Damien & The Love Guru

Installation view
Light Sleeper
Damien & The Love Guru, Zurich, 2022
Installation view
Light Sleeper
Damien & The Love Guru, Zurich, 2022
Installation view
Light Sleeper
Damien & The Love Guru, Zurich, 2022
Light Sleeper
2022
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
215 × 240 cm
Light Sleeper
2022
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
215 × 240 cm
Light Sleeper
2022
Acrylic and pigment on canvas
215 × 240 cm
Emancipation Gate
2016
Steel rebar
210 × 110 cm
Butterflyeffect
2015
Steel rebar
190 × 150 cm
Mother Gate 1915–1999
2015
Steel rebar
225 × 200 cm
Vanessa Disler
Thirst Trap
2020
Oil, charcoal on canvas
200 × 70 cm
Vanessa Disler
The Wheel
2021
Oil on canvas
200 × 70 cm
Installation view
Big Naturals
Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels, 2021
Installation view
Big Naturals
Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels, 2021
Installation view
Big Naturals
Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels, 2021
Vanessa Disler
Nona’s Big Naturals
2021
Oil on canvas
200 × 160 cm
Mid-Thirties Countdown
2020
Oil on canvas
200 × 70 cm
Conversations with Friends
2020
Oil on canvas
200 × 160 cm
Foundation of Youth
2021
Oil paint, oil stick, pastel on canvas
200 × 70 cm
The Untethered Soul
2021
Oil stick, oil paint on canvas
200 × 70 cm
Installation view
Heavy Metal Parking
Garage, Rotterdam, 2020
Installation view
Heavy Metal Parking
Garage, Rotterdam, 2020
The Crash (auto American Fever Dream) (detail)
2020
The Crash (auto American Fever Dream) (detail)
2020
The Uncanny Double
2018
Oil, metal, pigments, lipstick, binder, oxidiser on canvas
150 × 190 cm
Forgotten Ritual
2018
Oil paint, flashe, pigment on canvas
135 × 165 cm
Unlocked Caution Gate
2018
Oil, acrylics on canvas
160 × 200 cm
Open Window
2019
Oil paint on canvas
135 × 165 cm
Devils Beard
2018
Oil, chalk, pastel on canvas
200 × 160 cm
Suicidal Edelweiss
2017
Hand welded steel
150 × 190 × 1,5 cm

Disler’s practice is centered around painting and is informed by many of Modernism’s preoccupations: the possibilities of abstraction and issues surrounding authorship and signature. She engages with these concerns through the use of visual and processual tropes associated with feminism and psychoanalysis while employing painting as a tool for a direct physical processing of subjective experience. Her gestural paintings and steel sculptures take a nuanced approach to expression, alchemizing visual material gleaned from cultural memory and personal history into motifs and archetypal symbols that populate her work. From 2010-2021 she also worked collaboratively with Nicole Ondre as Feminist Land Art Retreat.

Education

  • De Ateliers, 2015, Amsterdam, NL
  • BA Fine Art, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, 2011, Vancouver, CA

