Who That Happens
April 2 — May 28, 2011
Reception Friday, April 1 8PM

The Or Gallery is pleased to announce Who That Happens, a new sculptural installation by Berlin-based artists Hadley+Maxwell.

Who That Happens is part of an ongoing investigation of the theme Improperties, a term the artists have coined to describe a desired shift in material sensibilities, both in the act of artistic making and its reception. The cut, from the Latin root of the word decision, is used as a formal device to bring together a series of works that focus on the undecidable status of the human: a being that defines itself as both not-animal and not-divine. In these works, the figure of the cut is presented as a literal manifestation of the decision. However, the cut, or separation, is also the means by which metaphysical ideas such as spatiality, contingency, mortality, and otherness can be figured as interior boundaries within a sense of being-together in the world. In this exhibition the emphasis is on the wandering nature of human subjectivity, expressed not only in the arbitrary nature of the placement of the cuts, the multiplication of surfaces, but also the mobile character of the materials used (for instance, objects found in flea-markets or purchased on e-bay). Ultimately, this structure allows for a wandering interest, historically and intuitively, in the making and presenting of this growing body of work.

Hadley+Maxwell have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver in 1997, working in a variety of media including video, installation, and sound. Stemming from their commitment to collaboration, their work examines mediation as the threshold between the individual and the social. Their writing has appeared in publications including Fillip, Art Lies!, Public, C Magazine, Capilano Review and F.R. David. Recent solo exhibitions include The Lemonade is Weak Like Your Soul, Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany, 2009), Improperties, Smart Project Space (Amsterdam, 2010); and “who can resist a Human? who doesn’t finger lies?” YYZ (Toronto, 2010). Recent group exhibitions include Strange, the first time I’ve heard of a piano with four legs (Hey, I keep falling down!), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver); Quebec City Biennial; Kurt, Seattle Art Museum; and It’s the End of the World as We Know It, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, France, (all 2010); The Bell Show, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin; Light in Darkness, Western Bridge, Seattle; The End of Money, upcoming, Witte de With, Rotterdam (all 2011); and Surrender, the 4th Marrakech Biennale, upcoming, 2012. Hadley+Maxwell are represented by Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto.

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