CRITICAL DÈCOR: A SHORT ORGANUM FOR EXHIBITION 

16. May - 16. May 14 / ended Banner Repeater

7-9pm

Event | Multi-disciplinary | London


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CRITICAL DÉCOR: A SHORT ORGANUM FOR EXHIBITION

During the evening of the launch there will be 100 free editions available to take away for free.



The project consists of written responses by Terry Atkinson to an organum written by Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock on the subject of how to produce a critical form of exhibition making in the current conditions of the art world. JCHP ask if it is now possible for an artistic practice to side-step, outwit, or otherwise present a productive critical challenge to the current culture of what they call “exhibitionism” in the field of art. The crucial point of contention here is that “exhibitionism”, as they see it, is the principal form of “the economy of visibility” in the art world, where the relations of distribution of art have become the principal form and modus operandi of the relations of production for artistic practice in general.



The publication is a compendium of images and writing that documents and examines JCHP’s recent exhibition at Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry. It includes writing from Terry Atkinson, Richard Birkett, Alex Bowen, Michael Hampton, Lynda Morris, Matthew Poole and JCHP, poems and prose from Brecht’s unfinished Messingkauf project and images of the exhibition and events. The publication comprises of a series of posters and two books produced before, during and after the exhibition.



In response to this observed condition, JCHP have written an organum consisting of twenty points plus an addendum, which attempts to scientifically, or we might say logically, diagnose and prognosticate on what may still be possible within artistic practice to operate as a critical method that tackles head-on the challenges of contemporary exhibition culture. The fulcrum of all the statements in the organum is the exhibition by JCHP from 24 January to 2 March 2014 presented at Lanchester Gallery Projects, Coventry, curated by Sadie Kerr and titled “CRITICAL DÉCOR: WHAT WORKS!” Written both before and after this exhibition, JCHP’s organum asks if it is possible to present a partial artwork (i.e. a work that is definitively unfinished), and if so whether this strategy of the withholding of satisfaction of ‘full visibility’ presents a viable critical position vis-à-vis “exhibitionism”.



Terry Atkinson’s talk during the exhibition at Lanchester Gallery Projects 27 Feb 2014 titled: Exhibitionism is available below:

http://embed.bambuser.com/broadcast/4396636


Terry Atkinson’s responses pick apart some of the key elements of the JCHP statement, exploring and questioning the tenets of their declarations and descriptions. Atkinson, relating the convergences and divergences of his own critique with that of JCHP’s, continues to explore one of the main focuses of critical attention in his artistic practice, ‘the AGMOAS’ (the Avant-Garde Model of the Artistic Subject) and its relation to what he calls the Corporate Tyranny of contemporary capitalistic crypto-ideology.” (Matthew Poole, Kynastonmcshine).


Terry Atkinson founded Art & Language in 1968 with David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin and Harold Hurrell.



Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock is the collective practice of artists Dave Smith and Thom Winterburn.


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