Magazine article Artforum International

Graham Wilson: Brand New Gallery

Magazine article Artforum International

Graham Wilson: Brand New Gallery

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Graham Wilson

BRAND NEW GALLERY

The thread connecting the fifteen works (all 2015) in Graham Wilson's recent exhibition "I Clocked Out when I Punched In" seemed to be time--specifically, time as it plays out in the valuation of artistic production. Wilson's self-reflexive exhibition presented cheeky meditations on the status of his own work, in terms of both its cultural and economic capital. Some pieces are quite literal: Institutionalized suggests that the time spent producing a work can be systematically monetized, and that the artist might be conceived as an office worker. A broken vintage punch clock was installed on the wall above a pile of time cards stamped during the past year and a half, recording the hours the artist spent finishing the works in the show--works that ultimately, perhaps, were assigned value only once they were realized in the gallery. This demonstration of labor invited a consideration of the relationship between economic and cultural value. A comedic critical register could also be found in the work Any Way "You" Cut It: a signed check (sealed in an envelope) from the Gagosian Gallery to the artist, framed and overlaid with a matrix of dotted black "cut here" lines and five vinyl scissor graphics. Installed below this work was Aint No 'I' in Team, which features a similarly farcical corrective: A T-shirt with the face of Jeffrey Deitch lay crumpled on the ground, accompanied by an iron.

Other reflections, in contrast, took the form of abstract metaphors. For example, in Where 'I' Draw the Line, a dense black line drawn directly onto the wall with an oil stick effectively cut it horizontally at eye level. This deliberately heavy gesture was somewhat messy, allowing the viewer to perceive the efforts and errors of the hand involved in its making. In the title, instead of the temporal indication when, the artist uses the conjunction where, emphasizing the site of his action: the gallery. …

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