Thursday, May 29, 2014
Sandra Aubry and Sébastien Bourg
"I Like America and America Likes Me. A Revival"
May 29, 2014 - August 29, 2014
Opening: Thursday, May 29, 6-8pm
Conservation Report: 101SSPC
This installation gathers the vestige of the Joseph Beuys performance “I like America and America likes me,” held at the René Block Gallery in New York City from May 23 - 25, 1974. For the exhibition, Beuys flew to New York and, wrapped in felt, was transported by ambulance directly to a small room in the back of the gallery. There, he spent three days in the presence of an apparently wild coyote, wrapping himself in felt, leaning on a shepherd’s cane, lying on some straw, mumbling to the animal, and moving around a stack of newspapers. The coyote, meanwhile, shredded papers and blankets, toyed with the artist, and stared eagerly through the gallery window, eventually allowing himself to be hugged by the self-proclaimed shaman just before Beuys’ departure in the same way he arrived. Thus the only contact Beuys had with “America” during his visit was in the form of this wild (but quite friendly) dog. Following this performance, a conservation protocol was established, preserving all the elements originally involved. This protocol has been organized in tight collaboration with the ad-hoc scientific team.
Conservation treatment performed:
An exhibition room similar to the original one was restored in every detail to transpose the original installation, arranged as the artist Joseph Beuys had left it. The installation has been sealed, and public access forbidden. Obviously the issue of feeding the remaining live aesthetic object was very quickly raised. It was decided, based on sound conservation principles, to prohibit any foreign elements to enter the work, including food for the aforementioned live element. Consequently, the animal attempted to ingest what was within its reach, including, at times, itself. However, the animal was not always capable of digestion, and through regurgitation released rejected balls of newspaper, hay, claws, and matted hair. The evolutionary logic of the work demanded a hermetic environment, and the team has prevented any intervention. A veterinary team has certified as to the permanent, suspended animation of the animal (see Doc CR101SSPC-B). The body was left in space to allow the decomposition process to take place unhindered. The piece has subsequently been kept rigorously intact in the state originally available to the public. 40 years later, Parisian artists Sandra Aubry and Sébastien Bourg have obtained permission to make the preserved space visible through the peephole technology provided by Projective City’s Paris-Scope. This will in no way compromise the integrity of the conservation.
Sandra Aubry and Sébastien Bourg are a Paris-based creative partnership, and have been working together since 2004. Their work has been exhibited throughout Europe, and very widely throughout France, where they are represented by Galerie de Roussan in Paris. This exhibition with Projective City and Mixed Greens coincides with another major solo show in Paris, entitled “A Bitter Sweet Legacy” at the Galerie de Roussan.
This is Mixed Greens’ twelfth installment of Paris-Scope—a series of peculiar, collaborative exhibitions that give visitors to Mixed Greens a glimpse into Paris-based Projective City’s newest gallery space. Operating as a kind of alchemical experiment into the possibilities of “action at a distance,” viewers are able to peer into (but obviously not enter) the space both thousands of miles away and inches from their grasp—to mystically be both HERE and THERE simultaneously. The Paris-Scope series allows artists unprecedented control over the gallery space, and focuses on ambitious solo installations. For more information, go to Projective City.
With the support of La ville de Paris
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Another installation week is almost done at Mixed Greens! This week's deinstall & install was more hectic than usual to make up for Memorial Day, but things are coming along. Kimberley's show is hung and Adia's is almost there too. Tomorrow we have a BIG opening with Kimberley Hart and Adia Millett's solo exhibitions, Naomi Reis' window installation, and a new Paris-scope by Sandra Aubry and Sébastian Bourg. See you tomorrow at 6-8!
TAGS: install / opening
Friday, May 23, 2014
Our gallery assistant Delaney's thesis show just opened last Tuesday at Milk Gallery! The piece is consisted of a inkjet printer mounted on the wall spitting out printed photos that Delaney took. Viewers are allowed and encouraged to scavenge through the printed photographs and take one as a souvenir. Congratulations on the awesome piece Delaney!! Check out more of her work here
TAGS: intern / newschool / thesis
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
New window installations by Naomi Reis will be up May 29th. Naomi sent us some progress photos of the work, and we are super excited to see them completed at our window space! Check out more of her work on her website here
TAGS: naomireis / windows
Monday, May 12, 2014
We just got an email from Rudy Shepherd's indiegogo project that installation is finally happening. He will be posting the installation process over the next two weeks, and don't forget to go say hi if you're in the neighborhood. You are also invited to the Opening/Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, May 27th from 6-8 pm at First Street Green Park (2nd ave. & Houston st.). Hope to see you there!
TAGS: energyabsorber / rudyshepherd
Friday, May 09, 2014
No words needed: COURTNEY!!! (@NADA)
and our very own HDB also at NADA!
TAGS: courtney / nada
Monday, May 05, 2014
I finally made a trip to the Studio Museum this past Saturday to go see Rudy Shepherd's pieces in the group exhibition When the Stars Begin to Fall
. We were super excited to have Rudy included because there are so many good artists also in the show!
^ view of the first floor
^ Ralph Lemon's new work and sketchbook
^ Rudy's Healing Devices
(2012) and Superdome
^ James “Son” Thomas's clay heads
Also up are works by Glenn Kaino and Carrie Mae Weems on the lower level of the museum.
When the Stars Begin to Fall
is up until June 29th!
TAGS: rudyshepherd / studiomuseum