Tobias Putrih/MOS One of the Six Solos Exhibitions
One of the Six Solos Exhibitions
This set of independent exhibitions features the work of six rising international artists on view inside and outside the Wexner Center. Organized by the Wexner Center and opening in conjunction with the center’s 21st anniversary celebrations, the presentations continue the Wex's tradition of supporting younger artists in their efforts.
Artist Tobias Putrih and architects MOS, led by principals Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample, have partnered to create Majestic, a sculptural environment that doubles as a cinematic viewing space.
Putrih/MOS devise forms Art in America terms "quasi-functional constructions that mix formal sophistication with practicability." In this instance, visitors will be able to walk into and around the construction, absorbing it as a sculpture, and to sit comfortably within its structure to view a video program (developed by our film staff) that will change every four weeks. (Find a complete program schedule below.)
Born in Slovenia and now based in Boston, Mass., Putrih first attracted international attention in the 2002 edition of the Manifesta European art biennial. He represented Slovenia at the 2007 Venice Biennale and exhibited at the 2010 São Paulo Biennial in autumn 2010. MOS, a collective of designers and architects responsible for a growing roster of innovative spaces, represented the United States at the 12th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy, also in fall 2010. Frequent collaborators, the artist and the design firm have previous developed projects at MIT's List Visual Arts Center and the BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England.
The free brochure accompanying this exhibition includes an essay and program notes by Bill Horrigan, the Wexner Center's former director of media arts and current curator at large. Horrigan and Chris Stults, associate curator of film/video, selected the video programs that screen in the cinematic space designed by Tobias Putrih/MOS.
Keep reading for the program schedule and complete image captions.
NOVEMBER 9–28: SCREENS CONTINUOUSLY
Happy New Year: Memorial Project Vietnam II, 2003
Single-channel projection on DVD
Dimensions variable, 15 mins., looped
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery
Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba was born in Tokyo to a Vietnamese father and a Japanese mother, raised mostly in Texas, and graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MFA). He has lived in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, since 1997. His Happy New Year: Memorial Project Vietnam II is a poetic rumination on North Vietnam’s Tet Offensive of 1968, the year of the artist’s birth. It continues the use of the underwater setting he previously chose as a way to visualize his country’s legacy and history in Memorial Project Nha Trang, Vietnam: Towards the Complex—For the Courageous, the Curious, and the Cowards (2001), the project with which he first attracted international attention.
NOVEMBER 29–DECEMBER 26: 11:15 AM, 12:55 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:15 PM
(+ 6 PM THU-SAT)
Video, 92 mins.
Courtesy of MK2
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is widely regarded as one of the most significant international filmmakers working today. His work has screened at the Wex on several occasions, and Kiarostami himself appeared here in 1998. Shirin premiered at the Venice International Film Festival in 2008 and was named one of best films of the decade in Cinematheque Ontario’s “Best of the Decade: An Alternate View” listing for 2010. It consists of shots of over 100 different women seemingly seated in an Iranian cinema and responding to a single film, a classic Persian tale of star-crossed lovers and a woman’s self-sacrifice. Like Putrih/MOS’s Majestic project itself, Shirin immerses viewers in the experience of watching cinema.
DECEMBER 28–JANUARY 23
TUE, WED, SUN: 11:15 AM, 12:35 PM, 1:55 PM, 3:15 PM, 4:35 PM
THU, FRI, SAT: 11:10 AM, 12:35 PM, 2 PM, 3:25 PM, 4:50 PM, 6:15 PM
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
I Want to See, 2008
Video, 75 mins.
Courtesy of Films Boutique Distribution
I Want to See is a semi-improvised fiction or a slightly scripted documentary about famed French actress Catherine Deneuve directed by Lebanese filmmakers Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. The film chronicles the day-trip Deneuve (in Beirut for a fundraising gala) and a driver take through the war-ravaged Lebanese countryside to a destroyed village. The filmmakers, both from Beirut, have worked together on fiction and documentary films. This project reflects Deneuve’s humanitarian interests and activities, as well as her ongoing support for international film production.
JANUARY 24–FEBRUARY 13: 11:15 AM, 12:55 PM, 2:35 PM, 4:15 PM
( + 6 PM THU-SAT)
Peggy and Fred in Hell, 1985–2010
7 video episodes, appr. 90 mins. total
Courtesy of the artist
Independent film- and videomaker Leslie Thornton teaches in the modern culture and media program at Brown University. Peggy and Fred in Hell is an elaborately experimental science fiction serial in which Thornton imagines the experiences of two children, sole residents of a post-apocalyptic planet earth. Thornton labored on Peggy and Fred for almost 25 years, interspersed with other projects and with teaching. As Bill Horrigan notes, “It’s doubtful that the experience of watching Thornton’s masterpiece could ever occur in a more hauntingly wrecked viewing environment than Putrih and MOS here provide.”
(1), (2) and (3)
Site-specific installation for the Wexner Center
Aluminum, plywood, foam, and mixed media
Courtesy of the artists
Photos: Jay LaPrete
© the artists
GENERAL SUPPORT FOR
THE WEXNER CENTER
The Columbus Foundation
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council