These Puppets (2009) are representations of artists and curators, including the artists who made them — Rirkrit Tiravenija (far left) and Philippe Pareno (third from left). The series also features Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Carsten Holler, and Jorge Pardo, artists who are strongly associated with the “relational aesthetics” movement of the late 1990s and early 2000s, which sought to encourage interaction with and among viewers.
The idea for the puppets arose when the artists were invited to a panel discussion in 2005, but could not attend. Instead, they sent puppets in their place. After learning that their playful act was positively received, the artists decided to make more puppets to use in future situations.
Though these puppets have not necessarily been put to such use, they remain an apt symbol of a movement that requires participation in order to be fully realized and understood.
Photographed in the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC.
The above photo does not depict the interior of a Lighting store on the Bowery. Rather, these light fixtures are part of the two-gallery group show, Junkies’ Promises, now on exhibit at both Paul Kasmin Gallery spaces on 10th Avenue, and also 27th Street.
Dzine, Around the Way Girl (Chandelier Sculpture)
Curated by gallery artist Iván Navarro, Junkies’ Promises was inspired by William S. Burroughs’ 1953 novel, Junky, a fictionalized autobiographical account of a heroin addict and dealer in 1950s New York. Junkies’ Promises explores works in photography, video and sculpture where light is both central theme and formal element. Featured artists include He An, Stephen Dean, Dzine, RM Fischer, Victor Grippo, Nicolas Guagnini, Yuichi Higashionna, Alfredo Jaar, Deborah Kass, Jill Magid, Matthew McCaslin, Josiah McElheny, David Medalla, Arnaldo Morales, Iván Navarro & Tunde Adebimpe, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, Jorge Pardo, Alejandra Prieto, Pipilotti Rist and Courtney Smith.
R. M. Fischer RMF-LT27 and Detail
On the corner of 27th Street and 10th Avenue you’ll see the sculptures pictured in the first photo above as well as rainbow spiral of Neon words by Deborah Kass and other, less conventional Works of Light.
Deborah Kass After Louise Bourgeois Alejandra Prieto Lágrimas Negras
Victor Grippo, Tiempo
Half a block west on 27th Street, in the larger of Kasmin’s two spaces, the exhibit continues with works that play with and expand on the idea of energy and electricity. In Victor Grippo’s piece, Tiempo, four potatoes power a small digital clock.
Stephen Dean, Black Ladder
Back Ladder by Stephen Dean features panes of Dichroic Glass. Geoffrey and I had fun playing around with photographing it.
Two Gs, One Black Ladder Alfredo Jaar, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness
Junkies’ Promisesis a fun exhibit that I recommend you add to your next weekend art crawl.
Junkies’ Promises Curated by Iván Navarro will be on Exhibit Through August 16th, 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue & 515 West 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.