YOUR STAFF LOVE FLOWERS, 2014
Appearing in Please Boss Remember Me at VITRINE, London.
The promotional text, the bit about “his work employs time-based processes that allow the object to be represented, redeveloped and obscured” and Wil’s line, “I am horrified by my hands and the actions they take, so I make my work from the actions tangential to them: accidents and omissions,” taken with the title got me thinking about De Certeau’s formulation of strategies and tactics. In particular, the below.
By contrast with a strategy… a tactic is a calculated action determined by the absence of a proper locus. No delimitation of an exteriority, then, provides it with the condition necessary for autonomy. The space of a tactic is the space of the other. Thus it must play on and with a terrain imposed on it and organised by the law of a foreign power. It does not have the means to keep to itself, at a distance, in a position of withdrawal, foresight, and self-collection: it is a manoeuvre … within enemy territory. It does not, therefore, have the options of planning general strategy and viewing the adversary as a whole within a district, visible, and objectifiable space. It operates in isolated actions, blow by blow. It takes advantage of ‘opportunities’ and depends on them.
Alas, the 2 train doesn’t run to Bermondsey Square. If you go to the opening, send him my love.
Inviting, no? More to see at VITRINE.
Finally got a chance to sit down and go through the virtual exhibit for The Painting Project that ran at Galerie UQAM last year. Check it out here….starting with this great piece named for the old Instant Video sign on 4th Street in Calgary. There’s even a quiz game….