“On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation” and “Alberto Aguilar: Object Reservation”

On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation

curated by Laura Shaeffer, John Preus and Alberto Aguilar

Hyde Park Kunstverein
Alberto Aguilar: Object Reservation

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 26th, 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Red Flags Salon hosts: Rafael E. Vera and Mara Baker

Exhibition Runs: May 26 – July 15, 2012
(A schedule of accompanying events will be released separately)

Participating artists:
Hope Esser, Nazafarin Lotfi, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Teresa Pankratz, Bryan Saner, Jorge Lucero, Hui-min Tsen, Samuel Sotelo-Avila, Alex Bradley Cohen, Pete Fagundo, Norman Long, Rafael E. Vera, Mara Baker, Adam Farcus, Alexander Stewart, Madeleine Bailey, Erik Peterson, Rachel Herman, Tom Burtonwood, Rebecca Beachy, Daniel Tucker, Michael Webster, Coleen Plumb, Edra Soto, Dan Sullivan, Elizabeth Szwaya, Matthew John McWilliams, Mike Moceri, Andrea Smith, Chris Lin, Kayce Bayer, Victoria Martinez, Collective Cleaners, Jim Duignan and Teacher’s Lounge

On Making Things Matter: Strategies For Preservation
This is a show about leaving. As many of you are aware, SHoP will close down/move on July 31st. In keeping with tracking our life in the house, this exhibition explores strategies for holding onto experience, for wringing the meaning and significance out of the things that happen to us. We take pictures, we buy souvenirs, we write in journals, we perform rituals, we have parties, we tell stories and embellish them. Clearly, without memory we are helpless, but why not just let it happen and move on? Is enjoyment of an experience exclusive of the possibility of documenting it? Do we have to choose between immersing ourselves in experience and abstracting ourselves from it so as to understand, document, remember, define it?

Cognitive science suggests that when we recall something, we are in each case remembering the last time we remembered it, and not returning to the primary source. Memory is fugitive, like the color red. It cannot maintain vibrancy for long, yet certain experiences, whether chosen or imposed, persist as primary, significant, essential narrative features in our autobiographies. Can these moments be authored, or do they happen in spite of us?

Alberto Aguilar: Object Reservation
The shelves of the library are filled with white objects collected from homes of Hyde Park residents. These are intentionally arranged to speak to one another and as a whole. They represent an array of Hyde Park residents but are mute due to the fact that they are colorless and compulsively arranged in a frontal manner. A few pieces of white furniture within the space function in the same way as their shelved counterparts.

A table and two chairs stand as sentinels at the entrance of the space but are not recognizable at first glance. The chairs show their backs and are covered with painted white planes, the table is turned at its side baring its top, covered with a white tablecloth. This obscures what they are and blocks the view of the guests and their immediate entrance. Visitors are able to walk around them to enter the space at which point they can recognize them as chairs and a table and be presented by all of the shelved white objects.

The final component of this exhibit is a sound piece that one could listen to in the peace and quiet of the library on headphones. It is composed of excerpts from interviews of the same people that lent their objects. These sound bites consist of their candid views towards living in Hyde Park, descriptions of the lent objects and their significance and impromptu singing or refusal to do so.

For the entire exhibit the lenders of object and voice will remain anonymous. At the end of the exhibit the table at the front of the space will be laid down on its accurate side, the chairs will be turned and the space will be opened up. All the lenders, curators and a few strangers will be invited to share a meal and retrieve their objects. This will mark the end.

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