Anne Deleporte, Stephen Dean, Jeannie Weissglass, Matthieu Messagier

June 3 - June 21
Opening June 3, 7 - 9 PM

Hollandstrasse 7a / 15
Vienna, Austria


“Mary Poppins Is A Junkie”, a phrase ostensibly coined by a California disc jockey in the mid-1960s, became one of the first widely distributed bumper stickers. This sophistic expression was later revived; students of the cantankerous P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins series, reused the phrase and wore it as a lapel pin in purposeless protest.

The first exhibition under this title happened in New York at SHOW ROOM in 2011, and as an ongoing conversation, Mary Poppins Is A Junkie will be brought to Vienna with a new suite of works and will incorporate French artist and poet Matthieu Messagier in a collaboration with Lust Gallery, Vienna.

As an oblique starting point, this exhibition looks at this form of dissemination, favoring happenstance over logic—at the information that travelled on the volunteer heels and wheels of popular culture.  Here Stephen Dean, Anne Deleporte, and Jeannie Weissglass resuscitate the idiom and bring Matthieu Messagier into the fray. Special forms of illogic ricochet between their works as their tête-à-tête-à-tête speaks a pig Latin about ritual, sexuality, the occult.

Featuring women and skeletons, the small paintings of Jeannie Weissglass channel the borderline between fantasy and the erotic. Anne Deleporte’s video Princess Y shows a potter trying to make a vessel: in his hands, the spinning clay incidentally evokes genitals, forming an homage to Brancusi's sculpture Princess X. Stephen Dean presents a punctured object that conjures a color-saturated voodoo amulet. The skeleton friends of Matthieu Messagier resemble kings, or queens with exaggerated breasts and make-up, posing as icons in a grand masquerade.

      Mary Poppins