PORCINO is an exhibition space in Berlin founded by David Horvitz in 2013. It was originally located inside Chert Galerie on Skalitzestr. 68. Porcino is currently located inside ChertLüdde gallery on Ritterstr. 2A.
Open by appointment only.
the light on water, a certain kind of overcast sky, a morning glory in the day’s beginning light, the distance
Opening reception: Friday 28th April, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
The exhibition includes 40 new photo books by David Horvitz. Each book is comprised of 36 images that were printed from the artist’s digital photo archive. Once printed the original files were deleted. The photo books contain the selected and arranged photographs by Horvitz.
Opening reception: Thursday 15th December, 2016
“Ohne einen Glaspalast” (Without a Glass Palace) is an architectural tableau… Instead of the famous gold-copper iridescent window panes, a dull grey-green plastic sheeting covers the frame… Shadow-like… visible through the translucent layers.
The mural, suspended from scaffolding… …hidden behind a giant mirror …the illusion of a continuous Schloss. …awaiting an uncertain fate. …the curious time-loop of the resurrection. And so some version of the trompe loei’l facade is currently being built.
“Ohne einen Glaspalast” continues… This tableau stands as a proposal for a future ruin…
The title, “Ohne einen Glaspalast”, is a fragment of a poem by Paul Scheerbart from his book “Glasarchitektur”.
“Glück ohne Glas, wie dumm ist das – Ohne einen Glaspalast ist das Leben eine Last –
Im Glashaus brennt es nimmermehr, man braucht da keine Feuerwehr –
Das Licht will durch das ganze All – und ist lebendig im Kristall”
– Paul Scheerbart, Glasarchitektur (1914)
Ker ker ker
Secret opening reception: Friday 4th November, 2016
Public opening reception: Friday 25th November, 2016
Like An Intruder, The Speaker Removes His Cap, Walking In The Air With His Hands To The Ground
Curated by Barbara Sirieix
Opening reception: Friday 16th September, 2016
David Horvitz was watching the Cosmos series by Carl Sagan at the time of the show at Porcino. With our time difference, I would often receive screenshots on my phone in the morning. They felt like coming out of a dream.
I’d been thinking a lot about synchronicity. If synchronicity can be maintained when a third body comes along or does it necessarily bring chaos.
For the sentence Like An Intruder, The Speaker Removes His Cap, Jo-ey added a third piece – part or piece, “teil oder stuck”, tuning a dissonant tempo. Like An Intruder, The Speaker Removes His Cap, Walking In the Air With His Hands To The Ground. It first strikes as a progression, but there is a recess at the starting point. The woman recalls another piece from another show, of voicemails read by Jo-ey. On repeat, she resurfaces with the sound of the streets. A mute whisper from the dead, in a city not anymore the same.
He brought along a piece of Japanese paper. A print of a drawing, scanned quickly when a dying moth landed on the flatbed scanner, where I found again the same tempo. The tune ended like Zhuangzi’s story as I received David’s text message: “Everything is stars.”
Postcards for Porcino
Opening reception: 29th April, 2016
It has the appeal of a book minus
language and the
charm of a pre-verbal protege
with a taste for candy.
Deceptive as sugar.
The sweet disorder of strewn
garments given a body to wear,
a body give over to wear. CC
Each of these postcards is worth a thousand words. WT
My eyes can sit on it as opposed to drift across it. JR
Coordinates from beyond the inch; actual Physics at Play; some of the sweet spots from personal trips. MV
Nineteen Motto Books post-cards were sent from Long Island City, Queens NY on May 12th & 13th. I will be happy if thirteen of the nineteen arrive on time for the opening. These were originally made as works to raise money for a publication by American Books. Obviously for a myriad of reasons they never fulfilled their duty, and now are coming home to Berlin.
Opening reception: 22nd November, 2015
Deep Down is a new installation featuringThe Ghost & The Host (2014), a video the artist made while in residency at the Villa Romana in Florence. The video is an archaeological dig into the residency’s century old past. Fragments of lost histories found discarded in the Villa’s garden by former residents have been unearthed. This residue of past inhabitants have become the setting that is inhabited by a cast of nocturnal creatures going about their day (their day being the night) – bugs, fishes, worms, lichens. A garden comes to life (a night garden). In night gardens fragrances become the light. Rocks glow from the moon glowing from the sun. Everything is indirect. Houses wake. Sculptures move like ghosts. Vision is uncertain. You don’t know if you have begun dreaming already. Presence is felt by absence. This new installation is made from materials found in parks around Berlin and leaves taken from the greenhouses in Berlin’s Botanischer Garten.
