Wass Gruyter Thys

January 21 – April 18, 2015:
Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys show new and recent work.

The artists show fifteen new steel sculptures, along with a set of recent drawings,a video, some watercolors and an organ performance.

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January 21  February 28, 2015:
Off Broadway, organized by the artist Nairy Baghramian, includes works by Katarina Burin, Michaela Eichwald,Vincent Fecteau/Diane Simpson, Frieda Grafe, Margaret Harrison, HeinzPeter Knes, Janette Laverrière, Adam Linder,Shahryar Nashat, Paulina Olowska,Provence, Danh Vo, among others.

A central idea for Nairy Baghramian’s exhibition is a consideration of the nature of the prop. Her departure point is a scene from Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, a 1967 musical film by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly.In several scenes of the film, Demy uses artworks as props to help build his characters and their relationships to the world. Instead of being independent works of art, the objects perform cameos or standins for the films plot, such as a portrait of an ideal woman.

The starting point for the project is to pose two questions. One is to examine how the perception of a critical failure or a lack of successor the identification of problemscan actually ignite closer interest. The second begins with the observation that contemporary visual art routinely leverages other disciplines such as literature, dance, film, magazines, fashion, interior design, architecture to add value and extend the notion of art. But what if this cultural relation is reciprocal: what is the status and efficacy of art moving in the other direction, or playing a supporting role such as in Les Demoiselles? What if an exhibition embraces the notion of art performing a supporting role? (Nairy Baghramian)

To address these questions, Baghramian splits the gallery in two: on one side is a traditional white wall, and the other side is storage. One by one, each work is displayed on the white wall for a short time: they maintain their autonomy as works of art and assert themselves as the protagonists of their own story. Each work then joins the others in storage and becomes another prop, ready to serve a supporting role in someone elses story.