Artist: Josh Smith, Gedi Sibony, Rachel Koolen, Thomas l’ Anson, Klara Lidén, Koen Delaere, Amanda Ross-Ho, Bas van den Hurk
Venue: Project Space Tilburg, The Netherlands
Exhibition Title: Comrades of Time
Date: May 13 – June 24, 2012
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of Project Space Tilburg
A painting that used to be merely visible for a small group of people, can nowadays be on the net by one simple action and appear as a global image.
What does this new relationship to images do to the position of art in society?
The exhibition’s title is adopted from the eponymous text of Boris Groys from 2009. “Ours is a time in which we reconsider – not abandon, not reject, but analyse and reconsider – the modern projects”, in his text Boris Groys pleas for a reconsideration of modernity, not a rejection, not an embrace, but a reconsideration. Comrades of Time is about the renewed position of canonical arts – painting, drawing, sculpture – in a mediated and networked society.
The exhibition explores a renewed confidence in the fundamental possibilities of art and artists using canonical forms and their relation to modernist principles – formalism, abstraction, repetition, expression, autonomy. For this exhibition Dutch artists and young talent are brought together with artists that are internationally leading. The exhibition is a combination of new and existing works, using openness and reflexivity.
The issue brought forward is how modernist ideas continue in our time. How can we reconsider the vanguard heritage? In what way can a particular reconsideration in canonical art-forms keep its social relevance? In a time dominated by networks and media, perhaps in a less rigid form than that of the historical Avant-garde?