Adam McEwen is part of the exhibition Le songe d’Ulysse at Villa Carmignac, Villa Carmignac, Ile de Porquerolles, from 30 April 2022 to 16 October 2022

Adam McEwen places his work at the intersection of popular culture and personal mythologies. One of those stories that stagnate under the surface and refuse to disappear is here printed on sponge.

Guest curator: Francesco Stocchi (Boijmans van Beuningen Museum)

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Presentation of the exhibition

Art : Concept is pleased to present Try doing anything without it, the first solo exhibition of Kate Newby at the gallery.

“Kate Newby (b. Aotearoa New Zealand in 1979, lives and works in Texas) often speaks of her work from the standpoint of “care.” Her work invokes kinship, communion, and the safe keeping of commonplace objects and the physical phenomena that shape them. Using methods and production schedules that condition the work in its becoming, she asks what is possible in a material’s life cycle, and the varied unknowns in its manufacture.”

“For Try doing anything without it, the artist has created work made locally in France and tailored to the specific architecture of the gallery […]. What unites these works is the act of letting materials perform, without too much control over their own agency. By directing our attention to changing aspects in the larger social fabric, Newby asks for attunement, particularly to the often overlooked smaller details, rhythms, and scales in life.”

Extract of the press release, by Jennifer Teets, Paris, April, 2022

Jacob Kassay, ‘Brush’, 2020 – Interview filmed in March 2022 at Art : Concept, Paris.
Courtesy of the artist and Art : Concept, Paris

L’installation est composée de sept briques posées à même le sol, sans disposition particulière. Ces briques proviennent de la “Brush Brothers Brick Company”, créée à Buffalo (New York, Etats-Unis) au milieu du XIXe siècle.

Sur chacune d’entre elles, le mot “BRUSH” – parfois mal orthographié – a été apposé au tampon dans cette usine de fabrication qui employait notamment de nombreux immigrants.

Comme les ouvriers qui y travaillaient, ces objets sont anonymes. Pourtant, avec le temps qui modifie progressivement leur forme et leur couleur, les briques gagnent une certaine individualité. Ainsi, elles semblent être un clin d’œil au 12 Rules for Pure Art d’Ad Reinhardt (1957) : ‘no forms, no design, no colors…’. L’utilisation ludique du mot ‘brush’ (“pinceau” en français) par Jacob Kassay fait intelligemment allusion à l’acte de peindre.

Visite du showroom sur rendez-vous.

Jacob Kassay, ‘Brush’, 2020 – Interview filmed in March 2022 at Art : Concept, Paris.
Courtesy of the artist and Art : Concept, Paris

The installation is composed of seven bricks placed on the ground, without any particular arrangement. These bricks come from the “Brush Brothers Brick Company”, created in Buffalo (New York, USA) in the middle of the 19th century.

On each of them, the word “BRUSH” – sometimes misspelled – was stamped in this manufacture that employed many immigrants.

Like the workers who worked there, these objects are anonymous. However, as time progressively changes their shape and color, the bricks gain a certain individuality. Thus, they seem to be a nod to Ad Reinhardt’s 12 Rules for Pure Art (1957): ‘no forms, no design, no colors…’. Jacob Kassay’s playful use of the word ‘brush’ cleverly alludes to the act of painting.

Visit of the showroom only by appointment.