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

Images

Su san Cohn

Iden­ti­ty Humdrum, 2017
(detail) 925 sil­ver, card table, 49 bracelets
card table: 647373 cm
Pho­to: Heather McDonald

Su san Cohn

Bor­ing polit­i­cal c.nts, 2017
Nat­ur­al GPPS plas­tic dough­nuts, dig­i­tal pho­tographs, trac­ing paper
3.413.3 cm diam­e­ter (each), total height: 432 cm

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This is so boring, 2017
Alu­mini­um sug­ges­tion box, sound
90.530.530.5 cm

Su san Cohn

Bor­ing Beige, 2017
HIPS plas­tic dough­nuts, plinth, Perspex
49 dough­nuts: 3.413.3 cm diam­e­ter (each); plinth: 1515050 cm

Su san Cohn

Vanil­la repeats, 2017

Su san Cohn

Wrong way, 2000
anodised aluminium
3030 cm

Su san Cohn

My bor­ing collection, 2017
Mixed media
20 parts, dimen­sions variable

Su san Cohn

Again and Again, 2017
Mole­skin plain jour­nals, fine sil­ver book­marks, video text projections
dimen­sions variable
Pho­to: Zan Wimberley