Auto Body Collision
Curated by Cloé Perrone
Fondazione Memmo – Arte Contemporanea is proud to announce Auto Body Collision, an exhibition by the American artist, Shannon Ebner and curated by Cloé Perrone. Auto Body Collision presents a new project based on the concept of collision – on incidents in which two or more moving bodies exert force on each other. The exhibition is the result of the artist’s Roman residency at Palazzo Ruspoli, the historical site of Fondazione Memmo, and is open there until the 27th of June 2014.
Shannon Ebner’s work explores the boundaries between photography and sculpture, architecture and images, visualized and written composition. Auto Body Collision reflects the artist’s belief that photography is a superior form of communication. Surrounding the perimeter of the exhibition Ebner writes a “photographic sentence.” The letters and photographs create a new system of communication, which come to life in their relation to the site.
The language for Auto Body Collision is crafted from the vernacular language of automobile repair shops, where cars are brought for repair after an accident. The text utilizes terminology found in advertising as a new vehicle for expression: ALLINEAMENTO (Alignment), VELOCITÀ (Speed), SVELTEZZA (Prompt), TEMPO DI APERTURA (Opening Hours), SOSPENSIONE (Suspension); perfect devices to recall the exotic and refined repairs provided by repair shops all over the world, such as Italia Collision, Super Auto Collision Inc., American Collision Inc., Federal Collision and many others (People Collision Shop Inc., Belle Isle Collision, Motor City Auto & Collision, Four Way Collision & Rstprfng, Maxx Collision, Onyx Collision, Xclusive Collision, King Collision, Knockers Collision, Marx’s Collision, 3D Collision, Luxury Collision, Campus Collision, Checker Collision, Kruise Collision, Six Mile Collision, Spectrum Collision, Uni-body Collision, Federal Collision).
Influenced by her residency in Rome, the exhibition demonstrates the first meeting, or the “first collision,” of Shannon Ebner and the “Eternal City,” an experience that has brought new interpretation to the idea of recuperation, reassembly, and loss. Ebner photographed junkyards on Rome’s Grande Raccordo Anulare (GRA), or “great ring road,” on the outskirts of the city, in an attempt to leave the spell and beauty of the city’s ancient sites, which for Ebner represent cemeteries for creativity. For the exhibition, Ebner will exhibit photographs from the GRA alongside video, large-scale letters, and discarded language parts, in what will be the first iteration of a long-term project. For Auto Body Collision, Ebner turns the mechanics of reproduction and destruction into a mode of address.
Shannon Ebner (b. 1971, New Jersey) lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Recent exhibitions include the Hammer Museum (2011), PS1 MoMA (2007) and group exhibitions such as Things Words and Consequences, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012), Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York (2012), ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011), The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011), 6th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010) and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008). Ebner’s work is also included in numerous public collections such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, among others. Upcoming projects and exhibitions include Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, The High Line, New York, and a solo exhibition at North Miami MOCA (2015).