A Singular Form, Exhibition view, Secession 2014, Photo: Oliver Ottenschläger

A Singular Form

Martha Araújo, Ricardo Basbaum, Dustin Ericksen, Asger Jorn (with Gérard Franceschi), Hilary Lloyd, Asier Mendizabal, Peter Madsen, Bruno Munari, Nicole Wermers, and with a few other things

Curated by Pablo Lafuente

June 26 – August 24, 2014

A Singular Form brings together works of art and ‘everyday’ objects that, because of their nature and of the way they have been displayed, pursue potential uses and meanings that go beyond those usually assigned to them. On display at Secession, these objects should not only propose a particular approach or specific use by virtue of their mere materiality and compositional form; they also enact a release from such determinations and suspend established notions of intention, authorship, purpose and function.

A critical engagement with the form and potential meanings of art and non-art objects might be an all too generic and abstract undertaking. A Singular Form attempts to make it concrete by focusing on the sculptural form and its singularity, accompanied by a displacement from the sculptural to the functional. This shift intends to present the material structures of the objects as a starting point for mapping a series of relations in which the object can begin to act in both expected and unexpected ways.

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