Doug Ashford, Walid Raad, and Iman Issa at Tensta Konsthall
January 13, 2012
School of Art Faculty members Doug Ashford and Walid Raad, and Visiting Artist Iman Issa are included in an exhibition at Tensta Konsthall in Sweden:
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies
January 12 - April 22, 2012
Doug Ashford, Claire Barclay, José León Cerrillo, Yto Barrada, Matias Faldbakken, Priscila Fernandes, Zachary Formwalt, Liam Gillick/Anton Vidokle, Goldin+Senneby, Wade Guyton, Iman Issa, Gunilla Klingberg, Dorit Margreiter, Åsa Norberg/Jennie Sundén, Mai-Thu Perret, Falke Pisano, Walid Raad, Emily Roysdon, Tommy Støckel, Mika Tajima, Haegue Yang
Abstract Possible; The Stockholm Synergies explores three prominent tendencies in contemporary art which are followed, examined and problematized: formal abstraction, economic abstraction and “strategies of withdrawal.” Formal abstraction encompasses painting, sculpture, installations and video that reflect abstract languages, especially geometric abstraction, which often recalls the classic avant-garde’s development of a novel visual expression. Economic abstraction concerns art and economy, taking up the genuine abstract value of money. “Withdrawal” refers to the wave of artists’ initiatives during the last 15 years that have deliberately not joined what we can call the “mainstream” in order to create a greater degree of self-determination for the artists.
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