Laura Puska, Between us, 2014, Video Still , https://www.puska.me/between-us-a-side-of-me-1
STATE OF TRANSPARENCY
A SURVEY INTO THE MATERIAL - AND LINGUAL CONNOTATIONS OF A COMMON EXPRESSION
1016 VT, Amsterdam
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00-20:00
Opening: 25 May, 6pm
Performance and talk: 1 June, 4.30-7.30pm
In collaboration with Looiersgracht 60, The Large Glass Department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie presents State of Transparency, A survey into the material - and lingual connotations of a common expression.
The word 'transparency' alludes to a certain material condition, and through its material qualities it is used as a metaphor in various political, societal and artistic contexts. The State of Transparency focuses on both the literal/conditional and the metaphorical aspects of the word, trying to find a visual congruency between them.
As per the title, the projects (artworks) featured in State of Transparency draw as much on the literal and material models of transparency as they do on ones from the political or societal realms. Fundamentally, the call for transparency in societal discourse is a call for more information. Being able to see what is happening corresponds to an understanding of what is visible, likewise, this can be said for the interpretation of art. That said, being witness to the work does not however automatically give us access to begin understanding its process or concept.
Can a see-through material like glass make the work more transparent by making its layers visible, revealing more information and thus, give insight into the concept of the artist?
State of Transparency investigates a material, which in recent decades has developed to become an indispensable and flexible medium in contemporary fine arts. It is also assumed to materialise the transparency of a society, be it in architecture, design, literature or the fine arts.
How does a material support or carry the idea of the context to help to its understanding?
Is glass an adequate material for conveying the information which is beyond transparency?
These are the questions we would like to discuss through the artworks in this exhibition. It is an exploration, a survey. Following such a trajectory, the exhibition seeks to elaborate on non-clarified questions about the theme, as opposed to finding ‘clear’ answers.
Alongside the exhibition at Looiersgracht 60, The Large Glass Department will organise its 50 Years Symposium at the academy from the 24-25 May 2019. See 'EVENTS' for more information.
Curated by Jens Pfeifer