Opening reception: Thursday, September 9th from 6-8 PM
In 1951 Robert Rauschenberg made his white paintings which were called by his friend and contemporary John Cage "airports of the lights, shadow and particles" referencing the white surface's sensitivity to its surroundings. Through Cage's observation, the white painting acts much like a screen on to which a shadow, for example, could suddenly alter the perception of the art. Within that frame, the artwork's surface can only seemingly refer to itself and becomes transitory in meaning, letting both the environment and the viewer's perception dictate its reference point.
This exhibition brings together a group of contemporary artists whose practices are aligned with a keen sense of how a work of art both simultaneously contains and references information. The exhibition explores the point where the object and concept converge within a sparse or minimal field. With each artwork's bare aesthetics, meaning shifts depending upon the artist's intentions, the viewer's perception and participation, or the physical space's layout.
The gallery space itself parallels Cage's observation in that the seemingly austere placement diverges into multiple individual conceptual strategies. Attention is drawn to the question of site specificity by Daniel Buren's work and Stephen Prina 'system specific' practices that engage traditional concepts of site specificity together with institutional criticism. The object itself becomes the center of focus in Heimo Zobernig's primed white canvas, while Allan McCollum's multiple pieced 'surrogates' explore ideas of the unique object and that of the division of labor, and Wade Guyton's "Untitled" paintings of large X's printed upon white canvases act as empty ciphers and signifiers upon an already vanquished visual plane. Hovering just below the ceiling, Philippe Parreno's "Speech Bubbles" provide a proverbial empty depository for the individual voice of the viewer. The balloons create an idealistic installation for social dialogue, each object containing an individual voice in a group of shared interests. For these artists, reduction to the bare elements is not bound to the aesthetics of nothingness but rather becomes a vehicle to expand concept infinitely.
Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 537 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For further information, please call (212) 680 – 9467 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published By A.R.T. Press,
Introducao / Introduction By
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti
Com Textos De / With Texts By
Andrea Fraser, Craig Owens, Dietmar Elger, Hal Foster, Helen Molesworth, Jill Gasparina, Lynne Cooke, Rhea Anastas, Rosalind Krauss e [and] Allan McCollum - entrevistado por [interviewed by] D.A. Robbins, Robert Enright, Thomas Lawson
agosto a outubro de 2009 / August through October, 2009
Luciana Brito Galeria
Vitus Weh, The Crystal Soul of the Modern Museum
David Pestorius, Due Process. Some Notes on Heimo Zobenig's Grid Paintings and their Antecedents
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
Eva Badura-Triska, Who or What Is Heimo Zobernig?
Eva Badura-Triska, Heimo Zobernig-A Monograph
Klemins Gruber, Monika Meister, Éducation géometrique. The Young Zobernig Sized Up the Theater
Christian Höller, Around 1982. Visual Negation in the Early Work of Heimo Zobernig
Matthias Disini, In the White Cube: Heimo Zobernig's Pragmatic Conceptualism
Helmut Draxler, Constructivism as Allegory. Sculptural Discourse, Methodology and Aesthetic Praxis in the Work of Heimo Zobernig
Isabelle Graw, The Guided Hand. On Painterly Techniques in the World of Heimo Zobernig
Doris Krystof, Self as Something Else. Heimo Zobernig's Video Projections
Martin Prinzhorn, Is Zobernig Lying When He Says He Is Lying?
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König, Köln
New York City
Maxime Barbier, Marion Bayot, Esther Berelowitsh, Marc Borneo, Maxime Buechi, Roch Deniau, Stéphanie Dupont, Nicolas Gallet, Aline Girard, Thibault Gleize, James Goggin, Charlotte Jankowski, Masha Karpushina, Aude Lehmann, Urs Lehni, Marie Lusa, Gaël le Maitre, Pierre Marie, Véronique Marques, Claire le Roy, Guy Meldem, Laurent Meszaros, Peter Maybury, Aurélie Morassut, Chris Neal, Andreas Och Fredrika, Clément Rodzielski, Tomoë Sugiura, Régis Tosetti, Sylvia Tournerie, with Philippe Parreno
Stephen Prina, We Represent Ourselves to the World, Galerie Max Hetzler
Ed. Michelle Piranio
Janelle Porter, James Mayer, Wilhelm Schürmann
2004, UCLA Hammer Museum, UCLA Department of Art, Critical and Curatorial Studies
Vincent Pécoil, The American Action Printer
The publication of this catalogue was made possible by the American Center Foundation.
Edited by Janneke de Vries
Yilmaz Dziewoir, The Beautiful Surface of Resistance
Janneke de Vries, Color, Power & Style. Notes on an Exhibition Title
Scott Rothkopf, Modern Pictures
Kunstverein in Hamburg
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König
Wade Guyton, 23 April- 22 August 2010, Museum Ludwig Köln
2010, Wade Guyton, Museum Ludwig Köln und / and Verlag der Buchandlung Walther König, Köln