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Twice Removed has been bestowed the distinguished honor of "Critics' Pick."
As Zachary Cahill so eloquently describes the show, "The gift economy has been thoroughly studied by thinkers as varied as anthropologist Marcel Mauss, poet and scholar Lewis Hyde, and Wired's Chris Anderson. Recognized for his book Free: The Future of a Radical Price (2009), Anderson might consider the pieces in “Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Works” to be “cross-subsidies”: goods that are given away (such as free samples in a supermarket) in hopes that a customer might purchase something else. By appropriating this marketing strategy, many artists have gamed the system of the cross-subsidy as a means of opening up the viewer’s experience of their work in ways not possible through a presentation at a gallery or museum space. As artist and theorist Joseph Grigely has cogently posited in Exhibition Prosthetics (2010), “While exhibitions themselves are temporal––a typical gallery show lasts four weeks––it is the ephemera that outlive and outlast the exhibition.” Take-away works thus constitute a distinct durational relationship between art and its audiences." (Read more)
If that doesn't make you want to see the show, I don't know what will. Maybe a chance to talk with curator Karly Wildenhaus and pick up a copy of her pioneering text on take away artwork?! Alright, I'll see you Sunday from 3 to 5pm!
Is Bad Business Good Art?
In the latest issue of Proximity Magazine, research group InCUBATE presents a syllabus titled "Art/Life" that attempts to define the parameters of social practice. They interrogate the hierarchy between artists and regular people who are creative by asking "[w]hy call oneself an artist, and how does this added layer detract or benefit from the work?"
Although the entire syllabus is incredibly interesting and will keep me reading for a few weeks, Week 5 was particularly notable. I've had a theory for a while now that starting a business is the next logical step in sustaining a social practice. MBA will be the new MFA. Mark my words! My book on the subject is forthcoming...
WEEK 5: Is bad business good art?
Andy Warhol once said, "Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art." Yet, for artist-run businesses that are run more as conceptual enterprises, there are perhaps more open-ended standards of success. But what is the difference between an ethically minded, creatively organized small business and an artist who is basically starting the same thing, yet making money is beside the point? How can we talk about the privilege to experiment in this way and also appreciate creative failures?
Robin Hewlett, "Small Business as Artistic Medium," Art Work nespaper project, 2010
Ben Schaafsma, "OTHER OPTIONS: A closer Look at FOOD," Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, Issue 6
Michael Rakowitz, Davisons & Co., 2006
Les Levine, Levine's Restaurant, 1969
Martha Rosler, Garage Sale, 1973
Claes Oldenburg, The Store, 1961
David Hammons, Bliz-aard Ball Sale, 1983
Image: Interior of Mind Maps, Robin Cameron, 2009
Twice Removed Publication Launch Sunday
Please join us this Sunday, February 23 from 3-5pm to launch the publication component of Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work.
Twice Removed is the first exhibition to excavate and analyze take away work as a strategy, in similar fashion this pamphlet contains the first essay to codify the term.
Karly Wildenhaus, the curator and writer will be present to discuss the exhibition and publication.
If you're unable to attend the launch, please email email@example.com to reserve your copy of the publication.
Elizabeth Corr recently reviewed Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work on the popular art blog Bad at Sports.
From Graceland to The Promised Land, Oil on canvas, 96" x 132", 2010
Theodora Allen's paintings combine my favorite part of baroque portraiture (the curtain) with my favorite part of entertainment culture (the stage).
Re-reading Frances Stark
"In 1981 I got a lot of key vocabulary words from punk rock records, basic words but weighty terms: apathy, hypocrite, society, poseur. A pubescent self- and class-consciousness took root with the help of Blag Flag's No Values and the lesser known Home is Where by a band named Middle Class. I skipped school to read 1984 (only three years 'til the nightmare is realized?) and I hated the rich, although I hadn't met any yet. In 1991 I was signing loan papers to get into art school where I finally met the rich, and I didn't hate them so much as simply want to be more like them."
- Frances Stark, "No Values," Collected Writings: 1993 - 2003
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Available in store. I'll be reading my favorite sections aloud by request.
Twice Removed, Reviewed
Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work was recently reviewed in Time Out Chicago. It's a very thoughtful breakdown from Chicago-based writer Laura Pearson.
DOSSIER: Twice Removed, Unremoved
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled, 1991
Adrian Piper, My Calling (Card) #2, 1986
Ida Lehtonen, Rappers in Jail, 2011
Rivane Neuenschwander, I Wish Your Wish, 2003
Bruce Nauman, Body Pressure, 1974/2008
David Horvitz, Sunset Newsprint, 2008
Tim Ridlen, A Sound Separated from Its Source, 2008
All images are from works included in Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work.
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