Exhibition: A House of Leaves. Epilogue (21- 23 Feb 2013)

With a performance of For Philip Guston by Morton Feldman and works by Katinka Bock, Luis Camnitzer, Jason Dodge, Dora Garcia, Pierre Huyghe, Marie Lund, Benoît Maire, Kris Martin, Manuela Ribadeneira, Pietro Roccasalva, Adam Thompson, and Lawrence Weiner…

The Epilogue will be a movement towards the void, emptying the exhibition space to explore the architecture and the volume, revealing semi-permanent works and interventions in the building.

MORTON FELDMAN – FOR PHILIP GUSTON. “Listening to it is to become immersed in a unique musical world, one built from the simplest of four-note motifs (C,G,A flat, E flat, an anagram of Cage, the composer who introduced Guston and Feldman in 1950), in which the smallest details or change of emphasis assumes huge, expressive significance. Every so often the original motif returns, but each time its significance has shifted, because of a new context and the experience of what has happened since it was last heard. In that way Feldman maps his way around this unique, fragile musical space. It’s the most extraordinary journey” (Andrew Clements) and this is the journey we propose to share with you to close the doors of A House of Leaves. The event celebrates Guston’s anniversary as well as the acquisition of a work by Guston for DRAF’s collection. For Philip Guston (1984) a trio for flutes, tuned percussion, and piano will be perfomed by musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It will start at 1pm on Saturday 23 February. The work lasts almost four and a half hours: as per Morton Feldman’s wishes, you will be allowed to come and go.

A House of Leaves is an exhibition imagined as an experience of time: the exhibition will change constantly, the experience will never be the same, with works being replaced by others to gradually alter the general context and naturally evolve from one movement to the next. The title references US novelist Mark Z. Danielewski’s eponymous novel in which different storylines, told in different styles, intertwine. The story is centred around a house which keeps changing and in which the interior dimensions become larger than its exterior over time. Much like in Danielewski’s novel, A House of Leaves borrows different languages, tells multiple narratives in different ways, and asks its viewer to become co-author in order to present a collective effort to define an art form – in this instance the contemporary art museum, from its collection, displays, special commissions and loans, to its educational and interpretation system. This troubled museum we are creating abandons any authoritarian voice. It reflects a trust and respect for the works the museum is responsible for, to the guests joining the project, and to the visitors engaging with it.

The exhibition is curated by Vincent Honoré, Director and Curator, DRAF, and inaugurates the new premises in Mornington Crescent, a 19th century former furniture factory.