REVIEWS

/ ARNAUD GERSPACHER
Damián Ortega

GLADSTONE GALLERY, New York

Damián Ortega, Harvest, 2013.
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Arnaud Gerspacher

If language is a tool then two things follow: there was a time before the tool was useful, hanging in a pre-anthropological state of potential, and there may come a time when it once again becomes useless. Similarly, if the sign is arbitrary, then there was a time before it... continue reading
Danh Vo’s “Mother Tongue”

MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, New York

View of Danh Vo’s “Mother Tongue,” Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, 2013.
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Arnaud Gerspacher

The plush trappings of power, stripped down and isolated: this seems to be one of the themes and strategies of Danh Vo’s show “Mother Tongue” at Marian Goodman Gallery. The title comes from a small calligraphic drawing by the artist’s father, Phung Vo, who, while not knowing the language he... continue reading
Kutluğ Ataman, Mayhem, 2011.
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Arnaud Gerspacher

If you’re overly tapped into art world tropes or academic hotspots, it’s tempting to think that there would be little new to offer in the archival impulse, in interrogating documentary conventions, or in playing with the effects fictions have on the facts. But like Harun Farocki, Amar Kanwar, or Omer... continue reading
View of "A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII," Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, 2012.
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Arnaud Gerspacher

Repetition is never sameness. This is the first thought I had seeing Taryn Simon’s “A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII” (2008–11). An aesthetics of taxonomy, each chapter in the work is comprised of identical framed panels of varying width showing three types of information under glass: 1)... continue reading
Jonathas de Andrade, 4000 Disparos [4000 Shots], 2010.
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Arnaud Gerspacher

The Grand Inquisitor and Diogenes are crucial figures of the ungovernable—one as cynical exercise of power with impunity, the other as mocking embrace of bare life and irreverence towards authority. These two figures continue to represent the polarities we inhabit: the unofficially ungovernable states and institutions that wield great power... continue reading

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