Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Christopher K. Ho
@ Winkleman Gallery, Jan. 10 to Feb. 9, 2008

Christopher K. Ho
Happy Birthday

Jan. 10 – Feb. 9, 2008
Opening: Thurs, Jan 10, 6–8
Hours: Tue–Sat, 11-6 pm

Winkleman Gallery is very pleased to present Happy Birthday, our first solo exhibition by New York artist Christopher K. Ho. In five new pieces, Ho explores how collaboration, willing or not, between protagonists of the art world—artists, collectors, critics, and gallerists—ascribes aesthetic and monetary value to an artist’s work.

Happy Birthday culminates and continues Ho’s decade-long collaborative practice. In all but one work, Happy Birthday to Jen, Ho approaches collaboration as the basic condition of possibility for contemporary art. This approach does not diverge from his previous, literal collaborations with other artists, so much as evidences a more complex understanding of collaboration as an inherent characteristic of almost all art to be made manifest. Each work systematically and often humorously interrogates the inter-subjective relations between pairs of protagonists (artist-artist, artist-gallerist, gallerist-collector, and artist-critic). Additionally, the viewing public is implicated in Happy Birthday from Nuit and Happy Birthday to Mrs. X, which exist partially through word-of-mouth.

Happy Birthday consists predominantly of hints of previous transactions or agreements: a red dot accompanying the exhibition’s title; an anachronistic catalogue featuring sited, ephemeral works that have been re-dated and retroactively priced; an actual birthday party during the opening reception; and a rumor (or two) about a change in gallery ownership. Ho’s exhibition operates within the prevalent context of commercial art, even as it largely denies the viewer the conspicuous signifiers of such a context. Rather than obvious items for sale or contemplation, the gallery is empty except for a somewhat hidden, monochromatic life-sized sculpture of the gallerist, Edward Winkleman, in his “birthday suit.”

As art historian and critic Nuit Banai notes in her accompanying catalogue essay, “Ho not only gives up any notion of the integral author, but decenters the work and its meaning into an expanded field of massculturally produced protagonists, techniques, and supplements that simultaneously articulate, maintain, and subvert the logic of capital by both instantiating it and continuously deferring it.”

Christopher K. Ho has exhibited at the Queens Museum of Art; the Jamaica Center for the Arts; the H.F. Johnson Museum of Art; Marvelli Lab; the Municipal Art Society of New York; the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Socrates Sculpture Park; Sara Meltzer Gallery; Smack Mellon Studios; the Asian American Art Center of New York; the Kunsthalle, Zurich; Galerie 5eme Etage, Paris; Tou Scene, Norway; and Fieldgate Gallery in London. He received his B.F.A. and B.S. from Cornell University and his M.Phil from Columbia University.

For more information, please contact Edward Winkleman at 212.643.3152 or



Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Where are we going?" Me, I simply said, "The great fortune of tomorrow will hide itself. Will go underground." In English it's better than in French--"Will go underground." It'll be necessary that it dies before being known. Me, in my opinion, if there is an important fellow from now in a century or two--well! he will have hidden himself all his life in order to escape the influence of the market… completely mercenary [laughs] if I dare say.

1/09/2008 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Duchamp is one reference, sure...but Klien's "The Chelsea Hotel Manifesto" is also a good reference point. The sculpture is monochromatic...the same color as the gallery...referencing the void, etc. etc. Don't want to give too much away, but....

1/09/2008 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Art about the dealer? A portrait?

1/09/2008 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous McFawn said...

"referencing the void, etc. etc."

I like the offhandedness with which you mention the void. There's something funny to me about saying something so grandly bleak in such a way.

Perhaps the show also has some of the humor of existential angst, casually expressed? Death, madness and entropy yadda yadda….Amorality, loss of self and all that jazz.

1/09/2008 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Perhaps the show also has some of the humor of existential angst, casually expressed? Death, madness and entropy yadda yadda….Amorality, loss of self and all that jazz.


didn't mean to come off so blase...multi-tasking here.

Art about the dealer? A portrait?

Yes. Yes. And yet, together with the other work, not really. One piece is about how dealers ascribe value to art work, but it will most likely get the most immediate attention, as it's the least subtle in a visual sense. The totality of the works, together, transcends the portrait, but a naked dealer will strike some as the main talking point on first glance, I'm sure.

If you want me, I'll be under my desk. ;-)

1/09/2008 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you refuse to let them go, I will plague your whole country with frogs"
Exodus 8

1/09/2008 04:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit. (Luke 23:46)

1/09/2008 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Adobe said...

I am so bored with art about the art world. I mean really, enough already! Wake me when it is over.

1/09/2008 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

There is plenty of art that's not about the art world, Adobe, and it's no one else's responsibility to point you to it. You're responsibile for your own boredom here, I'm afraid.

1/09/2008 05:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Franklin said...

That "articulate, maintain, and subvert" bit sounded familiar to me somehow. Then I remembered why. At any rate, how does one simultaneously maintain and subvert something?

One piece is about how dealers ascribe value to art work, but it will most likely get the most immediate attention, as it's the least subtle in a visual sense.

It's also the only object in the room, if I've understood the press release. That would also increase the likelihood of immediate attention.

1/09/2008 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger patrick said...

This reads really interestingly. Can't wait to drop by.

1/09/2008 07:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you F.

1/09/2008 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

More austere Calvinist ineffectualist collaborative poesis in the realm of the institution! Gum the hand that chloroforms you! Polidentalists unite! Hey listen, I dig a statue as much as the next dude - those Thalidomide people at Boone were ok, you know for around the pool or greenhouse. And The Madona in yoga poses seemed ok - especially could use a pink marble of wassherface exiting the car while exposing her yoni - Koons style. Hey lookit me, I'm a statue!

Speaking of Yoga - its a status deal - maybe in the future the greatest artists will be the most flexible.

Oh, if I had done nothing simply out of laziness! Heavens, how I would have respected myself then!

1/09/2008 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger zipthwung said...

Ain't talking bout love
my love is rotten to the core
Ain't talking bout love
Just like I told you before , before, before
Ain't talking bout love
Don't wanna talk about love
Don't even talk about love
Ain't gonna talk about love, no more, no more

Hey, Hey, Hey, (x9)
I would like now, with you permission and close attention, to divulge to you possibly the most important and certainly the most secret phase of my art. I do not know if you are going to believe me - it is cannibalism. After all, is it not preferable to be eaten that to be bombed to death?

1/09/2008 11:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blah blah blah, insular, blah blah blah

1/10/2008 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger Christopher Howard said...

Someone should write a brief history about portraits of art dealers. Ambroise Vollard had his picture painted by Cezanne, Renoir, and Picasso. The latter painting was included in the Vollard exhibition a while back at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While spending a few minutes in front of the picture, I overheard a little girl standing next to me say to her mother, "It looks like ice cubes."

1/11/2008 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

It's like perfume but for mans...

11/15/2010 09:46:00 PM  

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