The Workaday Series
The Workaday Series
Curated by Lance Blomgren and Paul Kajander
The Workaday series is a three-exhibition experiment addressing issues of creative process, labour and the performative gesture. For each of these exhibitions, the artists involved will be spending three weeks working live within the gallery space to develop a new project or body of work in situ. Viewers are invited to drop in regularly to witness the evolution of these projects and see the artists at work.
Aaron Carpenter (Workaday01)
The Art of Richard Tuttle: Friday April 11 to Saturday May 3, 2008
Aaron Carpenter’s The Art of Richard Tuttle is the first installment of the Helen Pitt Gallery’s three-exhibition Workaday series, addressing process, labour and the performative gesture. For each of these exhibitions, the artists will be spending three weeks working live within the gallery space to develop a new project.
Carpenter’s project is an exhibition of replicas, duplicates, imitations and likenesses of artworks by the American artist Richard Tuttle (b. 1941). Using the catalogue from Tuttle's 2005 retrospective at SFMOMA as a working manual, Carpenter will be keeping regular office hours in the gallery in an attempt to reproduce, in some manner, all of the 317 works catalogued therein. Locating a specific intersection between ideas of artistic homage and durational performance, The Art of Richard Tuttle investigates notions of appropriation and authorship while providing a context for re-imagining the assumed connection between labour, commodity and the finished product.
Working largely with a photocopier, but also with sculptural elements and found objects, Mavreas will be creating an improvised, collaged installation that defies the divisions of writing and drawing; narrative and semiology; anthropology and science fiction.
Billy Mavreas (Workaday02)
And Another Thing: Friday, May 23 to Saturday, June 14, 2008
At the Helen Pitt Gallery, Mavreas will, in his own words, undertake “a radical expansion of ideas. An accumulation and sloughing off. A shared play and a solo manic exercise. A turn or phrase, a rant, a monologue, a listening, an encouragement. The texture of things noticed or felt. An array of tenses, dislodged temporal streams. Layered noise. Hidden information. Buried text. Lost meanings. Worlds within worlds.”
Throughout the exhibition, audience members will be invited to participate in Mavreas’ exhibition by coming with photocopiable items (objects, original artwork, pocket or wallet contents) to be incorporated in Mavreas’ project.
Notoriously difficult to pin down, Mavreas’ process-based practice does nonetheless suggest a critical response to Modernism’s severity, reductionism and paradoxical dialectics, engaging instead with its less ordered, more expansive traditions of mysticism and transcendentalism developed by such diverse figured as Wassily Kandinsky, John Cage, René Daumal, and Aleister Crowley. And yet, Mavreas’ work is entirely his own. His distinctive creative universe—often populated with bunnies with keen knowledge of dimensional portals and time travel, gourd-like blobs that conflate the phallus/vagina dichotomy, talismans and runes—evokes a social urgency, a reconsideration of language and action, and ultimately seeks a metaphysical understanding to the hard edges of thought, reason and the structure of contemporary life.
Julian Hou and Christian Kliegel: June 23 – July 25 2008
Julian Hou and Christian Kliegel share a background in critical art practice and are currently pursuing their Masters in Architecture at UBC. For the final installment of the workaday series at the Helen Pitt Gallery, Hou & Kliegel will engage in a process oriented installation that takes the redesign of the exhibition space as its starting point. Discursive sculptures and ephemeral installations will emerge from their material alterations to the gallery throughout the duration of this three-week, performative process.
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The Gallery will remain open as usual during the demolition and construction phases of this project, positioning the act of renovation - and the playful sculpture and installation it yields - as artwork on display in a destabilized gallery context.