Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed as Art (After Bochner) (4 – 26 July, 2015 in Võru, Estonia)

As part of the official program of Km of Sculpture in Võru, Estonia, CAC Landskrona is presenting two new exhibitions created specifically for the context. Km of Sculpture will take place throughout the city centre of Võru between 4 and 26 July 2015.

Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed as Art (After Bochner)

CAC Landskrona is proud to present an exhibition inspired by Mel Bochner's seminal project "Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant To Be Viewed as Art" originally executed in New York in 1966.

Participating artists:
Bengt Adlers, Conny Blom, Mel Bochner, Kalle Brolin, Vasja Cenčič, Martin Creed, Kajsa Dahlberg, Jeremy Deller, Ditte Ejlerskov, Milanka Fabjančič, Vadim Fishkin, Johan Furåker, Alexander Gutke, Felix Gmelin, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, IRWIN, Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Lisa Jeannin, Žiga Kariž, Clay Ketter, Jukka Korkeila, Anna Ling, Anna Lundh, Miltos Manetas, Jonathan Meese, Kristina Müntzing, Jesper Norda, Björn Perborg, Magnus Petersson, Adrian Piper, Klara Sax, Lina Selander, Nataša Skušek, Nina Slejko Blom, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stropnik, Annika Ström, Stefanos Tsivopoulos, Ulla West, Leon Zuodar, Serkan Özkaya, and more.

Curators: Nina Slejko Blom & Conny Blom

In 1966 Mel Bochner collected drawings, sketches and similar material from friends and colleagues such as John Cage, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt for an exhibition he intended to make at the Visual Arts Gallery at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He had first intended to frame the material but when informed that the exhibition budget did not allow for such extravagances, he resorted to photo copying all the material in four editions and mounting it in four identical binders that he placed on four podiums in the gallery. Mel Bochner used a xerox machine because it was the most available tool for quick and affordable reproduction. The equivalent today would be a colour digital printer (especially when the city we live in covers for the print costs). Using it we lose that "Xerox sameness filtering"

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of the material, but we are not trying to technically reproduce the 1966 show, we just took a brilliant idea that deserves attention and serves our needs, and tailored it for the purpose.In their essence the ideas for our shows are very similar, if in a way also diametric – Bochner used Xerox and folders when faced with lack of money for presenting the works he wanted to show and we are using printer and folders when supposed to curate a show without a budget. The main differences are that the artists we will present knew beforehand that they were creating for the folder, and that the material submitted will not get much altered. Content-wise, our goal with this exhibition is to bring as much good art as possible to this little city in Estonia. So perhaps we're not doing his seminal curatorial piece justice, as we are not exactly ground braking here - showing art reproduced in folders on plinths has been done before, and our group of artists and art is not particularly revolutionary. Also, as curatorial endeavours go, constructing on basis of our passion for art, for enjoying it and showing it, is a rather concrete and "mundane" concept. However, it feels at times that just passion for art is most radical and rare in curating today, so maybe we are not so far off anyhow.

The exhibition has been made possible with the support from Kulturkontakt Nord, the Swedish Embassy in Tallinn, Landskrona Stad, Agrippa Manufacturing AB and Esselte Sverige AB.

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