GENUINE ARTICLES

1. ScreenPlay

2. this ain’t soda pop, dude!

3. The Persistence of Memory

4. Eva and Franco Mattes, Emily’s Video, 2012

5. Yin Yang Rock

6. Mona Lisa

7. Info+Exhibition photos


 

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Genuine Articles (2014) @ Jupiter Woods exhibition view. Courtesy Barnie Page.

Info:

Genuine Articles brings together works whose origins and/or authors are questionable and difficult to place, and at times of no importance. To reflect this lack of distinction the works will be shown simultaneously across two sites: the gallery space at Jupiter Woods, and a website that will be built specifically for this exhibition. What is more genuine; the video projected in the gallery from a projector connected to a media player, or the same video streamed direct from the artist’s website? Who is the author of a sculpture that is produced from an unaccredited photograph that was previously appropriated by another artist? What does it mean to show a reproduction of a photograph of an artwork?

Last year I saw Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa for the first time. I was guided to it by a number of directive signs around the Musée du Louvre; it is one of only a few objects that are individually signposted in the museum. My first glimpse of it was on the screen of another visitor’s digital camera as I pushed my way through to the front of the crowd that was gathered in front of it. At last I saw it: on its own wall, behind a barrier as well as two sheets of bulletproof glass and flanked by security guards, it was smaller than I had imagined. I took a selfie, obliged when a couple of other visitors asked me to take a picture of them in front of it, and then I left the room. I had of course seen countless reproductions and versions of the painting in books, magazines, in movies and online, but never before had I seen the original.

My memory of the visit is vivid but consists mainly of the peripherals: the security, the crowds, the struggle, the flashing cameras; I can’t remember actually looking at the painting itself. Perhaps because of the camera flashes bouncing off the security glass or perhaps because I had seen the image of the Mona Lisa so many times before that my brain filled it in for me and I was unable to purely experience the original painting. My selfie the only proof that the Musée du Louvre hadn’t displayed one of myriad versions that day: fat, naked, moustachioed, with eyebrows, taking a selfie, as Jackie Kennedy, as a cat, burnt onto toast, made of toppings on a pizza, supporting Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, supporting George Bush’s presidential campaign, in the style of The Simpsons, Marcel Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q., or even no painting at all.

2 – 25th October 2014 @ Jupiter Woods

Preview 2nd October, 6-9pm

Supported by MFA Curating, Goldsmiths.

GENUINE ARTICLES

JUPITER WOODS

BERNIE PAGE