Manière Noire is delighted to announce for the 8th exhibition of its continuing Appropriating Language series a solo exhibition entitled, MAKEARTHISTORY by Ireland and Berlin-based artist Maurice Doherty.
The exhibition MAKEARTHISTORY presents new and previously unseen archive material that deals with Doherty’s continuing preoccupation of ‘not making art’. With titles such as, ‘The Agony and Ecstasy’, ‘BZ - Stellengesuche’ and ‘Liquid Asset’, short statements take on the role of a fait accompli. MAKEARTHISTORY pushes against societal restraints examining the role of the contemporary artist as an interpreter and commentator and how we relate to language and (not making) art as social beings. With his somewhat playful view of life and art, Doherty offers reflections and curious insights into the existence, feelings and paradoxical circumstances of an artist in today’s world.
By combining text with notions of the old avant-garde dream of erasing the boundary between art and life, MAKEARTHISTORY attempts to illuminate and alter our understanding of the nature and possibilities of what present-day art can be and what contemporary life could mean.