Studio Practice reviews in Artforum and ArtSlant

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Studio Practice in the critic’s pick in Arforum

The insular nature of the project—opinions within the art world blatantly determining the value of artworks made for that world—points to a certain cyclical cynicism about the contemporary production and reception of works. All of the paintings are sufficiently marketable given their Abstract Expressionist quality, and they have catchy titles such as Laura Palmer’s Curtain 2 andOffset Matterhorn #1. Given the precision with which the documenting website has been designed and managed, including an unusual presentation of the assistants’ labor contract, as well as the less significant role of the participating gallerists and the complete absence of the artist himself (apart from a final comment and signature on the chosen works), it becomes evident that Lund holds a mirror to the art world’s systems of evaluation and assignations of value.

How to get an honest opinion about your artwork, ArtSlant

In the end it’s fitting that most of the paintings signed—paintings 55-58—acted as studio drop cloths for much of the project. They show paint splatters and footprints, drips and stains: the haphazard reminders of ill-fated artworks that didn’t survive the jury’s gauntlet. In Lund’s final evaluation he writes of these canvases: “A series of paintings void of artistic intention seems like a perfect summary of Studio Practice.”

Studio Practice

Studio Practice

Boetzelaer|Nispen
6th September – 11th October
Opening: Saturday 6th September 17:00

Boetzelaer|Nispen is is pleased to present Studio Practice, the first solo show by Swedish artist Jonas Lund at the gallery.

For Studio Practice, Lund has transformed the gallery into an art production line by hiring four assistants who will work full time during the gallery’s open hours throughout the run of his exhibition. Their task is to produce work inspired by the guidelines set out in a 300 page book that Lund created expressly for them. Once a work has been completed, it will be reviewed online by an advisory board consisting of artists, art advisors, gallerists and collectors. The board will assess the work so that Lund can better decide whether the work should be signed or destroyed. The entire process will be publicly accessible in the gallery space and on a dedicated website (studio-practice.biz). The website will include live footage of the gallery, assessments of the advisory board as well as Lund’s final decision and comments regarding specific works.

Flip City at Steve Turner Contemporary

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FLIP CITY
June 5 – July 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 5, 7 – 9

Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Flip City, a solo exhibition by Amsterdam-based artist Jonas Lund, who will present a group of paintings that are inspired by the current appetite for process-based abstraction; the related trend of collectors/investors buying such works to flip them quickly for a profit; and the central role that Los Angeles has played in both realms.

For Flip City, Lund will create forty digital paintings, of which a selection will be on view during the run of the exhibition and the others will be presented at art fairs in Europe, Latin America and the United States during the next twelve months. Each work has elements sampled from paintings by other emerging artists, yet Lund’s works are so thoroughly remixed that only a very astute observer might see familiar passages. Lund will install a GPS tracking device on the stretcher bar of each painting so that he can track its movements and approximate whereabouts. He will also maintain a website with this information in the years to come.

Jonas Lund (born 1984, Sweden) creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that incorporate data from his studies of art world trends and behavior. He earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He had a solo exhibition at Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013); and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including at Eyebeam, New York; New Museum, New York, Xpo Gallery, Paris; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and De Hallen, Haarlem. His work has been written about on Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield and Wired.

Boetzelaer Nispen at Art Brussels documentation

Furtherfield interview with Annet Dekker

Annet Dekker and me spoke about The Absurdity of Art Speak, Art Worlds, and what we can learn from Big Data in a recent interview published on Furtherfield.

Jonas Lund’s artistic practice revolves around the mechanisms that constitute contemporary art production, its market and the established ‘art worlds’. Using a wide variety of media, combining software-based works with performance, installation, video, photography and sculptures, he produces works that have an underlying foundation in writing code. By approaching art world systems from a programmatic point of view, the work engages through a criticality largely informed by algorithms and ‘big data’.

It’s been just over a year since Lund began his projects that attempt to redefine the commercial art world, because according to him, ‘the art market is, compared to other markets, largely unregulated, the sales are at the whim of collectors and the price points follows an odd combination of demand, supply and peer inspired hype’. Starting with The Paintshop.biz (2012) that showed the effects of collaborative efforts and ranking algorithms, the projects moved closer and closer to reveal the mechanisms that constitute contemporary art production, its market and the creation of an established ‘art world’. Its current peak was the solo exhibition The Fear Of Missing Out, presented at MAMA in Rotterdam.

Continue reading on Furtherfield

Return of Investment at Link Cabinet

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Link Cabinet

www.linkcabinet.eu
From April 23 to May 31, 2014

Press Inquires:
info@linkartcenter.eu

On Wednesday, April 23, Link Cabinet will launch its activities showcasing the project Return of Investment by Swedish artist Jonas Lund. The exhibition will be on show from April 23 to May 31, 2014.

With Return of Investment Jonas Lund focuses on the financial rules of the contemporary art world, turning Link Cabinet into an advertisement space that anyone can purchase. The web page will host only one ad at a time, and the banner will be replaced only when a new investor will apply for the ad space. Every transaction will result in an increase of the price, calculated on the basis of a rate similar to the average annual return of investment of contemporary art in 2012.

This new project – premiered at Link Cabinet – is a further development in Jonas Lund’s ongoing exploration of the contemporary art world, its social rules and ways of working. The act of buying the web page is at the same time the purchase of an ad space and a financial investment that one can capitalize on by selling to the next buyer: a clear reference to the contemporary art market, where collecting art works can either be an act of patronage or a mere financial investment.

Until then, check out the preview on http://returnofinvestment.biz

Born Digital Paddle8

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Participating in this very exciting auction Born Digital Paddle8 by Link Art Center with two works up for sale opening the 15th of April.

Born Digital is a benefit auction and an online exhibition made to support the activities of the Link Art Center on the online auction platform Paddle8. The event – the first with this focus taking place in Europe on this scale – will open on April 15, 2014, and will include more than 50 works kindly provided by 33 artists. For two weeks long, you are invited to bid on the works to support the artists and help us reach our goals. The Link Art Center is the first Italian organization to collaborate with Paddle8, an online auction house that partners with non-profit organizations to present their benefit auctions online.

Starts: April 15th at 12:00
Ends: April 30th at 12:00
At http://paddle8.com/auctions/linkart

The complete list of participants includes: Alterazioni Video, Anthony Antonellis, Aram Bartholl, Erik Berglin, Enrico Boccioletti, Heath Bunting, Marco Cadioli, Martin John Callanan, Gregory Chatonsky, Adam Cruces, Caroline Delieutraz, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Electroboutique, Herbert W. Franke, Elisa Giardina Papa, Matteo Giordano, Emilio Gomariz, IOCOSE, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, JODI, Joan Leandre, Jan Robert Leegte, Jonas Lund, Rosa Menkman, Filippo Minelli, Vera Molnar, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Angelo Plessas, Evan Roth, Alexei Shulgin, Clement Valla, Carlo Zanni.

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