gerlach en koop
Varying Degrees of Ajarness
02/11/13 – 21/12/13
Image: Still from Pickpocket by Robert Bresson, 1959
Oh please, don’t say this will continue like it does. These things I see around me. Every day, again and again. Some people remark how remarkable it is to find everything in exactly the same place when they wake up. I just feel repugnance. Seriously, it won’t stay like this forever will it? Resistance wells up. We can’t give up on the idea of progress, can we? The upward movement inside is contrary to the downward movement I get from these objects. They’ve given in to gravity. They show me nothing but their appalling weight.
True, both movements balance each other. That’s an equilibrium I suppose.
We’re not moving.
Being inconsistent and divided by nature gerlach en koop present an art of individuals. Varying Degrees of Ajarness is their second solo-exhibition in the gallery. When erring themselves they try to do so with precision and charm. They are compressing to allow for expansion.
gerlach en koop, two artists from the Netherlands living and working in The Hague and Brussels, gave up the habit of writing their proper name with a capital letter in order to merge into one collective artist.
Solo exhibitions include Kunstboeken (naast de kunst), the library of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven NL (2004); ruim schrijven, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo NL (2008); En gerlach en koop,1646, The Hague NL (2010); Niet niet precies. Not not precise. Pas pas précis. Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam NL (2010) and Others’ Structures, New Existentialism part 6, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Altefabrik, Rapperswil-Jona CH (2012). The next solo exhibition will be at De Vleeshal, Middelburg NL.
They have participated in group exhibitions such as ‘Lost Tongues Rediscovered’, Stroom Den Haag (2007), The Hague NL; ‘Radical Autonomy’, at Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, FR (2009) and at Netwerk, Aalst, BE (2011); ‘Faux Jumeaux’, S.M.A.K., Gent, BE (2009); ‘For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there’ at de Appel, Amsterdam NL (2010); ‘Keep floors and passages clear’ at White Columns, New York US (2011); ‘Found in Translation, Chapter L’, at Casino Luxembourg, L (2011); ‘Autumn of Modernism’, De Vleeshal, Middelburg NL and Temporary Gallery, Cologne, D (2012); ‘United We’, Stroom Den Haag (2013) and ‘MOREpublishers present’, Mu.ZEE, Oostende, BE (2013). The next groupshow will be ‘Over Psychedelia & Conceptualism’ at de Appel, Amsterdam NL (2014)
gerlach en koop would like to thank Stroom Den Haag and the Mondriaan Fund.
A group of people have been reading a book together for thirty years.
They have been reading it again and again, with each journey from the first to the last page taking eleven years. Once they reach the last word, a very enigmatic “the,” they begin again with the first word, “riverrun.” The text appears inexhaustible, its interpretation endless, the inconclusive nature of the reading exciting. The world seems to cease existing outside this reading room or, perhaps, it exists because of it.
The Joycean Society will be screened until December 21st.
Commissioned by Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, XLVème Prix International d’Art Contemporain
Produced by Auguste Orts
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Atelier Graphoui, LUCA Sint-Lukas Brussel & Argos, Centre for Art & Media