Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The 39 Steps
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle • untitled, papavera somnifarum, from the installation Nocturne (white poppies) • commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York • 2002-09 • artificial poppies • dimensions variable
This past Sunday, Industry of the Ordinary staged a happening entitled 39 Verbs at Packer Schopf Gallery, part of Chicago Artists Month. Featured Chicago Artists Month artist Candida Alvarez's work was one of the first seen upon entering the space. As much a post-painterly dissection with overtones of Robert Ryman, it was a sign of resignation: "I'm Done," curved around the surface of raw linen, sandwiched between the edge of the support and the edge of a smaller canvas smooshed, face-first to the linen one. The verb given to her to interpret was "provide."
The story is over at ArtSlant. In some ways writing about this was closer to covering a social event than an exhibition. Especially since so many of Chicago's well-known "cultural workers" were participating and and/or in attendance. It felt a little like Scene & Herd on Artforum.com.
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Dan S. Wang • Verb #1, Conclusions • 2009 • letterpress & stone seal • edition of 22 • 18 x 14 inches