Naomi T. Salmon & Nikos Arvanitis
BARKING DOGS UNITED: what we want is what you want
Gallery Schalter | Berlin | Lottumstrasse 1 | May 17th through June 28th 2008
Schalter is pleased to announce what we want is what you want. The exhibition features an installation, Skatefloor, by Barking Dogs United - an artist duo founded by Israeli artist Naomi Tereza Salmon, and Greek artist Nikos Arvanitis in 2005. This is the first time their work will be presented in Berlin.
For what we want is what you want, Barking Dogs United have replaced the floor of Schalter with one made up entirely of skateboards. All the boards remain functional, complete with grip tape, trucks, and wheels, creating an unstable and ever-shifting ground to stand on. Quite literally, the boards give and roll slightly with viewers as they move through the space, inviting a physical sense of insecurity to enter the work.
Barking Dogs United’s work is often trained on questions about art’s role and function in contemporary culture. Do we view the artist as a social activist dedicated to articulating society’s ills, or an entertainer? What relationship does the artist have to the art market, galleries and audience? Who can or should we answer to, and to what end? Salmon and Arvanitis locate their work in the shuffle between order and chaos, self-promotion and humility, individual prerogative and global responsibility. And, as the exhibition title suggests, the work invites us to have it both ways, without offering an explicit answer or question.
Nikos Arvanitis was born in 1979 in Athens, Greece and has lived and worked in Germany since 2004. He studied in Vienna, Athens and Weimar.
Naomi Tereza Salmon was born in 1965 in Jerusalem, Israel, and has lived and worked in Germany since 1991. Both artists have been featured numerously in both national and international exhibitions.
Schalter is a non-commercial platform for the conception of art and exhibition making. The space was founded on a belief that the exhibition can also exist as artwork, and seeks to question traditional divisions between artist and curator, exhibition and discrete individual artwork, and how we understand context, meaning and author. The space was founded in October 2006.