curated by_Matthew Higgs: Karl Holmqvist, Christopher Knowles
curated by_Matthew Higgs: Correspondences
Karl Holmqvist, Christopher Knowles
Opening: Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 7 p.m.
Exhibition runs: March 18 to April 30, 2009
From May 6 to June 6, 2009, Galerie Martin Janda will be showing works by Karl Holmqvist and Christopher Knowles within the exhibition Correspondences. Curated by Matthew Hicks, Correspondences forms part of curated by_vienna 09 and takes place at the galleries of Eschenbachgasse.
Correspondences is a series of five discrete two-person exhibitions that each takes the form of a crossgenerational ‘conversation’ between artists and artworks. Over the past decade or so, inter-generational approaches to exhibition making have become more widespread. (Catherine David’s influential Documenta X in 1997 was perhaps a defining moment, in which she introduced a series of idiosyncratic historical artistic positions into her exhibition through what she termed ‘retro-perspectives’.) Since then both artists and curators have accelerated and amplified this dialogue, seeking to establish and explore a more complex lineage (and progeny) for current artistic production. The five individual exhibitions that comprise Correspondences differ significantly from one another. Variously they consider photography’s self-reflexive and mimetic dimension (Janice Guy and Anne Collier); the impact and
legacy of the modernist project on post-war American photography (Jan Groover and Eileen Quinlan); the formal and psychological rupture inherent in collage (Rita Ackermann and John Stezaker); the figure of the artist as performer and the artwork as a form of performative document (Karl Holmqvist and Christopher Knowles); and the everyday poetics of a kind of informal formalism (Noam Rappaport and B. Wurtz.)
The ten artists in Correspondences do not represent a tendency or movement. Distinguished by age, experience, and intentions their works have evolved independently and have been produced in highly specific contexts. Each exhibition - each pairing or juxtaposition - privileges points of departure as much as shared concerns. The intention ultimately is not to establish a form of equivalence, rather the hope is that in considering the spaces between each artist and work - differences informed by the individual artist’s origins and intentions - a new conversation might emerge. Correspondences - as the exhibition’s title suggests - is intended as an unfolding and ongoing exchange, one that underscores the persistent flux in which ideas both emerge and evolve.
Artists: Rita Ackermann, Anne Collier, Jan Groover, Janice Guy, Karl Holmqvist, Christopher Knowles, Eileen Quinlan, Noam Rappaport, John Stezaker, B. Wurtz
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