Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It is not about YOU, It is about THEM

Gallery: Nyehaus
Opening Reception: November 6th from 7-9PM
Exhibition Dates: November 6th - December 20th, 2008
Address: 15 Gramercy Park South, New York. NY 10003

House of Leaves was released when I was a junior in high school. I remember it blowing my mind and being a genius idea for a book. So, being that this exhibit is in New York, I'm still posting it here since it has to be known about.

On Frozen Time and Differing Spaces

Mark Z. Danielewski's book House of Leaves begins with the measuring of a house that ends up being larger in the inside than on the outside. As often as its inhabitants re-measure it, it always remains the same. From Sebastian Brant's Ship of Fools to Jorge Luis Borges' The Library of Babel; from Douglas Cooper's Amnesia to Piranesi's endless corridors and hallways Ð the fantasy of the secluded, total inner-space gives birth to a world, very similar to the one we know but yet significantly different: As if seen upside down through a camera obscura.

Four of the most interesting artists in Europe have been commissioned to create productions in situ throughout the following twelve months. Adina Popescu has invited the artists RothStauffenberg, Jonas Dahlberg, Micol Assa'l and Tris Vonna-Michell to work on productions in situ at NyehausÕ gallery and former Library at The National Arts Club in Gramercy Park. This project leads toward the total transformation of the space into THE HOUSE.

The consecutive four productions constitute the notion of an endlessly reformulated place, herein known as THE HOUSE. The artists are all involved in the mission of re-interpreting our understanding of material: including the architecture of the given space and its components. By doing this, the mere process of production is brought to the center of attention again.

"A Ship is the ultimate Heterotopia", comments Foucault on the notion of "les-contre-espaces" (counter-spaces). He considered these as being specific types of spaces that relate to any other space within a given culture by inversing, suspending or neutralizing their predominant conditions. In contrast to Utopias, which are non-existent hypothetical spaces, Heterotopias as real spaces within society. We like to think of Art as this counter space, a Heterotopia in which the notion of what could be possible can be extended and realized within the actual material -ad infinitum.
- Adina Popescu

Adina Popescu is a writer born in Romania and living between New York and Berlin. She is a contributor to Artforum, and has been included in several books with her plays and theoretical essays. She has lectured at the Sculpture Center NY and the Wissenschafts Akademie Berlin, among other institutions. She has curated an "Intervention" at the 2007 Moscow Biennale, has ÔcuratedÕ a radio show on sound pieces with W PS1 Radio at 2007 Venice Biennale amongst several shows at galleries, world wide. At the moment she is working on her PHD on 'dysfunktional architecture' and postcommunist urban structures.

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