For the first time since the completion of the new Portikus building in 2006, visitors have access to the colossal attic space, designed by the architect Christoph Mäckler as a citation of an artist's studio. The space has been transformed by Bouchet and McCarthy into what is commonly referred to as a "live/work artist loft," and will serve as the set for a performance, developed, produced and filmed by the two artists in collaboration with Damon McCarthy. The loft will host a dinner party typical of the art world, presenting a collection of personal and fictional anecdotes, some of which recall the brutality of the torture devices and warfare stratagems referenced in other parts of the exhibition.
The project for Portikus exemplifies both artists' use of excess, exaggeration, parody, mis-appropriation, dysfunctionality, and immoderation. There is a synthesis of shared beliefs and interests as well as a common aesthetics that facilitates a playful and highly proliferous gathering, drafting, and framing of ideas. Powered A-Hole Spanish Donkey Sport Dick Drink Donkey Dong Dongs Sunscreen Model also extends an homage to the late Jason Rhoades, a close friend of both McCarthy and Bouchet, whose Costner Complex (Perfect Process) counts amongst the most legendary exhibitions in Portikus's history.
This collaborative "tour de force" turns Portikus into a rampant Gesamtkunstwerk. By employing a language of exorbitance, and extending this beyond the exhibition space into various locations in the city, Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy create a sprawling exhibition that points at the multifaceted excesses of contemporary art production and commodification.
Film premiere: Adult Entertainment
(Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy, 2013):
February 13, 9:15pm, Orfeo's Erben Cinema
Performance: February 16, from 2pm, Städelschule
Städelschule Rundgang: February 14–16, 10am–8pm
Opening: February 14, 8pm
Alte Brücke 2 / Maininsel Frankfurt am Main
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday 11am - 8pm
The admission is free