ㅇ Exhibition Title: 2023 Umi Hall Project Carl Andre
ㅇ Exhibition Period: Sep. 26 (Tue.), 2023 ~ Jan. 31 (Sun.), 2023.
ㅇ Exhibition Location: Umi Hall, Daegu Art Museum
ㅇ Exhibiting Artist: Carl Andre(b. 1935, Quincy, Massachusetts)
We are holding a one-person exhibition of the world-class sculptor and Minimalism pioneer Carl Andre at the Daegu Art Museum’s Umi Hall. A part of Asia Network Cooperation Exhibitions, this show will be successively presented at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Japan the following year. The artist’s first traveling one-person exhibition to be held in Asia, it offers an opportunity to discover the artist’s art realm transcending what Frank Stella articulated as “What you see is what you see” in the 1960s and the possibilities beyond the space of Umi Hall.
The Daegu Art Museum’s 2023 Umi Hall project Carl Andre exhibition seeks to collectively examine the physical essence and poetic implications in the works of the sculptor and poet Carl Andre by presenting drawings, sound, and miniature sculptures along with the artist’s representative sculptures.
Under Minimalism’s epistemological transition, Carl Andre newly defined the mechanism of art production while rejecting customs of traditional art and exclusively emphasizing the absence of the works’ external meanings and the materials’ physical properties. He brought and piled up, leaned against the wall, and placed on the floor industrial materials the artist did not manually process, such as factory-manufactured bricks, pre-shaved wood or metal, and stone tiles. This exhibition’s Merrymount (1980), 4th Steel Square (2008), and Belgica Blue Hexacube (1988) are made of wood, steel plates, and limestone, respectively, and the materials’ physical properties are even further matured and completely revealed as time is implied.
Andre’s works, which are changed and completed by equal unit repetition and their surrounding spaces along with the materials’ elements, form a relationship with the space of Daegu Art Museum’s Umi Hall to provide a freshly transformed appreciation experience. If one walks along Ferox (New York, 1982) and Eleventh Aluminum Cardinal (Tokyo, 1978), works in which 50cm metal plates and aluminum pieces of regular directions are repetitively placed, the space expands to infinity in gear with the equal repetition of physical properties.
Such three-dimensional Minimalist sculptures originate from the artist’s interest in, and experimentation with, language and poetry since his early years. Yucatan (1972-1975) is a piece consisting of 26 pages of poetry typed using a typewriter. This is a landscape, map, and poem of the area of Yucatán. The words, formatively connected without any special narrative on a piece of paper when read, provide viewers subjective experiences of diverse possibilities as a melodic poem or text sculpted in the rectangular space on paper.
The hope is that this exhibition will deliver the physical properties and locational features of Carl Andre’s Minimalist sculptures along with the poetic sensibilities serving as a basic principle and be an opportunity to explore new possibilities arising through a mutual exchange between sculpture and poetry. The reader is invited to fully savor art’s latent energy stretching into infinity while freely enjoying the Daegu Art Museum’s Umi Hall filled with the artist’s language and material properties.