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Exhibition: The Moon is an Arrant Thief (23 Jul — 18 Sep 2010)

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An exhibition curated by Thom O’ Nions, Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Oliver Martinez-Kandt with works by Sadane Afif, William Anastasi, Robert Barry, Rosa Barba, Ricardo Cuevas, Edith Dekyndt, Tim Etchells, Matias Faldbakken, Robert Kinmont, Kitty Kraus, Germaine Kruip, Roman Ondak, Fernando Ortega, Bradley Pitts, Joélle Tuerlinckx.

The David Roberts Art Foundation is delighted to announce The Moon is an Arrant Thief, the first exhibition of The Goldsmiths’ Project. Through a process of open call, the Foundation offers to one curator (or curatorial group) from the MFA Curating every year the opportunity to develop and present a project for and with the Foundation. This year winning exhibition is The Moon is an Arrant Thief, by Thom O’Nions, Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Oliver Martínez-Kandt. The show brings together a selection of contemporary and more historical artists whose works exist on the cusp of visibility, in the space between object and idea. It is an exhibition that elaborates a story; that looks at the relationship between contemporary artistic practice and the legacy of dematerialised art. Rather than engaging directly with the dominant historical practices of conceptualism, the exhibition seeks to find a space of reflection on the peripheries of the debate, to engage with practices that remain provocative in their engagements with ideas of immateriality, space and formal resonance.

The Moon is an Arrant Thief looks at the durability of sets of ideas that reticulate history in a way that opens up the potentials of these relationships rather than closing them down, as would a more traditional process of historicization. The selection of works posits a provocation to understand history as a set of concerns, as a complex web that can be used to generate new meanings and configurations. In this sense the legacy of ideas can be read more productively as a series of orientations and re-interpretations rather than as a linear progression.

Artworks in the show sit in a relationship of discursive fluidity; the exhibition space becomes an invisible network of connections and meanings within which viewers position themselves. The exhibition proposes a plurality of interpretations that weave through, confirm and confound each other. What is provoked is an awareness of the spaces and gaps of intentions between works, the liminal areas in which connections are made and meaning is generated. There are many layers of time, both historically and within the gallery space. Temporality and duration are key concepts in many of the artworks, which produce a sense of motion, a situation in flux that is never experienced conclusively.

Saâdane AFIF (Born 1970, Vendôme, France). Saâdane Afif adopts strategies from the field of music in order to critically explore the concepts of interpretation and repetition in his work. He often commissions artists, writers, designers and musicians to be actively involved in his productions, questioning the notion of artistic authorship in relation to the artwork and its system.

William ANASTASI  (Born 1933, Philadelphia, USA). One of pioneers of Conceptual Art, William Anastasi has explored since the 1960s ideas of chance and indeterminacy, site-specificity, self-representation and self-reference, seriality and repetition. Through his installations, sculptures, and images he has challenged the use of ready-made and industrial materials, and of text as visual material.

Rosa BARBA (Born 1972, Agrigento, Italy). In her filmic installations Rosa Barba breaks up and recombines the narrative unity of space and time, text and image, perspective of author and of viewer introducing shifts and empty spaces. History unveils as an incomplete project, full of possibilities and absences.

Robert BARRY (Born 1936, New York, USA). Exploring a number of different avenues towards defining the usually unseen space around objects, Robert Barry’s work has been focusing on escaping the physical limits of the art object in order to express the unknown or unperceived. By putting into focus the relationship between positive and negative, absence and presence of form, the artist questions the way the spectator engages with the artwork.

Ricardo CUEVAS (Born 1978, Mexico City, Mexico). Ricardo Cuevas explores the relationships and failures that co-exist while trying to translate from language to a visual medium and vice versa. He uses text as a conceptual paradox to explore the duality between the visible and invisible, which acts as a stepping-stone in his creative process. Misunderstandings, loses in translation and fragmentized messages posit the possibilities of different approaches to experience and knowledge.

Edith DEKYNDT (Born in 1960, Ieper, Belgium). Edith Dekyndt’s work counterpoises methodical explorations of conceptual and video art traditions with the individual and global roles of people in society. Whatever the form in which her works exist they become observations about existing protocols, as well as subjective elements looking for a fundamental transformation. With simple material tools drawn from everyday life such as paper, neon, texts, flags and music Dekyndt immerses the viewers in atmospheric relationships between art, science and reality.

Tim ETCHELLS (Born 1962, Derby, UK). Tim Etchells’ work navigates in the territory between performance, visual art and fiction. Working across different media and contexts, the artist is fascinated with the rules and systems that inhabit language and culture and the way these systems are both productive and constraining.

Matias FALDBAKKEN (Born 1973, Hobro, Denmark). Matias Faldbakken is an artist and writer whose work covers a wide range of media and languages. Faldbakken’s practice questions the potential of artistic intervention to disrupt and negate the existing system of behaviors and beliefs in order to generate new content and release creative freedom.

