artists & participants
Work Method is a Paris-based agency run by François Piron and Guillaume Désanges, both independant french art critics and curators, to initiate and manage independantly individual and collaborative projects, including exhibitions, performances, lecture programs, seminars, and editorial projects linked with contemporary art. This association is purposed to structure an independent art criticism and curatorial activity, sharing projects on intellectual, economical and logistical levels.
Work Method has an office and a shop window in Paris, in Belleville area: 65 rue Rebeval, F-75019 Paris. Email contact : firstname.lastname@example.org
Untouchable (The Transparency Ideal) is an exhibition freely adapted from Paul Scheerbart’s 1914-manifesto, Glass Architecture. This visionary text claims the coming of a transparent and coloured architecture, fundament of an idealistic transformation of the individual and the society, and opens the reign of transparency as a positive value.
The exhibition focuses on relationships between transparency, reflection and opacity, in aesthetical, economical, political and psychological aspects. The exhibition reflects the fascination for the aesthetics of service economy in contemporary art works, the eroticism and hygienism of transparency, in a movement from a positivist ideal to its corruption: the opacity of economical void, the frustration of glass separation, the subject’s confinement.
The exhibition does not aim to be an illustration of Scheerbart’s projection, but adopts its method: a montage of affirmative statements, through associations and confrontations between works of art of the past forty years, from minimal and conceptual art until now.
With works by: Ignasi Aballi (E), Boris Achour (F), Martin Arnold (A), Art & Language (UK), Larry Bell (USA), David Claerbout (B), Philippe Durand (F), Harun Farocki (G), Hans Peter Feldmann (G), Jonah Freeman (USA), Michel François (B), Ryan Gander (UK), Dora Garcia (E), Liam Gillick (UK), Douglas Gordon (UK), Dan Graham (USA), Rodney Graham (C), Graham Gussin (UK), Hans Haacke (G), Damien Hirst (UK), Pierre Huyghe (F), Les Ready-Made appartiennent à tout le monde ® (F), Corey McCorkle (USA), Laurent Montaron (F), Sarah Morris (UK), Man Ray (USA), Anri Sala (Alb), Joe Scanlan (USA), Rosemarie Trockel (G) Hannah Wilke (USA), Heimo Zobernig (A).
Project curated by Guillaume Désanges & François Piron, Work Method, Paris
Untouchable (The Transparency Ideal & Glass Architecture) The 224-pages book contains a new edition of Paul Scheerbart’s Glass Architecture and texts from Philippe Duboy, historian of architecture, Guillaume Désanges and François Piron, art critics and editors of the book, and Marcus Steinweg, philosopher.
Views of the exhibition provide a complete documentation and a reconstruction of the exhibition’s sensitive journey, from total visibility to black-out, from glare to dusk, from purity to contamination and break , from appearance to disappearance.
Untouchable (The Transparency Ideal)
CNAC Villa Arson, Nice
Kuratoren: Guillaume Desanges & François Piron
mit Ignasi Aballi, Boris Achour, Martin Arnold, Art & Language, Larry Bell, David Claerbout, Philippe Durand, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Jonah Freeman, Michel François, Ryan Gander, Dora Garcia, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Dan Graham, Rodney Graham, Graham Gussin, Hans Haacke, Damien Hirst, Pierre Huyghe, Les Ready-Made appartiennent a tout le monde, Corey McCorkle, Laurent Montaron, Sarah Morris, Man Ray, Anri Sala, Joe Scanlan, Rosemarie Trockel Hannah Wilke, Heimo Zobernig