Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Lecture | Janaina Tschäpe | Contingent Space: Myth, Fantasy, and Time


Janaina Tschäpe
Dragoon Moon II
From the series Dragoons, 2008
Ed of 6
C-print
40 x 50 in



Art Comments is delighted to invite everyone to a lecture presented by contemporary artist Janaina Tschäpe, 'Contingent Space: Myth, Fantasy, and Time,' this Friday, September 25, at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Since 1997, Janaina Tschäpe has employed the female body as her muse, creating universes of polymorphous landscapes, embryonic forms and ambiguous characters. Tschäpe’s drawings, photographs, films and installations seek to give form to the trance of art making, portraying not a dream world, but the sensation of being in one.

Pertaining to the work of the New York based Brazilian and German artist, Frieze aptly wrote, "Janaina Tschäpe shares her forename with a Brazilian water goddess, and, not coincidentally, her photographs and performances-to-video feature sumptuously organic, watery, distorted female figure." Janaina Tschäpe deftly exploits and subverts notions of identity and reality in her work, often referencing primitive beauty, hybridity, and alterity which at times confront, embrace, and recasts the envelopment of nature and abjection.

Janaina Tschäpe will give a presentation concerning her œuvre, sharing some of her photographs and performance-to-video pieces with the audience followed by a conversation with Peter Duhon (Director of Programming, ATOA, and Art Comments), and a Q&A session with the audience.

Janaina Tschäpe is represented by Galerie Catherine Bastide (Brussels Belgium), Galeria Fortes Vilaca (São Paulo Brasil), and Sikkema Jenkins & Co (NY, New York).

Janaina Tschäpe is also participating in the ICP Triennial this year in New York.


Janaina Tschäpe | Contingent Space: Myth, Fantasy, and Time
7pm - 9pm September 25th, 2009
The School of Visual Arts (SVA), 209 East 23rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd avenue), NYC, in the Amphitheater

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Janaina Tschäpe's website.

$7 Suggested donation for general public.
$3 Artists and students, free for SVA students and faculty.

Discussion is organized by the New York based non-profit Artists Talk On Art. Art Comments is a signifying, discursive practice that functions internationally as an apparatus within the realm commonly referred to as the contemporary art world.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Non-speaking Blind Man

NY - 303 GALLERY- HANS-PETER FELDMAN

I just spoke with Hans-Peter Feldman, according to him the blind man doesn't speak apparently. I asked him if he had any speaking engagements while here in NY, he's leaving tomorrow but doesn't believe in speaking engagements, only objects. Hans-Peter Feldman, perhaps the title Saint is applicable now, said that in the beginning humans could only see long before we could speak. I mean, just when I thought I had been to the mountain top and back. Yes, conversations with the apostles are always neatly situated on, obsessively concerned with or assertively opposed to the word. Sauserre and Peirce would be proud. A trip to Germany is in order to finish our conversation.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Theory and Practice: Aporias of Perfection




Christian de Vietri
Zero
2008-2009
acrylic polymer, vinyl paint
71 x 43 x 32 inches

Theory and Practice: Aporias of Perfection
7pm - 9pm October 2, 2009
The School of Visual Arts (SVA), 209 East 23rd Street, NYC, in the Amphitheater

“No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.” (John Ruskin)

This panel attempts to examine the idea of ‘perfection’ as it is embraced or rejected in the practice of contemporary artists. The topic is related to technical skill and craft versus a deliberate renunciation of these. The artwork as a contained entity with a distinguishable form has been questioned since the inception of Modernism when impressionists were accused to paint merely in stains.

Conceptual art’s progression towards a “dematerialization” of the object has offered the leverage to deepen the cleavage between artistic approaches that pursue a labor oriented mode of production and others that use a minimal effort in the creation of the object. In fact, this panel is centered at a notion of perfection that aims at the enchantment of form and material, while simultaneously acknowledging the limits that are implicit in the processes of rendering an idea or applying a technique.

The failure or plain impossibility of either an artistic or philosophical endeavour to get closer to the idea itself in both visual and spiritual terms is alluded to by the term “aporia” in the title for the panel. In order to provide a creative opposition of terms, the moderation is based on the contrast of “perfection” and “deskilling”, or, drawing on more musical terms, “pop” and “punk.”

The polemic presupposition for the panels discussion is a presumed development in artistic practice away from completion or ostensibly accomplished practice to more interventionist strategies and esoteric presences, thus allowing for the aesthetics of a 'New Poor,' a new form of arte povera, to develop, independent of the current recession.

In yet another set of a binary opposition, this panel seeks to find out when or where the actual turn happened from where attitudes become form (Harald Szeemann, 1969) to where forms become attitudes (Massimiliano Gioni, 2009).

Moderator: Lukas Baden (GER, Curator, Ferenbal Gurbruestation), Darren Bader (NYC based Artist, Writer, Curator), Glen Baldridge (NYC based Printmaker and Artist), Christian Ertel (GER, Artist), Christian de Vietri (AU, Artist), Shana Moulton (NYC based Artist)

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The School of Visual Arts (SVA), 209 East 23rd Street, NYC, in the Amphitheater
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$7 General Public
$3 Artists and students, Free for SVA students and faculty

Discussion is organized by the New York based non-profit Artists Talk On Art. Art Comments is a signifying, discursive practice that functions internationally as an apparatus within the realm commonly referred to as the contemporary art world.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Artist in Conversation: Robert Lazzarini

Robert Lazzarini, who exhibits with Deitch Projects in New York, and whose work was recently presented at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, challenges normative perspective and perception via pictorial distortion and reconfiguration which demands for the spectator to reexamine their notion of spatial potentiality, and the shift of meaning that occurs with all objects through the experience, often violent, and decay thrusted upon them. Not surprisingly, The New York Times recently wrote, "one of America’s most exciting young artists." Robert Lazzarini will give a presentation based on his work, followed by a conversation with Peter Duhon (Director of programming, ATOA, and Director of Art Comments), and Q&A with audience.

7pm - 9pm November 20th, 2009

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The School of Visual Arts (SVA), 209 East 23rd Street, NYC, in the Amphitheater
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$7 General Public
$3 Artists and students, Free for SVA students and faculty


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