United States of America
Bed of roses
PEREGRINE HONIG (by Alicia Candiani)
Peregrine Honig’s work is delicate and disturbing. It manifests itself through seemingly simple representations of highly complex themes such as sexual arousal, the visual manifestation of illness, and the social anxieties of real and fictional characters. Her drawings document fear, whether public or private, personal or collective, through the illustration of repressed habits, the residual vulnerability of adolescence, as well as reflections on beauty and popularity, chronicling beauty in uncomfortable situations.
During her residency in ‘ace, Peregrine Honig deeply investigated about important issues related to recent Argentine history and sought for inspiration in the Fileteado art and in the language used daily by specific urban tribes. The series Rose bed [The Phantom Twin] is the result of these investigations, where all of these sources are reflected conceptually and visually in the extensive series of multiple interventions that the artist prepared for this exhibition and are in continuous progress. In this series, fillets are used as a local tradition – with colored ornaments and symmetries completed with phrases – with the difference that their relative use and context attracts while it disturbs the viewer with its meaning.
Her work was acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art, her, being the youngest artist to be part of this collection. Honig’s sculptures, images, and texts explore themes such as sexual vulnerability, disease trends, and social hierarchies. Currently she is curating projects and annual events under the name of Fahrenheit.
She also owns Birdies her own lingerie boutique. Her works are part of the permanent collection of the Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and The Chicago Art Institute, among others.
Peregrine is a beneficiary of the Art Omi International Artists ’Residency and the Charlotte Street Fund. She recently produced Widow, a catalog produced in collaboration with Landfall Press, which explores the relationships between fashion design and art.
1976 | San Francisco. California, USA.
Lives in Kansas City, USA.
BFA, KCAI (Kansas City Art Institute). Kansas, USA.
Private and Public: The Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, The Fogg Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, 21c Museum Hotel, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Diane and Sandy Besser Collection, and Ball State University Museum of Art.
Peregrine at CNN Digital Art Gallery / POWER: America’s Choice 2012
Peregrine and Kansas City Artist Coalition
Bed of roses
On October 10th, Bed of roses (Twin Ghost), an exhibition produced by the North American artist Peregrine Honig as a result of her production within the ´acePIRAR, International Program of Artistic Residences was exhibited in the ‘ace house.
The exhibition was accompanied by the visit of the North American musicians Mark Southerland and Christine Brebes and the Argentines Andrés Beeusaert and Quique Ferrari who performed live Jazz and other musical genres.
ABOUT ROSES BED [The Ghost Twin] (By Peregrine Honig)
The image of a child / pubescent is the center of this new series of works. It started in my hometown, Kansas City in the State of Missouri, a city ranked eighth in the US in terms of murder and wrongful death. This drawing has traveled with me and has been culturally transformed into Buenos Aires.
The boy / pubescent is shy, fragile and effeminate in a negotiable masculinity. Here in Argentina it is referred as “puto” a word that in common language could be a middle ground between fagot and idiot (everyone insists that everything depends on the context in which the word is said). I portray him and his double / twin – a ghost of himself, a memory of the past and a manifestation of the present itself. In the portrait, he is both American and Argentine. He is a boy who will never become a man.
In the year 2000, a case was reported of two young women who had lost their parents during the Argentine dictatorship. They were 21 and 22 years old, and they were both called Victoria. They emerged as twins from the same past; they existed within a past and a present, shortening time and filling the moments of a forgotten memory. They are the resurrected disappeared, but addicted to the history of an absent past.
I walk everyday past the plaster statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, located inside a glass urn in the always congested Train Station in Retiro. Those two statues represent and provide a moment of rest to all of those who stop to look at them. People usually observe them with a fixed gaze and have a feeling of hope, marking their fingerprints on the glass before passing on their way through the pinwheel. Their tracks leave ghostly memories of the presence of people who were once there. For me, they are momentary reminders of the disappeared, who are still walking in Argentina, a country where the law of legal abortion was recently voted. We are all looking for a twin from the past. And in these moments of subversive identity, of the search to find the other half, that my work exists.
On October 10th, from 7 to 10 pm, the opening of the exhibition Bed of Roses [Twin Ghost] by the American artist in residence at ‘ace: Peregrine Honig, will take place. Also, during this occasion, the interactive installation 1-1=1 by the Argentine artist MAría José (MaJo) Sánchez Chiappe will be exhibited as well. Both exhibitions are the result of a production within the ‘acePIRAR project and the Artist-in-Residence International Program offered by the Fundación ’ace.
Also, within the program In Dialogue, we will be presenting two exhibitions: Altrove and Out of Time. In the Central Hall, the Italian artist Alessandro Cannistrà, author of Altrove, will exhibit his work, which consist of a series of pieces from the series that was included in the main exhibition of Illuminations, the 2011 Venice Biennial at the Italian Pavilion. Made with smoke on paper, the selection of these works was curated by Massimo Scaringella.
Also, in the Transversal Space, Out of Time will be exhibited. This is a group show produced by Argentine artists Leonor Barreiro, Laura Morales, Andrea and Adriana Torres Serveras, who were able to express themselves through the difficult and ancient art of embroidery. The exhibition was co-curated by Alicia Candiani and Valeria Zamparolo from the ‘ace team.
In addition, during the opening, a performance by American (Mark Southerland and Christine Brebes) and Argentine musicians (Andrés Beeusaert and Quique Ferrari), will take place, where they will play Jazz and other musical genres.
ABOUT ´ace NITE
It is an event that occurs periodically, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm. During these time ´ace opens its doors and exhibition spaces to the community to show projects made by the artists in residence as exhibitions, installations and audiovisual presentations, art works of Argentine and Latin American artists selected in a free way through Fusionarte Contemporaneo, present books, art critics, hold performances or to do everything together!
For the photos: Pato Parodi | Valeria Samaniego | Rocío Mera Sepúlveda
For the wonderful music: Mark Southerland | Christine Brebes | Andrés Beeusaert | Quique Ferrari