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DOCUMENT is pleased to present Supports/Surfaces: Objects of Knowledge, which features historical and recent work by Louis Cane, Noël Dolla and Claude Viallat. These three artists were members of Supports/Surfaces, a shifting group of some twelve painters, many of whom hailed from the South of France, who began collaborating and showing together in 1966. Central to Supports/Surfaces was the systematic interrogation (and, in many cases, separation) of the medium’s constituent components: paint, canvas, and stretcher. The group showed both within art institutions and in outdoor, sometimes remote locations, distributing their paintings in the landscape with guerrilla idealism. The group was influenced by radical thinking from various, even oppositional quarters, matching the utopian dreaming of May ‘68 with the uncompromising critical theory of Louis Althusser and the Tel Quel group. Supports/Surfaces artists devised signature approaches even as they actively sought common strategies. Viallat stenciled kidney bean-like forms into grids on unframed and unstretched canvases that could be hung on a gallery wall, the middle of a room, or outside in public space. Dolla’s Tarlatanes, strips of painted canvas hung from the ceiling, played on Barnett Newman’s modernist “zips,” liberating them from all constraints–yet he also made a point of painting on everyday materials such as handkerchiefs and dishtowels. Cane’s Toiles Découpées (Cut Canvases) spilled onto the floor from their positions on the wall, aiming for simultaneous absorption and materiality. Supports/Surfaces: Objects of Knowledge will revisit these artists’ past work while also making note of the subtle evolution of their practices up through the present day.

Julien Creuzet

Born in 1986, Julien Creuzet is a French-Caribbean artist who lives and works in Paris. A visual artist and poet, he actively intertwines these two practices via amalgams of sculpture, installation and textual intervention that frequently address his own diasporic experience. Inspired by the poetic and philosophical reflections of Aimé Césaire and Édouard Glissant on creolization and migration, Creuzet’s work focuses on the troubled intersection of the history of Martinique and the events of European modernity.

Creuzet has recently had solo exhibitions at Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2019), Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard (2018), Bétonsalon, Paris (2018), Sketch Gallery in Bogotá (2017), Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Basse Normandie in Caen (2015), the Juvisy-sur-Orge Contemporary Art Centre, Galerie Doyang Lee in Paris (2013), and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin (2012).

Recently, he participated in the 12th Gwangju Biennale (2018), the 6th Rennes Biennale (2018), the 11th Biennale Africaine de la Photographie (2017), the 14th Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2017), the Festival Hors Piste at the Centre Pompidou (2017), the Frac Pays de la Loire (2016), the 12th Biennale de l’Art Contemporain Africain de Dakar, Sénégal (2016) and the 2nd Kampala Art Biennale (2016), Uganda.

Julien Creuzet, The count of Omer, bird. Follow the spots, body is the rain. The soul, in chest, thunderbird, thunderbird. God-anger, 2018, Cable, rope, bronze, metal, glass, water, pigment, fork, seashell, 78 20/27 x 19 37/54 x 19 37/54 in

Julien Creuzet, Emotion, hurricane, you are so different emotion that attracts me, I saw your soul in full storm, 2018, Fabrics, cable, plastic, glass, metal, 27 9/16 x 90 1/2 x 15 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, Weaving, we caressed ourselves too much twisted in our telepathies, entangled, 2018, Fabrics, cable, plastic, metal, water, 74 13/16 x 90 1/2 x 3 7/8 in

Julien Creuzet, We would not have touched Greens, dizziness at full speed, Your heart my beat, Drum on my tight skin, The lake is not the sea, Escape, flight. to run away (...), 2017, Cable, plastic and lilly, 82 x 40 x 1 in

Julien Creuzet, I must go, Leave everything around, Out of my skin, I have to leave my eyes, My body barks, Green steam, Strange scent, Flower yellow, purple, I lost my keys, My head in the puddle, I drank the liquid liquor from the morning dew. I lost my I Outside of me, of us (...), 2017, Cable and plastic, 75 x 36 x 1 in

Julien Creuzet, the color is colorless, runs over my eyes. I want to drink endlessly, drunkenness, distress, to see no more, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, I want to see the infinite blur, the pearl acid on the face, tear of rain, tear of us, flaming green, great fog, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, Compass, heart, cloudy, fern Moist, heat, beat, wind, kisses, 2018, Engraving on laminated plywood, 76 3/4 x 76 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, Swirl, oil skin, coil, eco, 2018, Engraving on laminated plywood, 19 11/16 x 19 11/16 in

Julien Creuzet, Twirl, tongue, whirl, ego, 2018, Engraving on laminated plywood, 19 11/16 x 19 11/16 in

