Exhibition: Further Notes Regarding Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock

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Further Notes Regarding Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock

March 2013 – ongoing

kynastonmcshine is pleased to present a new project involving Terry Atkinson and Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock. From March 2013 the ongoing production of elements of the project can be viewed via and downloaded by clicking on the image above.

The project consists of a series of written responses to two statements by Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock. Two essays written by Terry Atkinson begin the correspondence with the JCHP statements, and these are followed by a piece of writing by kynastonmcshine.

The statements by JCHP outline inherent problems for the enactment of critical validity within the current hegemony of art world mechanisms of visibility, which elsewhere they refer to as the teratoma of Corporate tyranny. These statements explore how the modes of production that JCHP employs are both curtailed by and act as a response to the contradictions inherent to the dominant modes of distribution within the art world, which of course are its principal modes of production; namely, the so-called ‘expanded’ field of exhibition. They regard their response, to the critically stagnant system of ‘arthood’, as an organum that attempts to breach the state ceteris paribus of pseudo-Liberalist plenitude that constitutes art today as a state of affairs.

Terry Atkinson responds in a typically forensic manner, picking apart contradictions and ironies that he spots in the JCHP statements as he reads through these problems, further problematizing them as his writing unfolds. Tying each observation that he makes from the JCHP statements to significant contradictory and sometimes ironic moments within the history of modernist art, Atkinson attempts to delineate the illusory figure of, what he calls, the ‘avant-garde model of the artistic subject’, debunking at every turn the claims made for this model, by those that champion and reproduce it, to produce the figure of the artist as ‘a self-confirming centre of truth’.

kynastonmcshine comes at these discussions obliquely with an essay that explores humiliation as a highly likely and sometimes inevitable side-effect of exhibiting art within the given economies of visibility that pervade almost all of the art world and beyond. Exploring how a specific form of dispersed sovereignty in these economies of visibility provokes reciprocal humiliation for artists, audiences, and curators alike, the essay goes on to ask what a post-humiliation exhibition system might be like and asks what new forms of sovereignty for art might result.

Terry Atkinson founded Art & Language in 1968 with David Bainbridge, Michael Baldwin and Harold Hurrell.

Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock is the sole collective practice of Dave Smith and Thom Winterburn.

To view and download the papers please click the image above.

To view Part II & III of this project please click on the image below.