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Marko Lulic

Marko Lulic: DIVISION/S

Exhibition:
February 7 – 28, 2009


DIVISION/S, 2009, is a newly commissioned work for Forever & Today, Inc. by Vienna-based artist, Marko Lulic. Comprised of a multi-colored patchwork curtain that incorporates the words, "DIVISION ST." This references the architectural framework of Forever & Today Inc.'s building as well as its actual location at 141 Division Street, running parallel to Canal Street and dividing New York's Lower East Side and Chinatown, and historically was a boundary line for the area's farmlands.

Shrouded from view is the 13-minute video Abbazia Kino (2000), focusing on the former location of a Viennese cinema, known as the Abbazia, and frequented by the artist as a child. Serving as his initial exposure to popular images of Asian culture, the cinema played martial arts films exclusively, including those with Bruce Lee. Operating until the mid-1980s, it was located in Vienna's red light district along a street that still divides the central area from the immigrant and working class neighborhoods of Vienna. Shot in a straightforward documentary style, the video maps Lulic's childhood route to the cinema, with short inserts of filmic moments and photographs featuring Bruce Lee juxtaposed with images of the current manifestation of the cinema, now a peep show.

Transposed to the present time for this exhibition at Forever & Today, Inc., Lulic brackets his past and current circumstances, geographically mapping and metaphorically linking the existence of "division streets" that permeate cities worldwide.

Highlighting the architectural framework of social and political constructions, Lulic provides temporary sites where new relationships form and perceived differences collapse. Lulic confronts how ideological structures take shape through the built environment, at times referencing lesser known, if no less historically significant figures that have some bearing on these codified spaces. In so doing, Lulic imparts a sense of how dividing lines continue to be drawn—and crossed over—by presenting them in a manner that does not idealize as much as reinforce their subjective potential.

Marko Lulic (b.1972, Vienna, Austria) is a Vienna-based artist, whose work has been shown internationally, including solo and group exhibitions, special projects, public commissions, publications, and screenings, through such venues as: Witte de With, Rotterdam, Germany (2009); Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (2007); Austrian Cultural Forum, New York and Tokyo, Japan (2005); Neue Kunst Halle, St. Gallen, Switzerland (2005); Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2005); Museum in Progress, Vienna, Austria (2003); Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Germany (2003); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (2002); and Secession, Vienna, Austria (2002) among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has been featured in Artforum, frieze, and Kunstforum International among other publications. His most recent catalogue, Ich War Die Putzfrau Am Bauhuas (I Was the Cleaning Lady at the Bauhaus) was published by Snoeck in 2008.

Marko Lulic: DIVISION/S is curated by Ingrid Chu and Savannah Gorton.

Special thanks to the Austrian Cultural Forum, New York for their generous support of Marko Lulic: DIVISION/S.