Walks & Talks
INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to present Walks & Talks, the second exhibition at the gallery by the collaborative duo Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth.
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The collaborative duo Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth can’t stop talking to each other. Their shared practice revolves around the concepts and conceits of collaboration and dialogue. Their first exhibition at the gallery, Les Tristes: INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, explored — through correspondence original, found, and repurposed — the blurred and frail line of authorship and the legacy of avant-gardism for an era so enamored of vanguard gesture it leaves no room for real transgression. In the exhibition presented here, comprised of performance and conversation directives — letterpresses and jointly-made objects —Ajemian and Bismuth present a kind of suffused, semi-secret record of discussions and conversations about art making, conducted not just with each other but with a series of unwitting participants—friends, rivals, mentors, protégés, and interlocutors, drawn into dialogue with Ajemian and Bismuth over the last few months.
Strewn across the gallery are reconstructed tv trays, conceived and built jointly by Ajemian and Bismuth not as single-diner contraptions and emblems of American loneliness, but as new gathering-points for interaction and participation—the classroom desk of the American living room. The solipsistic iconography of the classic suburban American object, one that aids and participates in the consumption of both food and popular culture, fits nicely within an art practice that revels in duality, double-entendres, and humor. It’s a prop that props up.
Paired with each tv tray is a letterpress, identifying a performative or intellectual action; one that
defined the discussion between Ajemian, Bismuth, and one of their new collaborators, and which extends the promise of collaboration to the viewer, too.
The final component of Walks & Talks, is a self-imposed video retrospective, in which Ajemian and
Bismuth crash and smash documentation from their Les Tristes performances, the conclusive tribute to a practice dedicated to the exchange of ideas.