Already Made

May 26 2010 – In Progress
Via Del Gesu’ 62, Rome
Opening 3-8 Pm

Curated by Luca Lo Pinto and Francesco Stocchi

Carl Andre – Giovanni Anselmo – Robert Barry – Pierre Bismuth – Mel Bochner – Alighiero Boetti – Martin Creed – Gino De Dominicis – Fischli & Weiss – Felix Gonzales Torres – Dan Graham – Christian Marclay – Rosemary Mayer – Paul Mccarthy – Roman Ondak – Markus Sixay – Lawrence Weiner – Ian Wilson

SENTENCES FOR A CONCEPTUAL SHOW (AFTER SOL LE WITT) 2010.
A MANIFESTO.

1. IRRATIONAL THOUGHTS SHOULD BE FOLLOWED ABSOLUTELY AND LOGICALLY.

2. THE ARTIST’S WILL IS SECONDARY TO THE PROCESS HE INITIATES FROM IDEA TO COMPLETION. HIS WILFULNESS MAY ONLY BE EGO.

3. THE CONCEPT AND IDEA ARE DIFFERENT. THE FORMER IMPLIES A GENERAL DIRECTION WHILE THE LATTER IS THE COMPONENT. IDEAS IMPLEMENT THE CONCEPT.

4. A WORK OF ART MAY BE UNDERSTOOD AS A CONDUCTOR FROM THE CURATOR’S MIND TO THE VIEWER’S. BUT IT MAY NEVER REACH THE VIEWER, OR IT MAY NEVER LEAVE THE CURATOR’S MIND.

5. SINCE NO FORM IS INTRINSICALLY SUPERIOR TO ANOTHER, THE ARTIST MAY USE ANY FORM, FROM AN EXPRESSION OF WORDS (WRITTEN OR SPOKEN) TO PHYSICAL REALITY, EQUALLY.

6. IF WORDS ARE USED, AND THEY PROCEED FROM IDEAS ABOUT ART, THEN THEY ARE ART AND NOT LITERATURE; NUMBERS ARE NOT MATHEMATICS.

7. ALL IDEAS ARE ART IF THEY ARE CONCERNED WITH ART AND FALL WITHIN THE CONVENTIONS OF ART.

8. SUCCESSFUL ART CHANGES OUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONVENTIONS BY ALTERING OUR PERCEPTIONS.

9. THE CURATOR MAY MISPERCEIVE (UNDERSTAND IT DIFFERENTLY FROM THE ARTIST) A WORK OF ART BUT STILL BE SET OFF IN HIS OWN CHAIN OF THOUGHT BY THAT MISCONSTRUAL.

10. PERCEPTION OF IDEAS LEADS TO NEW IDEAS.

11. PERCEPTION IS SUBJECTIVE.

12. THE CONCEPT OF A SHOW OF ART MAY INVOLVE THE MATTER OF IT OR THE PROCESS IN WHICH IT IS MADE.

13. ONCE THE IDEA OF THE SHOW IS ESTABLISHED IN THE CURATOR’S MIND AND THE FINAL FORM IS DECIDED, THE PROCESS IS CARRIED OUT BLINDLY. THERE ARE MANY SIDE EFFECTS THAT THE CURATOR CANNOT IMAGINE. THESE MAY BE USED AS IDEAS FOR NEW SHOWS.

14. THESE SENTENCES COMMENT ON ART, BUT ARE NOT ART.

15. THE WORKS SHOWN ARE COMMENT ON ART, BUT NOT ARTWORKS.