"Aram Artin Interviews" presents:
"Like Butter Plays Toast"
(an exclusive interview with the Dealer, Curator, Art Handler, & Artist of the show: "JOMAR STATKUN")
The exhibition “Jomar Statkun”
is on view at Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery)
January 19th - February 23rd, 2014
Garis & Hahn is pleased to present "Jomar Statkun", an exhibition of the artist’s complete work to date. The collection will be installed in the gallery's downstairs space, leaving the upstairs empty until work is introduced through weekly “decorations” that will slowly transform the main space. Through participation and performance, visitors will be invited to the basement “Public Viewing Room” to interact with the artist as well as look at, examine, and handle the works of art. This marks the gallery’s first solo show by an exhibiting artist. An opening reception will be held on January 19th, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM at Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery), to be followed by a weekly roster of programming developed around Statkun’s work.
At the start of the exhibition, the gallery's upstairs space will be empty. As a result of various prompts, interactions, games, and activities, the upstairs will be gradually “decorated” with works from the collection that reside in the basement. A new prompt, interaction, game, or activity, which addresses a 'Presentation,' will be introduced on select days throughout the duration of the exhibition (a total of 5 weeks). A history of these weekly “decorations” will remain on the upstairs gallery walls in varying forms of reproductions. Throughout the exhibition Jomar Statkun will assume the roles of art handler, curator, dealer, and artist on a daily basis.
Information about the 'Presentations’:
“Art Presence: A Buyer's Feathers”
(Reception: Sunday, January 19th from 6 – 8 PM)
The opening week will be solely dedicated to the artworks that are sold during that week. For any interested buyers, Jomar Statkun will be available to discuss the work, pricing options, and possible installation of the work into the exhibition. Naturally, a form of “Art Presence: A Buyer's Feathers” will continue throughout the duration of the exhibition.
“Players: An Artist Ready to Retire”
(Performance: Sunday, January 26th, starts at 5 PM)
"L'artisan" is a game created by Jomar Statkun. It is based on the German board game, Carcassonne, in which players compete to occupy and complete cities, roads and farmland. For "L'artisan", Statkun has remade all the pieces by hand (114 gaming tiles, game board pieces, and a wooden box that houses the complete game) and transformed the structure and objective of the game to navigating the “Art World” - cities are now galleries, roads are paths of collectors, and farmland is cultural capital. During the game, the players take on the role of artists, and the pieces they use on the board represent their artwork. At the beginning of the week, a game of "L'artisan" will be played by a select group of individuals who, by playing the game, will win opportunities to choose their favorite Jomar Statkun artworks from the basement and have them installed into the exhibition in the upstairs gallery space wherever they choose. Following this opening game, "L'artisan" will be on view at the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
“Labor of Love: A Fabricator's Hamburger Helper”
(Reception: Tuesday, February 4th from 6 – 8 PM)
A number of works by Jomar Statkun have been made in collaboration with a painting reproduction factory in China. During this week, through an exchange and collaboration, the painters in China will be invited to insert “their own” paintings into the exhibition in the upstairs gallery space.
“Think Inside of the Box: A Gallery's Gallery”/"BANAL ZONE"
(Reception: Sunday, February 11th from 6 – 8 PM)
Mary Garis and Sophie Hahn from Garis & Hahn in collaboration with Lynda Erickson curate a show from a series of paintings based on Richard Prince's disputed "Canal Zone" series, and other Prince related subject matter, commissioned by Jomar Statkun from a Chinese painting factory. The action is meant to explore issues of appropriation, outsourcing and contemporary artist practices, which can mean an artist never physically touches their work.
“Take it to be Framed: A Critic's Tail”
(Reception: Sunday, February 18th from 6 – 8 PM)
A week dedicated to criticism.
"Like Butter Plays Toast" (video, 67 minutes)
Thank you to Mary Garis and Sophie Hahn of Garis & Hahn
Many thanks to Aram Artin (for having us on his show and his immense support of the exhibition)
Video & photography:
Blake Carrington, Asa Gauen, Aram Jibilian, and R.Y.
(A huge thank you, not possible without you!)
Jomar Statkun 2014