Nancy Lupo

Golden Shower

03 September – 23 October 2021

Jan Kaps, Cologne

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower,
Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower,
Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Dummy, 2021
Bronze
114 × 41 × 38 cm (44 ⅞ × 16 ⅛ × 15 inches)

Nancy Lupo
The Dummy, 2021
Bronze
114 × 41 × 38 cm (44 ⅞ × 16 ⅛ × 15 inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Dummy, 2021 (Detail)
Bronze
114 × 41 × 38 cm (44 ⅞ × 16 ⅛ × 15 inches)

Nancy Lupo
The Dummy, 2021 (Detail)
Bronze
114 × 41 × 38 cm (44 ⅞ × 16 ⅛ × 15 inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021 (Detail)
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021 (Detail)
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021 (Detail)
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Nancy Lupo
The Architect, 2021 (Detail)
Bronze
146 × 55 × 31 cm (57 ½ × 21 ⅝ × 12 ¼ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
It's a Gift, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
89 × 137 cm (35 × 53 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
It's a Gift, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
89 × 137 cm (35 × 53 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Roll, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
30 × 102 cm (11 ¾ × 40 ⅛ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Roll, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
30 × 102 cm (11 ¾ × 40 ⅛ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
L, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
94 × 102 cm (37 × 40 ⅛ inches)

Nancy Lupo
L, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
94 × 102 cm (37 × 40 ⅛ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Tbilisi, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
104 × 164 cm (41 × 64 ⅝ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Tbilisi, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
104 × 164 cm (41 × 64 ⅝ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Los Angeles, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
103 × 171 cm (40 ½ × 67 ⅜ inches)

Los Angeles, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
103 × 171 cm (40 ½ × 67 ⅜ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Geneva, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
100 × 178 cm (39 ⅜ × 70 ⅛ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Geneva, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
100 × 178 cm (39 ⅜ × 70 ⅛ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
New York, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
100 × 155 cm (39 ⅜ × 61 inches)

Nancy Lupo
New York, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
100 × 155 cm (39 ⅜ × 61 inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Milan, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
100 × 171 cm (39 ⅜ × 67 ⅜ inches)
NL/R 1825

Milan, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
100 × 171 cm (39 ⅜ × 67 ⅜ inches)
NL/R 1825

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Jakarta, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
101 × 163 cm (39 ¾ × 64 ⅛ inches)
NL/R 1826

Jakarta, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
101 × 163 cm (39 ¾ × 64 ⅛ inches)
NL/R 1826

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Dakar, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
94 × 154 cm (37 × 60 ⅝ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Dakar, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
94 × 154 cm (37 × 60 ⅝ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Koln, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
99 × 151 cm (39 × 59 ½ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Koln, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
99 × 151 cm (39 × 59 ½ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Shanghai, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
103 × 166 cm (40 ½ × 65 ⅜ inches)
NL/R 1828

Shanghai, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, wooden sticks, golden pigments
103 × 166 cm (40 ½ × 65 ⅜ inches)
NL/R 1828

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Coach, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
85 × 136 cm (33 ½ × 53 ½ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Coach, 2021
PVA, fiberglass, gold pigment, toothpicks
85 × 136 cm (33 ½ × 53 ½ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
pumping, pumping, pumping, 2021
Bronze, aluminium
Dimensions variable

Nancy Lupo
pumping, pumping, pumping, 2021
Bronze, aluminium
Dimensions variable

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Carriage, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Carriage, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Cradle, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Cradle, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Cartilage, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Cartilage, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Crown, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Crown, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Thorn, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Thorn, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Thistle, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Thistle, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Prick, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Prick, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Spike, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Nancy Lupo
Spike, 2021
Bronze
96 × 74 × 15 cm (37 ¾ × 29 ⅛ × 5 ⅞ inches)

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Almost Not Breathing, 2021
HD, color, sound
91 min

Nancy Lupo
Almost Not Breathing, 2021
HD, color, sound
91 min

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Almost Not Breathing, 2021 (Detail)
HD, color, sound
91 min

Nancy Lupo
Almost Not Breathing, 2021 (Detail)
HD, color, sound
91 min

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (North), 2020
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (1/3) - unique variation

Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (North), 2020
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (1/3) - unique variation

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (North), 2020 (Detail)
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (1/3) - unique variation

Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (North), 2020 (Detail)
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (1/3) - unique variation

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (South), 2020
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (2/3) - unique variation

Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (South), 2020
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (2/3) - unique variation

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (East), 2020
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (3/3) - unique variation

