PAT HEARN [PAT HEARN GALLERY]


the objects funciton as kinds of souvenirs

AS- You have an exhibition in the works, coming off this PS1 show. Is that something you were planning before the PS1 show?

PAT HEARN- It sort of all happened simultaneously. It was coincidental and very fortunate that the PS1 exhibition was being developed at the same time that I was becoming interested in a lot of this work and thinking about doing a show. Certainly, the fact that PS1 is going to do a show has helped me a lot because they have the resources to do more research and help people to do more large-scale projects. So it will be a smaller exhibition here than what's at PS1, obviously, but I think one will inform the other. There is a particular phenomenon around this work. And within that there's only a handful of people whose work is quite interesting, not only about a movement but that sees itself within a much larger context. What comes first really is the thinking behind the work, and if you're following the thinking then there is a kind of consistency to it. I think that the objects function as kinds of souvenirs that are really incidental. They represent a particular type of thinking. Because an object changes medium all the time... that's how this movement has been identified, that one never creates a kind of signature... But I think that, in terms of the object, you don't have to create a kind of signature, but in terms of your thinking and the evolution and development of an idea there can be a kind of signature.

AS- Do you think that some of the same things that motivated people to be part of the movements at the beginning of the century are now coming back? How do you see this?

PH- I think that at the turn of the century there wasn't really an art market. That's something that has really evolved in the last 25-30 years. Perhaps with the height of the market in the 1980s and then the decline of the market in general - the decline of the economy internationally, perhaps this is something that is coming out of that.

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