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second reflection / symmetrical contents

23.01.13 – 09.03.13

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Private view: Tuesday 22nd January 2013 6 – 8.30pm


CHELSEA space presents an exhibition by American, Paris-based artist STURTEVANT and UK-based partnership SECONDEDITIONS:

An exhibition on criminal action, against dominance, in reference to ethics as the considered form that freedom takes when it is informed by reflection, for thought and symmetry between partners in dialogue: symmetry as expression of peaceability.

The result of a correspondence between STURTEVANT and SECONDEDITIONS initiated in 2002, the project follows two strands of thought:

second reflection – the conscious experience of repetition, the continuous process of rethinking the nature of art and

symmetrical contents – the mirrored relationships between material and thought as presented in the work and the discussions of the artists involved.

The exhibition features two 3-channel video installations by STURTEVANT and video works and objects by SECONDEDITIONS.

Taking a critical approach, the work articulates collective concerns for the subject’s migration towards exterior and surface, the effects that cybernetics, binary standardisation and global corporate structures have imposed on the formation of cultural processes during the first decade of the 21st century.
By equal measure, there are signs of boundless trust in Sturtevant’s notion of thought as power – and art’s potency in the pursuit of peaceability and enchantment.


“Reflection, thinking, and analysis is the core of her work, from the paintings of the late 1960’s to the most recent videos and installations. There is a famous Sturtevant maxim that runs, ‘negative definition is a very powerful philosophical position.’ […]
In the last two decades Sturtevant has evolved a highly structured and rigorous exploration of current events making multi-screen video works, and installations exposing the simulacrum that is as much an attack on arts media/advertising dimension as the corrupt power structures that surround it.”

STURTEVANT received the Kurt Schwitters Prize for Lifetime Achievement at Sprengel Museum Hannover in 2012 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2011.
Recent/current exhibitions:
Elastic Tango
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London (2010);
The Razzle Dazzle of Thinking
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris (2010/11);
Image over Image
Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2012) and Kunsthalle Zurich (2012-13);
Sturtevant: ‘Duchamp Bicycle Wheel’ (1969-1973)
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, (2012-13);

SECONDEDITIONS is a collaborative practice between Elizabeth Peebles and Markus Eisenmann that began in 2002 with the research into a number of artworks in public and private collections aiming to generate the possibility of unlimited editioning and recontextualisation of selected objects.
The project’s parameters have since extended to include the processing of text video and sound. Works have been archived in the museum contexts of the collections of their origin a.o. at the British Museum London and Hamburger Kunsthalle.

As with each exhibition at CHELSEA space, a new publication will accompany the show, designed by SECONDEDITIONS.

Public Programme Event
A conversation between Pavel Pys (curator, Henry Moore Institute) and SECONDEDITIONS will take place on 23rd January 2013 at Chelsea College of Art and Design to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.

Exhibition supported by:
University of the West of England, Bristol
The Block, London

Press Information
For further information, images or to discuss interviews please contact: Kate Ross or Daisy McMullan at CHELSEA space via email info@chelseaspace.org or tel 020 7514 6983

Notes to Editors
Images and further information are available upon request
About: CHELSEA space is a public exhibiting space, sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Art & Design, where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects. See: www.chelseaspace.org
• In copy please refer to CHELSEA space and not ‘The Chelsea space.’
Gallery opening times: Tue – Fri: 11:00 – 17:00, Sat: 10:00 – 16:00
Private view: Tuesday 22nd January 2013, 18:00 – 20:30
Admission: FREE

Chelsea College of Art and Design is one of the world’s leading art and design institutions. Located at Millbank, next door to Tate Britain, Chelsea specialises in Fine Art, Graphic Design and Interior and Textiles Design. Since its origins in the 19th century, the College has produced many of the greatest names in the arts, including: Quentin Blake (illustrator and author) Ralph Fiennes (film and stage actor), Anish Kapoor (sculptor), Steve McQueen, (artist), Chris Ofili (artist), Alan Rickman (film and stage actor), Alexei Sayle (comedian) and Gavin Turk (sculptor).

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second reflection / symmetrical contents STURTEVANT and SECONDEDITIONS


second reflection / symmetrical contents STURTEVANT and SECONDEDITIONS