Exhibition — HELP/LESS

From July 14th to Septem­ber 29th 2012 Prin­ted Mat­ter is host­ing an ambi­tious instore exhib­i­tion entitled HELP/LESS, organ­ized by artist Chris Habib. The store-wide show includes over 180 books that explore the fluid­ity of author­ship in artists‹ books and mul­tiples. You are invited for the open­ing on Sat­urday, July 14th 2012

Includ­ing ori­gin­al art­works, book objects, prints and a tre­mend­ous selec­tion of artists‹ books, HELP/LESS looks to the vari­ous modes and meth­ods of appro­pri­ation in con­tem­por­ary art, includ­ing: pla­gi­ar­ism, re-author­ship, iden­tity sub­ver­sion, copy­ism, sub­stra­tion, redac­tion, cur­a­tion from the Com­mons, col­lect­ive author­ship, for­gery, the­or­et­ic­al trans­la­tion, nar­rat­ive appro­pri­ation and repro­graphy. The books gathered in the show rep­res­ent many of the sig­ni­fic­ant works that have, by choice or not, framed the con­ver­sa­tion about fair use, deriv­a­tion and the nature of con­tem­por­ary prac­tice. In the spir­it of the books, eph­em­era and mul­tiples it presents, HELP/LESS re-con­siders the exhib­i­tion space as an object to upset. It con­siders its view­ers and fea­tured artists accom­plices.”
 — Prin­ted Mat­ter

Over the course of the exhib­i­tion Prin­ted Mat­ter will host a series of artist-led work­shops on-site, invit­ing the audi­ence to become col­lab­or­at­ors and con­spir­at­ors in the gen­er­a­tion, propaga­tion and per­petu­ation of new work address­ing pre-exist­ing works. The par­ti­cip­at­ory work­shops – mara­thon read­ings, mock tri­als, live-typ­ing and book boot­leg­ging – will util­ize com­mon threads of re-pho­to­graphy, redac­tion, phys­ic­al manip­u­la­tion of mass-mar­ket trade titles, and col­lect­ive authorship/​group appro­pri­ation to cre­ate new works and inter­rog­ate exist­ing pro­jects. In addi­tion, two ongo­ing per­form­at­ive ›trans­mis­sions‹ will run the course of the exhib­i­tion, a Win­dow Fax Pro­ject and revi­sion­ist Video Page-Through broad­cast via Google Plus where Habib will modi­fy a stack of pho­tos live, both of which will offer a con­tinu­ous look at repro­duc­tions of scarce books.

Work­shops will be led by Greg Allen, Hester Barn­ard, Judith Barry, Eric Doeringer, Chris Habib, Joe Hale, Kenny Gold­smith, Pir­acy Pro­ject (Eva Mar­ie Wein­mayr & Andrea Francke), Bri­an Sing­er, Tem­por­ary Ser­vices, Mar­shall Weber, and Ofer Wolber­ger. Attend­ance to these ses­sions is lim­ited, and will require RSVP. Please email for more inform­a­tion, or look for a full sched­ule of events on their web­site.

Prin­ted Mat­ter, Inc.
195 Tenth Aven­ue
New York, NY 10011

July 14th to Septem­ber 29th 2012
Open­ing on Sat­urday, July 14th from 5 to 7pm