In The Poem About Love
You Don't Write The Word Love
Curated by Tanya Leighton
November 16 - December 22, 2006 

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 16, 6 - 8 pm

In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love takes the distinction that French critic Serge Daney made between the “image” and the “visual” as a starting point for a selection of works in this two-part exhibition. Daney’s distinction refers to an “image” that can critically challenge and destabilize predominant models of information, resisting the “purely technical,” that which is nothing other than the verification that something functions. Through various strategies of dislocation or slippage, these works stage an unsettling tension that challenges visual conventions in an increasingly mediated culture. 

Participating artists and filmmakers: Ayreen Anastas, Marcel Broodthaers, François Bucher, Matthew Buckingham, Bruce Conner, Bernadette Corporation, Jeremy Deller, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, Sharon Hayes, Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson, Emily Jacir, Gareth James, Alexander Kluge, Phillip Lai, David Lamelas, Simon Martin, John Menick, Avi Mograbi, Lucas Ospina, Giulio Paolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mai-Thu Perret, Walid Raad, Jose Alejandro Restrepo, Marc Robinson, Keith Sanborn, Allan Sekula, John Smith, Sue Tompkins, and Andy Warhol.

The first part of this exhibition was an exhibition that was shown at Artists Space from November 16 - December 22, 2006; the second part -in the form of a film series- was hosted at Anthology Film Archives in January 2007.  

Walid Raad
I Only Wish That I Could Weep, 2001, Single-screen video installation, dimensions variable, DVD, colour, sound, 5 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London.

Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville
Lei et ailleurs (Here and Elsewhere), 1970/1976, 16mm film transferred to DVD, color and black and white, sound, 60 minutes. Courtesy of Contemporary Films, London.

Video room:
Ayreen Anastas
m* of Bethlehem, DVD, color, sound, 21 minutes

Jeremy Deller
History in Action, 2000, DVD, color, sound, 8 minutes, 30 seconds

John Menick
The Disappearance, 2001-2002, DVD, color, sound, 7 minutes

Jose-Alejandro Restrepo
Santoral (A Group of Saints), 2004, DVD, color and black and white, sound, 60 minutes. 

Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

Lucas Ospina
Museum of Poverty, 2006.
Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

Sue Tompkins
19 x Untitled 2006 (detail), 2006, 12 sheets of newsprint and typewritten text. 
Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

Sue Tompkins
19 x Untitled 2006, 2006, 12 sheets of newsprint and typewritten text.
Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

François Bucher
Forever Live: The Case of K. Gun, 2006, DVD, color, sound, 15 minutes, 38 seconds; DVD, black and white, 4 minutes, 30 seconds, five newspapers, wall text. 
Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

Left: 
John Smith
Girl Chewing Gum, 1976, 16 mm film transferred to DVD, black and white, sound, 12 minutes

Right:
Phillip Lai
Untitled, 2005, Super-8 film transferred to DVD, colour, silent. 

Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

From left:
Gareth James
Sweat Equity, 2004, paper, plexiglas, two-way mirror plexiglas; USD 571 MAR 2004, 2004, oak plywood; 
Chang-in and Eng-Chun, 2004, sawhorse braces, 2' x 4’

Lucas Ospina
Museum of Poverty, 2006

David Lamelas
Rock Star (Character Appropriation), 1974, seven black and white photo prints

Mai-Thu Perret
Positivland (Isolation Bungalow furniture), 2006, lamps, cotton fabric, cable ties, latex. 

Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

Emily Jacir
Sexy Semite, 2002-02, Ink over newspaper pages with three framed newspaper articles.
Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

Sharon Hayes
Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) (detail), 2002. Courtesy of the artist. 

Sharon Hayes
Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), 2002.
Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.

From left:
Giulio Paolini
Giovane che guarda Lorenzo Lotto (Young Man Looking At Lorenzo Lotto), 1967

Phillip Lai
2006, Plastic colander, screw, denim jacket, candles, metal, wood

Sharon Hayes
Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), 2002. 

Installation view from In The Poem About Love You Don't Write The Word Love, Artists Space, 2006.
All photographs unless otherwise stated: Bill Orcutt. 

Mark Robinson
I’m The Man You Think You Are, 2003, DVD, colour, sound, 6 minutes. 
Courtesy of the artist.

Simon Martin
Wednesday Afternoon, 2003, Video, colour, sound, 12 minutes.
Courtesy of the artist, and Counter Gallery, London.

Keith Sanborn
Operation Double Trouble, 2003, DVD, colour, 10 minutes. 
Courtesy of the artist and Lightcone, Paris.