TRACE: in New York


Franklin Furnace
7th April - 7th June 2006

80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn , NY 11217-1506
T 718 398 7255 - F 718 398 7256

An exhibition of work from the TRACE archive [2000-2005]

Launch Weekend
Friday 7th April
Exhibition preview & publication launch of Trace Installaction Artspace Cardiff '00–'05 published by Seren Books
Live launch Performances by Phil Babot, Matt Cook & Kim Simons

Saturday 8th April
Conference chaired by Dr. Heike Roms and Prof. André Stitt

Installaction Artspace Cardiff '00–'05
Edited by André Stitt, Foreword by Jimmie Durham
SEREN books
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 1854114085

This retrospective of the first five years of Trace, an independent art gallery in Cardiff, Wales, celebrates its standing as an international center for installation and real-time art. Essays by cultural historian Dr. Heike Roms and artist Julie Bacon chronicle the history of the gallery, and photographs capture the controversial and inventive works that have passed through the gallery doors since opening day.

André Stitt is an internationally acclaimed performance artist and the curator of Trace. Jimmie Durham is an American artist of Cherokee descent whose Still Life with Car and Stone is installed at the Art Gallery of New South Wales at the Sydney Opera House.

Both artists have had work presented at the recent Venice Biennale.

7th April - 7th June 2006
An exhibition of work from the TRACE archive [2000-2005]

The exhibition brings together a selection of ‘traces’ from live work and installation at TRACE gallery Cardiff from Sept. 2000 - May 2005.

Alastair Maclennon [ Scotland]
Cosey Fanni Tutti
Jimmie Durham [Cherokee]
Stuart Brisley
Zpigniew Warpechowski [Poland]
Jerzy Beres
Morgan O’Hara [USA]
Clemente Padin
Eve Dent [England]
Kira O’Reilly
Jamie McMurry [USA]
Julie Andree T.
Uri Katzenstein [Israel]
Jessica Buege
Lee Hassall [England]
Roddy Hunter
Dan McKereghan [USA]
John Boehme
Brian Connolly [N. Ireland]
Irma Optimist
Glyn Davies Marshall [England]
Hiromi Shirai
Jordan Mackenzie [England]
Amanda Heng
James Cobb & Bobdog Catlin [USA]
James Partaik
High Heel Sisters [Scandinavia]
Seiji Shimoda
Danny McCarthy [Ireland]
Cyril Lepetit
Kevin Henderson [Scotland]
Boris Nieslony
Sinead & Hugh O’Donnell [Ireland]
Myriam Laplante
Jeffrey Byrd [USA]

The exhibition consists of reconstituted elements from live performance or action based processes - objects, detritus, manipulated materials, documents, photographs, texts, drawings and sculptural or ersatz ethnographic displays.

This seemingly left-over or discarded matter is offered up for contemplation and reflection in relation to contemporary artists exploration and research. In bringing together these discreet elements one becomes aware of a certain unity of practice and an historical archive centred on process, events and experiences.

This selection from TRACE, is appropriately positioned within the Franklin Furnace Archive centre and in so doing proposes a selection of ‘traces’ that embody that fragile quality where the object itself is imbued with the performance that created it.’

The exhibition represents the work of some of the worlds most distinguished experimental artists. As such it is an overview that includes the work of influential artists who came to prominence in the 1960’s and who remain active today. This influence can be felt in the work and subsequent documentation of subsequent practitioners represented here and the emergence of a young generation of performance artists.

TRACE: Mission Statement

trace: is offered as a significant artspace that represents intersections between artistic disciplines. A place for wider discourse and dissemination of contemporary art practice that’s seeks to place emphasis on context in the working process. The focus is primarily performative - to explore the previously untried ways of ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ offered by time based art and work that emerges from this field - performance, video, sonic, interactive, installation.

trace: highlights one artist per month - each artist presents a live investigation with the ‘trace’ elements of this activity exhibited as installation open to the public by appointment on consecutive weekends during the month.

All performances, installations, procedures, live manifestations and actuations are free.