FORM LESS PAINTING
Karin Schneider in collaboration with Heidi Ballet, Charles Broskoski, Egan Frantz, Dena Yago and Damon Zucconi.
September 9 - October 7, 2011
Opening: Thursday, September 8, 6-8pm
A painting is a meeting point between centuries of art history and contemporary culture. The categories developed to think about painting are so vast that for it to be a unique work of art it has to negotiate a point in this network of histories and meanings. Painting has to carry the weight of history on its shoulders. For an artist in the Twenty-first Century, turning to painting as an art form is as political an act as making immaterial art is.
A short while ago when I was putting out the garbage I found a discarded painting. It was square, approximately 40 x 40 cm, and was cracked and folded in half. Unfolded, it was vivid red and black, painted with rough brush-strokes, in high-contrast. It depicted a scene of betrayal between a couple and another woman. On the backside, written in clear black capital letters, it read: DARING TO MAKE MISTAKES. As a discarded memento this painting took on greater meaning than it was intended to have.
Is it possible to separate the physical painting from the idea of painting --outside a canon? While many artists in the past fifty years have altered the notion of art – its materiality and appearance – can the opposite happen? Can painting be thought of as an experimental platform not inscribed within tradition?
In 2009, I read a strange document. As a contribution to her exhibition ‘Chance Encounters’ Karin Schneider asked the curator to write a highly personal press release. This request, this gesture, profoundly influenced my working method; it’s a clear example of the deconstruction of an existing form of language, replaced by a more open form, laying bare the core of the relationship between the old and new. For her current exhibition at Roth, Karin asked me to invent a new way of selling a work. This press release is part of the politics of (dis)placement, where I, Karin and We may (re)consider painting.
Heidi Ballet, Brussels 2011.