Artists Space

Paper Exhibition
Curated by Raimundas Malasuaskas

January 16 – March 7, 2009

What does the line between reality and fiction look like? Can an exhibition be a life-sized paper model of itself? Whose name didn’t make the press release? And if it sounds good on paper, where is the paper?

These enigmatic questions locate Paper Exhibition at the periphery of the known—between paper architecture and new pages of old books. The exhibition renders the open space of the gallery as a labyrinth of folds, holes and gaps through which an exchange between the literal and the literary can happen.

The exhibition includes works and performances, in order of disappearance, by Julieta Aranda, Olivier Babin, Fia Backström, Judith Braun, Egle Budvytyte, Alex Cecchetti, Mariana Castillo Deball, Dexter Sinister, Gintaras Didziapetris, Jonah Freeman, Aurelien Froment, Dora Garcia, Mario Garcia Torres, Mark Geffriaud, Loris Gréaud, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Will Holder, Lea Lagasse, Pierre Leguillon, Gabriel Lester, Marcos Lutyens, Benoit Maire, Nicholas Matranga, John Menick, Melvin Moti, Trong Gia Nguyen, Job Piston, Michael Portnoy & Vita Zaman, Pratchaya Phinthong, Conny Purtill, Adam Putnam, Amy Robinson, Joe Scanlan, Gareth Spor, Donelle Woolford, and Joe Zane.

A wide cyclindrical glass bottle with a lightbulb inserted at its opening.
Paper Exhibition. Installation view, Artists Space, 2009. Photo: Adam Reich. [A wide cyclindrical glass bottle with a lightbulb inserted at its opening.]

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 15, 7 - 9pm

Paper Exhibition began as a seminar conducted in San Francisco in 2008 entitled Kaleidoscope Room. Inspired by Jonah Freeman’s artwork, the series of class discussions drew on an open-ended inquiry: “Why are we so attracted by the missing, the lost, and the impossible to know?”

Paper Exhibition, like Kaleidoscope Room, focuses on artworks that position themselves as fragments of larger, non-documented narratives of the lost or vanished. For example, trailers of non-existent films, an examination of the identities of disappeared artists, secret exhibitions and footnotes, and objects extracted from time capsules are included. In translating the seminar to an exhibition, aspects of the conceptual framework of the show have been lost as well. Some ideas and references have evaporated in this transition, while others are still disappearing.

Performance

Thursday, January 15 (during opening reception)
Performances with Fia Backström and Will Holder

Friday, January 23, 7pm (RSVP required)
Hypnotic Show with Marcos Lutyens

HYPNOTIC SHOW
as part of Paper Exhibition
at Artists Space, NYC
February 2009

With scripts, ideas and works by
Julieta Aranda
Deric Carner
Asli Cavusoglu
Torreya Cummings
Gintaras Didziapetris
Cerith Wyn Evans
Michael Fliri
Loris Greaud
Joachim Koester
Jennifer Di Marco
Nicholas Matranga & Francesca Bennet
Piero Passacantando
Gareth Spor
Maryelizabeth Yarbrough
as well as a one night session conducted by Marcos Lutyens

Thursday, January 28, 7pm
Slideshow/Cloakroom with Pierre Leguillon

Wednesday, February 25, 7pm
Kaleidoscope Room with Jonah Freeman

Jonah Freeman give a slide lecture about the history and experience of The San San International, the mega-convention that overtakes the southern province of The San San metroplex every May. The basis of the lecture derives from journalist Elizabeth Stone's description of the event found in her seminal text In The Kaleidoscope Room. Freeman attended the convention two years in a row in an attempt to expand upon Stone's new journalistic investigations. The talk will be both an account of the trends, customs and rituals he witnessed as well as an exploration of the evolution of the exhibtion and its host city.

Thursday, March 5, 7pm
Spending in 2008 with Michael Portnoy and Vita Zaman

A white plinth in a white room is seen through a rectagular cutout window. There is a small object on the plinth, lit from above by a square, fluorescent light.
Paper Exhibition. Installation view, Artists Space, 2009. Photo: Adam Reich. [A white plinth in a white room is seen through a rectagular cutout window. There is a small object on the plinth, lit from above by a square, fluorescent light.]
A large, empty room with three white walls. The right wall displays glossy papers folded into geometric shapes. The left wall has symmetric, geometric patterns drawn on it.
Paper Exhibition. Installation view, Artists Space, 2009. Photo: Adam Reich. [A large, empty room with three white walls. The right wall displays glossy papers folded into geometric shapes. The left wall has symmetric, geometric patterns drawn on it.]
A cylindrical lamp with cutouts in various shapes projects a shadow on white walls. The lamp sits on a white base, surrounded by three circular floor cushions. On the far wall, there is a mounted television screen showing white text.
Paper Exhibition. Installation view, Artists Space, 2009. Photo: Adam Reich. [A cylindrical lamp with cutouts in various shapes projects a shadow on white walls. The lamp sits on a white base, surrounded by three circular floor cushions. On the far wall, there is a mounted television screen showing white text.]
White glossy paper folded in geometric patterns against a white wall.
Paper Exhibition. Installation view, Artists Space, 2009. Photo: Adam Reich. [White glossy paper folded in geometric patterns against a white wall.]
The corner of a room with two white walls. On one wall, there is a white collared shirt on a hanger, a black and white abstract image, and a small white sculpture.
Paper Exhibition. Installation view, Artists Space, 2009. Photo: Adam Reich. [The corner of a room with two white walls. On one wall, there is a white collared shirt on a hanger, a black and white abstract image, and a small white sculpture.]