EVENT: Accompaniment, Opening Reception

Opening reception Friday, Nov 6, 6 - 8 pm: Performances by Tanya Lukin Linklater and Laura Ortman, and Rebecca Wilcox

Musician Laura Ortman will perform a composition dedicated to five traditional objects that artist Tanya Lukin Linklater has gathered. The objects— a bowl by artist Doug Inga resting upon a Enzo Mari designed bench, fashioned by artist Dylan Guathier, and four dancing fans from Bethel— query ideas of authorship and agency, while the composition expresses nostalgia for a lost or stolen home-space.

Rebecca Wilcox will give a live reading of a text that borders on dialogue, theory, and poetry while playing recordings of herself reading the text’s prior iterations. 

This event is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Accompaniment, on view November 6 - December 19, 2015.

Artists: Shannon Ebner, Dylan Gauthier, Kara Hamilton and Angie Keefer, Will Holder, Dominika Ksel, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater with Laura Ortman, Babette Mangolte, Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio and Mario Garcia Torres on Conlon Nancarrow, David Morris and Pedro Cid Proença with Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, David Reinfurt, Sarah Rose, Rosalie Schweiker and Rudy Loewe, Alex Waterman, and Rebecca Wilcox.

 Curated by: Kari Cwynar and Kendra Sullivan

Accompaniment is a curatorial project exploring “accompaniment” as an evolving theory of practice, developed in response to our cultural and political milieu. The project asks: might an artistic practice characterized by distributed authorship be a catalyst for a shift in the ways we produce, exhibit, and write about art? This exhibition enacts accompaniment such that the physical, historical, and social supports within individual practices are made manifest, but also so that each participant and contribution inevitably accompanies and is 2 accompanied in the present grouping. This model subverts the order of the soloist, laying bare a deeply stratified ground in which everything created is inscribed and contingent.

The exhibition acts as staging ground upon which accompaniment emerges as a usable model of practice. Support, understood in its widest brushstroke as the “second position,” is tested, fatigued, and reified; we try to broaden forms of abstract support that sustain the practice of the artist and the body of the artist, as well as wider culture economies. Accompaniment produces work in multiple disciplines, some audible, some legible, some visible, some holding the show together. Participating artists accompany each other, light, archives, unknown artists, texts, architecture, objects, gossip, and songs.