Alan Belcher, b. 1957, lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His practice spans more than thirty years, and includes a vibrant career as a gallerist, forays into curatorial, editorial, and advertising, a skiiled use of media, and a practice at skeptical remove from market, speculation and hype, while tackling their content all the same. Belcher founded Nature Morte Gallery, in New York City, in the 1980s, and was one of the motors behind the art world as we know it today.
The Dog Chew Rag of Alan Belcher is just that, a skillful conglomeration of a ridiculous toy that the artist's small terrier, Milo, probably plays with.
But the work is more than that: it's a totem, an Algonquin shield, a use of the readymade in a sculptural mode, and a translation of an object produced en masse in China, rewoven together by computer in the hands of an artist in Toronto, and then delegated, via New York and Rome, back to Asia, to the patient weavers of Katmandu. It's a perfect example of the liquid society we live in, yet Dog Chew Rag has the authorial strength of an object that lifts off from its reference, because its designer, an artist, understands form, material, and the migration of cultural symbols, deeply.
Completed Carpet, Dog Chew Rag, 1.5m diameter, 2016
Artist Design for Dog Chew Rag, 2016
Of the many British artists to emerge in the last twenty years, and claim preeminence in the global art scene, Liam Gillick, British artist, lives and works in New York City, with a global practice. In addition to art, his interests span music, teaching, architecture, and design. Gillick is especially known for his brilliant us of color, applied to stainless steel and plexiglass structures, as well as his ability to index seemingly simple forms to complex socio-economic or historical constructs.
Liam Gillick's design for this carpet was inspired by the Frankfurt Kitchen, first designed in 1926 by Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky. The goal of the Frankfurt Kitchen is simple: to create the most efficient kitchen space. It was designed to be cost efficient, time-saving, and hygienic. Importantly, this design separated the kitchen from the living space, creating a separation between work (the kitchen), and leisure (the living room).
Born in 1945, the American artist is known as a pioneer of conceptual and installation art, which began to emerge in the mid-1960s. As a conceptual artists, Kosuth strips art of personal emotion, focusing on the objects as language and meaning.
Often referencing psychoanalysis and philosophy of language, Kosuth's carpet refers to the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics. The carpet is in fact named after Wittgenstein's book Remarks on the Foundations of Mathematics (German: Bemerkungen über die Grundlagen der Mathematik), published in 1956.
Joseph Kosuth, Remarks on the Foundation of Mathematics, 2m x 3m, 2015
Completed Carpet Remarks On the Foundation of Mathematics, 2m x 3m, 2015
Artist Design Remarks On the Foundation of Mathematics, 2015
Ken Lum is Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1999), and numerous awards. A Canadian artist, formerly of Vancouver, Lum has also worked curatorially, in China (2005), Africa (2001), as well as the Middle East, as co-curator of the Sharjah Biennial (2005). A retrospective of his practice originated in 2011 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The artist has appeared in multiple Biennales around the world, as well as Documenta (2002).
Ken Lum, The Path from Shallow Love to Deeper Love, 3m x 3m, 2015
Julião Sarmento was born in 1948 in Lisbon, Portugal and lives and works in Estoril, Portugal. He studied painting and architecture at the Lisbon School of Fine Arts. Throughout his career, Sarmento has worked in a wide range of media – painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, film, video and installation. He has had numerous one-person and group exhibitionsthroughout the world over the past four decades.
Julião Sarmento represented Portugal at the 46th Venice Biennale (1997). He was included in Documenta 7 (1982) and 8 (1987); the Venice Biennale (1980 and 2001) and the São Paulo Biennale in 2002. His work is represented in many public and private collections in North and South America, Europe and Japan.
Julião Sarmento nasceu em Lisboa, em 1948 e vive e trabalha no Estoril. Estudou Pintura e Arquitectura na Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa. No decorrer da sua carreira, utilizou uma enorme variedade de meios – pintura, escultura, fotografia, filme, vídeo e instalação e realizou inúmeras exposições individuais e colectivas tanto em Portugal como no estrangeiro. Julião Sarmento representou Portugal na 46ª Bienal de Veneza (1997). Foi incluído nas Documentas 7 (1982) e 8 (1987); nas Bienais de Veneza de 1980 e 2001 e na Bienal de São Paulo de 2002. O seu trabalho está representado em diversas colecções públicas e privadas na Europa, America do Norte, America do Sul e Japão.
Heimo Zobernig is a Professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna from 1977 to 1980. Retrospectives have taken place in Vienna, Madrid, and Kunsthaus Graz. Other exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zürich (2011), and a shared exhibition between Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Modern Art Centre, Lisbon (2011), CAPC- Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux; Galleria Civica Modena; and Kuntstverein Braunschweig. Zobernig is the recipient of numerous awards, and is most recently the winner of one of Europe’s top art prizes, the 2016 Roswitha Haftmann Prize
Emilia and Ilya Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that have been collaborating since 1988. Their work fuses the conceptual with the everyday. Ilya is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century. Growing up in the Soviet Union, their work focuses on Soviet society and culture, highlighting its universal significance.
Their work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Documenta IX, at the Whitney Biennial in 1997 and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, to name a few. The Kabakovs have also received a number of honors and awards, including the Oscar Kokoschka Preis, Vienna, in 2002 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, in 1995.