Episode 93: Gaylen Gerber/Michelle Grabner

June 10, 2007 · Print This Article

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Gaylen Gerber

Gaylen Gerber

This week Michelle Grabner and Duncan interview Gaylen Gerber.

“Gaylen Gerber’s work often incorporates the artwork of other artists in its realization. Gerber asks other artists to cooperate with him and let their work be installed against the ground he provides. In doing so he focuses our attention on a central aspect of perception, which is that to perceive something at all you must first be able to perceive it as distinct from its context or background. By positioning his work as the contextual ground against which we see another work of art, Gerber draws attention to the permeability of the distinctions between object and context and fundamentally questions the stability of perception itself. Gaylen Gerber has exhibited widely including recent exhibitions and cooperative projects at the Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg, Luxembourg; FRAC-Bourgogne and Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, France; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Photo Caption

Exhibition view of Gaylen Gerber’s 2006 Mudam exhibition featuring Gerber’s work with Kay Rosen, Sam Salisbury and Remy Zaugg. Zaugg’s text roughly translates: and if, as soon as I act, I was not being anymore. Photo: Jean-Noel Lafargue.”

The closing song goes out to Duncan.

Gaylen Gerber
Tony Tasset
Kathryn Hixson
Stuart Keeler
Nick Cave
Kerry James Marshall
Justin Cooper
Carol Jackson
Documenta 9
The Suburban
Sherrie Levine
Locust Projects
Kay Rosen
The High Museum

The Renaissance Society
David Robbins
Dave Muller
Sam Durant
Three Day Weekend
Three Walls
Charles Irvin
UC Irvine
Donald Young Gallery
Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg
Remy Zaugg
Cartier Foundation
Daniel Buren
Tyson Reeder
Heimo Zobernig
Gerwald Rockenschaub

Julian Schnabel
Joseph Beuys
Blinky Palermo
United Colors of Benetton
The Art Institute of Chicago
Tibor Kalman and M & Co.
Colors magazine
Marie-Claude Beaud
Denys Zacharopoulos
Albert Oehlen
Helen Mirra
Stephen Prina
Peter Zumthor
The Museum of Contemporary Art
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19 thoughts on “Episode 93: Gaylen Gerber/Michelle Grabner”

  1. Oh God, spare me. Merda taurorum cana animos conturbit.

  2. Richard says:

    I don’t recall a whole lot of latin, but that doesn’t sond like an endorsement.

  3. Lekrunk says:

    I’m surprised to find myself agreeing with MSB on this one.

  4. Balzac says:

    I don’t know, I always like it when Ms. Grabner is on the show, she has lots of interesting stuff to say and talks way way too fast.

    Amusing use of “Touch of Grey” as the intro music for Gaylen Gerber.

  5. I like Michell Grabner on the show too —usually — I was referring to the interviewee’s art, “thoughts,” etc.

  6. Richard says:

    Paul sent out the following e-mail

    In City Council today they won 38 – 11. But we didn’t lose.

    We’ve galvanized Chicago artists, the Chicago art community and a lot of the public. This is a wake up call. In just 4 days of efforts we went from perhaps 2 alderman supporting our efforts to 11 who stood up to be counted and say they think something is wrong with how Chicago is addressing Public Art. That’s a very significant accomplishment.

    The Department of Cultural Affairs has a lot of work to do to gain the confidence of their constituency. It is possible for them to use the passage of their ordinance as a genesis for a much better working procedure than the one they had previously. Let’s encourage them to do that. Since they no longer have Public Art Panels they can now post complete and thorough information about forthcoming commissions on their website. We should ask for that until it happens with regularity.

    It is obvious that we made a big difference. My message to you is to not give up. Stay involved. Get to know your alderman. Watch what goes on in art and in government and in art in government. Demand what you know is right. Don’t be timid.

    We’re beginning to get national attention

    Think about how to parlay what we’ve been working on together for the past few days into what is good for you and your art in this City and beyond.

    Think about what the Department of Cultural Affairs has to do to make you proud of them. Let’s see that they do that. They are capable.

    Thank you,
    Paul Klein

  7. Hudgens says:

    Merda taurorum animas conturbit is the more typical saying of “Bullshit baffles the mind” the cana implies a channel or path in which the bullshit baffles the mind/spirit/brain.

    Basically its all Non Gradus Anus Rodentum to use latin ad nauseam 😛

    Tag your it Mark (grin)

  8. Very funny Hudg! — but you failed on the “cana” — that means “grey” (feminine ending to match “merda”) — and insinuates less explicity a female dog (“canus”). It means “Grey bullshit disturbs the (rational) mind. That’s why it is “animos” (masculine accusative) instead of “animas” (feminine accusative); “animas” would mean the soul or feelings. But you got the Latin plural for abstract — so you are a Latin victim too! I was just studying and then thought I’d dream up a sentence— a picture with silly French, a comment with silly Latin.

    Tag back! (grin)

  9. (cough!) nerds! (cough!)

    I enjoyed hearing about the work, but he seemed like a fairly grumpy/reticent interviewee; getting him to talk about stuff, despite your nearly reverential positivism*, sounded like it was pulling teeth. Is it simply my recent art-school brainwashing that leads me to think that artists should be down with talking about their work?

    I’m still a little confused about one thing; does he actually do any straight curating work? It seemed like there was a lot of talk about curatorial practice, which I understood in the context of his work (the choosing of artwork x or y as an element included in a piece) but I thought it was implied at some point that he also did just regular old curating (ie arranging and selecting pieces w/o any of his own). Can someone with more knowledge help me out here?

    (*not the doctrine.)

  10. L says:

    wow! before i read this blog i thought only cool people could speak latin…
    latin should be used to say poignant, it doesnt have to be profound but at least it should be poignant and contextual…
    not a callout saying someone is talking bull and you just dont wanna own up to it

    fides mundi lumen asshole!

  11. The Shark says:

    wow! I think L means he or she thought only consensoriat people could speak latin….

    well Mark, I guess you are just not cool…..as for ‘L’ I guess we now know it is possible to argue with perfection- as exemplified by your dead-on assessment.

  12. Oh come on — it was not at all hidden. As I said, “Silly French — silly Latin.” It was a joke — and GG is indeed a maker of grey bullshit. There I said it in English for you. I hope you can read it. Es tut mir Leid, dass du dich von anderen Sprachen bedroht fühlst. Konsensens-Arschloch. Also, maybe you should read the meaning of your stolen Latin, before you cut and paste out of Christian sources.

  13. I must add, that indeed — Vero mundi lumen fido, Jesum Christum. You, probably not.

  14. John Henderson says:

    Um…you might want to think a bit. Gaylen’s a fucking good artist.

  15. Umm — And you might want to LOOK a bit and really think, rather than spout what you’ve been told. He’s a derivative, by-the-book, do-as-you’re-told, tee-hee-hee-neo-dada, consensus bore.

  16. The Shark says:

    Gerber is a political animal…..not afraid to kiss a ‘collector’ the likes of Howard Stone’s behind, in the hopes of currying position and favor…..he has in the words of one prominent curator, ‘one high school level idea’- that he has parlayed into a half ass/kiss ass career. John Henderson probably just dumped a good sum of $$$ ‘studying’ with this con job/fraud and simply hasn’t come to terms with the fact that he’s been had –

    Sorry John this kind of generic, academic junk, has had its day – its over. This, is an attitude being widely accepted and discussed in an art world weary of the Gerber like mediocrities whose only real goal is careerist power and position.

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