09.07 – 07.08.10
anastasia klose:i thought i was wrong, but it turned out i was wrong …
During her exhibition the artist will sit in bed and write about her experience - in real time - while the audience watches and at times engages. If it's true – as Jacques Ranciere proposes – that the most compelling art today is witness to an 'unassimilable strangeness', then who here is the witness – is it artist and viewer both?*
"I want to sit in bed in the gallery and make the space my own. I am interested in not just writing a simple autobiography, but writing about my time in Adelaide also. I want to write about the people who come into the gallery and watch me, and the general experience. I can communicate with the people around me by writing on my computer, and people can read my thoughts in a sort of real-time. This is a way to involve the audience, to draw them into the work, to locate the writing occurring in a real time and place. The writing will be a kind of stream-of-consciousness I suppose, but I can’t say, as that would be pre-determining the performance.
I am curious to see how I will cope with sitting in bed writing for a month in front of strangers. I have never done a live performance in a gallery before. This is why I am really curious about the project and really want to do it. When I was in NYC, I saw the Marina Abromovic performance at MOMA, called The artist is present. She really pushes herself to the brink with all her performance, and there is always that fundamental element of “how will she do it?” involved, both for Abromavic and the audience. But she does the performance because she has to, because she has a contract to complete it. When you have to do something, you never know what you are capable of, or what will happen. I like the way she talks about performance bringing out some sort of “Higher self”, mystical as that sounds. Maybe I won’t know myself while I am doing the performance? Maybe I will bring out this mysterious Higher self? ha ha. Also, I like that the work is a performance, and for the audience, it is an experience of an event, rather than simply witnessing an object or video." — the artist, in email to Larissa Hjorth
In her essay for Anastasia's exhibition Larissa writes: "Anastasia Klose’s practice is about the arbitrary and contingent in performance; performance becomes about a perpetual distancing effect (and affect) of intimacy. Even when her work is a series of artifacts – diaries of confession and videos of public intervention – they are mediations of (and meditations on) the performance process. The artifacts are still raw with the emotions of contact, still pulsing from the moment of connection. They are like epithets for an age when connection takes primacy over contact." Larissa Hjorth, 'In bed with Anastasia: intimate strangers' 2010.
Curated by Teri Hoskin
*Jacques Ranciere, 'Problems and Transformations of Critical Art' in Aesthetics and its Discontents, Polity, 2009, p50
Artist's talk: writing & reading 6pm wed 14 July in the gallery.
On at the same time:
Linda Marie Walker: Room is the first exhibition in the noelsheridanprojectspace
Anastasia Klose was born in Melbourne in 1978. She is mostly known for her autobiographical videos, but she is also interested in poetry and autobiographical writing. Sometimes she will collaborate with her mother, artist and academic Elizabeth Presa. Presa and Klose enjoy travelling together, and documenting the experience via art. Primarily though, Klose works alone, and her studio is her computer and wherever she is living at the time. She attended Melbourne University and completed a Bachelor of Arts, then went to Victorian College of the Arts and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing (Honours). Graduating in 2005, she has since held solo exhibitions at Spacement Gallery and Tolarno Galleries in Melbourne. She has also participated in group exhibitions at ACCA, PICA, Sydney Biennale 2008 Revolutions online, Utopian Slumps, Queensland University and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane.
She is based in Melbourne and is represented by Tolarno Galleries.