Held Rectangles

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Held Rectangle Series, c. 1970 Eight Photo Screenprints Each 26 3/8 X 18 1/8" © courtesy of the Artist and BAM
Held Rectangles

2155 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94720
March 12th, 2008 - August 3rd, 2008

East Bay
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 11am-7pm; Friday, Saturday 11am-9pm


On view in the museum’s Stairwell Gallery this spring are Conceptual works by John C. Fernie and Lawrence Weiner from the BAM collection. Fernie’s Held Rectangles Series (c. 1970) is a photo-narrative in which the artist holds a simple rectangular wooden frame and rotates it 360 degrees, capturing the process in a series of eight photo screenprints. In a recent telephone conversation, Fernie recalled this work and the period of the late 1960s and early 1970s, those “wacky days.” He described being a “Kansas boy trying to get back to the center of gravity, finding the absolute, searching for some constant, some some historically reflective yet transparent orthodoxy.”

Complementing Fernie’s images, a text-based piece by Lawrence Weiner from his 1977 publication WORKS completes the installation. Weiner’s pioneering Conceptual works challenge traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object and modes of presentation.

John C. Fernie was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1945. He received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Davis, in 1970, and has exhibited at Reese Palley Gallery, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was one of the participating artists in the 1970 exhibition The Eighties at the Berkeley Art Museum (then University Art Museum). He currently lives in Colorado.

Lawrence Weiner was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1942, and is one of the central figures of Conceptual art. His solo exhibitions include shows at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. He lives and works in New York and Amsterdam.

Stephanie Cannizzo
Curatorial Associate