Jordan McKenzie: Carl An(t)dre + LeWitt Lean

Carl An(t)dre performance 2013 Image 1 of 7
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01.03.14 - 20.04.14
Boat House, Lower Lake
In summer 2013, Jordan McKenzie’s performance Carl An(t)dre introduced 20 young people dressed as ants, accompanied by a marching band, promenading through YSP’s historic landscape creating structures inspired by Carl Andre’s infamous brick art work Equivalent VIII (1966). From March 2014 McKenzie will show two new films at YSP that examine the relationship of sculpture to performance practice and art history.

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Accompanying the film Carl An(t)dre is LeWitt Lean (2013), a new work made on-site at YSP. Employing Sol LeWitt’s 123454321, McKenzie invited performers to lean on the sculpture in groups that mimic the mathematical principles that inform the sculpture's construction.

This exhibition in the lakeside Boat House explores Carl An(t)dre and LeWitt Lean, which are both part of the artist's wider on-going series of works called Minimal Interventions. These works examine themes of authenticity and authorship, momentarily poaching the work of another artist in order to inhabit it for the artist's own ends. Previous works in this series have seen McKenzie disco dancing on a Carl Andre sculpture in Tate Modern (Andre Dance 2008), rubbing himself against a Richard Serra sculpture (Serra Frottage, 2008) and chewing up a series of Gonzalez-Torres poster works (Torres Chew, 2011).

The exhibition will be open daily 11.00–15.00. Jordan McKenzie: Carl An(t)dre + LeWitt Lean is accompanied by a new publication.

Jordan McKenzie is a performance artist who also works with drawing, sculpture and installation. He has exhibited extensively both in the UK and internationally including TATE Britain, London; The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; The Courtauld Institute, London; Museu Serralves, Portugal; and DOLL Exhibition Space, Switzerland. He is Senior Lecturer BA Drawing, University for the Arts, London. and was the co-curator of LUPA (Lock Up Performance Art), a performance space located in Bethnal Green, London.

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