MEANS GALLERY, LONDON 9.03-31.03.2018
NO, IT IS NOT, NOT ALWAYS. THE SELF-FEAR. SHORT FILM IS EXHIBITED: THE DYSPLA INTERNATIONAL MOVING IMAGE FESTIVAL, AT THE CRIPT GALLERY
Arthur Sopin is a creative director/writer/photographer/artist. Andreas Rod is a photographer / creative director/artist. They have been studying and freelancing for more than 10-15 years within the fields of art, photography, creative direction, fashion, journalism, TV, video production, etc in NYC, Berlin, Oslo, and London. This way they have developed their original style with a metamodern narrative.
“ This exhibition represents the collective image of a protagonist who is an indeterminate and unclear character. However, it would be strange to demand clarity from people at a time like ours, there is one thing that is certain: our hero is a strange individual and an eccentric figure. Some may deem that the strangeness and eccentricity are more likely to harm than deserve attention in a world of people who are desperately striving to identify particularities whilst searching for some common sense in the general muddle. A new question arises: eccentricity is detached and isolated, isn’t it? If you do not agree with this and think ‘No it is not’ or ‘Not always ‘, here begins our inspirational moment. Not only is the eccentric figure ‘Not always’ or ‘ No it is not’ related to the particularity and isolation, but on the contrary, it so happens that the eccentric one, perhaps, carries a core of the whole existence at some points, but the rest of the people, by some other kind of strangeness, at times are breaking away from it.”
-Arthur Sopin and Andreas Rod
DT500mag: – What is the concept of the exhibition?
Andreas Rod: – We are professional portrait photographers mainly inspired by the rock and roll aesthetics of American portraiture moguls also Maripol, Nan Golding, Mapplethorpe etc… Our passion is all about capturing the realness of the figurative story. It is about meeting kinda rebels, right there, right than, having fun, touching the raw moment and daring to portrait it.
” Our passion is all about capturing the realness of the figurative story. It is about meeting kinda rebels, right there, right than, touching the raw moment..and daring to portrait it. “
Arthur Sopin: – No It Is Not Not Always exhibition is an old-school happening which challenges and interacts the human senses through a multitude of provocation mainly through the tool of photo camera, but we can spice it up with some chosen installations and performances from DT500 MAG’s Open Call.
” No, It Is Not; Not Always aims to converge the dichotomies, divergences, and differences that persist, and celebrate their multifaceted diversity under one metamodernist narrative – a metaphorical collage of experiences and stimuli that explores the liminality of personality, queerness, and identity.”
DT500MAG: – What about the metamodernist narrative everybody is talking about?
Arthur Sopin: – Our interpretation of the metamodern narrative by the term of oscillation. It is like wobbling and straying from side to side- just as happens during the thinking process or story telling. Without necessarily knowing the result, without planing the end of the story. The practice itself, being above and creating your own experience. The recognition of individual details, catching your own creative signs from your own mind, using spontaneity or sexuality. This is the context we use along the ranges and the contradictions of two main instincts: Eros vs Thanatos. “
Andreas Rod: – Our show is an amplification of Corporeality also as an ironic contradiction to Incorporal. The shab-fab figurativeness. The intimate body of our content mainly through our portraiture among others, in the red line with the exhibition’s overall theme of a world today where human traits are kinda defecating in the new technology culture.
DT500MAG: – Who are your protagonist, or the hero?
Andres Rod: – We are capturing the stories of the meta-modernists- the kids of action, the new hot generators?
DT500MAG: – Could you please explain more about the Open Call and Downtown 500?
Arthur Sopin: – The Open Call ( the first one is Finished 02.03.18 ) It is a research and documentation how the artists respond to, reflect, interpret and potentially affect actions in the social and political landscape today. +Creating the discourse of the issues, possibilities and manners of today, apparently including feminism, gender, LGBT, sexuality, human rights etc…
” Our fancy sentiment is to frame the on-going creative movements. There are many dynamic artists, progressive art institutions, tolerant galleries among other forward-looking concepts in London today. Babes, we are living in quite involving times! Many of us are enjoying an immersive boom of art celebration chiefly in East London these days. Me and Andreas are doomed to portrait the diversity of open-minded London heroes.”
Andres Rod: – Open Call has got more than 70+ submissions by artists inspired by our Metamodern Narrative, the top 5+ best finalists will be exhibited, published or collaborated, f.e. as we did in Opening Event. Plus 5+ finalists with short films who also will be invited to DT 500 MAG The Short Film Festival at B.O.M. or other galleries in the coming months.
Arthur Sopin: – No It Is Not, Not Always: gives support, curate, promote the new eccentric artists introducing the fresh inspirations in town. We are having convenient dialogues with progressive venues in London, Berlin, and Oslo.
DT500MAG: – What is the story of Downtown 500 NYC from the 80ies?
Arthur Sopin: – Thanks to our social curiosity we managed to know personally some of the Downtown 500 originals. We were even having a residency for 4 months at the bohemian villa of pop artist Unni Askeland, researching her legacy, living together and becoming very close friends. Unni is the former wife of singer-songwriter Eric Andersen. In the 1980s and 90s, she became part of the Manhattan art community together with Bob Dylan and other music celebrities. She also participated in performance projects with Lou Reed.
Andreas Rod: – Unni is a legend alive! She also introduced us to her best friend Irmelin Nohal. Irmelin Nohal is the founder of Berlin Klondyke, a close friend of Martin Kippenberger and others artists and celebrities. Irmelin Nohal is the wife of Reinald Nohal the former owner of Paris Bar in Berlin. We have spent many fabulous evenings talking and listening to the stories about the bohemian days of Berlin and NYC (before SAMO).
DT500MAG: – What are your plans guys?
Arthur Sopin – A number of projects with the same narrative will continue to form www.downtown500magazine.com as a hybrid artisan project to present more (500+) so-called meta modernists, new artists, kids of actions or the mint generators who are exploring the current movements along the bang of technological culture. It’s all about what it means to be a creative rebel in a post-Brexit Britain / post-Brexit EU etc….
Andreas Rod: – We want to give thank to all the finalists who won the Open Call for our Opening Event: Raffaello Donnaloia, Aria Kiani, Arthur Rrs as Anid, Mune. DJ Venice Calypso (Inferno) and DJ Raro (HTBX), DJ VISHSCALE. We also want to thank all the visitors, models, friends, family members, participants, Art Council of England, LENNIE VARVARIDES and KAZIMIR BIELECKI from DYSPLA festival and very much the crew: Aleksandra Wojt, Gabriella Gasparini, also Drucilla Von Burrell and James Qua Nasmyth the head-galleries of By Other Means Gallery.
Arthur Sopin: – Wrapture!
East London March 2018