Image: Tom Sachs, RCS Losers, 2007
Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, USA
August – October, 2008
Artists: Rebecca Baron, Tom Sachs, and Richard Wentworth
The exhibition considers the object and archive as they are constructed, corrupted, and reinterpreted through cultural context and significance. Central to this is the ability of art to intersect within this dynamic process, where the role of the artist is that of an individual agent of contextualization and coherence. Each artist engages with the ways in which we organize and value material objects and artifacts within society.
The work in the exhibition is concerned with the creation and disruption of differing types of archive, where each artist approaches the notion of the archive in a significantly different way. Rebecca Baron’s film The Idea of North uses the recovered photographic images of S. A. Andrée’s failed 1897 expedition to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon. Baron explicitly implicates the viewer as a constructor of meaning in reading between images. Tom Sachs characterizes himself as a bricoleur in his re-making of a diversity of cultural objects in a meticulous but overtly hand fabricated fashion. Sachs’ work becomes a handmade interrogation of a relationship between culturally elevated and everyday objects. Richard Wentworth’s photographic series Making Do and Getting By, document found instances of pragmatic inventiveness on the streets of cities around the world. These snapshots depict simple interventions in the urban environment as means of problem solving but in turn, speak to human inventiveness and differing value systems.