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PR CHANCE Economou Collection (1)

PR CHANCE Economou Collection (1)

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Published by: Dan Duray on Oct 26, 2012
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 Press release25 October 2012CHANCE1 November 2012 – 26 February 2013
Opening on November 1
2012, the exhibition explores the perception of chance inprivate and public life through a selection of provocative performances by
David Hammons
Robin Rhode
. An ephemeral happening in life, chance is similar to performance, yet here it is stagedand revealed through monochromatic photography, video and variegated installation.Each performance challenges the mystical nature of chance having used the body and atool with no absolute ruling. The action sways in either direction beyond one’s control andwithin this limbo, the viewer is invited to decide for themselves.Often describing herself as the “grandmother of performance art”,
Marina Abramovi
 plays between the breaking points of the body and the mind. In her collaboration withlongtime partner Ulay, she surrenders full control and enters a life-threatening, vulnerableposition in their performance,
Rest Energy 
(1980). Applying the weight of their bodies, Abramovi
leans backward grasping a bow, while Ulay opposite her also leans backward,clinging onto the taut arrow directed at her heart. As the timed four minutes pass, theyremain steadfast countering their fatigue and rapidly increasing heart beat. Abramovi
 admits, the performance explored love and “complete and total trust”.Countering this private world,
David Hammons
in the 1970s became preoccupied withthe breakdown of cultural classifications placed in the “high” or the “low” and set the judgment of the art historical canon into question. His installation
from 2008launches this conceptual ideology by confronting the elitist identity of painting, notablyabstract expressionism. Hammons imprints his physicality by actively thrusting a woodenarmoire with its mirrored front against the colorful, gestural surface of the canvas. Here,the artist summons the viewer to imagine and reinterpret distinguished forms of twentiethcentury art, with no control in the final resolve.
MARINA ABRAMOVIC/ULAYRest Energy, 1980, color video withsound, 4 minutes, 4 seconds© Marina Abramovi

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