with it which it as it if it is to be
Opening Reception, Sunday, November 6, 7-9pm
From November 6 – December 18, PARTICIPANT INC is pleased to present with it which it as it if it is to be, a solo exhibition by Eve Fowler. For the past several years, Fowler has been working with text by Gertrude Stein to create an ongoing body of work that takes many forms. This exhibition is comprised of a neon sculpture and a new black and white 16mm film titled with it which it as it if it is to be.
Projected on video, the film was made over the past two years, during which time Fowler has been filming friends — female artists in their studios in New York and Los Angeles. Part intimate study, part feminist critique, the film is attentive to the working practices of artists unfolding before the camera in real time. The tasks they perform are not particularly remarkable, just whatever they happened to be doing that day. As the lens drifts affectionately over the hands, paint brushes, clay lumps, stacks and piles of studio detritus, we hear, off camera, their voices reading from Gertrude Stein’s “Many Many Women.” Stein's words, spoken aloud, draw attention to the fact that language — like the practices and lives onscreen — is elastic and infinitely variable.
Having worked closely with all the appearing artists on exhibitions at Artist Curated Projects, Fowler’s apartment-based gallery in Los Angeles, these personal connections are manifested in the film — the intimacy of the gaze reflects that. A merging of Fowler’s work with Stein’s text and Artist Curated Projects, the film serves as a document of many relationships, professional, personal, and literary; and furthers her ongoing project to bring Stein’s writing forward. Fowler commented in an article by Michael Slenske for Cultured, “People know who (Stein) is as a cultural figure who helped Picasso and Matisse but even today people still don’t read her books.”
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