a show part of the cycle c/o – an alternate correspondence curated by Marianne Derrien
c/o – an alternate correspondence is a cycle of four exhibitions presented at 1/9unosunove from March 2014 to February 2015 curated by Marianne Derrien. Each of the shows are based on the correspondence between two artists through their affinities, their common reflections and their desires to ally or to confront their practices.
To try out alternated and alternative forms of correspondence, the first exhibition of the cycle sees the English artist Dan Shaw-Town invite the American artist Josh Tonsfeldt to share the space of the gallery. Revitalizing the epistolary experience, the correspondence contains the energy of the meeting and integrates all the expectations related to the other. From the vulnerability of the displaced communication to the co-presence of the artists and the curator, the exhibition becomes a singular assemblage of common experiments.
The formal qualities of the processes are similar in many aspects for both artists: the use of rough materials in search of an economy of means and simplicity ; surfaces and images experimented throughout transfers and printings, questioning the connexions between sculpture, drawing and architectural space.
For the exhibition, Dan Shaw-Town produced a new body of works : paintings made using a heat transfer process with Newsprint ironed directly onto a prepared aluminium substrate. The painted surface acts as a tool rather than an autonomous medium.
In Shaw-Town’s work, transfer is about movement, and this invisible space in between the object (newspaper) and the works surface. This is where the work is made. The use of bars (steel tubes) in his work, attached to the wall or floor, sometimes running directly in front of works promotes further thoughts about this illusionary vs real and/or corporeal space.
Josh Tonsfeldt produces works ranging from installation and sculpture to prints and video. In his practice, the works are often connected within the space, yet retain an open, enigmatic presence. For this exhibition Tonsfeldt will exhibit a selection of objects incorporating plaster, photography, and inkjet printing, as well as several works to be made within the gallery.
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