Ulla von Brandenburg, Guy de Cointet, Geoffrey Farmer, Janice Kerbel, Daria Martin, Judy Radul
People Things Enter Exit
October 28–December 10, 2011

Now enter a number of commands that you would like to be executed. You can start with ... a hiss and then cAH-junK. (automatic doors) Now, exit from your editor and type ... entrances, significant actions or business and then exit.

Enter (Ntr)

Kneel (Kn)

A matter of respect to collaborators or eliminate them at your peril. During these moments nothing is said. Mark out here, “pause” and then there “silence”. Enter like a stiff feather. Throw the book. THUMP. Violet turns to blue. One character to the other may say, “Shall we go?” The other replies, “Yes”. The stage direction says: “They do not move.”

Is someone going to argue that stage direction is immaterial? I hope not. (Kissing the bookcase) We move into the gallery space, "Flatly." "Happily." "Holding back tears." and “Large over-stuffed chairs that seem to swallow the characters.” We blink. The camera pans left and captures “A” walking with a red page then at the next moment “A” disappear.

More importantly, “two hundred women of the town” enter the room. The final scene of the play opens with two girls winding a skein of red wool. Confusion reigns with various characters appearing and asking for definitive news. A yellow diffused floods the room. Yellow is the colour of his lips when he is dead. The stark settings, the chanting, and the songs and music all contribute to an event which is designed to move an audience through all of the visual, aural, and dramatic means available. People Things Enter Exit.

Ulla von Brandenburg (b. 1974, Karslrue, lives and works in Paris) has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Galerie du Granit, Le granit, Scène Nationale de Belfort, France (2012); Rosascape, Paris (2012); Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include Produzentengalerie, Hamburg (2011); Vitrine de l’Antenne, Le Plateau - FRAC* Ile de France, Paris (2011); Neue Alte Welt, The Common Guild, Glasgow (2011); Neue Alte Welt, Art: Concept, Paris (2011); Chorspiel, Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö (2011).

Guy de Cointet (b. 1934, Paris, d. 1983, Los Angeles) was a French artist based in Los Angeles in the late sixties and seventies. His enigmatic and until very recently under-appreciated body of work uses language, performances, paintings, sculpture and prints to inhabit the poetic space of the written word and theatre. A major monograph on his work written by Marie de Brugerolle was published by JRP Ringier in 2011.

Geoffrey Farmer (b. 1967, Vancouver, lives and works in Vancouver) has a forthcoming retrospective at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2013 and his work is currently on view at the Istanbul Biennial. Recent solo exhibitions include Mondegreen (with Jeremy Millar), Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2011); Casey Kaplan, New York (2011); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2011); Walter Philips Gallery, Banff (2010); Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2010); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, (2010).

Janice Kerbel (b. 1969, Toronto, lives and works in London, UK). Her solo exhibition Kill the Workers!, shown this past year at Chisenhale, London and Badischer Kunstverein, Karslrue will travel to the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff in 2012. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver and recent solo exhibitions include, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik (2011); See it Now, Art Now, Tate Britain, London (2010); Ballgame (Innings 1–3), greengrassi, London (2009).

Daria Martin (b. 1973, San Francisco, lives and works in London, UK) has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan (2011). Recent solo exhibitions include Minotaur, MCA Chicago; New Museum, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2009-2010); Maureen Paley, London (2008), PERFORMA07, New York (2007).

Judy Radul (born in Lilloet, BC, lives and works in Vancouver) was recently awarded the DAAD residency in Berlin and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Catriona Jeffries in 2012. Her major installation World Rehearsal Court traveled to the Henie Onstad Art Centre, Norway following its debut at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver. She recently co-edited the book A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics published by Sternberg Press.

Documentation by SITE Photography.