4 – 16 Dec 2013
from absence to presence,
or erased from presence to absence;
there is no way to be sure.
A collection of works on paper by French artist Patrick Vernon (1958-1998) went on show at the ICI Berlin. Vernon’s artworks, mostly watercolour or pen and ink washes on paper, are a polysemic play with figures, colours, forms – and, their dissolution. The exhibition Unfinished focussed on Vernon’s experimental and playful works, works-in-process involving partial objects, unfinished figures and the interaction of parts and the whole.
The vernissage accompanied the ICI Library Event that explored the creative and menacing potential of the notion of unfinishedness, as part of ICI’s focus on constituting wholes. While some works always remain unfinished despite the unending desire to complete them, others are abandoned unwillingly or explicitly declared unfinished (what in art is called the non finito). How does a writer, a researcher, an artist, or a musician know when a piece of work is finished? And what happens if one cannot finish?
Part of the ICI Library Event
The ICI Library Event explored the creative and menacing potential of the notion of unfinishedness within the ICI focus on Constituting Wholes.Programme
Welcome: Corinna Haas and Christoph Holzhey
Introduction to the exhibition: Claudia Peppel
Done with: Words Taken at Their Word
‘I may hang on my own eyelashes, ripening and swelling, acting out all the parts in the play until I run. The plot’s the only thing we know today’.
Undone: States of Incompleteness
Inspired by Pascal Mercier’s Perlmann’s Silence and Susan Sontag’s Early Diaries, this performance explores the different kinds of inabilities that haunt creative work and academic life.
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Organized byCorinna Haas