"Think II" Invitation
Invitation to Think Curators Think
You are cordially invited to attend the book launch,
in the context of an exhibition to be held at 8.00pm
on Saturday 4th September at ®edux,
Unit 303, Third Floor,
Lana House, 116 Commercial
Street, London E1 6NF.
526 Manhattan Building,
London, E3 2UP.
After-party from 10.00pm
Per Hüttner - An art book with
a literary text by Duncan McLaren Design by Fredrik Söder
64 pages, 21 full colour plates
The exhibition, curated by
Tania Perez Cordova, an undergraduate
student at Goldsmiths College,
University of London, is the
first in the series THINK CURATORS THINK,
a project initiated between the Department of Visual Arts
of the University and ®edux
The project seeks to challenge the usual notions of curatorial
practice by offering an option to transform the conditions
for the individual's work and
the conceptual structure of the show.
Specific collaborations between artists and individual students
have produced a series of events at ®edux,
organised by Peter Lewis and Makiko Nagaya.
Invited to propose a work which could be subject to a process
of change, artists enter a
field of social interaction,
and risk a certain loss of control.
Föreningen Curatorial Mutiny proudly presents 'Per
Hüttner' a second book in the
series of experimental art publications.
The book is collaboration between artist Per Hüttner and author
Duncan McLaren, and has been
designed by Fredrik Söder.
It is neither a traditional monograph nor a straight novella,
but a crossover between the two.
Per Hüttner's photographs are
panoramas of urban life around the globe.
However, through the artist's
indexical presence in the images,
the context is shifted slightly to display a remarkable detail
about human - and particularly
male - vulnerability.
The text by Duncan McLaren starts by engaging with the photographs
and e-mail persona of the artist,
to generate a fictional odyssey concerned with the blessings
and pitfalls of love and commitment.
Fredrik Söder's minimalist
design takes its inspiration from post-war
art books where individual lithographs were glued onto pages
pre-printed with text.
Thus photographs provide both the starting and end points
of the book, pre-
and in such a way that text gains from image just as much
as image gains from text. The
book highlights aspects of both the artist's
and the writer's work not so
readily detectable in what might be considered its natural
milieu - art gallery and literary
Tania Perez Cordova is interested in the idea of researching
how a visual work is translated and re-inscribed
in circulation, especially
through literary journalism,
to generate eventful narrative patterns.
For example, McLaren inserts
Hüttner's life and work into
a narrative organised around the fictional character of Sherlock
Holmes. Simultaneously Perez
Cordova has decided to work with one of Hüttner's
panoramas from the book, to
point to oblique narrational codes where combined photographic
realism and patterned arrangement overlap.
These types of images suggest a narrative less "visible"
and more "visual".
The curator, without relying
upon the interest in the visual spectacle of the panorama,
uncovers "the fact of the visible".
In order to magnify the feeling and meaning of the moment
it is equally important to counter the pictorial,
and by so doing an inherent concealment of significance becomes
the governing force. There
is nothing but a scene (running)
and a scenario (the exotic
place) in the uneventful space
of a gallery, just the image.
A reference to a Jordanian newspaper inserts Hüttner into
a story from Amman, making
the picture's global coherence
the subject of a continuous apprehension.
1. Stanley Cavell (from
"The Thought of Movies"
in Themes out of School:
Effects and Causes, San Francisco
North Point Press, 1984).
To order your copy and/or more
information and press pictures contact Rudi Heinrichsen at
Föreningen Curatorial Mutiny:
The price is 20 Euro/per copy
Postage and packaging:
1 copy: 6,40
2 or more copies: 8,00
1 copy: 8,20
2 or more: 11,50
(For orders in France,
Sweden and the UK payment will be accepted by cheque.
Please contact Rudi for details.)
About the contributors:
Per Hüttner is a Swedish artist living and working in Paris,
France. He trained at Konsthögskolan,
Stockholm, and at Hochschule
der Künste in Berlin. He has
shown extensively in Europe,
North America, Australia and
Asia, most notably at Chisenhale
Gallery in London, Centro de
Arte de Salamanca, Spain,
Göteborgs Konstmuseum, Sweden,
and at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
He was one of the co-founders
and co-directors of the Konstakuten
Gallery in Stockholm from 1995-2001,
and was founder and director of the Hood Gallery in Los Angeles
Duncan McLaren is the author of "Personal
Delivery", a blend of fiction,
autobiography and visual art published by Quartet in 1998.
He has since written about art exhibitions and events,
mostly in London, for the Independent
on Sunday, and for journals,
principally Art Review and CVA.
Collaborations with freethinking contemporary artists provide
the starting point for "The
Casebook of Non-Sherlock Holmes",
from which "The Strangled Cry
of the Writer-in-Residence"
was published by Grizedale Arts in 2002.
In 2004 he began writing "Doctor
Watson's Literary Casebook",
an investigation into the creativity and sexuality of some
Per Hüttner's work can also
currently be viewed at:
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm,
Sweden 'Connecting the Dots',
The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia
University, New York,
UK 'Unrealised Projects,
web project, London,
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