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Gareth Long – Reading Over the Shoulders of Giants

22 01 2014 00:00 01:00

Gareth Long (b.1979, Toronto) currently lives and works in London. He is the first ever Curator in Residence at the Kunsthalle Wien. He holds a BA in Visual Studies and Classical Civilizations from the University of Toronto and an MFA from Yale University.


Long’s solo exhibitions have been mounted at Oakville Galleries, Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto; the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; Kate Werble Gallery, New York; Michael Benevento, Los Angeles; TORRI, Paris; and SpazioA, Pistoia. His work has been shown at galleries and institutions such as MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, CO; The Power Plant, Toronto, ON; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC; Artists Space, New York, NY; Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York, NY; Flat Time House, London, UK; Drawing Room, London, UK; Spike Island, Bristol, UK; Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL; NICC, Antwerp, BE; University of Tasmania, Hobart, AU. In 2014 Long will open a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna titled “Kidnappers Foil”.

Artist Gareth Long will talk about his work, focusing particularly on those parts of his practice that find their root in a kind of ‘conceptual reading’. Conceptual reading is here understood as a practice that establishes new uses for books and texts, and that moves reading out of the realm of contemplation and into the space of action. Long’s work centres on processes of transference, translation and collaboration as a means to question authorship, originality, and the mechanisms of cultural and knowledge production.

This lecture is part of 'What's the Story?', a series of lectures on narrativity in art & design organized by St Lucas University College of Art & Design Antwerp.