RO/LU at Patrick Parrish Gallery
Surfaces On Which Your Setting
and Sitting Will Be Uncertain
With clothing designed by Various Projects and
produced in collaboration with Print All Over Me
Thursday, September 4, 6–9 pm
Patrick Parrish Gallery
50 Lispenard Street, New York
On view from September 4 through October 4
Surfaces On Which Your Setting and Sitting Will Be Uncertain is a group of sculptural furniture objects by RO/LU with matching clothing by Various Projects in collaboration with Print All Over Me. The work will be on view as the inaugural show at Patrick Parrish Gallery in New York from September 4th through October 4th. The opening will take place Thursday September 4th at 50 Lispenard Street from 6-9 pm.
RO/LU continues to explore “art history as a material” by starting with very literal information from existing works and reinventing through intuitive connections to others. A collage of the past and the present—Superstudio’s Quaderna line, environmental installations by Ettore Sottsass, Scott Burton and James Lee Byars’ utilization of man as a symbol object—along with intangible new ideas that emerge through action. The objects, made from welded wire mesh, seem to change when one moves in their presence, in some way becoming different with each step taken around them.
Extending ideas embraced and explored by the Mono-ha movement in late sixties Japan and current philosophers like Bruno Latour, RO/LU and Various Projects explore the “life of things”—the belief that objects, images, and ideas included—have their own agency and won’t simply sit still under someone’s watch, on someone else’s terms. In fact, what makes them compelling is precisely what animates them, what they want, and how they behave when they are set loose into the world. In other words, objects, images, and ideas have lives to live. Suddenly we are interested in getting closer to these objects, establishing a poetic proximity that will allow these things to teach us in ways no person could.
Various Projects’ four square dresses, track suits, bangles, scarves and turbans—produced in the same grid pattern as RO/LU’s objects—act as a playful “meta-mirror” and encourage a sort of performative approach to our everyday interactions with the living world around us.
RO/LU is a studio based in Mpls/St Paul that works on art and design related projects. Started as a landscape office in 2003, through an “open practice and commitment to collaboration,” their sprawling body of work now extends to sculptural furniture, participatory art, video, writing and conceptual projects. They were the 2012 Open Field artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, and in 2013 Matt Olson represented the studio as a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation artist-in-residence. Their work has been shown internationally.
Various Projects was formed by Elizabeth Beer and Brian Janusiak in 2005 as a multidisciplinary design collaboration. This is their second collaboration with RO/LU. They had the pleasure of participating in RO/LU’s residency at the Walker Museum of Art in 2012 by creating garments for museum visitors to wear in endless reconfigurations, allowing them to engage through their own “performance” in the space.