Your Hero is a Ghost by Lovett/Codagnone with Tom Zook

    Your Hero is a Ghost by Lovett/Codagnone with Tom Zook

    Sep 13–Nov 29, 2010

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    Your Hero is a Ghost comprises a large-scale sculpture and sound work and transforms the entire SculptureCenter courtyard into a theatrical space. The installation builds on prior work by Lovett/Codagnone that explores role-playing, the ways power is encoded in specific social behaviors and how language constructs and confines identity. The sound piece for the installation is by CANDIDATE, Lovett/Codagnone's band, and uses text and other sound to create a spatial soundscape. The work references cinematic and theatrical texts such as Peter Handke's "Offending the Audience" (1966), a landmark work in that it rejects illusion and makes the experience of the theater the subject of the work.

    Lovett/Codagnone is an artist team based in New York City that has worked together since 1995. Their practice involves an ongoing exploration of relations of power, as manifested in explicit cultural signifiers as well as clandestine or unconscious behaviors and codes. Recent projects have expanded upon an interest in the political ramifications of conflating public and private spheres and probe issues of collective identity and the absorption of underground tactics of resistance. Lovett/Codagnone use photography, performance, video, sound, and installation, but their approach to time-based practices has always been intimately tied to spatial concerns. Recent exhibitions have included Common Errors (Sara Meltzer Gallery, 2009); Interruption of a Course of Action (MoMA/PS1, 2007); Erase, in collaboration with Tom Cole, (Participant Inc., 2007) and 100 Years (Version #2) (MoMA/PS1 2009) and 100 Years (Version #3) at Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, (Moscow, 2010). Recent performances have been presented at the ICA Philadelphia (2010); Art International Radio, Clocktower Gallery (2010); and the ICA Boston (2007).

    Tom Zook is an architect who has been practicing in New York since 1999. He has designed and built numerous projects in the US, Mexico and India. Tom is in the faculty at the Yale School of Architecture where he has taught senior design studio for the past six years.

    This is the first collaboration between artist team Lovett/Codagnone and architect Tom Zook.


    Your Hero Is a Ghost is presented through SculptureCenter's Artist-in-Residence program and is funded in part by contributions from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Kraus Family Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Lily Auchincloss Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Foundation; Peter Jay Sharp Foundation; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwall Foundation; The Tides Foundation, advised by the Lambent Foundation, and contributions from our Board of Trustees and many generous individuals.

    Your Hero Is a Ghost is made possible in part by generous in-kind support from Bowery Restaurant Supply.