This BxNU Symposium brings together artists, curators, academics and writers, to activate an enquiry into the interlocking possibilities of meaning presented by the exhibition, Jason Rhoades, Four Roads.
During his lifetime Rhoades’ installations were rarely understood as finished or finite. Constantly in flux, works were divided up into constituent parts, materials reused and presented anew. Today the work continues to exist within a constant process of recontextualisation and is imbued with parallel narratives as illustrated by the four interpretive themes, or roads, proposed in this display. To examine this multi-layered system of interpretation, the symposium will offer a range of deviant pathways through screenings, presentations, workshop and discussion. In a response to the artist’s absent presence, the question shifts from, “What would Jason do?” to, “What has Jason done?”
Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths - Introduction by David Campbell
Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths - Penny Grennan, Your Trash, Our Treasure
This is a digital record of Your Trash, Our Treasure, an installation by Penny Grennan which was created at BALTIC during the BxNU Symposium: Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths.
This event was concerned with notions of value: throwing things away, giving to a gallery, curating, and the fluid narrative content of objects, and it investigated,
At what point does an accumulation of objects take on a second identity? (Four Roads catalogue. 2015 p.125)
"Participants were invited to bring a portable object that they were going to throw away and to add it to an ongoing installation. The Installation has already been started by me and members of the BALTIC staff. A series of portrait photographs were taken of the objects thereby giving each object value and status. In the course of the day participants wrote their object’s story on a label and placed the object on the label, in relation to the other objects in the space. The progress of the installation was photographed to evidence the changes. At the end of the day the objects were be free for anyone to take away, thereby adding to the existing narrative of the object. When the objects were removed the labels occupied the space that the objects once filled. The stories form a parallel to Rhoades’ detailed instructions, or road map, for the exhibition, Four Roads."
The collection stories left by participants can be viewed by clicking here.
The artist would like to thank Chris Girwood who photographed the event.
Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths - Paul Goodfellow, Reconfiguring Jason Rhoades
Jason Rhoades / Deviant Paths - David Campbell and Mark Durden, Exhibition Walkthrough