Production Studio Exhibition Series
Production Studio Exhibitions is a four part series showcasing
the work of nine artists from the University of Victoria's
The exhibitions take place within large industrial
space in Vancouver's east end.
This series has been made possible through
of Lucy Pullen, Assistant Professor, University of Victoria,
Visual Art Department, and through the generous support of
the University of Victoria's Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty
Studies, and the Graduate Student Society. Also a special
thanks to Brad Gough at Production Studios, for his support and
Kelly Jazvac and Patrick Howlett
April 8 - 10, 2005
So, you want to think freely!1 So do I. Let's begin with a discussion
of the revolutionary potential of negative aesthetics, say, and
the role of matter therein. Now, both the picture plane and the
ruling class propose an absolute. In each arena, representations
of absolute authority inform our every thought, word and deed.
We are surrounded and have but one option.
Matter is material.
Material decisions no longer serve the absolute values of either
picture plane or ruling class. Egg tempera is
used against itself: translucent pigment rendered opaque obfuscates
the picture plane. The thwarted DeLorean (itself an example of
matter countering a set of absolute values: a stainless steel automobile)
is re-imagined twice, in paper: bound and unbound.
a role in the production of meaning. When materials fail and methods
fall short (of what? Absolutes… of course!),
only then do you need to think. Being wrong requires thinking.
And you have always been wrong. You have always rejected absolute
authority; thinking independently as you do.
The free-thinking garbage man achieves his revolution by negation.
In so doing, he takes possession of the value set within which
he works and lives. Awaking from his torpor, he thinks through
error. Beyond the examples presented here I cannot tell you what
to do. Everyone gets to make their own mistakes.
t'es toujour trompé, René Dumal, 1928 translated
by Thomas Vosteen, You've Always Been Wrong, 1995, University of
Nebraska Press: Lincoln and London, p.67
Lucy Pullen is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University
of Victoria in British Columbia, where she researches the practical
and philosophical implications of conceptual art and sculpture.
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