Su san Cohn
Boring, very boring
12th August – 2nd September 2017
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Boring, very boring… You can make with passion, you can break rules along the way, you can be inventive… but what if what you make is boring, or even worse, very boring? How can you know? What is boring? Predictable, spiritless, repetitive, trendy, bland. There is no clear code, no guideline. No matter what your intention may be, the viewer or the wearer will decide for you. And what one person may find inspiring, another may think is boring.
After a very long time how do you make work that is fresh? Perhaps the only way to unravel ‘boring’ is to make a body of work from back to front. The starting point becomes ‘this work is boring’. In My boring collection, Su san Cohn has curated a series of artworks presented in response to the question: ‘what is your most boring work?’ These artists include: Rosanne Bartley, Nicholas Bastin, Vito Bila, Liv Boyle, Bin Dixon-Ward, Mark Edgoose, Kiko Gianocca, Jo Hawley, Sally Marsland, Vicki Mason, James McAllister, Claire McArdle, Sam Mertens, Miyuki Nakahara, Tiffany Parbs, Katie Scott, Blanche Tilden, Meredith Turnbull, Manon Van Kouswijk and Anna Varendorff.Cohn enacts a similar idea in again and again. In the spirit of the old school habit of being made to write out 100 lines, contributors to the work were asked to copy one quote selected from a list into a notebook as many times as possible (again and again) in one session, and in whatever way they wished… until bored of doing so.
Exhibition photography: Zan Wimberley