Curated by Julia Wielgus
Opening reception: 11th January, 2015
Berlin-based Renata Kaminska examines the language used to describe art in today’s media. In her collages she uses cut up banknotes to cover art-works depicted in found newspaper photographs. With this gesture she points to the excitement of today’s press – a press that focuses on auction prices and exhibition attendance numbers, reducing art to a value system that is solely based on ratings and statistics.
an invisible portrait
Curated by Zanna Gilbert
Opening reception: 5th January, 2013
Zanna Gilbert writes:
A work of dubious provenance is exhibited at Porcino. The installation was recently mistakenly attributed to the artist Daniel Santiago. Born in 1939, Santiago’s output since the 1960s had until recently gone largely unnoticed, apart from his cult status in his hometown, Recife. There are various reasons for the omission of Santiago’s work from Brazilian art history. That he is from Recife, rather than Rio or São Paulo, plays one part. However, a whole generation of artists from the 1960s-1980s period, are only now being fully inscribed in the historical record, having suffered two decades of dictatorial rule in Brazil. Daniel’s own principles and idiosyncrasies compound these geographical and socio- historical effects: his lack of careerism; a consistently ephemeral production; and a generosity in authorship and sharing his ideas. In 2012, I curated, with Cristiana Tejo, a retrospective of Daniel Santiago’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in Recife. The instability and ephemerality of Santiago’s work, along with the artist’s humour, his often throw-away gestures and playfulness meant that works were re-made, re-performed, re-interpreted, and, in some cases, made for the first time. Lines between original and reconstruction were unclear.
It was out of this confluence of factors that a strange misunderstanding arose. Reading a Masters thesis on Daniel Santiago’s work a few weeks ago, I noticed that a humourous gesture made during the exhibition’s installation had been recorded as a one of Santiago’s works. On one of the installation days, Santiago had left his trademark Panama hat, sunglasses and walking stick behind while attending to some business inside the gallery. The supposed work was a hurriedly constructed portrait of the artist by a member of the exhibition team (ME). In the thesis, the work was attributed to Santiago, and visually compared to a painting by René Magritte. This work of dubious provenance is a fake, a phantom or an invention, a work created out of the spirit of Santiago’s work. But it is Santiago himself that makes this mistake possible, and then, the mistake is not really a mistake. The moment of reconstruction of an artist’s work also creates possibilities for galleries to present works of dubious provenance, and for the invention of history by academics.
Opening reception: 19th March, 2013
I Am Down Here With the Boogens After All
Opening reception: 18th January, 2013
“I Am Down Here With the Boogens After All” – Ed Steck A self-portrait is a reflection. A self-portrait is a reflection: materials constructing images, sensations structuring architectural moments (definitive personal modulations), chronological impertinences, yourself creating your self, a frozen practice of an accumulative entirety until a singular point, the expression before the potential atmospheric capsizing. It is a resolution of the self-encapsulated within the frames of an image; it is how one is seen while seeing.
“I Am Down Here With the Boogens After All” is a day-book-like piece of self-portraiture that follows the perspective intake of an individual (a subject, a viewer) constantly absorbing material references. It is a moment of loss fixated on the repetitious revisiting of the mundane, the familiar, and sensational: misremembered memory to personal insertions into film, entering the fixed present to relive a cultivated past, and human grotesqueness to exaggerated special effects. A self-portrait is a manufacturing of a self-portrait.
Ed Steck is a writer from Southwestern Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Publications include A Time Stream in Spaces: The Cultic Parody of Time-Induced Capital published by West as part of the Let Us Keep Our Own Noon group show, Field of Vision – a limited edition chapbook published by Reactor Press, Beach published as part of “Public Access” in collaboration with David Horvitz, Chinese Bondage in Peru in collaboration with Wintergarten LTD, and Mountain as part of “Archive for a Mountain” by Marc Handelman’s solo exhibition “Geological Sketches at Home and Abroad” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. His work has appeared in the anthology Strange Attractors: Investigations In Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities published by Encyclopedia Destructica, Capricious Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, LIT (forthcoming),1913: a journal of forms (forthcoming), in the publication for the 2012 Columbus Prize Exhibition at Kunsthalle Ravensburg on the work of painter Natalie Haeusler, and with a contribution in Omer Fast: 5,000 Feet Is Best published by The Power Plant and Sternberg Press. He is one third of American Books. He graduated from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.