max c fields

objective encounters
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College
December 2016

The meaning of objects fluctuates between ascribed functions and uses, according to their cultural context and in relation to the onlooker. objective encounters builds its thematic from a series of ordinary dinner plates inlaid with prints of Robert Mapplethorpe’s classic flower photographs. This transfiguration, from fine art to dinnerware, points to the many ways in which objects take on or perform new meaning in relation to artistic, curatorial, or institutional intervention. Through the juxtaposition of these plates with original artworks, objective encounters explores how objects can perform as containers of subjective knowledge. Sharing characteristics with objects encountered in the everyday, the artworks featured in objective encounters humorously defy, curb, and subvert their assumed functions and meanings.

Including artworks by John Baldessari, Liz Deschenes, Tom Friedman, Mona Hatoum, Wyatt Kahn, Jim Lambie, Robert Mapplethorpe, Do-Ho Suh, Rosemarie Trockel, and Barbara Zucker.

Curated by Max Fields, Alison Karasyk, Sabrina Maltese, Thomas Patier, and Jeppe Ugelvig.