Annie MacDonell’s “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition)” – NRATI

 

Readings inspired by Annie MacDonell’s “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition)”

Annie MacDonell in attendance

 

 

Readings inspired by Annie MacDonell’s “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition)”

Annie MacDonell in attendance

 

In conjunction with Mercer Union’s exhibition of Annie MacDonell’s “Originality and the Avant Garde (On Art and Repetition),” a selection of texts will be read aloud and discussed with the artist within the context of her exhibition at the gallery.

 

The title of the show is not wholly unique. It borrows from the title
of a 1981 Rosalind Krauss text, which questions the avant garde’s
attachment tonotions of authenticity and its denial of its own
foundation in processes of repetition. The terms of the production and
reception of art have shifted since the writing of that text, through
both the foregrounding of appropriation as a critical art practice and
the rise of sampling at all levels of cultural production. Appropriation
and repetition have become central to the way art and ideas circulate,
and yet the cult of originality as described by Krauss still
overwhelmingly defines our valuation of the contemporary in art. Through
a series of doublings and transpositions, the exhibition investigates
the potential of repetition as a model for generating meaning.
Photographs, film, reflection, projection, the space of the studio and
the space of the gallery are superimposed one upon the other in a
proliferation of analogues that take for subject their own state of
interconnection.

 

Participation in No Reading After the Internet is free and open to
everyone, regardless of their familiarity with a text or its
author. Texts will be handed out at the salon. No pre-reading or
research is required.

 

Annie MacDonell is
a visual artist whose practice includes film, photography, sculpture,
installation and sound. Her work deals with exhausted ideas and images,
and the conventions of display as they exist in relation to art and the
space of the gallery. She earned a BFA from Ryerson’s School of Image
Arts, in Toronto and an MFA from Le Fresnoy, in Tourcoing, France. She
has shown work and screened films internationally. Currently, she
teaches in the photography department at Ryerson University.

 

Mercer Union, A Centre for Contemporary Art is an artist-run
centre dedicated to the existence of contemporary art. We provide a
forum for the production and exhibition of Canadian and international
conceptually and aesthetically engaging art and related cultural
practices. We pursue our primary concerns through critical activities
that include exhibitions, lectures, screenings, performances,
publications, events and special projects

 

 

 

Tuesday 31 January 2012 19:00  

Non-members: Free
Members: Free

Location:
Mercer Union 
1286 Bloor Street West 
Toronto ON Canada