August 30 – October 12, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday August 29, 6–9 pm
Uncommon Sense, the first exhibition of the fall season at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, brings together the work of Rebecca Baron, Tom Sachs, and Richard Wentworth. Each artist engages with the ways in which we organize and value material objects and artifacts within society.
The work in the exhibition is concerned with the creation and disruption of differing types of archive, where each artist approaches the notion of the archive in a significantly different way. Rebecca Baron’s film The Idea of North uses the recovered photographic images of S. A. Andrée’s failed 1897 expedition to reach the North Pole by hydrogen balloon. Baron explicitly implicates the viewer as a constructor of meaning in reading between images. Tom Sachs characterizes himself as a bricoleur in his re-making of a diversity of cultural objects in a meticulous but overtly hand fabricated fashion. Sachs’ work becomes a handmade interrogation of a relationship between culturally elevated and everyday objects. Richard Wentworth’s photographic series Making Do and Getting By, documents found instances of pragmatic inventiveness on the streets of cities around the world. These snapshots depict simple interventions in the urban environment as means of problem solving but in turn, speak to human inventiveness and differing value systems.
The exhibition considers the object and archive as they are constructed, corrupted, and reinterpreted through cultural context and significance. Central to this is the ability of art to intersect within this dynamic process, where the role of the artist is that of an individual agent of contextualization and coherence.
Rebecca Baron is a filmmaker from LA whose work has been shown in numerous international film festivals and exhibitions, including the Anthology Film Archives, Cinémathèque Française, documenta 12, International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Oberhausen, Pacific Film Archive, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the Viennale, and the Whitney Biennial.
Tom Sachs is an artist living & working in NYC. His solo exhibitions include: SITE Santa Fe (1999), the Bohen Foundation, New York (2002), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003), Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Austria (2005), Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (2006), Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo, Norway (2006), Des Moines Art Center (2007), Rose Museum, Massachusetts (2007), Sperone Westwater, NYC (2008), and Lever House, NYC (2008).
Richard Wentworth is an artist living & working in London, UK. He has had solo exhibitions at: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2003), Tate Liverpool (2005), and Lisson Gallery, London (2005). He was also included in, the 2002 São Paulo Biennial; Absolute Generation, 50th Venice Biennale (2003); Blast to Freeze – British Art in the 20th century, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2003); and Global Cities, Tate Modern, London (2007).
Rebecca Baron artist talk, August 30, noon at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.
Fall Gallery Night, September 6, extended opening to 9pm, light refreshments will be served.
Richard Wentworth lecture, September 16, 7pm, held at—and in conjunction with—The Fort Worth Modern, as part of their Tuesday Evening Lecture Series.