AROUND FOUR OR MORE CORNERS OR CORNER PIECES…

curated by jacob fabricius

ADAPTATION

Adaptation is an ongoing project that moves between paper and the internet, reversing the usual roles of the two media. In each issue we invite an artist or a curator to conceive an online show and to publish the related text in the magazine. Here we present the press release of Around four or more corners or corner pieces…, the show curated for NERO by Jacob Fabricius. The show will be presented online (at www.neromagazine.it/corners.html) on January 3rd 2012 and, as always, the opening will take place at 7 pm.



It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the exhibition Around four or more corners or corner pieces.
The turning point in this exhibition is, needless to say, corners. Our lives consist of corners. Rooms, buildings, streets, magazines, books, mirrors, etcetera, all have corners. We hope for something new around the next corner, we paint ourselves into corners, and have dark (or light) corners of our minds, as dunces we are placed in the corner… and many people need an extra corner to put something in. Corners are essential.

The exhibition Around four or more corners or corner pieces presents the idea of corners, being cornered, how to use them (or not) and generally how they have been part of art production and art history.
In exhibition-making, corners sometimes make the exhibition, solve the problem, yet sometimes they are just that – the problem. The exhibition Around four or more corners or corner pieces consists only of corner pieces, which relate to a corner or were intended by the artists to be placed in corners, the works are neither problems nor problem solvers, the works constitute the corner solution.

The exhibition presents twelve corner works by twelve acclaimed international artists, all produced within the last fifty years. In addition to the following works in the exhibition

- Jay Chung, Q Takeki Maeda,Dead Corner [When Buffetted], 2009
- Robert Gober, Corner Bed, 1987
- Félix González-Torres, Untitled (Public Opinion), 1991
- Martin Kippenberger, Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm dich [Martin, into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself], 1989
- Liz Larner, Corner Basher, 1988
- Bruce Nauman, Setting a good corner (Allegory and Metaphor), 1999
- Henrik Olesen, Rechte Ecke, 2003
- Amalia Pica, Speaker’s Corner, 2008
- Adrian Piper, Cornered, 1988
- Dan Rees, Payne’s Grey and Vermillion, 2009
- Fred Sandback, Untitled (Sculptural Study, Three-part Corner Construction), 1981
- Richard Serra, Equal (Corner Prop Piece), 1969-70

four artists have been invited to produce new site-specific corner pieces (these works have to be imagined, since the artists have not been informed of this exhibition and have therefore not been able to produce the corner works): Isa Genzken, Henriette Heise, Alfredo Jaar and Mandla Reuter.
Squarepusher will make the soundscape Smoke for the exhibition. This will be included on the vinyl record accompanying the exhibition. The LP will also include the new tracks Alison’s Corner by Sonic Youth, Corner Shop by Saint Etienne, xx aiii by OOIOO, Drei plus Drei makes Vier by The Breeders, Up In a Corner by Pet Shop Boys, Soft Curves by Sun Foot, Brick Bear by Animal Collective and the spoken word pieces Basement Deep by David Lynch and The Rattle in the Corner by Tom Waits.
The record booklet will include the seemingly lost – but recently rediscovered – text Inside the Corner by Brian O’Doherty.

In addition to the exhibition, an opening reception will be held at the Rietveld Schröder House, Utrecht, where triangular sandwiches will be served with double dip sodas delivered by St. Francis Fountain, 2801 24th Street, San Francisco, On The Corner Of York & 24th


Jacob Fabricius (1970) is a curator and publisher living in Copenhagen. He worked as director of Malmö Konsthall and of KBH Kunsthal and as curator at Centre d'Art Santa Monica. In his exhibitions and publications Fabricius often utilizes unusual venues and innovative modes of presentation.



ADAPTATION È UN PROGETTO IN PROGRESS CHE SI MUOVE TRA IL FORMATO CARTACEO E QUELLO DI INTERNET, RIGIRANDO IL COMUNE RUOLO DEI DUE MEDIA. SU OGNI NUMERO INVITIAMO UN ARTISTA O UN CURATORE A CONCEPIRE UNA MOSTRA ONLINE E A PUBBLICARE SUL MAGAZINE IL RELATIVO TESTO. PRESENTIAMO QUI IL COMUNICATO STAMPA DI AROUND FOUR OR MORE CORNERS OR CORNER PIECES…, LA MOSTRA CURATA PER NERO DA JACOB FABRICIUS. LA MOSTRA SARÀ PRESENTATA ONLINE (ALL’INDIRIZZO WWW.NEROMAGAZINE.IT/CORNERS.HTML) IL 15 DICEMBRE 2011 E, COME AL SOLITO, L’INAUGURAZIONE SARÀ ALLE ORE 19. 

