Sam Keogh, Eurocopter EC135

Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany

4 June – 14 August 2016

'Supposedly, after Versace was shot by Andrew Cunanan on the morning of July 15th 1997 on the coral stone steps of his mansion, a fan rushed over and tore a Versace ad from a copy of Vogue magazine and started mopping up Versace's blood with it to make a kind of souvenir. That decision must have been made very quickly, to use an image printed on glossy non-absorbent Vogue paper to mop up the still wet blood, still not congealed, but after his body had been taken away, but before it dried in the mid July Florida sunshine, and still not soaked into the porous surface of the coral stone steps of his mansion.'

 

Sam Keogh (born 1985, Ireland) works with installation, sculpture, performance, drawing and collage. In recent work his installations are built to facilitate a performance which morphs sculpture into props and collage into mnemonic devices or surfaces to be read as a half improvised pictorial script.

 

For his new exhibition 'Eurocopter EC135', Keogh will produce an installation of drawings, sculpture and performance which knots together the murder of Versace, police helicopters and the red marble clad lobby of Dortmund's Unique Hotel.

 

Keogh lives and works in Amsterdam. He is currently artist in residence at De Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. The exhibition Eurocopter 135 is Keogh's first solo exhibition in a German institution.

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