|the Ø of November 2001
nothing at ROOSEUM,
Malmö's Center for Contemporary Art, 3 November - 16
nothing presents the idea of NOTHING as a substantial
artistic subject. In the midst of a FLURRY OF DEBATES about
the mathematical history of ZERO, artists also have a history
of exploring visual, playful and philosophical approaches to
the VOID, INVISIBILITY, and ABSENCE.
major concern for artists in the 1960s and 1970s
was questioning the idea of what we see before us. They examined
the part that material qualities play in supplying evidence
of an artwork that may exist purely in the IMAGINATION. Artists
Robert Barry and Douglas Heubler made work that expanded the
notion of sculptural space.
more recently artists have tested and parodied these works and
ideas. Keith Tysons telepathic invitation to collaborate
- resulting in a BLANK canvas and Pierre Bismuths blue
wall a slightly different colour blue that you cant see.
These artists make PLAYFUL homage to Robert Barrys telepathic
piece, made in 1969, and Yves Kliens patented colour International
Klein Blue. Tacita Deans sound work Trying to find the
Spiral Jetty is a recent recording of her search for Robert
Smithsons land sculpture in Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA,
1970, now SUBMERGED.
processes are often about making something out of NOTHING or
NOTHING out of something. Ceal Floyers GARBAGE
Bag, 1996, a bin liner placed in the corner of the gallery
and Angela de la Cruzs Nothing (Blue),1998 a scrumpled
up canvas, contrast relative values of the material and the
idea. Matthew Crawley investigates ideas of NOTHING. His work
A Film of me HIDING in the bushes, 1996, which is just that,
offers a PLAYFUL incite into the FAITH OF INVISIBILITY. By constructing
a column in the gallery Gaia Alessi explores architectural INVISIBILITY
and the value and description of EMPTY space.
IN THIS WAY NOTHING IS A FRAME OF REFERENCE AND
ONLY EXISTS IF YOU ARE NOT LOOKING FOR IT. THE PHRASE THERES
NOTHING THERE IS A VALUE JUDGEMENT.
participating artists: Gaia Alessi, Art & Language, Fiona
Banner, Robert Barry, Joseph Beuys, Pierre Bismuth, David Connearn,
Geoff Cox, Matthew Crawley, Martin Creed, Angela de la Cruz,
Tacita Dean, Barry Flannagan, Ceal Floyer, Peter Fraser, Margarita
Gluzberg, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, Kristján
Gudmundsson, Graham Gussin, Hans Haake, Nancy Holt, Douglas
Huebler, Dean Hughes, Alex Ingram, Yves Klein, Gerhard Lang,
Jeremy Millar, Tatsuo Miyajima, Jonathan Monk, Gabriel Orozco,
Victoria de Rijke, Hayley Skipper, Robert Smithson, Hiroshi
Sugimoto, Slaven Tolj Keith Tyson, Sophie Weeks, Lawrence Weiner,
Andrew Weir, Ian Wilson, Keith Wilson and Carey Young.
Curators for the exhibition are Ele Carpenter and Graham Gussin.
(text from press release)
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