Tuesday, December 3, 7pm
Erdem Taşdelen is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Vancouver and currently teaches in the Critical and Cultural Studies Department at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
His practice involves a range of media including installation, drawing, sculpture, video, sound and artist books. Recent solo and group exhibitions in 2013 include: Draft Urbanism: Biennial of the Americas, Denver; Tide, Republic Gallery, Vancouver; The Semi-Aware Subject, Galeri NON, Istanbul; Hot Spot Istanbul, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Properties, Western Front, Vancouver; Envy, Enmity, Embarrassment, ARTER, Istanbul; and Signs Taken in Wonder, MAK, Vienna. As her artistic collaborator Taşdelen responded to Meriç Algün Ringborg’s exhibition at the CAG.
At the Contemporary Art Gallery we present a solo exhibition by Turkish artist Meriç Algün Ringborg, her first in a museum in North America, comprising a new large-scale commission sited across the façade of our building. Visitors are invited to ‘read’ the gallery, the work wrapping around the outside as individual phrases envelope the physical structure.
Through the appropriation of methodologies that include collecting, systematizing, and list making, much of Algün Ringborg’s practice centres on notions of cultural identity, language, belonging, and the adjoining bureaucracies. In 2012 Billboards were made for the exhibition Show Off that took place in Malmö and Nicosia respectively. The questions presented derive from The Concise Book of Visa Application Forms, 2009, the work inserting queries for private information into the public realm. At a time when immigration is at the forefront of topical news stories, the project gained significant resonance. Line No.1 (Holy Bible) (2010) was first realized at Index in Stockholm, the complete contents of the Bible running as a single line of text at eye level around the gallery room. A second version in the larger space at Witte de With, Rotterdam incorporated different versions and translations aside from the King James Version of 1611 first used in Sweden, to create a topography of vertical lines mapping across the space.
The new work at the Contemporary Art Gallery has the English dictionary as its starting point and using only selected definitions of specific words, this ambitious commission appears as a series of inter-related sentences which compose mini-narratives, realized in a way that seems to incorporate different voices and characters. As such the work evolves out of the dictionary akin to a fragmentary novel or short story, a series of episodes branching out into a loose meta-narrative concerning writing as a creative act as implied through the use of this ‘found’ language.
Vancouver, a city renowned internationally for the significance of its visual arts practice that conceptually re-pictures space and assigns meaning of the global in the local, provides a stimulating and challenging context for this piece by Algün Ringborg. Shown outside, the work intervenes in the urban fabric, addressing the narratives implicit in everyday routine and our daily lives. Furthermore its siting on the external surface of the gallery incites an evocation of the porosity of meaning that may emerge from such a public institution, through a contemplation of and dissemination of ideas seeping into the public domain. One might anticipate visitors and viewers are prompted into a personal reflection on reading the text based on recollection of previous encounters and exhibitions.MORE
Meriç Algün Ringborg and Erdem Tasdelen: Investigations on Artistic Subjectivity
This publication is a collaborative project by Turkish artists, Algün Ringborg, who exhibited Metatext at the CAG in 2013 and was included in the 2015 Venice Biennale, and Vancouver-based Tasdelen.
Collaborators Meriç Algün Ringborg and Erdem Taşdelen asked twenty-two artists to respond to a series of ten concise statements they drafted as ‘summaries of Marcel Proust’s thoughts’ from his novel In Search of Lost Time. In the novel the recurring motifs of the nature of art and the role of the artist are explored at great length. Contributors in the publication include: Derya Akay, Emanuel Almborg, Fabiola Carranza, Andjeas Ejiksson, Julia Feyrer, Goldin+Senneby, Johanna Gustafsson Furst, Jordy Hamilton, Allison Hrabluik, David Larsson, Karl Larsson, Matts Leiderstam, Nanna Nordstrom, Marina Roy, Holly Schmidt, Lina Selander, Lisa Tan, Marika Troili, Tris Vonna-Michell, Hyung Min Yoon and Elizabeth Zvonar.MORE