Wow. It’s so hard for me to describe! Seriously. Def intangible? We made a piece for the Walker Art Center’s Intangibles project that is about so many different things!
Love, memory, art, language, information, teaching, learning, seeing, listening, thinking, growing, showing, sharing, laughing, emerging, intensities, softness, hope, transformations, rhizomes, object-oriented ontologies, hauntology, perfect mistakes, hidden treasures, open fields, nurturing energies, quiet smiles, Texas miles…
OK. That’s getting a little silly and it’s actually very serious in many ways too. Luckily, it involves amazing friends and even some of our heroes. People like Jo-ey Tang, David Hamlow… well, here’s from the Walker’s website…
Let Me Know … is a potential exhibition. An exhibition that hasn’t happened yet. An exhibition RO/LU hopes will happen. It is the result of a series of connections, sometimes intentional and otherwise not. Connections between RO/LU and the Walker’s artist book collection, beginning with memories of Rosemary Furtak, the Walker’s longtime librarian for which the book collection is named; continuing through the Walker’s sculpture storage and archives; breathing as art that we can’t see in the sculpture garden; coming back through time, to the history of artists young and old; living through Margit Wilson, the Walker’s new librarian; and enacted in undetermined locations in the future. It is, practically speaking, a .zip file that contains images, videos, audio recordings, and text files, as well as didactics, wall labels, and a graphic identity designed by Walker Art Center designer Dante Carlos. It is priced to be accesible to most, like an out-of-print book. It is RO/LU’s hope that the purchaser will stage this exhibition in their home, at their school, in the gallery they run, or where they work. This work responds to works by Scott Burton, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, David Hammons, Eva Hesse, Rei Kawakubo, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Kris Martin, Bruce Nauman, Przemek Pyszczek, Robert Rauschenberg, Dieter Roth, Ed Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Tony Smith, Haim Steinbach, Saul Steinberg, Jo-ey Tang, Diana Thater, Paul Thek, Anne Truitt, Franz Erhard Walther, Andy Warhol, Franz West and more.
Folders included in the .zip file:
00 FALSE STARTS
01 EXHIBITION GUIDE
02 OK LET’S GET STARTED
03 DIETER ROTH CORRESPONDENCE
03.5 DIETER ROTH EXHIBIT CURATED BY MARGIT WILSON
04 FRANZ WEST
05 FRANZ ERHARD WALTHER POCKET
06 SCULPTURE STORAGE
07 WHAT OLGA VISO CAN NOT SEE
08 ARTIST FILES [LOST AT SEA]
09 INTERVIEW [DON’T TOUCH]
10 THE STATE OF THE ARTS SLIDES
11 LET ME KNOW
12 THE FUTURE
And here’s the link:
A chance to support the project, support the Walker support us and have some fun. We hope you buy it, stage it, read it like a book, think about it, let it change you for the better… then tell us about it and send us some pictures? Maybe you could have a party? Send everybody a file to print and bring? Or maybe it’s a contemplative thing for you and your time.
There are so many amazing people involved and this story in the New York Times about the whole project will give you a better idea. We were kinda sad that they didn’t mention our piece but, that’s ok! There was this thing!
It’s always one of my favorite things at the end of project… gratitude. So THX to the memory of Rosemary Furtak and the help of Margit Wilson, Jo-ey Tang, Przemek Pyszczek and Kegan McFadden, David Hamlow, Dante Carlos, Olga Viso, Gene Pittman for photography, Andy Underwood for video, Emmet Byrne, Michele Tobin, Jill Vujovich, CFCF, Allen Ruppersburg, Goshka Macuga, Alexis Georgopoulos, the Walker and the Walker Shop.
Please enjoy the time and space.