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Parafacts and Parafictions: Helguera, and Blachly & Shaw

EFA Project Space, New York, Wednesday, February 10, 6:30- 8 pm
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Companion, on view through March 13, 2010
Art historian Carrie Lambert-Beatty offers a definition of the term ‘parafiction’, a term used to describe an emergent genre of artwork that plays in the overlap between fact and fiction: “Like a paramedic as opposed to a medical doctor, a parafiction is related to but not quite a member of the category of fiction as established in literature and drama. It remains a bit outside. It does not perform its procedures in the hygienic clinics of literature, but has one foot in the field of the real.” If a ‘parafiction’ operates in that space between fictional and real, alongside this term we might position a second: a ‘parafact’—an artwork that more stringently draws from the real—but a ‘real’ whose narrative is so curious, exquisite, or implausible so as to call into question its own veracity. Pablo Helguera, and Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw’s performance-presentations engage both of these tacts. In so doing, the artists raise questions about the function of truth and fiction—its bearing on knowledge, ethics, or aesthetic transformation..

Companion is an exhibition of artworks contextualized with the source that influenced their creation. Using the EFA Studios Program as a curatorial foundation, Companion culls together cultural projects that draw inspiration from references mined from history, culture, and science.
Projects by: Tom Bogaert, Cui Fei, J. Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Pablo Helguera, Sarah Oppenheimer with Edward Stanley, Karina Skvirsky, Yuken Teruya, Saya Woolfalk with Rachel Lears, plus special screening of Margaret Mead & Gregory Bateson’s ‘Bathing Babies in Three Cultures’ (1951)
Curated by: Marisa Jahn for REV-

For more information on this exhibition, please visit here

MODERNOLOGIES: Contemporary Artists Researching Modernity and Modernism

Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 12 February – 5 April, 2010

With works by Anna Artaker, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Domènec, Katja Eydel, Ângela Ferreira, Andrea Fraser, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham and Robin Hurst, Tom Holert with Claudia Honecker, Marine Hugonnier, IRWIN, Runa Islam, Klub Zwei (Simone Bader and Jo Schmeiser), John Knight, Labor k3000 (Peter Spillmann / Michael Vögeli / Marion von Osten), Louise Lawler, David Maljkovic, Dorit Margreiter, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gustav Metzger, Christian Philipp Müller, Henrik Olesen, Paulina Olowska, Falke Pisano, Mathias Poledna, Florian Pumhösl, Martha Rosler, Armando Andrade Tudela, Marion von Osten, Stephen Willats, Christopher Williams, with many other artists in the film programme.

Curated by Sabine Breitwieser
Assistant curator: Magdalena Lipska

A younger generation of artists is again increasingly addressing the legacy of modernity and modernism and the failure of the utopia associated with these terms. What has prompted contemporary artists to investigate modernity and modernism, and its aesthetic manifestation? What are these artists’ relationships to the promises and formal languages of modernity? How can this historical era even be critically reflected in and subjected to re-evaluation? Modernologies unfolds a cartography of alternative viewpoints and narratives, lines of conflicts and unresolved contradictions. About 130 works and projects by more than thirty artists and collectives establish a new ‘mapping of the critique of modernity’.
The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA).
Image: Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw, Photograph from the archives of The Temporary Museum of Vaseline in Perth Amboy, 2010; held here


'Avant-Gardening is an arts and environment project aimed at engaging 
all sectors of the community with environmental and sustainability issues 
through art, gardening and food. Avant-Gardening aims to solicit the 
community's creative responses to issues such as global warming, 
recycling and bio-diversity through an ongoing and organically evolving 
programme of arts which will give a voice to the participants and 
involve them in cutting-edge arts projects and activities. 

Avant-Gardening brings fun and creativity into the city's urban green 
spaces and encourages participants to reconsider the local environment 
and their interaction with it. 

These aims will be achieved through a programme that introduces 
participants to contemporary arts practice and environment and 
sustainability issues. We will work with artists with an interest in 
the urban environment and socially-engaged practice; including 
publicworks, Lisa Cheung and Rob Rainbow (formerly of The Light Surgeons)
 to develop ambitious projects that are as artistically valid as they 
are socially-engaged. Avant-Gardening is developed and programmed 
by Paul Green and Polly Brannan.'

Avant Gardening is based in East London, UK.
Above: Mobile Allotment, by Lisa Cheung. Image held here.
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