Nancy Lupo
The Ambassadors (East), 2020
wood, cast iron
65.5 × 136.5 × 55.5 cm (25 ¾ × 53 ¾ × 21 ⅞ inches)
Edition of 3 (3/3) - unique variation

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Almost Suffocating, 2021
Graphite on paper
14 cm (5 ½ inches)
Dimensions variable

Nancy Lupo
Almost Suffocating, 2021
Graphite on paper
14 cm (5 ½ inches)
Dimensions variable

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Almost Suffocating, 2021 (Detail)
Graphite on paper
14 cm (5 ½ inches)
Dimensions variable

Nancy Lupo
Almost Suffocating, 2021 (Detail)
Graphite on paper
14 cm (5 ½ inches)
Dimensions variable

Jan Kaps, Nancy Lupo, Golden Shower, Nancy Lupo
Almost Suffocating, 2021 (Detail)
Graphite on paper
14 cm (5 ½ inches)
Dimensions variable

Nancy Lupo
Almost Suffocating, 2021 (Detail)
Graphite on paper
14 cm (5 ½ inches)
Dimensions variable

Press release

A Golden Shower is something beautiful or erotic or obscene or cruel, depending on which line of literal meaning one follows. It is also sometimes all of these things at once. Central to Nancy Lupo's Golden Shower at Jan Kaps is a continuation of her group of works called ‘tellers’. The name and form relate to a popular origami game, while it also invokes the person or machine at a bank that makes transactions. In the game, a paper is folded into a pattern of pyramidal shapes that one can then move with their fingers, like a cubistic glove, and create different combinations of (sur)faces. The teller can narrate certain aspects of the future, reveal a truth or just be a riddle of colours and symbols with endless possible interpretations. In German the game is called 'Himmel oder Hölle' / 'Heaven and Hell'.

The ‘tellers’ are tooth, mouth, shell and ornament. They have been seen in her last show at Jan Kaps in their original material composition; wood, toilet paper, paper towels, paper placemats and glue. In the original process Lupo adds layer after layer of paper and glue on a light wood structure which slumps as the weight accumulates. For her, the epiphany of the ‘tellers’ were the tents at the farmers market in Los Angeles’s Pershing Square. The tent constructions add the idea of something like bones and skin, like the wings of a bat.

The tellers’ change as they reiterate, they fall from one signifier to the other, just like their namegiver. Now they are more skeletal and only made of bronze, unfolding into the gallery as a maze, fence or a spine. Attached are a row of aluminum balusters taken directly from the office of the foundry where many of the works were produced. Eventually the bronze ‘tellers’ are crowned by a version of a fossil whale baleen. It’s the mouth and tooth again, like an endless riddle or ballad. The poet is the Leviathan, combing oceans, forever grinning like the joker, its mouth open and closed at the same time. To this Lupo adds the blue black lips of a sturgeon who is breathing her last breaths amid market clamber - an endless image shown in Lupo’s video with a layered soundscape recorded at CERN, her Los Angeles home and in various locations in Georgia.

There are two new figurative bronze works present, one is an almost classical statue consisting of three parts or three likenesses as a chimera; the statue of a Georgian architect Shota Kavlashvili by Tengiz Kikalishvili that is located on Baratashvili street in Tbilisi, the dancer Jean Babilée as he appeared in Jaques Rivette’s film Duelle, and the hands of another smaller wooden statue in a vitrine on Kote Marjanishvili St in Tbilisi. The other figure is a slightly sad leather dummy that became bronze.

The sculptures are accompanied by benches, a somewhat familiar scenario in parks and public spaces. Three replicas of a tilted public bench Lupo came across in Tbilisi. It's a continuation of an ongoing series of various public benches she has made since 2015. In each instance they are scaled down to ¾ the size of the original. 

On the floor, forming a spiral around the figurative sculptures, are a series of self portraits Lupo drew over the past year. They have been cropped into the shape of the infamous Burger King crown.  Additionally there are “collapsed” PVA tellers with gold pigment and a gold painting that repeats the balustrade/lamppost motif. Confusion adds to the pleasure.

In one of Jorge Luis Borges’s short stories, a man falls down the ladder into his cellar. Landing on his back, he looks up and discovers between the 18th and 19th step a spot that contains all spots. It's a tiny sphere in which all the places of the world from every angle coexist. Only there and only in this position, otherwise there is nothing. Right underneath the dining room in the cellar.

The exhibition is supported by Neustart Kultur and Stiftung Kunstfonds.