Julien Creuzet, cut me out, tear me out, out of me, veiling, I am the density, the fertilizer of wealth. Leave me, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, I am bouquet on the ground, artificial, I am specter, dead desiccated. bell, sound me, see differently, farther from the false blur, burn, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, Silent plant, I'm a dead leaf, a red-mouthed flower, you feel my petals lips, nervous vein, it's a pile of colors, green tube, monkey bridge, see you my signs, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, peel, year, nothing else, 2017, Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, gasoline, fires of god wandering, line of Peru, 2017, Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, I cried to change Skin reversed, Rumpled, I vomited, Purplish petals I have the green blues, Wild plant, Plant wise image of nightmare. It is the calm storm, A bubbling before yelling, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, gasoline, fires of god wandering, line of Peru, 2017 Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, Jungle, jungle, big city, Drunkenness, my father’s rum, Drift, atlantic, Here I depress, I depict (...), 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, eldorado tobacco, roses, roméo, to offer you the tears of love, red or green, whatever, I am bouquet on the ground, artificial, I am specter, dead desiccated, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, To hide, in a lost hole, In the black south. I’m not from here, But I was there, near you, close to you. I caress each tree, Roots, my earthly wanderings. Roots, tuber, Touching my brothers, in the ground, Tears, morning dew, Tears, brandy (...), 2017 Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, crying like a baby city, plastic idea, 2017 Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, upset, gloomy, wonderful, sunset of moon, 2017, Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, Me algae of the depths, Scum of the lake, Venom saliva, I depict, Click, glass shards Dream acidulated, Crossed geography (...), 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, dismal, life file, crystal, get lost at a glance, 2017, Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, Each window, Mirror of abandonment. Depression, Green plant, Liana, stem, vertigo, Antigua, me iguana (...), 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, Smoked of hope, Tea from elsewhere, I have ruminated, bad grass (...), 2017, Rubbing on paper 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, tangy crisis, help me, orange memory, 2017, Archival pigment print face mounted to acrylic with custom engraving, 46 1/2 x 32 3/4 in

Julien Creuzet, bell, sound me, see differently, farther from the false blur, burn, I have been under your acid rain, near the sea, you see the blue that eats me, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, I have been under your acid rain, near the sea, you see the blue that eats me. bushy enemy, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, Warm waters, I spread, let go, soaked with tidal waves, diminished, fall on my knees in the dust, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, I told you a thousand times, I am a witch, a poison of hell. Spooler, tonight I'm sleeping with something other than dark, 2017, Rubbing on paper, 14 3/4 x 11 1/2 in

Julien Creuzet, Installation view, 2018

Julien Creuzet, Installation view, 2018

Julien Creuzet, Installation view, 2018

Afterimage, Vol. 46, Number 2

Exhibition Review: Andrew Norman Wilson: Kodak

Andrew Norman Wilson: Kodak. Document. Chicago, Illinois: January 11–February 23, 2019| By Liz Park

Image 1. Still from Kodak (2018) by Andrew Norman Wilson; © 2018 Andrew Norman Wilson; courtesy the artist and DOCUMENT.

 

Andrew Norman Wilson’s thirty-two-minute video Kodak (2018) was the beating heart of his eponymous exhibition at DOCUMENT in Chicago. A series of prints that take inspiration from various Kodak products hung in an adjacent gallery while a stack of giveaway posters—of the company’s first digital camera from 1973 printed on recto and a text by Nick Irvin on verso—prepared those who entered a dark, curtained gallery. Irvin’s text introduced the video’s protagonist Rich as a mentally unstable former Kodak employee who became blind as a result of a workplace accident. These details emerge slowly, however, and in short bursts, like flickers of images that stitch together the stories of the character Rich and Kodak’s legendary founder George Eastman [Image 1].

“Your time is up,” alerts the high-pitched and tinny voice of a woman, beginning a narrative that is driven primarily by sound rather than images. A long minute passes with only darkness to accompany her increasingly aggravated chastising, dramatically peaking with “You have to stop now!” The first discernable image finally surfaces—a portrait of a bespectacled Eastman. A shaky voice that stands in for Eastman implores, “What is a photograph?” He answers himself: “. . . a dream, a reminder of how little you can actually capture.” Responsible for popularizing photography through consumer-grade technology, Eastman, as recorded in history and presented in this well-researched video, successfully tapped into the consumer’s desire to hold onto the fleeting moments of their mortal lives. Spiked with nostalgia, Eastman’s steady ruminations on life, photographic processes, and his business empire provide […]

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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 40 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.