Sunday, March 17, 2013

Am Nuden Da: Untitled

Session_12_Words + Untitled Private View Friday 12th November 2010_3-6
Show open 13th to 21th November 2010

Four Boxes Gallery
Krabbesholm Alle 15
7800 Skive, Denmark

Press release

Words was first realised in 2009 and shown in Am Nuden Da's former London space in conjunction with the Los Angeles based journal Material. It was conceived as an exhibition focused on artists' use of the written word. To coincide with the re-installation of Words at Four Boxes Gallery, Am Nuden Da has curated the exhibition Untitled .
The 13 artists participating in Untitled have responded to a proposition that the works shown here should be chosen on the basis of their status as 'Untitled'. Where Words foregrounds language at the expense of materiality, Untitled performs antithetically by engaging with the physical and visual.
For the Words exhibition 85 artists have been invited to email a 'text piece' to Am Nuden Da who, using a standardised format, have copied and pasted each submission onto a single sheet of A4. All pieces are set in Arial,  the  default typeface, at point 10 size. This dogmatic method represents an attempt to foreground language ahead of personal style, design, layout and graphic appearance.
The installation of the untitled works offers a contrasting visual and material situation, one where categorising and identifying the artwork takes a paradoxical turn by relying on a linguistic association, that of being unnamed. Throughout the last century the 'Untitled' proposition has become not simply a default mechanism for not assigning a name to a work of art but a recognised methodology, one which this show addresses.
Marcel Duchamp christened the modern title as an "invisible color," offering it a name that was simultaneously precise, paradoxical, ironic and impossible. 1
you must say words, as long as there are any, until they find me, until they say me, strange pain, strange sin, you must go on, perhaps it's done already, perhaps they have said me already, perhaps they have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, it will be the silence, where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on. 2
"When?" 3 
1 "Invisible Colors: A Visual History of Titles", John C. Welchman (Yale University Press, 1997) p. 8
2 "The Unnamable", Samuel Beckett
3 Untitled , 2010, Cally Spooner


Jesse Ash
Andrea Büttner
Stefan Burger
Hsiao Chen
David Raymond Conroy
Aleksandra Domanovic
Lina Viste Grønli
Geoge Henry Longly
Helen Marten
Philomene Pirecki
Giles Round
Ama Saru
Cally Spooner


Øystein Aasan
Marya Alford
Kathryn Andrews
Adriana Salazar Arroyo
Jesse Ash
Charles Avery
Fiona Banner
Becky Beasley
Stephanie Bolt
Olivia Booth
Stefan Brüggemann
Matthew Buckingham
Andrea Büttner
Stefan Burger
Josh Callaghan
Carrit & Palmer
Alejandro Cesarco
Jake Chapman
Terry Chatkupt
Hsiao Chen
Paolo Chiasera
Marcus Civin
David Raymond Conroy
Simon Cunningham
Robin Dicker
Aleksandra Domanovic
Samuel Fouracre
Maria Fusco
Aurélien Gamboni
Ryan Gander
Joy Gerrard
Douglas Gordon
Alyssa Gorelick
Lina Viste Grønli
Emilie Halpern
Will Holder
Yngve Holen
David Horvitz
Sven Johne
Farrah Karapetian
Peter Kirby
Susan Kordalewski
Jenny Moore Koslowsky
Oliver Laric
Ian Law
Wiebke Leister
Geoge Henry Longly
Shana Lutker
Ignacio Mardones
Helen Marten
Elizabeth McAlpine
Jessica Minckley
Daniel Mueller-Friedrichsen
Melanie Nakaue
Arthur Ou
Katrina Palmer
Douglas Park 
Chris Peters
Regine Petersen
Kate Pickering
Philomene Pirecki
Wolfgang Plo?ger
David Price
Dan Rees
Olivier Richon
Declan Rooney
Martha Rosler
Giles Round
Ama Saru
Scanlon & Grivell
Emma Shercliff
Cally Spooner
Jack Strange
Roman Vasseur
Laurence Weiner
Richard Wentworth
Dee Williams
Duncan Wooldridge
Charlie Woolley
Cerith Wyn Evans
Eric Yahnker
Viola Yesiltac

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