May 4 - June 24, 2018
A group exhibition with:
LIZZY DE VITA
SARA MEJIA KRIENDLER
GIAN MARIA TOSATTI
CURATED BY CLARA DARRASON & JENNIFER HOUDROUGE
Architectural design by Tomaz Azevedo Capobianco
“A work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity. That is the only way one can judge it. For this reason my dear Sir, the only advice I have is this: to go into yourself and to examine the depth from which your life springs; at this source you will find the answer to the question of whether you have to write. Accept this answer as it is, without seeking to interpret it.
- Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke
The Chimney is pleased to present Endnotes, a group exhibition featuring works by Autumn Ahn, Setare Arashloo, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Kiran Chandra, Lizzy de Vita, Juliette Dumas, Andrew Erdos, Riitta Ikonen, Sara Mejia Kriendler, Yasue Maetake, Matt Taber and Gian Maria Tosatti. A work of art conceals many voices, historical dialogues, and inspirations. The creative process is layered but often remains veiled.
To celebrate The Chimney’s third anniversary, we wish to reveal the pantheon of writers, thinkers, and poets whose words have influenced the 12 artists presented in Endnotes. The exhibition creates a global conversation across time, countries, and disciplines featuring artists from Finland, France, Italy, Iran, India, Japan, Colombia and the United States. When we enter an artist’s studio, we seek hidden clues to better grasp his or her idiosyncratic world: preparatory studies on a wall, works from their artist friends, discarded trials that mingle with their everyday objects, and of course, their books. Books resting on their working tables, worn from overuse; books that once fed their imagination silently arranged in shelves waiting to be rediscovered; and books that reveal themselves to us through serendipitous conversations. For this exhibition, we have asked each artist to share their precious libraries - encyclopedias of fantasy, knowledge and wisdom - along with works that connect us to their literary selection.
The architectural topography conceived by Tomaz Azevedo Capobianco, transforms The Chimney into a hybrid and multi-leveled space – a mind map of the artists’ thoughts. This labyrinthine spatial arrangement offers the works and visitors both a communal and private living space with self-contained platforms on which one can sit, stand, read or discover the sculptures and works on paper.
Endnotes explores the timeless intersection of language and visual arts. A book seeds a thought and a thought inspires a work in a boundless cycle. Each visitor carries his/her own literary fields to the exhibition, ultimately expanding the synergic discussion between artists and authors to the audience. As one wanders through the multiplicity of dialogues, creativity unravels and one singular voice becomes plural.
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A performance by Autumn Ahn
By using Gertrude Stein’s non-linear poems as a resource for investigating today’s techno-poetry, Ahn will extract elements from Stein’s "meditations" and recite them as new abstractions. The work revisits the inner spaces of the psyche. It investigates the poetic in the disruption of language and rationality, as well as the fragmented reception of the multimedia environment. Understanding nuances in memory and its abandonment of linear time, this performance is a montage of internal and external responses to the viscosity of the mind's map, becoming a site-specific gesture to the physical need for communication.
A performance by Lizzy de Vita
Featuring Nia Calloway, Lauren Dame, Rachel Lipstein, Renée Meyers, Kristopher Pourzal
In this performance work, five individuals merge the collective voices of over 30 different authors creating a meandering journey into points thought-to-be-known and surely-unknown. At times the voices converse as though in conversation, yet this dialogue can at any point be subsumed by waves of sound and emotion. The performance is based on Lizzy De Vita's first publication, Crow's Nest, currently on view in Endnotes.