Episode 3: ANDREA CANEPA
20 – 29 July
Private view: Thursday 19 July, 6 – 9 pm
Curated by Rafa Barber Cortell
Lúa Coderch, Shelter, 2018
Digital video. 16:9, single channel, color, sound. 1h 20’ 39”
According to earth’s axis of rotation in relation to the sun, in 2018 summer will last 93 days and 15 hours… now, isn’t that accurate? That figure has probably brought to mind ideas, memories, sensations: the sea, the sand, sweat, carelessness… 93 days and 15 hours of calm and sunshine …and then you realise you are in London, and your summer will probably last 10 days total. Sometimes a concept doesn’t match reality.
Summer, as with many other concepts, is taken for granted and it takes up its own place within the global ‘reality’. This place is determined by certain assumptions that attempt to capture the world by categorising perception and encapsulating emotions. Nevertheless we start sweating at different temperatures, we experience time in different speeds, you may hate the seaside and sadly my holidays will probably be shorter than yours.
As long as summer lasts is an exhibition in three phases with works by Tamara Kuselman, Lua Coderch and Andrea Canepa. The work of this group of artists deconstructs systems of meaning normally attached to perception and emotion to allow new ways of conceive them. Taking its cue from time and weather, the three phases will present the work of each artist alone for 10 days: the time London summer lasts according to many. By using this strategy the show aims to interact with audiences understanding each episode as an access point with their own ‘now’.
In an interview, John Cage characterised his long-time collaboration with Merce Cunningham by stating: ‘It’s less like an object and more like the weather. Because in an object, you can tell where the boundaries are. But with the weather, it’s impossible to say when something begins or ends.’ The works presented in this show take their cue from this inspirational quote and will become allies to the audience when questioning their subjective perception of reality, the uses of time and the role of the objects surrounding us.
The go and if by Tamara Kuselman is a new commission for the exhibition. Taking inspiration from the act of letting go, free-falling and how this uncontrolled act affects bodies and objects, Kuselman’s performative installation departs from a text used by a coach when training athletes before competition. The tension between letting yourself go and the natural human state of relative physical and mental control is embodied in the objects and actions brought together in this work.
Shelter by Lúa Coderch is a video in fifteen parts. This work considers how human activity produces a physical aggregation of traces, documents and objects. In this case the video records the different efforts and results of building survival structures to sleep one night in myriad locations. These structures are able to give shelter for one night despite being made from things you can carry in a suitcase. The setting up of these precarious constructions is linked in each episode with letters the artist wrote relating to moments of life uncertainty. This ceremony of emotional and physical preservation questions the way we understand human relationships. For The Ryder, the episodes will be shown on a screen that -resembling the videos- is capable of being assembled in 15 minutes according to instructions Coderch will send by post.
Official Link: https://theryderprojects.com/exhibitions/as-long-as-summer-lasts-tamara-kuselman-lua-coderch-andrea-canepa/