Robert KINMONT (Born 1937, Los Angeles, USA). The work of Robert Kinmont has been inspired by the surrounding landscapes and ecosystems. With an amateur and handmade approach to both photography and sculpture, Kinmont investigates with irony and humor human scale and its relationship to the surrounding.

Kitty KRAUS (Born 1976, Heidelberg, Germany). In Kitty Kraus’ work the viewer is confronted with the physical presence of objects that create unusual tensions between visibility and invisibility. In her sculptures and installations, the artist uses materials and physical processes in unexpected ways placing abstract symbols in space, encrypted messages made of glass, metal, cloth or found objects, which cross and circumscribe the field of the human condition.

Germaine KRUIP (Born 1970, Castricum, The Netherlands). Working in a variety of different media including photographs, films, performances, book projects and installations Germaine Kruip elevates everyday gestures and common actions or appearances. By directing, enlarging or altering reality, she produces contextual shifts and proposes a new layer of meaning.

Roman ONDAK (Born 1966, Zilina, Slovakia). Roman Ondák explores in his installations, photographs, drawings, and performances a specific situation, which very often provokes a double-take in the viewers, making them question their perception or awareness of social codes. Fernando ORTEGA (Born 1971, Mexico City, Mexico)

Fernando Ortega uses the processes and histories of conceptual art to examine modes of everyday perception. Ortega often uses music or the idea of notation as a way of looking at memory and the process of translation that it provokes. There is a delicacy of humour and a poetry that pervades the work.

Bradley PITTS (Born 1978, New York, USA). Bradley Pitts employs the infrastructure of technological rationalism (concepts, tools, methods, and apparatus) in order to explore personal, intuitive realities. He explores the intersection between the material with the human, the universal with the personal or the inside and the outside, not leaving behind the moments that they are revolving in the void of space.

Joële TUERLINCKX (Born 1958, Brussels, Belgium). With a distinct interest in conceptual art’s formal structures Tuerlinckx works are occasions to point, to count and to measure the relationships between forms and signification. In her work found objects, books, vitrines, video monitors, and the gallery space itself establish and connect ideas about objects co-existing in the same space.

