The Surf Lodge
July 9th - August 10th
July 16th - August 10th
Opening Reception: 5pm - 2 AM @ the Surf Lodge
183 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954
Kai Matsumiya Gallery announces “Cultural Programme”, an art show co-curated
with Ludovica Capobianco at the Surf Lodge, an isolated dream-like destination in
Montauk known for its cultural program filled with concerts, artist residencies, fitness classes,
and fine dining. Taking note of society’s capacity to withdraw from reality, as reflected by
reality’s heightened withdrawal from itself at the Surf Lodge, the group show features works by
Matteo Callegari, Lucky DeBellevue, Jessie Edelman, Rainer Ganahl, Jan Keifer, Gabriel
Lima, Steve Nishimoto, Zoe Pettijohn Schade and Pedro Wirz.
The core part of the exhibition comprises two site-specific installations by Lucky DeBellevue
and Rainer Ganahl that explore art’s capacity to represent a reality transformed by the
increasing prevalence of lifestyle branding and re-branding.
The multilingual Ganahl presents a large highway sign labeled “Syria, Exit Only” in both the
roman alphabet and Arabic in the outdoor space overlooking the lake, while flags scrawled
with the word “Sad!”, referring to President Trump’s infamous twitter feeds, wave alongside
unfurled American flags. Inside the Surf Lodge, Ganahl displays his iconic Hermes-
Marx scarves, authentic vintage Hermes scarves depicting colonialist ventures on which he
silkscreens “HERMES MARX” and abstract representations of communist symbols. Consistent
in his practice of questioning even the most fundamental expectations that society has for us
and bridging the negotiated gap between culture and the world, Ganahl encourages for us to
do so in all settings, including the most isolated luxurious get aways. Conflict and injustice are
always around the corner.
Lucky DeBellevue’s interventions include custom designed highball whiskey glasses where he
prints the slogans “I HATE THE SUN” and “I DON’T GO OUTSIDE”, with his signature style
consisting of imperfect quadrilateral shapes and irregular patterns. These patterns will also
serve as the stage backdrop made of tarp found at a DIY hardware store for the outdoor stage
for the musicians. In his usual compelling style, DeBellevue makes ironic and beautiful things
from nontraditional art materials.