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South London Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Modern Draperies
65 Peckham Road
London SE5 8UH
United Kingdom

September 14th, 2013 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Modern Drapery, Stephen KaltenbachStephen Kaltenbach, Modern Drapery, 1968
© Courtesy of the Artist and South London Gallery
020 7703 6120
Tu,Thu-Sun 11-6; Wed and last Friday of the month, 11-9
Clore Studio. £5 / £3 Conc. Booking is essential. Book online or call 020 7703 6120.

The programme is accompanied by short films by Noel Phyllis Birkby, Peter Greenaway, and Keith Sonnier.

As ‘spread again like an abandoned picnic blanket from a dejeunersur l’herbe (…)’ Bruce Hainley witnessed Stephen Kaltenbach’s Modern Drapery, a piece of canvas that since 1967 has been continuously rearranged in an endless array of possible drapings. The work, a 350 × 140 × 0.5 cm piece of thick canvas is more an artistic support structure than found object, more ground to a still life than ready made. The canvas progressed in Kaltenbach’s hands from something that he would arrange himself to a piece that would exist as diagrams and instructions to its final incarnation as an object that is to be draped and arranged each time it is shown by its exhibitor.

In preparation for the event a facsimile copy of Kaltenbach’s canvas has been given to a group of artists as a score, inviting them to rearrange Kaltenbach’s work and to place it in relation to a work – be it a work of their own or another’s, be it film, performance, writing, installation, pre-existing or made on occasion. During the course of the event the act of folding and unfolding is intended as a physical meditation on the nature of the fold as a highly charged juncture between contradictory states of form and formlessness. Each fold, while enabling new form, retains its former potential and can be reverted to simply by unfolding. More than just a formal exercise, the draped canvas is identified here as an object suspended in-between process and outcome, support and artwork, score and interpretation. The resulting scenarios are intended as a play on standardisation, and genre, obscuring notions of ownership, interpretation, and hierarchy, and arguing for a practice that invites repurposing and that confuses existing disciplines in favour of revealing the creative potential of making someone else’s work one’s own.

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Jesse Ash, Box with the Sound of its Own Description (2010) reassembled as A Bed for Kaltenbach (2013)

Peles Empire,  F X G / 4 

1pm - Screening Programme
Keith Sonnier

TV In and TV Out, 1972, 10’  

Peter Greenaway
Windows, 1975, 4‘ 

Phyllis Birkby
Laundromats, 1978, 12’  

Andrea Büttner (Ernst Barlach, die Russische Bettlerin)  

Alex Cecchetti, Louvre (II), Italian Paintings  

Philomene Pirecki, Adaptations (2009) Reframing (2013)

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