According to earth’s axis of rotation in relation to the sun, in 2018 summer will last 93 days and 15 hours… now, isn’t that accurate? That figure has probably brought to mind ideas, memories, sensations: the sea, the sand, sweat, carelessness… 93 days and 15 hours of calm and sunshine …and then you realise you are in London, and your summer will probably last 10 days total. Sometimes a concept doesn’t match reality.
Summer, as with many other concepts, is taken for granted and it takes up its own place within the global ‘reality’. This place is determined by certain assumptions that attempt to capture the world by categorising perception and encapsulating emotions. Nevertheless we start sweating at different temperatures, we experience time in different speeds, you may hate the seaside and sadly my holidays will probably be shorter than yours.
As long as summer lasts is an exhibition in three phases with works by Tamara Kuselman, Lúa Coderch and Andrea Canepa. The work of this group of artists deconstructs systems of meaning normally attached to perception and emotion to allow new ways of conceiving them. Taking its cue from time and weather, the three phases will present the work of each artist alone for 10 days: the time London summer lasts according to many. By using this strategy the show aims to interact with audiences understanding each episode as an access point with their own ‘now’.
In an interview, John Cage characterised his long-time collaboration with Merce Cunningham by stating: ‘It’s less like an object and more like the weather. Because in an object, you can tell where the boundaries are. But with the weather, it’s impossible to say when something begins or ends.’ The works presented in this show take their cue from this inspirational quote and will become allies to the audience when questioning their subjective perception of reality, the uses of time and the role of the objects surrounding us.
‘The Go And The If’ by Tamara Kuselman is a new commission for the exhibition. Taking inspiration from the act of letting go, free-falling and how this uncontrolled act affects bodies and objects, Kuselman’s performative installation departs from a text used by a coach when training athletes before competition. The tension between letting yourself go and the natural human state of relative physical and mental control is embodied in the objects and actions brought together in this work.
‘Shelter’ by Lúa Coderch is a video in fifteen parts. This work considers how human activity produces a physical aggregation of traces, documents and objects. In this case the video records the different efforts and results of building survival structures to sleep one night in a myriad of locations. These structures are able to give shelter for one night despite being made from things you can carry in a suitcase. The setting up of these precarious constructions is linked in each episode with letters the artist wrote relating to moments of life uncertainty. This ceremony of emotional and physical preservation questions the way we understand human relationships. For The Ryder, the episodes will be shown on a screen that -resembling the videos- is capable of being assembled in 15 minutes according to instructions Coderch will send by post.
‘Until it lives in the muscle’ by Andrea Canepa is a video-performance using wooden platforms with geometric shapes inspired by the notations of expressionist dancer Rudolph Von Laban to regulate a choreography. The set of forms on the ground and their corresponding gestures allow the 3 performers the possibility of play, but only within the constraints of these guidelines. Presented both as an initial performance and then as a video record with the floor markings, the work considers the fiction that play is free from rules and constraints.
Andrea Canepa (Lima in 1980) studied Fine Arts at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, where she graduated with a Masters in Visual Arts and Multimedia. In 2014 she was awarded the Young Artist’s Prize at ARCO Madrid and in 2013 with the Generaciones Award given by Fundación Montemadrid and the Endesa Grant given by Fundación Endesa in Spain. She has been an artist in residence at Gasworks- London, MATADERO – Madrid, Cité des Arts – Paris, Tokyo Wonder Site – Tokyo, Beta Local – Puerto Rico and at Bauhaus – Germany. Her works are part of collections such as CA2M, IVAM, Provincial Museum of Teruel, and those of Foundations such as Endesa, Montemadrid, DKV and Inelcom (Spain), Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Germany) and MASM (Peru). She is actually an artist in residence of the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht – The Neederlands.
Lúa Coderch (Iquitos, Peru, 1982) Lives and works in Barcelona. She obtained a Master in Production and Art Research (2012) and a PhD in Fine Arts (2017) from the University of Barcelona. Amongst her recent solo shows we find The Rainbow Statement (Composition, Barcelona Gallery Weekend, 2016), Night in a Remote Cabin Lit by a Keronsene Lamp (gallery angels barcelona, 2015), The air was full of anticipation (BF15, Lyon 2015), Or (Fundació Suñol, Barcelona, La Muntanya Màgica (Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Paràbola (Capella de Sant Roc, Valls, Collecting photographs of the family history (EspaiDos, Terrassa, Curated) and Estratègies per desaparèixer (La Capella, Espai Cub, Barcelona, BCN Producció 2011). In 2018 she will present Shelter a video-project, created thanks to the BBVA Foundation grant. Her group shows include Prime Matter, (Centre d’Art Fabra i Coats, Barcelona (2017-18), Caminar sobre el gel, (Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2017), Especies de Espacios, MACBA, 2015-16), ¿Por qué no lo llamas entropía? (Encuentro de Cultura Contemporánea de Guadalajara, México, 2015), The World of Interiors (The Green Parrot, Barcelona, 2014) y El futuro no espera (La Capella, BCN Producció, 2014), La Disidencia Nostàlgica, (La Capella, Barcelona, 2017). Her works can be found in collections such as the MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León, DKV Seguros Contemporary Art Foundation, Lluís Coromina Foundation, the Cal Cego Contemporary Art Collection, the Fernando Meana Larrucea Collection, the Miquel Casablancas Collection (Barcelona City Council) ), the Guasch-Coranty Collection.
Tamara Kuselman (Buenos Aires, 1980) is based in Amsterdam, now attending a residency at Delfina Foundation in London, UK. She just finished a one-year residency at Jan Van Eyck Academie, in Maastricht, NL. Her performances include “Falling Will Not Take you Further than the Ground” at Arnhem Museum. NL (2016). “Free Fall” at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) (2016), “Don’t let your heat slip away” at CA2M, (Madrid, 2014). “Still live with Blackcocks” at De Appel Arts Center (Amsterdam, 2013), “El poder del ahora”, Rita McBride’s “Blind Dates” at MACBA (Barcelona, 2012), She has participated in group shows such as “Can’t Speak for Itself” (2018) and “Generaciones 2016” at La Casa Encendida, (Madrid, 2016). “Frestas” Trienal de Artes (Sorocaba, 2014), “Collective Fictions” at Palais de Tokyo (Paris 2013), “Before Everything”, CA2M (Madrid, 2010), among others. Next year she will be attending residencies at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City and at Vijfde-seizoen an artistic residency at a psychiatric clinic in Den Dolder, NL. She was shortlisted for Federico Klemm Price and for the Salón Nacional de Rosario in 2016 in Argentina. Kuselman made a residency at Hangar (Barcelona), The Banff Center (Banff) and at Smart Project Space (Amsterdam). In 2015 she got the grants Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK) and Stichting Stokroos Stipend and Generaciones. In 2011 she won the Injuve Prize and was given the Miquel Casablancas grant.
Rafael Barber Cortell (Valencia, 1985) Freelance curator and writer based in London.He holds a Master in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London funded by Fundación Botín. He worked as Associate Editor at Editorial Concreta (Spain) and also at Afterall (London) in the research for the series Exhibition Histories. His texts have been published in A*Desk, Editorial Concreta, this is tomorrow or Art viewer. Among his most recent curated exhibitions highlights: Regreso al Futuro La Casa Encendida (Madrid 2018), Los algoritmos suaves Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporania (Valencia 2018), To Locate Outside the Sign SCAN Project Room (Londres 2018), Sorry You Missed Me Royal College of Art (Londres 2016), Interstitial Zone The Showroom (Londres 2015).