Live Archive: David Medalla in conversation with Axel Wieder

David Medalla, kinetic sculptor of the iconic Cloud Canyons was honored by Marcel Duchamp with a ‘medallic’ object as a tribute to his name. Fairly unknown to the forefront, he is an icon of an artist who has made no clear distinction between his art and his life. Curator Axel Wieder engages a conversation to talk about his affinity with kinetic art, ephemera, 1960’s Avant-garde London, and the secret history of the Mondrian Fan Club (which he acts as president).

The Event is organized by Lian Ladia and Jerlyn Jareunpoon


About David Medalla

David Medalla's work stretches back to the sixties when he co-founded Signals Gallery in London and presented international kinetic art. He has initiated the Exploding Galaxies which mediated relationships between international artists and was a pioneer in participatory art. His work was highly influential in the works of Conceptual artists from Brazil (Tropicália/Tropicalismo movement with Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica). As an artist - he is more well known for a body of work entitled, Cloud Canyons; automated sculptures in which thick bubbles slowly come out from a central machine to produces random shapes that glisten like rainbows when perceived by light. His work was included in Harold Szeemann's exhibition 'Weiss auf Weiss' (1966) and 'Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form' (1969) and in the DOCUMENTA 5 exhibition in 1972 in Kassel. Marcel Duchamp honored him with a 'medallic' object, as a tribute to his name. In 1997, Medalla was a DAAD artist in Berlin, Germany. Very recently his Kinetic sculpture Cloud Canyon has been acquired by the New Museum in New York as an iconic sculpture of Modern Art. He is set to publish a book about his collaboration with artist Adam Nankervis entitled, The Mondrian Fan Club.


About Axel Wieder

Axel J. Wieder is the former artistic director or Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and Co-founder of beloved experimental Berlin book shop, Pro qm. He is a curator and art historian who has organized exhibitions, amongst others, for KW Institute for contemporary art. He held positions lecturing at various universities and art academies, including the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and the Zurich University of the Arts. He is frequently writing on architecture and exhibitions for Spike, Texte zur Kunst, and Springerin amongst other publications.

10/10/2023 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
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