Strengthening his commitment to individuals that operate outside of the art world’s conventional parameters, Harrell Fletcher (along with Jens Hoffmann) is developing a biennial. In an industry saturated with such events, the People’s Biennial is different. It will involve 5 American institutions each presenting the work of 5 local artists. These artists must work outside of main art centres and Fletcher and Hoffman are currently touring states including South Dakota, Oregon, North Carolina and Pennsylvania selecting participants. According to its founders, the People’s Biennale is a response to ‘…the art world’s ever increasing exclusivity, which has turned the spaces where art is produced and exhibited into privileged havens detached from the ordinary realities of everyday life’. As always, Fletcher’s practice offers a generous alternative.
American artist Harrell Fletcher‘s September exhibition at the NGV is taking shape. While posters, zines and videos by the artist are included, in typical Fletcher style, the experiences and opinions of local community groups will be at the fore. Part of the exhibition will consist of a community gallery in which participants submit an item of personal importance, as well as reading materials about themselves. Of particular interest is an NGV collection hang selected by local participants who’ll get to see exactly what they want, challenging the role of curator.
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Marilyn Manson both enjoy a bit of a dabble, and now actor Billy Zane has turned his hand to painting too. Zane began making art on the set of Titanic and says, ‘I love the surprise. The joy of making do with what you have to work with. The Hardware store, ship yard, roadside dump site is my art store and most countries, cities and villages are not short on supplies. If I can’t find canvas, I find old signage, shelf liner, or shipping crates. If I can’t find enough paint I use soil, clay, wine, spit, anything that adheres.’ If the exhibition doesn’t kill you with love maybe the artist’s self indulgent dribble will.
Billy Zane, Killing with Love, Frank Pictures Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, California, until September 1.
Chris Dercon has been announced as the new Director of Tate Modern. His previous positions include Programme Director at PS1, New York, Director of the Witte de With, Centre of Contemporary Art Rotterdam and Director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. 52 year old Dercon, who is currently Director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich, will replace former Tate Modern Director Vicente Todoli in Spring 2011.