"Not So Subtle Subtitle"
NOT SO SUBTLE SUBTITLE curated by Matthew Brannon
EXHIBITION DATES: JUNE 19 – AUGUST 1, 2008
OPENING: THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 6 - 8PM
GALLERY HOURS: MONDAY – THURSDAY 10 - 6PM, FRIDAY 10 - 5PM
ROBERT ASHLEY JACK GOLDSTEIN LARI PITTMAN
JAY BATLLE WADE GUYTON STEPHEN PRINA
TOM BURR MATTHEW HIGGS ADAM PUTNAM
NATHAN CARTER MATT KEEGAN EILEEN QUINLAN
MATHEW CERLETTY ALEX KWARTLER JOHN STEZAKER
GUY DE COINTET NICK MAUSS CHEYNEY THOMPSON
SHANNON EBNER SARAH MORRIS GARTH WEISER
MICHELLE ELZAY MICHELANGELO PISTOLETTO CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS
WITH A PUBLICATION INCLUDING:
TOM BURR ISABELLE GRAW PHILIP MONK
BRET EASTON ELLIS LIAM GILLICK
We’re sitting at a sidewalk café drinking espresso and ignoring our day jobs. He had just finished curating a group exhibition across town and he was telling me how he came to make certain decisions. Saying more about what he didn't do than what he did. Making excuses and apologizing [his not so subtle way of asking for praise] for this or that choice. Contradicting himself with every word. How he of course never attempted to illustrate or reveal or explain. And that he never used the word “sharing.” That he flirted with the obvious, but was equally embarrassed at his attempts at transgression. How with every show he only thinks of how he would do it the next time. Telling me how in the end he could reduce his desire as a curator to having people
considering him smart.
What was I supposed to say? I’m listening and I’m interested, but I’m distracted by these two much and very good-looking but out of place girls at the next table. They’re talking about adjectives they hate. About who should’ve have written which novel. What they’re doing tonight. I can’t stand how aroused I become. I’m feeling awful that I’m so old, but accepting that one-day we all have to decide. I’d seen my friends’ show and knew it was good. Better than most up at the time but agreed it was severely flawed by it’s own pretentious attempts at being casual when everything in it was so hyper considered. I suggest that we go see the show at Kasey Caplan Gallery, which only has like twenty or more of our favourite artists in it and was almost certain to be the topic of tonight’s conversation. As we get up, the screech of our chairs succeeds in getting the girls attention where our conversation had failed.
Casey Kaplan is pleased to present “Not So Subtle Subtitle” a group show of twenty-six artists considered by Matthew Brannon. The show takes two forms: one along the walls and one in the form of a book. We encourage you to take your time and to revisit.
[Written by Matthew Brannon, Long Island, June 7, 2008]
[May we suggest you start with the Robert Ashley]