October 11th - November 8th, 2014
The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects is pleased to announce Suzanne Silver’s Ludic Interventions, part of her ongoing Ephemeral Line project. Silver will display her research in the form of a video, an illuminated neon chair, and vitrines filled with found and fabricated artifacts from her peripatetic interventions in the rural, urban, and social landscapes of Paris, Siena, and Jerusalem. While abroad, she spent a year walking and measuring, marking time and distance away from home and the space between each new culture and language. Silver’s work pays homage to the tradition of walking in each culture she visited, from la flânerie of Baudelaire, to la dérive of the Situationists, to Via Francigena, the traditional pilgrimage walk that passed from Canterbury through Siena on its way to Rome, to the eruv in Israel.
On her walks, the artist focused on finding physical and/or conceptual lines in space, setting down handmade pieces of porcelain, photographing them, and leaving (usually with her materials). The porcelain fragments make up the “ephemeral line” and serve as the fundamental tools for Silver’s drawing and figuring rituals. Oscillating between the opposing impulses of Georges Perec’s taxonomic documentation of the experience of foreign travel and the voyageur sédentaire of Xavier De Maistre’s travel of the imagination, Silver’s interventions and artifacts blend fact with fiction in order to connect real and imagined space.
In conjunction with the exhibition, COR&P will publish Ludic Interventions / Interventions Ludiques / Interventi Giocosi / התערבויות שובבות, a photographic index that points to appearances of Suzanne Silver’s ephemeral line in situ across three countries.
The opening reception for Ludic Interventions will be held on Saturday, October 11th from 6 - 8pm.
About the Artist
Suzanne Silver is an artist based in Columbus where she is Associate Professor in the Painting & Drawing Program of the Department of Art at The Ohio State University. She has exhibited her work internationally, including the Axel Raben Gallery in NYC, Nexus Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, David Yellin College in Jerusalem, the Castle of Otranto in Otranto, Italy, Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, the Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, The Bureau for Open Culture, and the Columbus Museum of Art. Silver studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and received an AB from Smith College and an MFA at The Ohio State University.