Grazer Kunstverein

Will Holder

06 Dec 2014 - 15 Feb 2015

De Maria Walter, High Energy Bar, 1966
Certificate 21 x 28 cm, B 456/O
museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig, Vienna
former Hahn Collection
acquired in 1978
The Members Library* presents

High Energy Bar
6 December 2014 – 15 February 2015

Will Holder (b. 1969, UK) is a London-based typographer and editor. In a back and forth between writing and speaking, he questions the published states of cultural objects. Holder sees conversation as model and tool for a mutual and improvised set of publishing conditions whereby the usual roles of commissioner, author, subject, editor, printer and typographer are improvised and shared, as opposed to assigned and pre-determined.

At Grazer Kunstverein, Holder takes Walter de Maria’s ‘High Energy Bar’ (1966, in an infinite edition until the artist’s death) as a prompt to assemble a ‘materialist inventory’ of language produced as a design-function of art objects. De Maria custom-wrote the terms of ownership for each bar’s owner; and, as is natural to conversation, Holder will similarly adapt the language produced around the bar, engaging local universities and other educational institutions with regard to collecting, multiples, ownership, language scoring value etc.

The word ‘bar’ in the title’s service-oriented double-entendre not only sets the tone for mutable definitions of language-objects, but also for the informal, public conditions that can be hoped for in the exhibition space.

*The Members Library is constructed and designed by the artist Céline Condorelli in collaboration with Harry Thaler as a permanent work entitled ‘Things That Go Without Saying’. The structure built for The Members Library is part of a series entitled ‘Additionals’. These different prop-like objects and quasi-functional structures operate at a scale between furniture and architecture.

Tags: Celine Condorelli, Walter De Maria