HERE IN YOUR SPACE:
GUY BEN-NER, CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI
and GILLIAN WEARING
February 4 – April 15, 2012
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH EVENTS:
7:00-10:00 p.m. (GCAC – Free)
Image credit: Guy Ben-Ner, Stealing Beauty (2007). Collection of William and Ruth True, Seattle.
PROJECT ROOM GALLERY:
Here in Your Space focuses on the work of three artists – GuyBen-Ner,
Christian Jankowski and Gillian Wearing – engaging in private/pubic
space. In the home setting displays of Ikea, the aisles of a supermarket
and atrium of a shopping mall, the artists use the medium of video to
capture their own private performative actions within these public
spaces. All three videos occur in corporate environments – the privately
owned spaces that, for much of United States society, have become our
defacto places for public gathering.
In light of the economic situation in the United States over the past few
years, the issues of individual rights within perceived public space are
increasingly at the forefront of the national dialogue. Stories in the news
describe squatters claiming foreclosed homes, now owned by banks
which received government (public) bailouts; individuals camping out
for holiday or ticket sales on private property vs. those camping out in
support of the Occupy Movement on public property; and New York’s
Zuccotti Park, which brought forward the topic of hybrid models referred
to as POPS (Privately-Owned-Public-Space).
The works in this exhibition question the anticipated norms of behavior in
public and private settings – the attempts of individuals to claim private
and public owned properties as their own personal space. They blur the
boundary of public vs. private, your space vs. mine.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous loan support of:
William and Ruth True, Seattle
Regen Projects, Los Angeles
Christian Jankowski, Berlin
Gillian Wearing, London
This exhibition was organized through the joint vision of Grand Central
Art Center’s Krystal Glasman, Matthew Miller and John D. Spiak.