An exhibition by Marjorie Welish and Olivier Gourvil of work and drawings produced through correspondence
Slought is pleased to announce "Paper Architecture / Architecture de Papier," a dialogue through working drawings by Marjorie Welish and Olivier Gourvil, on display from September 1-October 22, 2005.
In 1999, face-to-face conversations led to the idea of exchanging titles with which these painters might provoke one another to imagine conceptual architecture. A selection of the drawings thus produced, together with a sampling of their correspondence, is on view at Slought, accompanied by an essay by Joseph Masheck.
Thank you for your message. I must tell you I was thinking of you last week! I'm working on the notion of titles, titles that artists give to their abstract paintings [...] Here are some extracts of a project ("WORKING TITLES) I am trying to realize [...]
• Each artist invents, more or less, his own system, his own 'Amacine' [Deleuze] to title his works.
• "Working titles" proposes a project of collaborating with the public on the title of a given work.
• For me, the question of the title is that of the name. How to name?
Do you remember your suggestion of collaborative drawings? Do you remember that I didn't feel ready for it? This project is not so far from your original suggestion: do you think a project of "collaborative titles" could take place between us? I could send you French titles and you could reply with a drawing...and the same for me. Please, feel free to tell me what you think about such a project.
Many conceptual possibilities suggest themselves in the aftermath of Reinhardt's so –called turning off the light. Here are a few, some of which correspond to contemporary intellectual developments.
Analytical propositions for grammatical sentences such as: A column falls. Pragmatic propositions, such: Hold that beam! (Wittgenstein's meaning as use.) Nonsensical propositions, such as Duchamp contrived for two doorways sharing one door. Theoretical propositions: door through wall/door through-out wall (one of my favorites so far).
Olivier, what do you think of the notion of titling the House series of drawings "Paper Architecture?"
Notes from the think tank,