From 26 May to 5 July, Song Song is pleased to present Touch and Resist, an exhibition of works by artist Jutta Koether. The ways in which Koether (b. 1958) rewires the discourses of performance, music, and painting are both widely recognized and well rehearsed in her work’s critical reception. The artist takes this exhibition at Song Song as an opportunity to assert her art’s engagement with a less familiar territory. The project for Song Song is born in Koether’s appreciation of the exacting expectations faced by those creating clothing, where designers must assimilate the new materials that are constantly being introduced while punctually reinventing the conventions of dress.
In Song Song, the artist presents Touch and Resist, a film she produced last year (with Amy Granat) at a performance art festival in Utrecht. In the nine-minute film, an audience that has gathered to witness a performance by Koether is led into a room wherein folding chairs are arranged in a circle, around a low cart of the artist’s drawings. Her half hour “performance” consisted of filming this handful of strangers’ attempts to come to terms with the material before them, unaided by any instruction. A soundtrack the artist created with composer Stefan Tcherepnin accompanies the film.
The cart of drawings captured in the film echoes one found here, piled with works created for this exhibition at Song Song, and drifting between the gallery and Song, the adjacent shop. Koether has also installed her work throughout Song, so that a stack of paintings, or a sculpture, or a page of text, is encountered alongside a line of handbags, or a necklace, or a coat.
Jutta Koether was born in 1958 in Cologne; since the early nineties she has lived and worked in New York City. Selected exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Bern (2007); Kölnischer Kunstverein (2006); Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (with Kim Gordon) (2006); Whitney Biennial, New York (group) (2006); Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2005); Simultanhalle, Cologne (2005); Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne (2004); Galerie Meerettich, Berlin (2004); P.S.1, New York (group) (2004); Swiss Institute, New York (group) (2002); Frankfurter Kunstverein (2003); Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln (2002); Galerie Freund, Vienna (2000); Pat Hearn Gallery, New York (1999); INIT-Kunsthalle, Berlin (1999) …
Koether currently teaches in New York at SVA and Cooper Union; she writes frequently, including regular contributions to Texte Zur Kunst, Berlin.