• David Levine
    David Levine
    Margi Sharp in Pilates Instructor
  • Magnus Thierfelder
    Magnus Thierfelder
    A tension (version)
    Cable, electrical outlets
    Variable dimensions
  • Carey Young
    Carey Young
    Still from ‘Optimum Performance’
    Single channel video documentation of performance at the Whitechapel Gallery
    Color, sound, 14:35 min.
    ©Carey Young. Courtesy Paula Cooper
    Gallery, New York.
  • Mladen Stilinović
    Mladen Stilinović
    Artist at work
  • Étienne Chambaud
    Étienne Chambaud
    Empty neon
    6 x 71 in.
  • Irene Kopelman
    Irene Kopelman
    from Documenting 'Three Interventions in a Space'
    Published by Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, 2003
    500 copies
  • David Maroto
    David Maroto
    Reviewed CV
    2010 (work-in-progress, last update)
    Laserprint, folder, marker, CD

Pertaining to a Profession Proverbially Energetic and Nervous

March 30, 2011 - April 16, 2011


Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinović, Magnus Thierfelder and Carey Young

organized by Sarah Demeuse

Wednesday, March 30, 6 - 8pm
Performance at 7pm 

Wednesday - Saturday, 12 - 6pm

Tuesday, April 19 at 6.30pm

Sarah Demeuse and David Levine in conversation 

A German ELLE from 1998 functions as an initial reflection on the self-presentation of the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and its then artist-residents and professional visitors. The magazine's full-page shots of artists in their studios provide the starting point for a three-way examination of disparate clichés about contemporary artists as workers and the people in their surroundings who legitimize this peculiar ‘at-work-ness.’

pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous includes work by Étienne Chambaud, Irene Kopelman, David Levine, David Maroto, Mladen Stilinovic, Magnus Thierfelder, and Carey Young.  A selection of ISCP's own collection of photographs will function as a refrain in this group show. As a whole, the exhibition subtly undermines three tropes associated with an artist's work: the mysterious invisibility or potentiality of artistic labor as example of post-industrial immateriality; art as resistance to commonplace productivity; and, possibly closer to home, the performative formulas and taboos associated with successful artistic professionalism.

As the second installment in a year-long thematic exhibition related to work, pertaining to a profession proverbially energetic and nervous takes at face value the fact that the international roving artist-cum-MacBookPro has taken the place of the blue-collar Brooklyn printmaker and therefore turns the tables, highlighting the expectations of those who visit this contemporary workspace.

Sarah Vanhee’s Great Public Sale of Unrealized but Brilliant Ideas, culling from works-in-progress by ISCP residents, will complement this exhibition and is scheduled to take place in September 2011.

This exhibition is organized by Sarah Demeuse in close conversation with Kari Conte.

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This exhibition has been made possible thanks to the support of: Brooklyn Arts Council, The Greenwich Collection, National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.