That social space between speaking and meaning

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That social space between speaking and meaning

320 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10014
June 18th, 2008 - July 26th, 2008

(212) 924-4212
Tue-Sat 12-6


White Columns is proud to present That social space between speaking and meaning, a newly commissioned installation by the New York-based Swedish artist Fia Backström.

The project continues Backström’s ongoing investigations into “corporate address and political rhetoric.” The installation – which acts as a counter-point to radical modernist proposals such as El Lissitzky's “pressa” exhibitions and Herbert Bayer's Road to Victory - is an environment without any "images" that takes the form of a discussion club: a space to be socialized through informal and formal meetings, gatherings and readings. Traces of these conversations, either in the form of audio recordings or written transcripts will subsequently be posted into the space.

The installation includes Backström’s own works and texts (including wall paper designs), alongside works and texts of other artists and writers (including Julieta Aranda, Julie Ault, Roe Ethridge, Claire Fontaine, Wade Guyton, Matt Keegan, Sister Corita Kent, Jutta Koether, Sean Landers, Olivier Mosset, Bob Nickas, Jack Pierson, Seth Price, and Alexandre Singh amongst others) as well as “found” objects such as the traveling frame for a Jasper Johns painting or the Sculpture’s Center’s “donor panel.”

The project will culminate immediately after the exhibition’s closing in late July with a six hour “Poetry Club” – beginning at midnight – with readings from participating artists and guests.
(Full line-up and schedule to follow.)

Fia Backström lives and works in New York. Her work was recently included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work was included in White Columns’ 2006 exhibition Looking Back – The White Columns Annual.

Fia Backström’s exhibition has been generously supported by:

Konstnärsnämnden. Sveriges bildkonstnärsfond.