Esther Schipper presents a group exhibition featuring works by Nathan Carter, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Gabriel Kuri.
For the summer period Esther Schipper has invited Paris based publishing house Onestar Press to collaborate on the exhibition. Onestar Press is dedicated to the production of artists’ books, multiples and movies, while its branch “Three Star Books” manufactures and distributes artisanal book editions by contemporary artists. In the last years the publishers have realised a number of projects in collaboration with the four artists represented in the exhibition. The display includes Onestar Press books and several multiples: bookshelves designed by Gabriel Kuri and Nathan Carter as well as specially framed photographs by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster taken from her latest publication “RGB” and the wooden printing plate edition Pourquoi Travailler? (Boards) by Liam Gillick.
The exhibition presents works of the four artists who are either engaged in writing and working with books or address situations of reading and sharing books.
Elements, a sculptural group by Gabriel Kuri, is displayed throughout both spaces of the gallery. The eight sculptures were conceptualised by the artist specially for his solo exhibition at the Bergen Public Library in 2012. Kuri’s works re-define material arrangements and transactions essential for the life of a library, such as shelving systems, storage spaces, book trollies and loan and return receipts. The eight sculptures resemble functional devices that could be used by a library staff or visitors. The work highlights Gabriel Kuri’s continuous interest in merging quotidian objects, materials and by-products of daily life with abstracted sculptural forms. In the exhibition some of the sculptures retain their functionality.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s 2058 (Bibliography) (2012), shown in the first room of the gallery, belongs to her on-going Tapis de lecture series. The installation consists of a square carpet and a perimetrically arranged selection of science fiction books. Tapis de lecture invites to a random read-in into fictional future scenarios explored from multiple literary perspectives. The selection of science fiction books in 2058 (Bibliography) reflects the one prepared by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster for her solo exhibition “TH.2058” at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London in 2008.
The collages by Nathan Carter Brooklyn Street Treasures All City All Lines And All Scheduled Bus Routes and Brooklyn Street Treasures Dekalb Avenue On The D Train To Coney Island Vacation can be viewed as maps or catalogues of objects found on the streets and in the subway net of New York. The two-dimensional images introduce us to complex ungraspable life processes and communication systems of the metropolis. The artist indeed gathers his materials: “Brooklyn street treasures”, on the streets of New York integrating them in his sculptures and schematic drawings.
The second room of the gallery shows works by Liam Gillick. The blue seating and display ring Prototype Seating For A Revised Production Centre refers to the narrative of Liam Gillick’s continually deferred book “Construccion de Uno”. The vinyl lettering of Bluer Monday that runs along the walls of the gallery, repeating the phrase “dayindayout”, introduces multitude of meanings. It can be seen as a reference to organisation of work in industrial societies, as explored in the Prototype Seating For A Revised Production Centre, but it can also relate to an individual routine or a daily rhythm of the gallery.
Nathan Carter, born 1970 in Dallas, studied at the School of The Museum of Fine Art, Boston and the Yale University School of Art. The artist lives and works in New York. His recent solo shows include: „Slayer Metallica“, Esther Schipper, Berlin (2012) and „Cherry Ripe Radio And The Texas Two Step Setup“, Onestar Press, Paris (2010). Selected group shows with participation of the artist: „The Map as Art“, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City (2012-2013); „Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy“, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham (2012) and Orange County Contemporary Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (2011).
Liam Gillick, born 1964, Aylesbury, studied at the Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lives and works in New York. Liam Gillick has exhibited and published extensively internationally. His recent and upcoming solo shows include: „From 199A to 199B“, Le Magasin, Grenoble; Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York (2014/2012); „A Game of War Structure“ (site-specific work), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2011); „One long walk… two short piers“, KAH, Bonn (2010). Selected recent group shows with participation of the artist: „9 Artists“, Walker Art Center (2013); „Das Neue Lenbachhaus!“, Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich (2013); „Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies“, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2012) and „Print/Out“, MoMA, New York (2012).
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, born in 1965 in Strasbourg, lives and works in Paris and Rio de Janeiro. Recent solo exhibitions of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster are: „Cloud Illusions I Recall“ (a collaboration with Cerith Wyn Evans), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); „T.451“, Tensta Konsthall and the Asplund’s library, Stockholm (2012); „chronotopes & dioramas“, Dia Art Foundation, New York (2009) and „TH.2058 The Unilever Series“, The Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2008). Selected upcoming and recent group shows with participation of the artist: Montreal Biennale, Montreal (2013); „ELLES“, CCBB RJ, Rio de Janeiro (2013) and „Stage it!“ (Part II), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013).
Gabriel Kuri, born 1970 in Mexico City, studied at Goldsmiths´ College University of London and Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas U.N.A.M. The artist lives and works in Brussels and Mexico City. Recent solo exhibitions of Gabriel Kuri include: „Gabriel Kuri“, Bergen Public Library, produced by Bergen Kunsthall (2012); „Before Contingency after the fact“, South London Gallery (2011) and „Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab“, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011). Selected upcoming and recent group shows with participation of the artist: „Auf Zeit: Wandbilder - Bildwände“, Kunsthalle Bielefeld and Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2013); ILLUMinations, La Biennale di Venezia - 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice (2011); „Found in Translation, chapter L“, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg (2011