May 25th, 2009

“Curated by_Matthew Higgs: Correspondences” at Martin Janda

Christopher Knowles - "Parzival #12", 1989

Artists: Karl Holmqvist, Christopher Knowles

Venue: Martin Janda, Vienna

Exhibition Title: Curated by_Matthew Higgs: Correspondences

Date: May 6 – June 6, 2009

Karl Holmqvist - "Untitled", 2006

Christopher Knowles - "Ohne Titel", n.d.

Karl Holmqvist "I LL MAKE THE WORLD EXPLODE", 2009

Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Images courtesy Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna

Press Release:

From May 6 to June 6, 2009, Galerie Martin Janda will be showing works by Karl Holmqvist and Christopher Knowles within the exhibition Correspondences. Curated by Matthew Hicks, Correspondences forms part of curated by_vienna 09 and takes place at the galleries of Eschenbachgasse.

Correspondences is a series of five discrete two-person exhibitions that each takes the form of a crossgenerational ‘conversation’ between artists and artworks. Over the past decade or so, inter-generational approaches to exhibition making have become more widespread. (Catherine David’s influential Documenta X in 1997 was perhaps a defining moment, in which she introduced a series of idiosyncratic historical artistic positions into her exhibition through what she termed ‘retro-perspectives’.) Since then both artists and curators have accelerated and amplified this dialogue, seeking to establish and explore a more complex lineage (and progeny) for current artistic production. The five individual exhibitions that comprise Correspondences differ significantly from one another. Variously they consider photography’s self-reflexive and mimetic dimension (Janice Guy and Anne Collier); the impact and
legacy of the modernist project on post-war American photography (Jan Groover and Eileen Quinlan); the formal and psychological rupture inherent in collage (Rita Ackermann and John Stezaker); the figure of the artist as performer and the artwork as a form of performative document (Karl Holmqvist and Christopher Knowles); and the everyday poetics of a kind of informal formalism (Noam Rappaport and B. Wurtz.)
The ten artists in Correspondences do not represent a tendency or movement. Distinguished by age, experience, and intentions their works have evolved independently and have been produced in highly specific contexts. Each exhibition – each pairing or juxtaposition – privileges points of departure as much as shared concerns. The intention ultimately is not to establish a form of equivalence, rather the hope is that in considering the spaces between each artist and work – differences informed by the individual artist’s origins and intentions – a new conversation might emerge. Correspondences – as the exhibition’s title suggests – is intended as an unfolding and ongoing exchange, one that underscores the persistent flux in which ideas both emerge and evolve.
Matthew Higgs

Artists: Rita Ackermann, Anne Collier, Jan Groover, Janice Guy, Karl Holmqvist, Christopher Knowles, Eileen Quinlan, Noam Rappaport, John Stezaker, B. Wurtz

Link: “Curated by_Matthew Higgs: Correspondences” at Martin Janda

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