Elephant Cemetery
Curated by Christian Rattemeyer
Main Space
January 18 - March 10, 2007 

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 18, 6 - 8 pm

Elephant Cemetery is an exhibition about objects and our relationship to them; it is about public space, and the art often found there; and it is about the mechanisms we devise when the object is missing and we are faced with its void.

Originally, it was conceived as an exhibition about sculpture in a stricter sense; about the roles presence and absence might play as generators of meaning, and how they might become interchangeable in our perception; it was to be an exhibition about formal concerns, about the ways in which positive and negative volumes are essential sculptural terms. But over time, the hollow and the solid, positive and negative space, came to be understood not just as inert physical states, as descriptions of an object's protrusions and recessions, but also metaphorically, as an expanded notion of sculpture in relation to its surrounding and its audience. It thus became an exhibition about exaggerated states of presence and absence, about formal languages of monumentality and operations of memory as forces in aesthetic production. Such an understanding of these terms aims to keep at bay an immediate turn to sculpture's often commemorative roles in war memorials, public sites of remembrance, and other forms of (mainly secular) historic signification. And the function of meaning production. Instead of focusing on sculpture's meaning, this exhibition is about our role in its deciphering, about human scale and the human need to remember. Bringing together eleven international artists working in all media, Elephant Cemetery takes stock of the ways in which we engage with sculpture, how scale can trigger memories, and how a memory might serve as a starting point for a renewed engagement with objects. 

Artists: Terence Gower & Pedro Reyes, David Maljkovic, Kirsten Pieroth, Pablo Pijnappel, Falke Pisano, Pia Rönicke, Tina Schulz, Jamie Shovlin, Kerry Tribe, Mario Garcia Torres

Terence Gower and Pedro Reyes
New Monuments for New Neighborhoods, 2005-06, 16 x 16 in. each.
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 

Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 

David Maljkovic
Scene for a New Heritage - New Possibilities, 2004, Mixed media on paper, Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. 

From left:
Pia Rönicke
Without a Name, 2004

Tina Schulz
Tollhaus, 2006
untitled (Graphite Rack), 45 x 45 x 135 cm
untitled (Brick Cube), 45 x 45 x 45 cm
untitled (Plaster Pedestal), 45 x 45 x 90 cm
untitled (Mirror Cube), 45 x 45 x 45 cm
untitled (Graphite Column), 45 x 45 x 200 cm
untitled (Graphite Cube), 45 x 45 x 45 cm
untitled (Brick Pedestal), 45 x 45 x 135 cm, all 2006
(background) untitled (von hier aus 2), 2006, 100 x 150 cm

Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 

Pia Rönicke
Without a Name, 2004
Installation: Folding lamps, 2005, c-print, 29 x 43 cm
Display, Original Le Klint Lamp 1960's, 2005, c-print, 43 x 63 cm 
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 

Kirsten Pieroth
Dead Ant, 2005, 2 x 11 x 18 cm
Untitled, 2006, 60 x 42 cm
Untitled, 2006, 60 x 42 cm
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007.

Right:
Falke Pisano
Studio Lecture 1 (Feb. 2006), 2006, 42min.
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 
All photographs unless otherwise stated: Bill Ocrutt. 

Terence Gower and Pedro Reyes
New Monuments for New Neighborhoods, 2005-06, 16 x 16 in. each.
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 

Counter clock-wise from left:
Jamie Shovlin
Fontana Color Chart, 2006, 59 x 59 cm
Adorno, Berlin, Dostoyevsky, Fuller, Kipling, Mann, Needham, Steinberg, Arendt, Derrida, Foucault, Jakobsen, Lacan, Merleau-Ponty, Sherrington, Winnicott, all 2006, 28 x 19 cm
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007. 

Kerry Tribe
Florida, 2003, Color DVD projection with sound, 21 min., audio CD, 46 minute.
Installation view from Elephant Cemetery, Artists Space, 2007.