18 Wooster Street
X-STaTIC PRo=CeSS, a collaboration between Madonna and Steven Klein, was one of the year's most anticipated exhibitions at Deitch Projects. The work explored a new space between still and moving images. Three video works and two photographic animations, each with a sound component, were projected into the suspended hollow volumes of LOT/EK’s exhibition design. Two of the sound compositions incorporated vocals by Madonna.
Madonna presented herself as “a performer in a landscape where she creates and brings her ideas to life or death.” Steven Klein’s intention was to work with Madonna as a performance artist, creating a situation where she could respond directly to the camera without constraint. The project was not about photography of celebrity but about the person and the passions beneath the surface. Klein saw Madonna as a messenger, asking people to wake up and confront the dehumanizing forces in the contemporary world.
Rather than the packaged glamour that one might expect from the collaboration of a pop star and a top fashion photographer, the work was raw and menacing. The spirit was apocalyptic. Madonna and Steven Klein entered into a subconscious realm of primitive fears and desires. The work had a religious passion and a sexual charge. The theatricality increased the intensity of the emotions.
Klein extended the concentrated power of the still photograph into a moving image. Fusing photography, video, and animation, he expanded the medium to capture Madonna’s energized performance. In developing their exhibition design, the architects Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano of LOT/EK viewed Madonna and Klein’s work as “contemporary Caravaggio paintings,” suspended on the edge between still and moving image. They wanted the experience of the work to be evocative of wandering through an Italian Baroque church, where one is captivated by the large, magically lit paintings that fill the walls of the side chapels.
Architects Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano of LOT/EK designed the exhibition. Their work blurs the boundaries between art, architecture, and entertainment. LOT/EK’s TV Tank was presented at Deitch Projects in 1998.
Steven Klein is one of the most prominent photographers of his generation. He is a regular contributor to Vogue, Vogue Italia, and W. His photographs of the writer J.T. Leroy were exhibited at Deitch Projects in February of 2002.
The April issue of W featured a 44-page portfolio of Madonna and Steven Klein's photographic collaboration.
—press release as edited by Madonna
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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