Eleven Rivington is pleased to present a group
exhibition of nine artists using a diverse range of text-based
approaches in works on paper, sculpture, photography, and video.
Titled Character Generator, the exhibition is curated by Matthew Lyons
and is on view from July 9 – August 14, 2009.
Generator brings together a select group of works by artists who
continue the ‘turn to language’ in contemporary art practice to
highlight subtle intersections between the political, the poetic, and
the personal. Whether by producing, excerpting, combining, or applying
chance-based systems to words, these artists explore the multiple
potentialities in text and in its enunciation to generate social and
pieces result from various idiosyncratic systems for accumulating and
ciphering text to understand and reflect on the world. Expanding upon
his performance project BARR in which he “talks over beats,” Fowler’s
works comment on positivity, social struggle, and protest within an
underground music scene and beyond. Roysdon’s eyeglasses make a
startling announcement that begs follow-up questions, while Ebner’s
photograph creates an opportunity for the viewer to formulate his or
her own slogan or message. Cerletty’s painting memorializes an awkward
phrase he misspoke during a faux-newscast videotaped at school as a
teenager. McKenzie and Trepte each investigate the ramifications of
what gets left unsaid or is removed in either text or speech.
Holmqvist’s spoken word music video draws from a diverse range of
sources from Beat poetry, especially Ginsberg’s Howl, to pop
music lyrics, especially Madonna. Discoteca Flaming Star places phrases
of particular personal and/or cultural significance onto found rugs to
create melancholic sites that often honor past artistic legacies, while
underlining the performative agency of the individual in the present.
Lyons is Curator at The Kitchen NY where he has organized solo
exhibitions by Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Glen Fogel, Vlatka Horvat,
Jenny Perlin, and Mika Tajima as well as performances by Final Fantasy,
Jutta Koether, Aki Onda, and robbinschilds, among others. His writing
has appeared in ASPECT, Flash Art, Movement Research Performance
Journal, and Work the Room: A Handbook of Performance Strategies.