Thursday, 23 October 2008

Nicolas Bourriard tour of Charles Avery at Parasol Unit

Packed for the tour of the exhibition, raining, arrived just in time :)

William Faulkner - fictitious world - I've written this but not sure how he relates to the work.

Tension between the reality of the world - i.e. the real things exhibited (Marcel Duchamp) and the fictional content.

Transformation of everything into things - Marcel Broodthaers (Exhibition at MK Gallery in 2008). Imaginary museum - very interesting dialogue between object and language.

Nicholas believes that fiction is the new autonomy as the materiality of painting was in the 19th century.

Fiction today plays a similar role, allowing the artist to include formal elements from different periods of history, allows the artist to play with time.

Charles's work includes nostalgic elements belonging clearly to different periods of time. Really all the work is about archeology, collecting proof that these ways of thinking and behaving exist in this fictitious world. This approach insists on the presence of the past, a non-linear vision of history. The illustrations look quite 1930s, elements of British everyday life - pickled eggs! An anchored reality. Possible biographical elements (Charles was born on an island).

In relation to now, we are used to living in a maze and since the economic reality of 1989 (Berlin wall) we have a more global approach. The past plays a different role today - idealism. A reversal about discovering the past not the future.

Every character in the work points to a philosophical statement/postulation or relates to a dialogue. This world is governed by different laws.

In the 1970s following Land Art, there was a trend for archeological based artwork/strategies around collection and museums/prehistoric times/timelessness/Robert Smithson.

Timelessness - the idea that this work could have been done at any point in history - a will to escape the contemporary. To adopt a visual strategy that avoids any trends.

Origin - cartography, creating a territory. Collection of information - Franz Ackermann - fascinating article Artforum about his work 2001. Transforming impressions sensations etc of cities into paintings. Review of the exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Nicholas argues that this disconnection from reality is, in fact, a more realistic way to represent the world by creating a fictitious one. Invisible fluxes in the real world. In the social/politicial reality now battle/tension between materialism and idealism. We are all led to believe we need/want all these material possesions but its impossible in this economic climate.

Looking for something you are not sure exists. Duplication/Multipilcity creates illusion/ghosts.

What is invisible in art that the artist is trying to grab (nearly all art is trying to do this). Trying to find/invent forms to describe our experience as people. Long standing philosophical debate between the body and spirit - opposition but also they are completly intertwined.

In Breton's Manifesto of Surrealism, he argues that the reality experienced during dream time is just as valid as being awake. We are still living life in our dreams too.

Possible method for me - producing connections between the dream and real world - diagrams, maps. e.g. from the drawing stage an element/pattern/reality of that world i.e. the pickled eggs creates a chain to the exhibited object of the real pickled eggs.

This work makes us see reality in a different way - its not about an escape from reality. NB - there is a new game being played, signs now are always blurred and you have to indicate the boundaries of your statement.

Audience questions - time traveller, enchanting, opportunity to create your own treasure island as there is no new territory in the real world to discover. Looking at myths as contained entities. Discovering the island for himself at the same time in his mind - narratives. As the hunter he is always one step behind the game. Gullivers Travels.

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