Solo & Duo Exhibitions

  • Light Sleeper, Damien & The Love Guru, 2022, Zurich, CH
  • Art Brussels, invited by Damien & The Love Guru, 2022, Brussels, BE
  • Big Naturals, Damien & The Love Guru, 2021, Brussels, BE
  • Free Rein, Kamloops Art Gallery, 2020, Kamloops, CA ¹
  • Free Rein, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2019, Oshawa, CA
  • Free Rein, Audain Gallery, 2018, Vancouver, CA ¹
  • Shadow Work, WIELS Centre for Contemporary Art, 2018, Brussels, BE
  • Unfinished Business, Franz Kaka, 2017, Toronto, CA
  • No Man’s Land, ACUD, 2017, Berlin, DE ¹
  • Heavy Flow – The Re-Release, Ginervera Gambino, 2017, Cologne, DE ¹
  • Last Resort, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2016, Bregenz, AT ¹
  • Duty Free, Studio for Propositional Cinema, 2015, Dusseldorf, DE ¹
  • Absent-minded Window Gazing, The Commons, 2012, Vancouver, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Matchmaker, hosted by Damien & The Love Guru for Various Others, Loggia, 2021, Munich, DE
  • Fly, Robin, Fly, Mécènes du Sud Montpellier-Sète, 2021, Montpellier, FR
  • Casa Uovo, Sangt Hipolyt, 2021, Berlin, DE
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot, Garage, 2020, Rotterdam, NL
  • The Mushroom at the End of The World, U’s, 2020, Diamond Valley, US
  • Global Cows, hosted by Conceptual Fine Arts and Damien & the Love Guru, 2020, online
  • Global Cows, Damien & the Love Guru, 2019, Brussels, BE
  • Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender and Resistance, ACT III, Arnoflini, 2019, Bristol, UK
  • Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender and Resistance, ACT II, De La Warr Pavillion, 2019, Bexhil on the Sea, UK
  • Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender and Resistance, ACT I, Nottingham Contemporary, 2018, Nottingham, UK
  • Inscape at Sunrise, Kantine, 2018, Brussels, BE
  • If I Was Your Girlfriend, Belmacz, 2018, London, UK
  • School of Chairs, 500 Capp Street Foundation, 2018, San Francisco, US
  • The Yellow Wallpaper, Ginerva Gambino, 2017, Cologne, DE
  • Johnny Suede, Damien & the Love Guru, 2017, Brussels, BE
  • EUtopia 28, Museum Cultuur Strombeek Gent, 2017, Strobeek, BE
  • Looks, Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017, Campbell River, CA ¹
  • Scattered Disk, Futura, 2017, Prague, CZ ¹
  • Vordemberge-gildewart Stipendium, Kestner Gesellschaft, 2017, Hannover, DE ¹
  • Paysage Exotique, Soloway Gallery, 2016, Brooklyn, US
  • Neo-Pagan Witch Bitch, Evelyn Yard Gallery, 2016, London, UK
  • High Water, Chapel St, 2016, Cornwall, UK
  • On The Cliffs of the River Rhine, OSLO 10, 2016, Basel, CH ¹
  • Look For Us In The Soundwaves We Will Always Be There, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2016, Brengenz, AT ¹
  • Dead Letters Office, JTT Gallery, 2016, New York, US ¹
  • ON FLOW IN THE CITY: Current artistic positions on the relationship between art, urbanism and the public, Museum Abteiberg, 2016, Abteiberg, DE ¹
  • Equinox, The Willows, 2016, Brooklyn, US
  • Ein Schelm, Wer Böses Dabei Denkt, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2016, Bremen, DE ¹
  • Making Sense, Galerie Juliètte Jongma, 2015, Amsterdam, NL
  • We Are A Parasite On the Institution Of Cinema, An Institution Of Parasites, MUMOK, 2015, Vienna, AT ¹
  • RULE C: Look For Us In The Inkwells We Will Always Be There, Archive Kabinett, 2015, Berlin, DE ¹
  • Function Creep, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, 2015, NL
  • I Multiplied Myself to Feel Myself, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, 2014, Vienna, AT ¹
  • Another Space/Another Place/Together, Quadriennale, 2014, Düsseldorf, DE ¹
  • De Ateliers, 2013, Amsterdam, NL
  • Crystal Tongue, Exercise Projects, 2013, Vancouver, CA
  • Pleinairism, Walter Philips Gallery at BANFF Centre, 2013, Alberta, CA
  • HOME, The Willows, 2012, Brooklyn, US
  • Young and Modern, VSA Gallery, 2012, Vancouver, CA ¹

Performances

  • Garage Band, with In(En)Acting Roles, SB The Pool, 2019, Brussels, BE
  • FLAR AIR, Contemporary Art Gallery and City of Vancouver, 2018, Vancouver, CA
  • Vapours, with Emily Hill and Nicole Ondre, Campbell River Art Gallery, 2017, Campbell River, CA
  • Reclining Figure with Charlott Weise, within the exhibition ‘Johnny Suede’, Damien & the Love Guru, 2017, Brussels, BE
  • A Feminist Land Art Retreat Slideshow, Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2016, Bregenz, AT ¹
  • Two Too Serious Ladies, Kunstverein Munich, 2016, Munich, DE ¹
  • Throw Your Voice, Max Meyer Gallery, 2015, Dusseldorf, DE ¹
  • Case Studies, with Tiziana La Melia, Exercise Projects, 2013, Vancouver, CA

Residencies

  • Western Front Media Residency, Western Front, 2018, Vancouver, CA
  • CAG Field House Residence, Contemporary Art Gallery, 2017, Vancouver, CA
  • WIELS Centre for Contemporary Arts, 2016, Brussels, BE
  • A Paper, A Drawing, A Mountain, BANFF Centre, 2012, Alberta, CA

Related Activities

  • EPOCH, Global Cows, SITE in.oscillation, Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Do It Project and Sophie Bates on ilyd, podcast, Artists and Friends, 2020, online

Published Work

  • Texte Zur Kunst, 2018, Berlin, DE
  • Case Studies, with Tiziana LaMelia, Tripwire 12: Aka Vancouver: Writing From The Unceded Coast Salish Territorie, edited by David Buuck, 2016, Vancouver, CA
  • We Are A Parasite On the Institution Of Cinema, An Institution Of Parasites, published by Art Projects Era, 2015, Rotterdam, NL
  • Function Creep, published by De Ateliers, 2015, Amsterdam, NL
  • General Fine Arts vol.1 #4, published by Version House, 2015, London, UK
  • Studio for Propositional Cinema, published by Art Projects Era, 2014, Rotterdam, NL
  • The Child Alberta, published by BANFF Centre, 2013, Alberta, CA
  • The Child Alberta, published by Publication Studios, 2013, Vancouver, CA
  • Woo #6, published by Emily Carr Press, 2012, Vancouver, CA