Studio Lab Residency with Flo Maak and Lasse Lau

January 9 – February 6, 2017

KQED Article

Visiting international artists, Flo Maak (German) and Lasse Lau (Danish) join Pro Arts as part of the Studio Lab Residency program.

During their residency in January of 2017 leading up to their installation, “Technologies of the Kitchen”, Lau and Maak will conduct weekly programs including artist talks, performances, lectures and various performance-based programs to connect with local Bay Area community organizations. Their residency at Pro Arts aims to introduce the project to new artists, activists, queer and other communities throughout the Bay Area to enrich their research and cross-disciplinary approach.

For “Technologies of the Kitchen”, the collaborative pair will install a kitchen within the gallery to alter and subvert the social practices connected to the kitchen. By doing so, they aim to create new connections between the kitchen, other interiors as well as public spaces.  While deconstructing the kitchen, Maak and Lau emphasize that queer and unidentified gender identities are as intertwined with object relations and performative as are the nuclear families.

RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS:

Artist Talk “Queer Geographies”: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Opening Reception for Technologies of the Kitchen: Friday, February 3, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm

About the Artists:

Flo Maak (b. 1980, Fulda, Germany) attended HfbK Staedelschule (2001- 2009), majoring in Fine Art. He also studied Visual Arts at Cooper Union (2007) in New York City. Selected solo exhibitions include “Nichts tun wie ein Biest” at Bielefelder Kunstverein (2009), “Trompe-l’eil Polizei” in cooperation with Free Class Frankfurt at Frankfurter Kunstverein (2008), “soft skills” at haus nummer 11 in Frankfurt (2007), “silent specters” at JET in Berlin (2006), and “Untitled” at Nomaden Oase in Hamburg. Selected group exhibitions include “I Animal! (You Human)” at Perla Mode in Zurich (2010), “Lyst” at Overgaden in Copenhagen (2009), “Dear Anus” at VBKO in Vienna (2008), and “Werkbund e. V.” at Hessische Landesvertretung in Berlin.

Lasse Lau (b. 1974, Sønderborg, Denmark) is a filmmaker and performance artist who currently lives and works in New York. His films and performances deal with socio-economic issues, the negotiation of conflicts and the notion of space through the language of film and performance. Lau seeks to utilize aesthetics as a framework that can open dialogical paths. He has exhibited in a wide range of museums and galleries including Westfälischer Kunstverein (Münster, Germany), Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin, Germany), Aarhus Art Museum (Aarhus, Denmark), Brandts Klædefabrik (Odense, Denmark), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), the Turin Biennial of Contemporary Art (Turin, Italy), Contemporary Museum (Baltimore, USA) and MoMA PS1 (New York, USA). Lau is the co-founder and long time board member of Kran Film Collective and was a member of the Editorial Selection Board at The Danish Film Institute Video Workshop 2001-02. He studied at the Media Art Department at Funen Art Academy (Odense, Denmark), at the Hochschule der Künste (Berlin, Germany) and at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (New York, USA).

*Flo Maak and Lasse Lau’s Residency and Exhibition at Pro Arts is made possible with a generous grant by the Danish Arts Foundation (DK).