West Hollywood, CA
With documents of works by Michael Asher and Christopher D’Arcangelo (including six films by Dean Inkster and Sébastien Pluot with Stephen Antonakos, Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Daniel Buren, Ben Kinmont, Naomi Spector, and Lawrence Weiner), and works by Dorit Cypis, Ben Kinmont, Silvia Kolbowski, Emilie Parendeau.
Michael Asher (1943-2012) and Christopher D’Arcangelo (1955-1979) formulated convergent yet distinct practices centered on the critical analysis of the structural conditions of art. Separately, they addressed how the terms under which the material and social conditions in the production, display, circulation, and reception of art intersect with state, institutional, and commercial powers under capitalism, and the ways in which the status, position, and subjectivity of the artist is produced and articulated against this backdrop. Often questioning the function of architecture, each artist deconstructed the alleged neutrality of art institutions’ iconic “white cube” with subtle interventions involving alterations, substitutions, and displacements of material and semiotic structures. This exhibition component of You may add or subtract from the work , focusing on the multiple correspondences between the work of the two artists, puts their work in close proximity to each other and to four additional artists of different generations: Dorit Cypis, Silvia Kolbowski, Ben Kinmont, and Emilie Parendeau, each contributing succinct meditations on Asher / D’Arcangeleo that also address contemporary aesthetic, social, political, and economic conditions.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.