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  • Fernando Ortega 
Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006
Video transferred to DVD
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
    1/30Fernando Ortega Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006 Video transferred to DVD Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
  • Roman Ondák
The Stray Man, 2006
Video, 10’40’’
Courtesy of the artist and gb agency, Paris.
    2/30Roman Ondák The Stray Man, 2006 Video, 10’40’’ Courtesy of the artist and gb agency, Paris.
  • Bradley Pitts
The Ten-Pound Seed, 2010
Dry ice
Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink, Amsterdam.
    3/30Bradley Pitts The Ten-Pound Seed, 2010 Dry ice Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink, Amsterdam.
  • Exhibition view. 
Tim Etchells, Let’s Pretend, 2008; Bradley Pitts, The Weight of Voids, 2009.
    4/30Exhibition view. Tim Etchells, Let’s Pretend, 2008; Bradley Pitts, The Weight of Voids, 2009.
  • Tim Etchells, 
Let’s Pretend, 2008
Neon sign
Courtesy of the artist and this is tomorrow
    5/30Tim Etchells, Let’s Pretend, 2008 Neon sign Courtesy of the artist and this is tomorrow
  • Bradley Pitts
The Weight of Voids, 2009
Voids (JRP | Ringier, 2009) and scale
Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink, Amsterdam.
    6/30Bradley Pitts The Weight of Voids, 2009 Voids (JRP | Ringier, 2009) and scale Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink, Amsterdam.
  • Bradley Pitts
The Weight of Voids (detail), 2009
Voids (JRP | Ringier, 2009) and scale
Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink, Amsterdam.
    7/30Bradley Pitts The Weight of Voids (detail), 2009 Voids (JRP | Ringier, 2009) and scale Courtesy of the artist and Annet Gelink, Amsterdam.
  • Edith Dekyndt
Ground Control, 2008
Balloon inflated with helium air
Courtesy of the artist.
    8/30Edith Dekyndt Ground Control, 2008 Balloon inflated with helium air Courtesy of the artist.
  • Edith Dekyndt
Ground Control, 2008
Balloon inflated with helium air
Courtesy of the artist.
    9/30Edith Dekyndt Ground Control, 2008 Balloon inflated with helium air Courtesy of the artist.
  • Edith Dekyndt
Ground Control, 2008
Balloon inflated with helium air
Courtesy of the artist.
    10/30Edith Dekyndt Ground Control, 2008 Balloon inflated with helium air Courtesy of the artist.
  • Exhibition view.
Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Stukjes stukjes en dingen, dingen dingen en stukjes (Particles particles and objects, objects objects and particles), 1994/2010; Edith Dekyndt
Ground Control, 2008
    11/30Exhibition view. Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Stukjes stukjes en dingen, dingen dingen en stukjes (Particles particles and objects, objects objects and particles), 1994/2010; Edith Dekyndt Ground Control, 2008
  • Exhibition view. 
William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.), 1966/2010; Kitty Kraus, Glass Series, 2006; Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Stukjes stukjes en dingen, dingen dingen en stukjes (Particles particles and objects, objects objects and particles), 1994/2010
Paper.
    12/30Exhibition view. William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.), 1966/2010; Kitty Kraus, Glass Series, 2006; Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Stukjes stukjes en dingen, dingen dingen en stukjes (Particles particles and objects, objects objects and particles), 1994/2010 Paper.
  • Joëlle Tuerlinckx
Stukjes stukjes en dingen, dingen dingen en stukjes (Particles particles and objects, objects objects and particles), 1994/2010
Paper
Courtesy of the artist and Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp.
    13/30Joëlle Tuerlinckx Stukjes stukjes en dingen, dingen dingen en stukjes (Particles particles and objects, objects objects and particles), 1994/2010 Paper Courtesy of the artist and Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp.
  • Saâdane Afif
Suspense Blanche, 2008
Plexi-glass
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris.
    14/30Saâdane Afif Suspense Blanche, 2008 Plexi-glass Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris.
  • Saâdane Afif
Suspense Blanche, 2008
Plexi-glass
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris.
    15/30Saâdane Afif Suspense Blanche, 2008 Plexi-glass Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels and Galerie Michel Rein, Paris.
  • Kitty Kraus
Glass Series, 2006
Glass
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin.
    16/30Kitty Kraus Glass Series, 2006 Glass Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin.
  • Kitty Kraus
Glass Series, 2006
Glass
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin.
    17/30Kitty Kraus Glass Series, 2006 Glass Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Neu, Berlin.
  • Exhibition view. 
Kitty Kraus
Glass Series, 2006; William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.), 1966/2010.
    18/30Exhibition view. Kitty Kraus Glass Series, 2006; William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.), 1966/2010.
  • Exhibition view. 
Robert Kinmont, My Favorite Chair, 1969; William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.), 1966/2010; Saâdane Afif, Suspense Blanche, 2008.
    19/30Exhibition view. Robert Kinmont, My Favorite Chair, 1969; William Anastasi, Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.), 1966/2010; Saâdane Afif, Suspense Blanche, 2008.
  • William Anastasi
Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.) (detail), 1966/2010
Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne.
    20/30William Anastasi Untitled (One gallon of industrial high-gloss enamel, poured.) (detail), 1966/2010 Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne.
  • Fernando Ortega 
Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006
Video transferred to DVD
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
    21/30Fernando Ortega Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006 Video transferred to DVD Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
  • Fernando Ortega 
Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006
Video transferred to DVD
Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
    22/30Fernando Ortega Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006 Video transferred to DVD Courtesy the artist and Lisson Gallery.
  • Exhibition view. 
Robert Barry, Silver Ring, 1967; Fernando Ortega, Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006.
    23/30Exhibition view. Robert Barry, Silver Ring, 1967; Fernando Ortega, Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep, 2006.
  • Robert Barry
Silver Ring, 1967
Drawing on mm paper
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg.
    24/30Robert Barry Silver Ring, 1967 Drawing on mm paper Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg.
  • Robert Kinmont
My Favorite Chair, 1969
Wood and shellac
Collection Luiza Malzoni Strina. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York
    25/30Robert Kinmont My Favorite Chair, 1969 Wood and shellac Collection Luiza Malzoni Strina. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York
  • Matias Faldbakken
Absurd Measurement, 2005
Videocassette and tape
Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.
    26/30Matias Faldbakken Absurd Measurement, 2005 Videocassette and tape Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.
  • Matias Faldbakken
Absurd Measurement (detail), 2005
Videocassette and tape
Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.
    27/30Matias Faldbakken Absurd Measurement (detail), 2005 Videocassette and tape Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.
  • Matias Faldbakken
Absurd Measurement (detail), 2005
Videocassette and tape
Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.
    28/30Matias Faldbakken Absurd Measurement (detail), 2005 Videocassette and tape Courtesy of the artist and STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo.
  • Rosa Barba
It’s gonna happen, 2005
16 mm film, colour, optical sound
Courtesy of the artist, carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan.
    29/30Rosa Barba It’s gonna happen, 2005 16 mm film, colour, optical sound Courtesy of the artist, carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan.
  • Rosa Barba
It’s gonna happen, 2005
16 mm film, colour, optical sound
Courtesy of the artist, carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan.
    30/30Rosa Barba It’s gonna happen, 2005 16 mm film, colour, optical sound Courtesy of the artist, carlier | gebauer, Berlin and Gió Marconi, Milan.