This group exhibition, curated by David Borgonjon, examines art as a form of managerial practice. The artists included in this show( Chloë Bass, BFAMFAPhD, Maureen Connor, Devin Kenny and Jen Liu) reflect on processes of artistic production, producing work that explores early forces of socialization, arts education, market pressures, and systems of distribution, consumption, and storage.
Jen Liu’s The Pink Detachment paintings depict a series of large feminine fingers pushing and prodding, across a semi-abstract manufactured landscape. Liu’s exploration of power in the soft, affective form it often takes today draws on the colors and images of meatpacking, ballet, and Foxconn. These figures stand in for forces that are all around us but still too slippery to point to.
Chloe Bass is a conceptual artist co-creating performances, publications, situations, and installations. The Book of Everyday Instruction is an eightchapter project about one-on-one social interaction, investigating different iterations of “the pair.” Chapter Six: What is shared, what is offered, focuses on the metaphor of blending flavors. The first “course” of this chapter, to imagine intimacy not just between people, but between people and institutions.
Maureen Connor’s Personnel, initiated in 1999, turns exhibitions into opportunities to solve challenges relating to human resources in the cultural institution. Connor’s installations provide privacy, storage, water, or any other needs that surface during her research into the working conditions of art organizations. Documentation of several of her early projects will be on view, as will evidence of an ongoing new work.
BFAMFAPhD is a collective that works at the intersection of art, technology, and political economy. Ten Leaps: A Lexicon for Art Education is a free resource for educators that can be used to analyze and reimagine power relationships in the arts. The text, workbook, and card game are tools that prompt investigations into the whole life of projects—from sourcing, to production, to presentation and archiving. Susan Jahoda, Emilio Martinez Poppe, Caroline Woolard are the core contributors to Ten Leaps. Interdisciplinary artist, writer and musician
Devin Kenny will present a prototype of a platform for streamlined commissioning systems for artwork; his project proposes to disintermediate the gallery from the art collection process, so that collectors can easily commission new works directly from the artist through an easy graphic interface.
CUE Art Foundation
New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.