Gallery Hopping: Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon at David Zwirner London

A brilliant immersive exhibition born of a unique collaboration.

“Let us compare mythologies” currently on view at David Zwirner, London, is a presentation of collaborative works between Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon. The exhibition serves as form of continuation of the earlier 2015 show held at the gallery’s New York location, titled “Forgetting the Hand.”

 

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Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon,Cheaters five (2016). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.
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Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon,The land of the bat (2016). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon,It is big big business (or We s’port…and necessitate one another, thought to brush, word to image hand in hand…for the greatest interest…of writing thou art) (detail) (2016). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, Flambeaux (2016). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, Don’t explain (2016). Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon
Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, The Supermen would walk in flames (2016) Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London.

Dzama and Pettibon only began collaborating as recently as 2015, when the two jointly-executed drawings in a style—known as “exquisite corpse”—originally favored by the Surrealists, in which “a partner is only given portions of an otherwise concealed drawing to work on.”

In following this method, Dzama and Pettibon would swap drawings mid-work, thus allowing different parts of the same drawing to be completed at the hand of the other. Because of this, “it is nearly impossible to determine who made what, which indicates how both strove to assimilate the other’s vision or anticipate his response,” states the press release.

In addition to the drawings previously shown in New York, the twosome produced new works specifically for the London presentation. Moreover, to further mark their London outing, the artists produced a zine, published by David Zwirner books, which is their third collaborative publication to date.

Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, “Let us compare mythologies” is on view at David Zwirner Gallery until November 12, 2016.


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