Exploring the relationship between the fleeting materiality of the body and the supposedly stable presence of a sculpture, the 'Manners of Matter' exhibition valorizes a dancerly approach towards contrasting these two forms of matter. Markus Proschek explores the paradox of the impossibility to establish an objective position in an attempt to give a voice to the "silent witnesses of the past."
Manners of Matter
“Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting.” Ad Reinhardt
Manners of Matter uses Ad Reinhardt’s famous quip as its point of departure and stands it on its head in order to consider issues of materiality and corporeality, transience and presence. Originally intended as a dismissal of the three-dimensional art form, the quip assumes a renewed and perhaps unsuspected importance vis-à-vis the dominance of the image and screens in all spheres of life today. Indeed, if painting (the image) is that which disembodies the spectator, it is sculpture, Reinhardt immortally reminds us, that restores the (moving) body to the world.
Exploring the relationship between the fleeting materiality of the body and the supposedly stable presence of a sculpture, the exhibition valorizes a dancerly approach towards contrasting these two forms of matter. It draws upon different epochs of the twentieth century as well as contemporary art in order to finally engage what could be considered the most fraught form of materiality in a digital age, the body.
Artists: Constantin Brancusi, Ulla von Brandenburg, Michael Dean, Kōji Enokura, Esther Kläs,
Bruce McLean, Jean-Luc Moulène, Shimabuku, Alina Szapocznikow
Curator: Chris Sharp
Project assistance: Susanne Staelin
The exhibtion was organized by the Salzburger Kunstverein and co-produced with Musée du château de ducs de Wurtemberg, Montbéliard.
Markus Proschek posits that prehistoric relics are used to examine and re-construct the past, often leading to contradictory interpretations. These interpretations can take on opposed ideological positions, resulting in that of an “inevitable patriarchy” versus that of a “primordial matriarchy.” In this exhibition, the artist explores this paradox of the impossibility to establish an objective position in an attempt to give a voice to the “silent witnesses of the past.”
Markus Proschek , born 1981 in Schwarzach/Pg., lives and works in Vienna
Image: Jean-Luc Moulène, Régulier / Barneville, 24 janvier 2008, 2013, Barytprint on aluminum,, 69 x 69 cm, © Jean-Luc Moulène / ADAGP, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
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Opening: We, April 30, 2014, 7 p.m.
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