January 9, 2003 - Swiss Institute - Liquid Sky – Liquid Concrete
January 9, 2003

Liquid Sky – Liquid Concrete

Liquid Sky - Liquid Concrete
24/01/2003 - 06/04/2003 / 14/01/2003 - 15/02/2003

FRAC Bourgogne
49, rue Longvic
21000 Dijon, France

Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art
495 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012
USA
t: 212 925 2035
f: 212 925 2040

www.swissinstitute.net

Tony Matelli, “Sleepwalker”, 1997

SWISS INSTITUTE-CONTEMPORARY ART PRESENTS:

LIQUID SKY with CHRISTOPH BÜCHEL / BOB GRAMSMA, TONY MATELLI, DEBORA WARNER

curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, Artistic Director of SI

-and-

LIQUID CONCRETE / ERIC HATTAN

with Zoe Leonard in the Lounge. Michel François in the Library and
Eddie Chu in the Lobby

Jan 14 – Feb 15, 2003 / reception Jan 14, 6-8 pm

at Swiss Institute – Contemporary Art / 495 Broadway, 3rd Floor / 212 925 2035

LIQUID SKY / FRAC BOURGOGNE / DIJON (F)

In the exhibition LIQUID SKY, twenty-four cars are overturned and
meticulously parked, one next to the other. Walking on the new floor,
formed by the chassis, or through the upside-down interiors of the cars,
we feel as though the world has been turned on its head. Alone in the
next room, lit like twilight; a sleepwalker seems to be lost. The deafening
buzz of a helicopter tears through the space every 15 minutes.

How far can we stretch reality until it breaks? How many layers can
we add on to reality before it collapses?

These questions are at the heart of LIQUID SKY, a group exhibition and
the first installment in a series of projects organized by Marc-Olivier
Wahler about the elasticity of the real.

The second exhibition in the series will be held at the Swiss Institute-Contemporary art in New York:

EXTRA, opening March 5, 2003.

LIQUID CONCRETE / SWISS INSTITUTE – CONTEMPORARY ART / NEW YORK,
NY

“Every day, I am astonished anew by the straightforward way cats
change direction and by how life continues on its way while producing the most
vivid images at the same time. On walks through the city, a small video camera is an ideal notebook.” –Eric Hattan

Taking the incidental as subject matter, the work of Hattan, Leonard and
François, introduces a new preoccupation at the SI: looking at what
happens in the time and space “between”, so that this
exhibition is portrayed as a sort of intermission. This theme of intermission or
entr’acte will recur unexpectedly in the SI’s programming
this year, challenging the accepted notion of an exhibition having defined
beginning and end points. The repetition and incidental beauty of the works in
LIQUID CONCRETE will serve as a kind of trailer, introducing the idea
that exhibitions do not begin or end, but rather flow and linger.

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