During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close is the second episode of a recurrent commitment made by WIELS that relates the artists formerly involved in the residency programme to its exhibition programme. The proximity of the studios to the exhibition spaces prompts increased attention to the following questions: what is the exhibition space, and what is there behind a show? The studio, research but, above all, time.
When the public visits the exhibitions at WIELS, there are, in the same building, artists who are at that moment creating, researching and elaborating new projects. The exhibition space becomes the studio’s alter ego, or, conversely, finds itself in a situation of proximity that is not purely symbolic. The importance of the relation between studio and exhibition space is delineated in a process that multiplies the individual moment of the studio and displaces it into a collective dimension. In this sense, every work made in one’s individual and intimate studio is a prospective projection towards the exhibition spaces.
The artist’s studio is a place of perennial reflection on the state of art, a place to elaborate and transform what happens in the exhibition space, which, for its part, wants to fix a particular state of art by showing the contents of the artist’s studio. This dynamics is evident at WIELS, which, in a way, affects also the identity of the institution, in which research becomes the common denominator between these two spaces.
With: Melissa Gordon (US/UK), Lina Viste Grønli (NO), Rob Johannesma (NL), Aukje Koks (NL), G. Küng (CH/US), Cathérine Lommée (BE), Emmanuelle Quertain (BE), Grace Schwindt (DE/UK)
Curator: Lorenzo Benedetti (b. 1972 in Rome) lives en works in Amsterdam and Paris. Benedetti was director of De Vleeshal in Middelburg since 2008, and has recently been appointed as the new director of De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam.
Assistant Curator: Caroline Dumalin (WIELS)
Opening: 13.06.2014, 19:30