Of Other Spaces

Christian Tomaszewski, PLAYTIME, 2009
Maya Schweizer and Clemens von Wedemeyer, Metropolis, Report from China, 2006 (still)
color, sound, German/English, English/German subtitled
Robert Buck, Constellation (“To find the Western Path, Right thro’ the Gates of Wrath”), 2008
Laurent Montaron, Will there be a sea battle tomorrow?, 2008 (still)
Dan Graham, Serpentine II, 1995
Jane and Louise Wilson, Erewhon (Blue Skin Bay I), 2004
Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975
Laura Lisbon, Corner Set-up (Wall Displacement), 2009

Christian Tomaszewski, PLAYTIME, 2009

carpet, clear globe, two sofas, two chairs, one ashtray, one lamp, black mirror, fabric screen, three doors

sound (40 minutes); 950 square feet; courtesy of the artist

Maya Schweizer and Clemens von Wedemeyer, Metropolis, Report from China, 2006 (still)

video BetaSP, color, sound; 42 minutes

courtesy of the artists

Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf, She Might Belong to You, 2007

DV mastered on Digi Beta 37 minutes; courtesy of the artists

Robert Buck, Constellation (“To find the Western Path, Right thro’ the Gates of Wrath”), 2008

headstone, surveillance mirror, steer skull, 3D print, Tumi luggage and barricade; 112 x 373 x 110 inches

courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and CRG Gallery, New York

Laurent Montaron, Will there be a sea battle tomorrow?, 2008 (still)

HD film, color, sound; 11 minutes, 41 seconds

courtesy of the artist and galerie schleicher+lange, Paris

Dan Graham, Serpentine II, 1995

two-way mirror, transparent glass, punched aluminum, aluminum; 14 x 36 x 30 inches

courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Jane and Louise Wilson, Erewhon (Blue Skin Bay I), 2004

c-print on aluminum in plexi box, 70.75 x 70.75 inches

courtesy of the artists and 303 Gallery, New York

Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975

16 mm film on video, color, without sound, 18:40 minutes

courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Laura Lisbon, Corner Set-up (Wall Displacement), 2009

wood, paper, canvas, acrylic paint dimensions variable

courtesy of the artist

Christian Tomaszewski, PLAYTIME, 2009  thumbnail
Maya Schweizer and Clemens von Wedemeyer, Metropolis, Report from China, 2006 (still) thumbnail
Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf, She Might Belong to You, 2007 thumbnail
Robert Buck, Constellation (“To find the Western Path, Right thro’ the Gates of Wrath”), 2008 thumbnail
Laurent Montaron, Will there be a sea battle tomorrow?, 2008 (still)  thumbnail
Dan Graham, Serpentine II, 1995 thumbnail
Jane and Louise Wilson, Erewhon (Blue Skin Bay I), 2004  thumbnail
Gordon Matta-Clark, Conical Intersect, 1975 thumbnail
Laura Lisbon, Corner Set-up (Wall Displacement), 2009  thumbnail
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Of Other Spaces is about how space affects human behavior and experience. The exhibition asks us to consider the ways in which spaces are charged with authority, and both serve and suppress our actions and ways of relating. The concept of “other spaces” is inspired by the philosophy of Michel Foucault, especially his thoughts on social relations and cultural practices expressed in the intersection of space, architecture, and history. In a rarely cited 1967 text by Foucault, entitled Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias, he introduces what he callsheterotopias–different or other spaces.

Hospitals, prisons, schools, libraries, museums, fairgrounds, cinemas, beaches, cemeteries, gardens, hotel suites, train stations, and even mirrors have the potential to be other spaces. Other spaces are essentially virtual. They function in accordance with personal memories, associations, experiences, and imaginings that one has of these very real sites. By making common practices strange, Foucault’s writing often initiates conversations about habitual actions, in this case, in relation to space. The collection of works of art on exhibit here and the reprinting of Foucault’s text on “heterotopias” in the exhibition catalogue form the visual and philosophical catalyst for thinking about the function and meaning of space in everyday life.

This exhibition includes a screening of She Might Belong to You (2007) by Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf, Metropolis, Report from China (2006) by Maya Schweizer and Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Will there be a sea battle tomorrow? (2008) by Laurent Montaron at the film/video theater at Wexner Center for the Arts.

Of Other Spaces archive

Mary Jo Bole, Michael Brown, Alain Bublex, Robert Buck, Gregory Crewdson, Dan Graham, Candida Höfer, Guillaume Leblon, Laura Lisbon, Gordon Matta-Clark, Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf, Laurent Montaron, Maryléne Negro, TJ Norris and Scott Wayne Indiana, Sarah Schönfeld, Maya Schweizer, Suzanne Silver, Christian Tomaszewski, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Jane and Louise Wilson

Curator

James Voorhies

Institution

Columbus College of Art & Design, OH
Feb 25—Apr 25, 2009

Made possible with a Curatorial Research Grant from Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art; grants from Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council with support from Columbus College of Art & Design