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Standard Sizes


Andrew Kreps Gallery
525 West 22nd Street, 212-741-8849
June 14 - July 18, 2008
Reception: Saturday, June 14, 6 - 8 PM
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A group exhibition curated by Joao Ribas

The Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present Standard Sizes, a group exhibition curated by João Ribas.

Standard Sizes surveys a diverse group of artists over several generations whose work resists the notion of art as the product of an expressive subject—the radically individuated self largely equated with the figure of the artist. In place of this vestige of Renaissance self-fashioning and the affectations of Romanticism, the exhibition presents works that look to standards and formal procedures to displace the idea of expressive subjectivity as the domain of art.

If the figure of the visionary artist was once emblematic of the emancipatory idea of the ‘individual,’ in a society where it had not yet fully emerged, this notion is deradicalized by the democratization of subjective expression today. As a result of this abiding ‘selfness,’ it seems more pressing to understand the structures and standards built into the parameters of ‘expression’ and the production of meaning itself.

By foregrounding an effect, rather than the affect, of meaning, Standard Sizes looks to practices that solicit content from standards or procedural form, cede subjective control through generative systems, or that elicit meaning from iteration, standardization, or repetition. Ranging from work based on standard formats and materials, to the rhetorical use of tropes such as the expressive brushstroke, the works in the exhibition looks to the implicit, if now obscured, values and norms present in standardized form. This is to evince how frames dictate content, how the values assimilated in standards belie whose feet and fingers are measured to arrive at consensus, and to discover meaning by way of slippages in the process of standardization.

Standard Sizes takes its departure from Pierre Menard’s line-by-line rewriting of Don Quixote; the standardization of canvas sizes in the French Academy; the Kuleshov effect’s suggestion of affect from juxtaposition; Duchamp’s 3 Standard Stoppages; CMYK color; imperial units of measurement; lorem ipsum text, based on a dark passage from Cicero; standard paper sizes; modernism as a rhetorical vernacular; stochastic music and seriality; cinematic aspect ratios; T.S. Eliot’s poetics of ‘impersonality’; generative algorithms; as well as the possibility of meaning in the difference produced by repetition.

Artists included in this exhibition: Ricci Albenda, Kjell Bjorgeengen, Kerstin Brätsch, Martin Creed, Liz Deschenes, Morgan Fischer, Rachel Harrison, Imi Knoebel, Camilla Low, Allan McCollum, Brian O’Connell, Blinky Palermo, Richard Pettibone, Josh Smith, Matt Sheridan Smith, and Sturtevant.
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