Category Archives: Abandonment

Uncommonplaces

Group exhibition in Extra City (Antwerp, Belgium)

18 November 2011 – 8 January 2012

Opening 17th November, at 19.00 

Curated by Pieter Vermeulen, as part of the ICI’s Curatorial Intensive program. Elena Bajo, Lode Geens, Filip Gilissen, David Maroto, Warren Neidich, Jürgen Ots, Ariel Schlesinger, Naama Tsabar.

Extra City – Kunsthal Antwerpen 

Tulpstraat 79, BE-2060 Antwerp

Tel/fax +32 (0)3 677 1655

www.extracity.org

Uncommonplaces web blog

Uncommonplaces is a group exhibition that opens up a dialectical space between the artistic and the everyday, originality and banality, the object and the abject. The commonplace refers to a dimension of our reality that we take for granted, overlook or neglect. By adding the prefix un-, the question arises whether we can imagine a different, experimental version of the everyday. I am participating with Adieu, Jean-Arthur, which marked the beginning of my Four Circles project and, therefore the beginning of my art practice, in 1998. This piece is dedicated to French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s decision to abandon art practice.

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Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous

Group show in ISCP, curated by Sarah Demeuse.

30th March  – 16th April 2011

Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm

Panel discussion: Tuesday, April 19 at 6.30pm. Sarah Demeuse and David Levine in conversation moderated by Kari Conte

As second installment in a year-long thematic exhibition cycle related to work, Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous takes at face value the fact that the international roving artist-cum-MacBookPro has taken the place of the blue-collar Brooklyn printmaker and therefore turns the tables highlighting the expectations of those who visit this contemporary workspace. It subtly undermines three tropes associated with an artist’s work: the mysterious invisibility of artistic labor as example of post-industrial immateriality; art as resistance to commonplace productivity; and, possibly closer to home, the performative formulas and taboos associated with successful artistic professionalism.

Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinović, Magnus Thierfelder and Carey Young

Reviewed CV was my contribution to the show. In addition to the piece, I invited New York-based artist Trong G. Nguyen to carry out a performative version of it. He wrote his own Reviewed CV, listing a selection of his failures, rejections and frustrated desires, and he read it in public in a sort of stand-up comedian fashion.

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Love Letters to a Surrogate

Torrance Art Museum

10th July, from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Organized by Warren Neidich. Artists living in the Los Angeles area ask artists they know living internationally to write a script, as a set of instructions, for them to perform as their surrogate. As such the artist in LA reenacts or acts as a surrogate to produce a performance that the asked artist could have performed himself or herself had they been in LA. I participated with “Reviewed CV“, a performance carried out by artist Tif Sigfrids.

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Torrance Art Museum

Tif Sigfrids

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Inside Job

Group exhibition in Gallery 182 A

29th May to 6th June 2010

Organized by Jeroen Jongeleen, this project consists in the secret interventions within spaces in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam) that are normally not open to public. These insertions play with the notion of small and silent gestures in contrast with the official museum’s program, as well as with the ideas of history and posterity. I am contributing Silence, a work-in-progress started in 2005.

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GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words

Group exhibition in S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (Belgium)

4th December 2009 – 14th March 2010

S.M.A.K. is showing a unique & comprehensive exhibition with works of the participating artists of GAGARIN, confronting their textual contributions from the complete GAGARIN oeuvre with works from the museum and special loans. The exhibition includes work by Marc Manders, Allora & Calzadilla, Edith Dekyndt, Lois Weinberger, Philippe Van Snick, Juan Muñoz, Gabriel Kuri, Jimmie Durham, Kirsten Pieroth, Maria Serebriakova, Richard Serra, Willem Oorebeek, Manfredu Schu, Joe Scanlan, Ria Pacquée and others. I participate with Disillusion, which will be in play (during the opening evening only) and display (throughout the show).

On 13th March it will be possible to play Disillusion again, during the event “S.M.A.K. going GAGA”

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