Fox Irving, an MA Book Arts student at Camberwell, opens One and Three Tweets at Freddy in Baltimore on 7 February. Talking about the show, Irving said, ‘A common theme that has emerged and developed throughout my MA is the use of appropriation and copying within my work. The addictiveness of this process, and the insistent nature of the language used, I found could be linked with the insistent process of book production and reproduction.
I started to think, is there anything that does not involve “copying”, and why exactly does copying another person’s conduct or canon make people so uncomfortable? My research led me to look into the practice of the American poet, Kenneth Goldsmith. Known for “copying”, the objects he makes are known as “copies”, and those who find themselves making these copies are in fact not criminals, but, as the critic Marjorie Perfloff calls them, unoriginal geniuses.
The more I explored Kenneth Goldsmith’s practice, the more things about my own practice seemed to fall into place. So it seemed natural while I was researching the man himself, to copy his canon, done via the apt conduit of Twitter. Something done out of the art of “procrastination” has opened up whole new avenues of thinking for me in regards to not only my own practice but about other artist’s practice. Suddenly my work has moved into the digital, and “social media” has become my artists “medium”. As Yohji Yamamoto beautiful puts it “Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.”’
Fox Irving and Kenneth Goldsmith
February 7th – February 28th, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 7th, 7-9pm
Freddy is pleased to announce a collaborative show between poet Kenneth Goldsmith and artist Fox Irving entitled, One and Three Tweets.
Last fall, Irving started a Twitter account (@OnBeingKennyG) posting images of her hand-drawn renderings of every tweet that Goldsmith posted from his own twitter account (@kg_ubu). Goldsmith, known for his ideas of uncreative writing, is an advocate for plagiarism and identity-theft in the digital age. By hand-rendering every tweet Goldsmith made, Irving celebrated, critiqued, and perpetuated Goldsmith’s stream of provocations.
The show takes its title from Joseph Kosuth’s seminal 1965 work, One and Three Chairs, in which three representations of a chair are presented side-by-side: a real chair, a photograph of a chair, and a dictionary definition of a chair. Similarly, for their exhibition, Goldsmith and Irving will present three representations of a tweet: Goldsmith’s original tweet, Irving’s original drawing of Goldsmith’s tweet, and Irving’s tweet of her drawing. Taking Kosuth’s provocation into the digital age, their collaboration questions ideas of visual representation in the twenty-first century.
The exhibition will feature twenty-two sets of three images, selected by the twenty-two most popular tweets on Irving’s feed.
Kenneth Goldsmith is a poet who lives in New York. In 2012, he was named the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate. He is the founding editor of UbuWeb (ubu.com).
Fox Irving is pursuing a MA in Visual Arts and Book Arts at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts in London.