INSTALLATION VIEWSCurated by Sofia Leiby and Christopher Schreck
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1, 7-10:30 PM
Open Hours: 2 PM December 1 - 10 AM December 2
New Capital Projects
3114 W Carroll Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning with the development of photography in the early 19th century, we as viewers have gradually embraced documentation as our primary (and oftentimes sole) experience of physical artwork. In relying on photographs, jpegs, videos, and renderings to encapsulate work otherwise inaccessible to us, however, we find our expectations of transparency and neutrality in art documentation increasingly at odds with the inherent malleability of visual media. As we look to these images to guide our perceptions and foster discourse, then, an essential question arises: can the presentation of artwork be at once mediated and objective?
Representing the first chapter of a larger project examining contemporary art documentation, Installation Views explores these ideas by highlighting documentation images which operate firmly outside of convention. Through atypical vantage points, inventive lighting choices, playful integration of surrounding environments, and pronounced digital manipulation, these images lay bare the process of their creation, challenging presumptions of transparency by betraying the presence of the photographer to an extent rarely allowed in documentation imagery. In resisting standard strategies of idealization, these images reinforce for viewers the extent to which authorial intentions and purposeful interventions dictate a process so often presumed to be neutral, merely technical, and somehow separate from a depicted work’s “actual” meaning.
Installation Views features documentation by Elena Almagro, Clare Britt, Siv Dolmen, James Ewing, Gaylen Gerber, Jeremy Liebman, Shanaynay, Jan Tichy and Tom Van Eynde of artworks by Walead Beshty, Jan Tichy, Andreas Ervik, Roxy Paine, Mateo Tannatt, Gaylen Gerber, Ryan Gander, A. Laurie Palmer, Conrad Hamather and Dana Carter.
Mounted as part of New Capital’s 24/25 project, the exhibition will be on view from December 1st through December 2nd 2012.
24HRS/25DAYS celebrates transformations, the work that all of us have yet to produce, and everything that is not yet known. This overarching exhibition includes individual works, performances, classes, dinners, as well as other exhibitions, and many forms to be developed. The exhibition is curated through careful scheduling, but is open to the public for intervention. Details on the exhibition’s programming can be found on the website, http://newcapitalprojects.com/
(above: Photograph by Elena Almagro of Un diagrama de Fuerzas by Walead Beshty at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, October 2011)
Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe in their studio for Bullett Magazine