I should have posted this much earlier, perhaps when the exhibition was actually on - oh well. If anybody hasn't already noticed, I have been a little bit busy lately. I have been working on a Secret Project. Unfortunately I can't tell you what it is exactly - that's why it's a secret. Rest assured, y'all will be the first to know...
Molly's been busy. She's in a bunch of exhibitions coming up, and she's taken the time to send out a mail about it to little old moi. So, here they are - none in Singapore as far as I can see unfortunately...
September 5-27 – New York Private Viewing, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University "Private Viewing is a group exhibition that explores the impulse to document, aestheticize, and display one's personal world. Mundane moments, passing thoughts, or private dwellings more commonly confined to the private sphere are articulated and brought into the gallery for public view." Curated by Amy Canonico, Jane Innis & Marina Chao of the Columbia/Whitney Museum curatorial studies program. http://www.mollyspringfield.com/Private_Viewing.jpg
September 5-29 – Washington, DC Trawick Prize: Contemporary Art Awards, an exhibition of work by Trawick Prize finalists, at Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda http://www.bethesda.org/arts/trawick.htm
October 12-15, 2006 – London, U.K. scopeLondon, (with Moti Hasson Gallery), at the Old Truman Brewery http://www.scope-art.com/
October 28-December 2, 2006 – Washington, DC opening reception on Saturday, October 28, 7-9pm Gentle Reader (solo exhibition), at Transformer Gallery, curated by Victoria Reis "An installation of work by Molly Springfield, exploring concepts related to the work of William Henry Fox Talbot and the 'photogenic drawing' techniques he documented in his book The Pencil of Nature." http://www.transformergallery.org/
The American War White Columns Gallery 320 West 13th Street (entrance on Horatio St.)
May 05–June 10
Harrel Fletcher was profoundly affected by visiting the War Remnants Museum in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), as I was when I was there last year. It was incredible to see the war - which in Vietnam is called the American War - through Vietnamese eyes. Harrell went back and photographed the entire exhibition along with all the labels and created a bootleg version which has toured around the United States. Kind of like how the Vietnamese have created bootleg versions of books, by photocopying and binding tomes by Robert McNamara et al which you can buy outside the War Remnants Museum from landmine victims.
"In June 2005 I was in Vietnam for a month as part of an international artists retreat. While I was there I visited The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, which is a memorial museum for what is referred to in Vietnam as 'The American War'. I was so affected by what I saw at the museum that I went back several times and eventually photographed all of the images and text descriptions from the main museum - over two hundred photos. I used my digital camera and took the shots hand held at off angles to avoid reflections, so the images have an oddly casual quality but are still accurate representations of the material depicted at the museum, with a similarly horrifying quality. Even though many of the images were familiar to me, seeing them all together and presented from the Vietnamese perspective was very striking. It made me realize that I didn't know much about the details of the war that had consumed the U.S for most of my early childhood. I started researching the history of the war in an attempt to understand why it happened and what its effects were on the region and in regards to U.S policy. The museum and my re-presentations of it are only showing one perspective, there are many others. I encourage everyone to do their own research and find out more about The American War in Vietnam and all of the other American Wars that have been happening ever since,
sometimes covertly and other times, as in the current situation in Iraq, outrageously overtly, but hidden at the same time."
'I Like Things'
Fondazione Nicola Trussardi
Palazzo dell'Arengario, Piazza del Duomo, Milano 16 May - 18 June, 10.00 - 20.00
Martin Creed is also exhibiting at The Wrong Gallery at the Tate Modern at the moment. The somewhat arresting image above is the industrially-named Work No. 509 (2006, C-type print 1 m x 0.75 m). It totally blows chunks. It's also a DVD loop in the Milan exhibition from what I can gather.
Linkto Martin's website Link to
Fondazione Nicola Trussardi website with images from the exhibition in Milan.