PLAY
20 October - 21 November 2015
PREVIEW 17 October, 6-9 pm

John Baldessari
Alejandro Cesarco
Louise Lawler
Haim Steinbach
Nicola Tyson

Organized by Alejandro Cesarco

PRESS RELEASE

Act I.

Play is both verb and noun. As a verb, it has no rules (although games do), but as a noun it is often scripted. As viewers (and producers), we are usually caught somewhere in the middle.

Playing calls to mind the world of children and make believe; it can be frightening and exhilarating because it almost always leads to unforeseeable places, because of the way it may surprise. The exhibition equates playing with creative misreading, misappropriating, allegorizing; and games (with their rules, expectations, and limitations) with style, tradition, and the foreseeable.

Act II.

In any cultural field it seems impossible to be original except on the basis of tradition. The interplay between originality and the acceptance of tradition as the basis of inventiveness may be interpreted as an example of what the English child psychoanalyst D. W. Winnicott characterizes as the interplay between separateness and union. The ‘transitional object’, or, ‘the paradox that I accept and do not attempt to resolve’, as he claims. Winnicott locates creative playing and cultural experience in the potential space between the individual and their environment. Winnicott’s idea of play is foregrounded in the relationship of trust and reliability that may develop between baby and mother. Who then serves as the mother in our creative (artistic) playing? Could this perhaps be the role of tradition?

Act III.

'Play' stages correspondences, affinities and genealogies - ideas which manifest tradition. It elaborates on the ethics of admiration, on repeating as a means of varying. It problematizes the artistry of referencing and reminds us of the potentials of allegory as method.

'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin




'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



'Play'
Installation view, Tanya Leighton, Berlin



John Baldessari
'Three Feathers and Other Fairy Tales', 1973
SD video, black and white, sound
31:15 minutes
(BALDESSARI-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix
Copyright John Baldessari



John Baldessari
'Three Feathers and Other Fairy Tales', 1973
SD video, black and white, sound
31:15 minutes
(BALDESSARI-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix
Copyright John Baldessari



John Baldessari
'Prima Facie (Fifth State): Cream Puff / Cotton Ball', 2006
Archival pigment print on Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art paper mounted on museum board
2 panels: 76 x 61 cm (each)
Unique
(BALDESSARI-2015-0002)
Courtesy of the artist and Sprüth Magers
Copyright John Baldessari



Alejandro Cesarco
'Allegory, or, The Perils of the Present Tense', 2015
16mm film transferred to digital, colour, silent
10:20 minutes
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0095)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Allegory, or, The Perils of the Present Tense', 2015
16mm film transferred to digital, colour, silent
10:20 minutes
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0095)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Allegory, or, The Perils of the Present Tense', 2015
16mm film transferred to digital, colour, silent
10:20 minutes
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0095)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Family Album (Aunts and Uncles)', 2015
Archival inkjet print, framed 131 x 89 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0097)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Studies for a Series on Love (Wendy’s Hands)', 2015
2 archival inkjet prints, framed
26.5 x 31 cm (each)
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0098)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Studies for a Series on Love (Wendy’s Hands)', 2015
2 archival inkjet prints, framed
26.5 x 31 cm (each)
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0098)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Words with Ruscha', 2014
2 archival inkjet prints, framed
134 x 104 cm (each)
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2014-0089)



Alejandro Cesarco
'Words with Ruscha', 2014
2 archival inkjet prints, framed
134 x 104 cm (each)
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2014-0089)



Alejandro Cesarco
'The Dreams I’ve Left Behind', 2015
Silkscreen on wall
65.5 x 88 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0092)



Alejandro Cesarco
'The Dreams I’ve Left Behind', 2015 (detail)
Silkscreen on wall
65.5 x 88 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
(CESARCO-2015-0092)



Louise Lawler
'Degas (Jeu de Paume)', 1982
Black and white photograph
44.5 x 32.5 cm
Edition 3 of 5
(LAWLER-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures,
New York



Louise Lawler
'Untitled (Swan Lake Announcement Card)', 1981
Printed matter, announcement
9 x 14 cm
(LAWLER-2015-0002)
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York



Louise Lawler
'Untitled (Swan Lake Announcement Card)', 1981 (detail)
Printed matter, announcement
9 x 14 cm
(LAWLER-2015-0002)
Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York



Haim Steinbach
'a common bond', 1997/2015
Found text in matte black vinyl
Dimensions variable
Edition of 1 + 1 AP #1/1
(STEINBACH-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York



Nicola Tyson
'Self Portrait (Blue #1)', 2002
Acrylic on paper
35.5 x 25.5 cm
Unique
(TYSON-2015-0001)
Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York



Nicola Tyson
'Self Portrait (Maroon)', 2003
Acrylic on paper
35.5 x 25.5 cm
Unique
(TYSON-2015-0002)
Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York



Nicola Tyson
'Self Portrait (Blue)', 2003
Acrylic on paper
35.5 x 25.5 cm
Unique
(TYSON-2015-0003)
Courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York