Rather than attempting to tackle these themes head on, Process 01: Joy presents three extremely disparate positions that together suggest a loose and unstable thesis. The materials on view span a range of documentary, anthropological, and performative approaches to questions of labor and, at the same time, enact self-reflexive, parallel spaces of production and "off-time."
The specific enquiry conducted by Karel Martens since the 1950s is further analysed in a conversation happening 22 September, when curators Gary Carrion-Murayari (New Museum) and Kim Conaty (Museum of Modern Art) join Karel Martens to discuss historical questions of labor, disciplinary crossover, and iconoclastic approaches to printing technology.
The self-described "free-wheeling combination of project space, commercial gallery, and Mom-and-Pop-Kunsthalle" seeks to emphasize rupture over tranquility, interference over mere coexistence, transparency over obfuscation, and passion over cool remove. The space's architectural concept, designed by Leong Leong Architecture, premieres with Process 01: Joy, and will evolve with each successive installation at P!.
Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kim Conaty, Karel Martens in Conversation
161 Bowery, 2nd floor, New York
Free entrance, RSVP required
Through 3 November 2012
Process 01: Joy
334 Broome St., New York