Notes And Projects: A Journal and Exhibition
*Private View: Wednesday 19 January*
’Notes and Projects’
a journal and exhibition curated by Gil Leung.
VERSUCH Chapter 1: Notes and Projects is about making something because you love something else. In this sense, it is about an object of reflection and production, a material object and an object of thought. In both cases, to love something would be to fall, to lose oneself, not in a concept, but in and against this object as a thing-initself.
This inaugural VERSUCH exhibition and journal takes its title from two texts also entitled ‘Notes and Projects’; the first a series of proposals by Bruce Nauman published in Artforum 9, no.4 (1970) and the second a posthumous publication of Marcel Duchamp’s notes edited by Arturo Schwarz (1969). Nauman’s text comprises of a number of reflections and propositions for possible works – these vary from instructions for performance, ‘(A) Body As A Cylinder’, specifications, ‘Film Set A: Spinning Sphere’ through to citations, ‘Goedel’s Proof'. In contrast to these projected works, Duchamp’s notes form elements of a rejected work, La Mariée mise à nu par ses célibataires, même [The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (the Large Glass)] (1912–1923) and consistently reflect on the conflict between intention and realisation through various forms, permutations and refusals. Both attempt to articulate how a work can sometimes only proceed through placing other images or works together to better distill something similar to their unrealised object.
Notes, then, taken from other works, and projects, as plans for future works, are two ways around or within this relationship with objects. These actions are both letting go and taking a stand.
Exhibition includes works by:
Ed Atkins, Babette Mangolte / Robert Morris, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle,Lucy Pawlak, Pamela Rosenkranz, Alexandre Singh, Patrick Ward.
David Raymond Conroy
Jesse Ash, Ed Atkins, Andrea Büttner, David Raymond Conroy, Jesse Aron Green,Pablo Lafuente, Liang & Liang,Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Charlotte Moth, Francesco Pedraglio, Colin Perry, Heather Phillipson,Paul Pieroni, Hannah Rickards,Alexandre Singh, Luke Skrebowski, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Jesper List Thomsen