Subjective Histories of Sculpture III: Simon Starling

    Mon, May 18, 2009, 6:30pm

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    SculptureCenter, in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, presents a series of artist-led lectures: Subjective Histories of Sculpture III. This lecture series furthers SculptureCenter's exploration of how contemporary artists think about sculpture, its conventions, and its legacies. Three artists have been invited to present their own take on art history and address evolving strategies of representation, borrowing examples from fine art, popular culture, and personal and fictional sources. These histories are subjective, incomplete, and eclectic. They question assumptions and examine ways of viewing the old and the new. Subjective Histories of Sculpture III is the third edition of SculptureCenter Lectures at the New School, inaugurated in 2006. Admission to this event is free.

    Simon Starling was born in Epsom, England in 1967. Under Starling's investigation, any object or material becomes a resource with particular physical and organic properties - a process of fabrication and a set of socioeconomic relations attached to various and precise locations. The specifics of the elements isolated by Starling, and sometimes particles of them, yield new pieces through re-transpositions and transformations. Starling creates generative systems grounded in a particular type of historical pragmatism that in their manifestation contain an aesthetic dimension and a calculated materiality. Simon Starling has exhibited at the UCLA Hammer Museum (2002), Kunstmuseum Basel (2005), and MASS MoCA (2008/09), and represented Scotland at the 50th Venice Biennial (2003). He is a recipient of the Turner Prize (2005). He lives and works in Copenhagen.

    Simon Starling, Silver Particle / Bronze (After Henry Moore), 2008