È con grande piacere che vi diamo il benvenuto alla mostra Around four or more corners or corner pieces. È superfluo dirlo, ma il nucleo della mostra sono gli angoli. Le nostre vite sono fatte di angoli. Stanze, edifici, strade, riviste, libri, specchi, eccetera, tutti possiedono angoli. Speriamo di trovare qualcosa di nuovo dietro l’angolo, ci mettiamo con le spalle al muro, e abbiamo angoli bui (o luminosi) nelle nostre menti, come asini siamo messi all’angolo… e molte persone hanno bisogno di un angolo extra dove mettere le cose. Gli angoli sono essenziali.

La mostra Around four or more corners or corner pieces presenta l’idea dell’angolo, dell’essere all’angolo, come usarli (o non usarli) e in generale di come sono stati parte della produzione artistica e della storia dell’arte.
Nella costruzione di una mostra a volte gli angoli fanno l’esibizione stessa, risolvono il problema, talvolta invece sono semplicemente questo – il problema. La mostra Around four or more corners or corner pieces consiste esclusivamente in corner pieces, pezzi concepiti dagli artisti per essere installati negli angoli o in relazione ad un angolo, i lavori non sono né problemi né soluzioni a problemi, essi costituiscono la soluzione dell’angolo.

La mostra presenta 12 lavori sugli angoli prodotti negli ultimi 50 anni da 12 acclamati artisti internazionali. In aggiunta ai seguenti lavori in mostra

- Jay Chung, Q Takeki Maeda, Dead Corner [When Buffetted], 2009
- Robert Gober, Corner Bed, 1987
- Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Public Opinion), 1991.
- Martin Kippenberger, Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm dich [Martin, into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself], 1989
- Liz Larner, Corner Basher, 1988
- Bruce Nauman, Setting a good corner (allegory and metaphor), 1999
- Henrik Olesen, Rechte Ecke, 2003
- Amalia Pica, Speaker’s Corner, 2008
- Adrian Piper, Cornered, 1988
- Dan Rees, Payne’s Grey and Vermillion, 2009
- Fred Sandback, Untitled (Sculptural Study, Three-part Corner Construction), 1981
- Richard Serra, Equal (Corner Prop Piece), 1969-70

quattro artisti sono invitati a produrre lavori sull’angolo appositamente per la mostra (queste opere devono essere immaginate, dato che gli artisti non sono stati informati della mostra e di conseguenza non saranno in grado di produrle): Isa Genzken, Henriette Heise, Alfredo Jaar and Mandla Reuter.
Squarepusher per la mostra concepirà il paesaggio sonoro Smoke. Esso sarà incluso nel vinile che accompagna l’esposizione. Il disco includerà anche i nuovi brani Alison’s Corner dei Sonic Youth, Corner Shop di Saint Etienne, xx aiii di OOIOO, Drei plus Drei makes Vier di The Breeders, Up in a corner dei Pet Shop Boys, Soft curves di Sun Foot, Brick Bear degli Animal Collective e due spoken word: Basement Deep di David Lynch e The Rattle in the Corner di Tom Waits. Il booklet del disco includerà il testo scomparso – ma recentemente scoperto – Inside the Corner di Brian O’Doherty.


Inoltre, per l’inaugurazione si terrà un ricevimento presso la Rietveld’s Schröder House di Utrecht; saranno serviti panini triangolari insieme ad una doppia porzione di soda direttamente da St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco, 2801 24th Street (angolo con York).

Jacob Fabricius (1970) è un curatore ed editore che vive e lavora a Copenaghen. È stato direttore della Malmö Konsthall e di KBH Kunsthal oltre ad aver lavorato come curatore presso il Centre d'Art Santa Monica. Per le sue mostre e pubblicazioni spesso utilizza luoghi inusuali e modalità innovative di presentazione.