Curated by Adam Carr
The exhibition 1-31 introduces a loose narrative that connects 31 works together by young, emerging and well-established artists from around the world. The exhibition showcases works in large part from Collecteurs’ members collections in addition to works by artists who were invited to participate. The show unfolds via Collecteurs’ Instagram and website, and addresses these particular formats and platforms for art’s presentation.
31 artists participate in the exhibition, each with one work. The 31 works relate in some way to a specific number, pertaining to the calendric day on which the work will be presented. Once each artist and artwork has been posted on Collecteurs’ Instagram, it will then enter its website. Each work will be accompanied by short texts, and will be further illustrated on Collecteurs’ website through interviews with the artists, as well as essays that relate with or mine an expanded definition of their works.
While the exhibition uses the platforms of social media and a website, and takes place exclusively on these platforms, its inspiration is taken in part from a moment prior to the Internet’s inception: Seth Siegelaub’s pioneering work in the 1960s and his exhibitions March 1969 (1969) and July, August, September 1969 (1969). In the spirit of both exhibitions, 1-31 conflates art’s documentation with its presentation and vice versa, where perhaps the experience of art breaks away from the traditional confines of the museum, institution and gallery to something less governed and more remote. Unlike traditional exhibitions, 1-31 will present new works and related content over the course of three months. The exhibition will be complete on the last day and will stay in the view of the public afterwards in its final shape.