To Name A Few
27 April – 22 June 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Preview: Friday, 26 April 7–9 pm
I am sitting here with this feeling, and it is a familiar feeling, and it is my heart.
I am needing to reassure myself that I am not writing this letter to you, that I am
just writing it, simply writing it, simply letting it wander out.
I feel sad. My heart, my chest, what fills my chest, something like the taste of
copper, like sucking on a penny, like licking a 9 volt battery and getting a little
shock. It’s here, a little shock.
It has never been so apparent, the workings of shame embedded in my being so
old and outside, yet all the same my own deep thing to tend to, untangle, air out
And I guess it’s true, now I am writing to you. I am writing to you from me and
also to myself.
But isn’t that a letter?
The linear scroll is scraping against the pavement.
In my delusions I am literally some kind of a hero and that is embarrassing.
What holds the reigns, I think of some force, nameless, shapeless within and
outside this bodily container. Sending signals into outer space and actually
I can tell you the joy of this spring day, the brightness of 4PM light, the spirits
that burst through at this time. It’s almost too much of a drunken feeling to
manage. It’s almost too much.
There is my heart again. You know, I haven’t been able to feel my heart in so
And now I pause, and just stare at my hands, still on the board.
And in this moment I decided this letter is no longer for you, because I know
that you don’t want it.
This letter is for my heart, and I can say anything to my heart.
Right now, I am saying to my heart, I am sorry. I am sorry that I wrapped you up in cotton batting and put you away all tampered down and quiet. I am sorry that I hid you from myself, that I turned away from you while we were sleeping, and on purpose, many times.
I am sorry that I turned away from you, my heart. My beautiful, my tender, my sensitive, my loving, my strong, strong heart. And I am so sorry that I put you to rest so often as to no longer feel anything between my ribs and the sky.
To Name a Few
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Gallery Weekend 2019
26 April – 22 June 2019
David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel
With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran
Recipient of the 2019 Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize
Solo exhibition opens in Fall 2019
Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Milan
Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
...and other such stories
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago Cultural Center
19 September 2019 – 5 January 2020
Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples
Tanya Leighton is delighted to announce that the Museum of Modern Art, New York has acquired Marianne Wex's Let's Take Back Our Space: 'Female' and 'Male' Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures, 1977
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Labour in Vain
28 May – 8 August 2010, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
For the first time ever in the Czech Republic, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague-Holešovice, hosts a comprehensive exhibition of the work by Pavel Büchler whose long years of artistic practice and teaching in the UK have been recently rewarded by Northern Art Prize, the second most prestigious art award in the UK.
The exhibition is dominated by a number of key works, inspired directly or indirectly by the legacy of Franz Kafka. Two of these works make up the conceptual axis of the exhibition.
The Castle (2005-2009) from the collection of Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, is based on Kafka’s novel in which the author describes a non-classifiable character of a stranger and the problem of his presence in a claustrophobic environment of a village under a castle. Kafka’s text is read by synthetic voices created by digital technology (the so-called TTS) using almost 100 megaphones patented by Marconi in 1926, which is, incidentally, the year when Kafka’s novel was published for the first time. Since 2005, this work has been realized in a number of versions and exhibited at the 9th Biennale in Istanbul, the Gallery of Contemporary Art in Athens, Kunsthalle Bern, Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp and ShangArt Gallery in Shanghai, always in a different form corresponding to the historical or present function of the place or the exhibition space. The Prague installation is the largest so far and it has a new voice recording, partially in Czech.
The List / Previous Correspondence (2001-2009) is a long series consisting of 726 framed letters by which the author, from 2001 to 2009, responded to unsolicited advertising mail. In the first phase of the project, the senders learned that their names had been added to a list (“your name has been added to the list”). Their signatures, reproduced under the text, gradually accumulated into something that resembled an abstract painting. In the second phase, exhibited in 2003, the process was reversed and the senders were, one by one, removed from the list (“your name has been removed from the list”). Letters with this notice were sent to all original senders after the end of the exhibition. In 2003-2006 this project was expanded by the same number (242) of new senders-addressees, with all of them quoted in name in the text of the artist’s response and these letters were sent shortly before the opening of the exhibition in October 2006. In the third and the last phase, created specially for the DOX exhibition, the artists will, once again, respond to advertising mail received recently. This time, his responses will admit the aesthetic dimension of the correspondence.
A number of other works prepared for the exhibition is also inspired by Kafka, including a vast collage of Kafka’s quotations taken from the Czech translation of the essay by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, installed in one of DOX’s windows. Other works will use different means to refer to the works and personalities of modern art, literature, critique, politics, philosophy and the whole selection of works will be unified by the artist’s interest in misreading as a way to reveal accident or non-intentional poetics in familiar cultural material. The exhibition will include a series of photographic “portraits” from the late 1980s by which Büchler entered the British scene.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with many pictures and texts by Pavel Büchler, the exhibition’s curator Jaroslav Anděl and the following authors: J. J. Charlesworth, Charles Esche, Douglas Gordon, Richard Gott, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Mihnea Mircan, Hester Reeve and Patrick van Rossem.