press release

The late British artist John Latham referred to the 'Incidental Person' as someone who invests a situation, observes it and responds to it in a specific, though not necessarily tangible or practical, way. For Latham and some of the other artists involved in Artist Placement Group (APG) between the 1960s and 1980s, the Incidental Person allowed the emphasis to shift from the person's identity — 'artist', 'theorist', 'worker', 'politician' etc. — to her or his engagement in a given context. Hence APG's axiom 'Context is half the work.' Here the context is a group exhibition selected as part of apexart's annual call for unsolicited proposals. Thus the exhibition itself can be seen as incidental to a pre-existing framework, and its curator and participants as incidental persons invited to act within the event's given parameters — a relatively small space in Manhattan, with a relatively small budget. As befits their incidentality, many of the projects in the exhibition The Incidental Person are still, at the time of writing, in development. What is certain, however, is that the displayed projects will reflect the incidental persons' engagement in diverse situations, irrespective of whether these situations fall within the remit of what one calls 'art' or not.

The Incidental Person 

Kurator: Antony Hudek

Künstler: Ron Bernstein, Raphaele Bidault-Waddington, Luca Frei, Will Holder, Marysia Lewandowska, Gianni Motti, Patrick Ireland, Joachim Pfeufer, Keiko Sei, Barbara Steveni, Megan Sullivan, Neal White, Katy Asher, Katherine Ball, Jen Delos Reyes, Harrell Fletcher, Constance Hockaday, Ariana Jacob, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Laurel Kurtz & Sandy Sampson, Zach Springer, Eric Steen, Michelle Swinehart, Lexa Walsh, Jason Zimmerman