LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams, CLOSED

Curated by Chiara Guidi

19/09/2013 - 17/11/2013

LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams surveys the contemporary art system itself, artistic production and structures, public and private networks, the power of the system, the value of the artistic product, and the communication tools set by the system to control information and promotion.

As a result, LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams responds to what has always been before our eyes, to what we read, see, hear, participate in, that which informs us, and that which we consume. By appropriating an artwork, an artist, a book, a situation, each of his works, or each of his actions, reach the limits of restitution. In fact, each appropriation certifies within its own process the validation of a limit, the expansion of a modification that linguistically sets a new meaning through the extension of language.

With LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams we could speak of “artwork-actions”, a construction that already carries the semantic value of a concept, but a concept enhanced, renovated and updated, because it has been activated through the orbit interruption of the pre-programmed loop of the analyzed/ certified artwork.

LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams attains a typology of contextualization which is able to connect the structure of the artwork to the invisible outer limits of the event not only as modalities of imitation and parody-induced mystery and detached irony, but as an engagement of doubt and uncertainty, in which the work itself becomes a strategy of embodiment that is truly deceptive and sophisticated. As an extended manipulation of the hardware of contemporary art history, of the way of artistic thinking and acting.

Each one of his ideas materialize in painting, sculpture, installation, video, photography, publishing, through a complex structure that strategically bends to a rhizomatic, a horizontal extension through its completion; and monumentalizes within the sole idea of each action.

“CLOSED” is an online-video chosen by Gloria Maria Gallery to celebrate the new direction of its curatorial programme which from 2009 focused on the investigation of new digital aesthetics. With “CLOSED” Gloria Maria Gallery now opens a new season dedicated to projects that find their full self-realization online.

The work by LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams focuses only on appearances (a process already investigated); a simple text that reveals the exhibition colophon, appears on a black screen, detailing its production, and the precise description pinpoints each line with a peremptory: “NONE”.

The rhythm and the Sound are crucial as we can hear, in the background, the buzz of a crowded opening, an indistinct and mundane cheerful chatter, overlaid by the iteration, kosuth-style, “The gallery is closed,” interrupts the clamor, categorically reaffirming the closure, which lacks the credulity in view of the veracity we are witnessing.

To undermine any possible doubt and/or uncertainty about this “artwork-action” of “CLOSED”, LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams also delivers a signed and sealed certificate, not only as proof of the artist’s detached irony, but as absolute certainty of the announced closing, which we are all attending.

With Special Thanks To: Fabrizio Meris, Michele Chiossi, Baron Osuna, The Derazhne-Fridman Charitable Trust and Super Window Project.

LG Williams Closed

Gloria Maria Gallery Closed (2013) by LG Williams/The Estate of LG Williams / The Estate of LG Williams

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