Magazine article Artforum International

Nicholas Cheveldave and Daniel Keller: Chewday's

Magazine article Artforum International

Nicholas Cheveldave and Daniel Keller: Chewday's

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Nicholas Cheveldave and Daniel Keller

CHEWDAY'S

Billed as "a collaborative exhibition by twenty-four international galleries across eight London spaces" and coordinated by Vanessa Carlos, director of Carlos/Ishikawa, Condo generated discourse largely centered on the economic straits facing younger commercial galleries in the city. You might be the hottest ticket in town, but cultural capital alone won't pay your invoices. For this experimental exhibition, various galleries from all corners of London--among them Arcadia Missa, The Sunday Painter, Southard Reid, Project Native Informant, Supplement, and Rodeo--hosted work from galleries from as far afield as Essex Street in New York, Antenna Space in Shanghai, Galeria Jaqueline Martins in Sao Paulo, and Frutta in Rome. The exchange was a simple one: The hosted galleries sent work to be installed and invigilated by their hosts, in a gesture that will someday, presumably, be reciprocated. Condo was like an art fair without walls, an art fair for the sharing economy.

Of the sprawling offerings, a standout presentation was on view at the newest of the participating galleries, Chewday's, who showed their artist Nicholas Cheveldave and hosted the Berlin-based gallery Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler's artist Daniel Keller. Keller's sculptural assemblages and Cheveldave's photocollages speak, as did Condo itself, directly to the conditions of art's production, distribution, and consumption under contemporary capitalism. Flanking the gallery's back wall was Keller's AmazonGlobalPriority Cairn Unit 2, 2013, comprising seven cairns--stones piled precariously in accordance with size--atop Amazon Prime shipping boxes. These ad hoc plinths were the very boxes in which the pret-a-porter cairns arrived at the gallery. Instead of balancing the stones as, say, a meditative exercise out in the wild, the staff at Chewday's needed only to unpack and right the stacks. …

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