We are pleased to present a work by Ian Wilson in the third exhibition of our project space “2”.
„I present oral communication as an object, ... all art is information and communication. I’ve chosen to speak rather than sculpt. I’ve freed art from a specific place. It’s now possible for everyone. I’m diametrically opposed to the preciuos object. My art is not visual but visualized.“
Ian Wilson (born 1940 in South Africa, lives in New York) is one of the leading figures of the Concept Art in the sixties. Along with Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth and Robert Barry, he refuses all forms of the objectification of art and therefore frees art from the object. The most radical dematerialisation becomes form in the spoken language as art object. The never recorded speech withdraws itself from tangibility and becomes the epitome of nonvisual abstraction.
The here presented “Chalk Circle on the Floor” is one of the two single tangible works of Ian Wilson, first shown in 1968 in the Bykert Gallery in New York.
This exhibition is part of an exhibition series where the artists of the gallery are invited to curate an exhibition of another artist that has been chosen by them. Beside the fact that “2” is an extension of our gallery the title of this exhibition space is intended to cover other associated meanings as e.g. phonetically “too” or literally “two”. In this respect there is a wide range of interpretations of “2” where the exhibited works tell also a lot about the inviting artist. Ian Wilson is invited by Jonathan Monk.
During the exhibition Ian Wilson will have a public discussion at 25. May 2005, 7pm at the ZKM Vortragssaal.
Translation Zoe Miller
07.05.2005 – 18.06.2005, Ausstellungsraum 2 Karlsruhe