Received this yesterday in my email...
Tainted Conceptualism: a conversation with Hassan Khan
We assume that moving away from both self-reflexivity and social representation, leads to pure formalism. Hassan Khan confronts this notion through his use of medium, presentation formats, and the creation of partially flawed conceptual systems. Khan will join Sohrab Mohebbi in conversation to consider the play of conceptual methods in Khan's 52-minute four-channel video piece The Hidden Location (2004) attempting to locate a prevailing thread in the artist's work. Following a screening of the artist's selected single channel videos, the conversation will revisit questions and quotations from a collection of texts, interviews and conversations about The Hidden Location, taking them as relics of the piece as the work develops its own relation to history in time. This discussion takes place alongside the artist's first US presentation of this piece at the Queens Museum of Art, opening May 22nd with a music performance by the artist at 4:30pm. In The Hidden Location, sixteen different sections, in varied length and form, are woven together, triggering the viewers desire to locate relationships between separate sections of the work on the one hand, and between the work and culture at large on the other. As much as it presents the impossibility of cultural representation, The Hidden Location also shows how the medium of the video, through its multiple forms and narrative structures, can only present a landscape in which specific mapping of content is transient and essentially unattainable.
Oh gawd....when did english and art criticism take leave of each other? I was reading an old copy of FMR (Franco Maria Ricci's ultra plush art mag from the 80s last night and thinking....this is what art criticism should be like...human, lively, provocative...I really am turning into a cranky old man...but I'm okay with it if this be modernity.