Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mathew Sawyer Sale








"Selling some stuff as I'm still out of work. DM me," says British artist Mathew Sawyer. Message him on Instagram @mathewsawyer to purchase. 

 

Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff | Jock Talk (Volume 2)






Kevin Mcpherson Eckhoff
Jock Talk (Volume 2)
Armstrong, BC: Our Teeth, 2020
[24 pp] pp., 9.5 x 7 cm., staple-bound
Edition of 26 

Size-as reproductions of baseball cards with thought and speech balloons added. "Kiss Me", "Happy Couple", "The Heat is On", etc. 

Watch Eckhoff perform a stand-up comedy routine - complete with heckler retorts - to a snowy forest, here: 








Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Yoko Ono Grapefruit shirts













In advance of tonight's panel discussion on Yoko Ono's Grapefruit (see previous post), some images of promotional T-Shirts for the artist book. 



Monday, January 18, 2021

Yoko Ono Panel Discussion


Tomorrow evening I am hosting a panel discussion about Yoko Ono's 1964 Artist Book Grapefruit. The event will begin with a ten minute illustrated slide show about the book, event scores, Fluxus, the song Imagine, etc. etc. Then I will be joined by the panelists Suzette Mayr, Ayumi Goto and Billy-Ray Belcourt, who will speak about their own practice in the context of the book. This will be followed by a more casual conversation (or as much as that can happen over Zoom) and then Q&A from attendees. 

The event is called Music, Painting, Event, Poetry, Object, Film and Dance: A Panel Discussion on Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit (1964) and it takes place Tuesday, January 19 at 4pm MST. It is presented by Contemporary Calgary, as part of their ongoing exhibition Yoko Ono: GROWING FREEDOM

For more information, and to register for the free event, please visit their site, here: 



Sunday, January 17, 2021

Friedrich Kunath | 2020 Holiday Card




Friedrich Kunath
2020 Holiday Card
Toronto, Canada: Paul + Wendy Projects, 2020
18 x 13 cm.
Edition size unknown

PWP058 is a greeting card with the message "Let the Distance Keep Us Together" scrawled on stationary from the famous Chateau Marmont hotel on Sunset Blvd. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

La Boîte-en-Valise exhibition









Curated by Wim Peeters and Marie Denkens, La Boîte-en-Valise is an online exhibition that takes place in a reconstruction of Marcel Duchamp’s 1941 famous mini retrospective work “Boite-en-Valise.” 

The exhibition features the work of 39 artists, including Yuji Agematsu, Cory Arcangel, Matthew Brannon, Judy Fiskin, Josephine Halvorson, Marc Hundley, Ravi Jackson, Thomas Kiesewetter, Terence Koh, Zoe Leonard, Jacqueline Mesmaeker, Alexandra Noel, Hikari Ono, Mira Schor, Erika Verzutti, Lawrence Weiner and many others. The exhibition runs from January 9th to February 20th, 2021.  

For more information, visit la-boite-en-valise.com.


"La Boîte-en-Valise, is an online exhibition that takes place in a reconstruction (by a Dutch carpenter), of Marcel Duchamp’s 1941 famous mini-retrospective work “La Boite-en-Valise.” The exhibition features the work of 39 artists and will run from January 9th thru February 20th, 2021.

La Boîte-en-Valise was born out of the question on how to bring art to people in times when we cannot travel, currently due to COVID-19 restrictions. As much a reflection on the condition of confinement, La Boîte-en-Valise is also a reflection on showing and viewing art online and an oddball attempt at finding new ways to connect art and people in meaningful ways. 

Marcel Duchamp, originally conceived “La Boîte-en-Valise” as a portable suitcase museum, made for his move to New York’s Greenwich Village in 1942, both a commentary on his scarce artistic output, compared to Picasso and the likes and a tool for the artist as a traveling salesman to promote his work abroad using miniature sample versions.

For La Boîte-en-Valise our aim was to strip bare the world wide web to the inner circumference of a box. We wanted to create a conceptual environment that resonates spatially as well as symbolically with our times. Hopefully Duchamp’s box can add to an understanding of the works on view and vice versa.

Each of the participating artists was invited to contribute a single work to La Boîte-en-Valise, regardless of scale, a task that seemed easy, knowing Duchamp was able to showcase 69 works of his own. The majority of historical reproductions of Duchamp’s “La Boîte-en-Valise,” mimic a dense forensic display though, as if the material on view would benefit from being shown from a single perspective. To present all the material online in the form of an exhibition, we made different photographic views of the box, taking inspiration from the publication “La boîte-en-valise. Une œuvre de Marcel Duchamp” (published by Musées de Strasbourg in 2015), which was the first study to take apart Duchamp’s box as a spatial model and which showed us the way out of a forensic scopic model, into an environment that comes closer to what Duchamp must have had in mind when scaling his work down for travel. When it comes to scale and compression, we believe jpegs are the closest we get today, to what miniature objects and small prints were in 1942. La Boîte-en-Valise 2021 brings together all of these elements in an exhibition that will be layered, dense yet playful, in the spirit of Duchamp, while being available worldwide 24/7.

With the exponential rise of online art fairs and viewing rooms, Duchamp’s box also provides  a welcome and hospitable settlement in the infinity of online space, a  modular environment, that in its dis-functionality, proves to be surprisingly attractive and versatile. 

With La Boîte-en-Valise, we were surprised by the apparent inefficacy of the carry-on suitcase as a symbol for global relations and travel today, but by turning it inside out, it became a kaleidoscopic museum, a memory of our inner voyages during confinement and quarantine." 
- press release

Friday, January 15, 2021

David Shrigley | Festive Stocking Boot









David Shrigley
Festive Stocking Boot 
Melbourne, Australia: Third Drawer Down, 2019
63 x 45 cm.
Edition size unknown

Also available in black, this "non-wearable garment" apparently serves a "ritual purpose". The work is loosely based on Boot Sign (painted wood, steel) from 2013 (see below). 

Available for $36 AUD from the publisher, here