Monthly Archive for April, 2009

V22 PRESENTS: The Sculpture Show

pibphotov222Protest is Beautiful, Photograph Richard Bartle.

Public Preview 25 April 6 -8pm

26 April – 31 May 2009 | Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm
The Almond Building, The Biscuit Factory, Drummond Road, Bermondsey, London SE16 4DG

V22 PRESENTS is a series of projects produced in collaboration with artists, curators and art organisations in a variety of venues around London. V22 PRESENTS decided to explore the modes of thought and production in sculpture. To open a dialogue we put to five artists – Shahin Afrassiabi, Sam Basu, Simon Bill, Cedric Christie, Fergal Stapleton – the following:

For the second project V22 PRESENTS have invited 5 artist curators to select works that engage with current developments and critiques in contemporary Sculpture. The archaic term Sculpture can no longer contain the multiple directions and potentials that artists have attributed to it throughout its history.
Through bringing together diverse approaches and understanding from international artists, groups and projects V22 PRESENTS: The Sculpture Show is an opportunity to engage with the diverse potentials that have come to encapsulate, and exist within, the definition Sculpture.

Artists/Organisatons

Data Wall:
AESD: Agency for Economy and Space Development: Maziar Afrassiabi, Shahin Afrassiabi, Sam Basu, 
John Colenbrander, with thanks to Julian Meinold and Piers O’Hanlon, NIS: New International School: 
Matthew Stock Treignac Projet: Sam Basu, Elizabeth Murray. The Real:
Phyllida Barlow, Tom Burr, Anne Damer, Karin Ruggaber, Audrey Reynolds, Fergal Stapleton, 
Brian Wall, Martin Westwood.
Oysters Ain’t:
Karen Ay, Vanya Balogh, Fiona Banner, Richard Bartle, David Batchelor, Rob Beckett, 
Simon Bill, Hartmut Bohm, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Cedric Christie, Steve Claydon, 
Clem Crosby, Cullinan+Richards, Penelope Curtis, Arnaud Desjardin, Valerie Driscoll, Richard Ducker, 
Garth Evans, Urs Fischer, FREEE ( Dave Beech, Andy Hewitt & Mel Jordan), John Gibbons,
Tom Gidley, Paul Gildea, Katherine Gili, Andrea Giulivi, Stewart Gough, Naum Gabo, Robin Greenwood, 
Brian Griffiths, Zoe Griffiths, Nicola Hicks, Peter Hide, Flore Nove-Josserand, Helene Kazan, 
Michael Kidner, Philip King, Simon Liddiment, Ed Lipski, Colin Lowe, Sarah Lucas, Christina Mackie, 
Rebecca Johnson Marshall, Bruce McLean, Haroon Mirza, Cathy de Monchaux, Henry Moore, 
Zadoc Nava, Paul Neagu, Lawson Oyekan, Eduardo Paolozzi, Nicholas Pope, Richard Priestley, 
Michael Sandle, Paul Sakoilsky, Celia Scott, Dallas Seitz, Meg Shirayama, Jane Simpson, Anthony Smart, 
Bob & Roberta Smith, Richard Smith, Steve Smith, Sarah Staton, Dan Stevens, Simon Stringer, 
Michael Stubbs, Gavin Turk, Jessica Voorsanger, Gary Webb, Richard Wentworth, Keith Wilson, 
Mark Woods, Richard Woods, Lars Wolter, Christian Wulffen.

Spin[Freee]oza at SMART Project Space, for the exhibition On Joy, Sadness and Desire

b-piedaterresmallPoster: There are no experts on happiness. Photographer Alice Evans

Spin[Freee]oza is a new Freee project commissioned by SMART Project Space as part of the exhibition On Joy, Sadness and Desire which takes place within the framework of My name is Spinoza, organized by the Amsterdam Spinoza Circle and SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space), commissioned by Foundation Spinoza Centre Amsterdam, to mark 400 years of Spinoza’s philosophy.

For Spin[Freee]oza the Freee art collective have produced three billboard poster prints. In each the artists are shown visiting retail spaces that have become temporary hosts for their slogans. Thus, the billboard images are the culmination of a series of negotiations, exchanges and context shifts that might not always be visible but are always essential to their logic.

Freee is interested in the traffic between the gallery and the street, between art’s institutions and everyday culture, and between art and politics. The vinyl texts on the street in Amsterdam are not the orginial works neither are the billboard sized posters that appear in the gallery a document of these texts. Each version is simply another instance of the very same work, like a song performed at various venues, or, more pointedly, like a slogan appearing in a pamphlet, on a badge or in a chant.

Freee has created slogans based on Spinoza’s philosophy that address the current state of democratic thinking. The slogans are presented as vinyl texts on ten shop windows (in the vicinity of SMART Project Space), on 1000 coloured balloons that are available for gallery visitors to take away for free, as well as appearing within billboard posters pasted directly onto the gallery walls.

Shopkeepers who had agreed to participate in the project were asked to choose one slogan for their shop window. Each has their own reason for choosing the slogan, some because they agree with it but others because it aludes to something more personal. The slogan balloons are intended to address people in the same way: some may take a balloon because the slogan expresses something they agree with, while others may make their selection according to colour or just to be part of the event.

The slogans in Spin[Freee]oza do not exist in a vaccuum. Freee is interested in how philosophical arguments enter the world of work, commerce, consumption and everyday life. Spin[Freee]oza uses philosophically constructed sentences to raise issues about democracy, consensus and power.

If today the key question about democracy is how to stop it from becoming the professional activity of a small minority, Spin[Freee]oza’s model of utopia is of people discussing democracy while doing their shopping, having a coffee or walking down the street.

Sharing and contesting opinion through acts of publishing is central to all of Freee projects. Making ideas public by printing them on a shop windows or on balloons carried by passers-by is intended to trigger thought and debate. The artists take it that this sort of questioning is essential for any democracy worthy of the name.

Exhibition opens 10 May – 28 June 2009

http://www.smartprojectspace.net/upcoming_exhibitions/freee.html




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