M HKA, Antwerpen
17 June 2011 - 18 September 2011
©image: Bob Van Mol
In the summer of 2011, the M HKA invited British artist Emily Wardill (°1977, Rugby) to make a selection of works from the collection, and to show two of her films, The Diamond (Descartes's Daughter) and Game Keepers without Game. In Wardill’s films, words and voices take centre stage; while the collection works shed light on other ways of seeing and understanding.
Wardill wove the works of other artists through her own story. The installations of Guillaume Bijl, Leo Coper, Lili Dujourie and Luc Tuymans spoke through objects in ways not so different from Wardill’s own approach. The photographs of Dirk Braeckman and Danny Matthys, the drawings and paintings by Elly Strik and Marthe Wéry, and three-dimensional images of Pieter Engels, Cady Noland and Didier Vermeiren also entered into dialogue with the two films - without these being created to tell a uniform story.
Gert Robijns, another artist who was asked to interact with the M HKA collection, produced monochrome 'doubles' of works by Bernard Frize, Hermann Pitz and Ettore Spalletti. Both sets of works were included in the exhibition, which Emily Wardill had conceived as a non-textual double of her own narrative variations and permutations.
If you shoot a bullet in a vacuum, will it keep traveling forever? was financially supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and the Mondriaan Foundation.
>image of the invitation
>English artist Emily Wardill (1977) has selected works from the M HKA collection and is showing two of her own films. Words and voices are prominent in her films, but less so in the selected works, which show other ways of seeing and understanding. The title is quoted from Wardill's newest film Fulll Firearms.
> Pieter Engels, Herstelde Stoel [Reconstructed Chair], 1964. Sculpture, 84 x 45 x 44 cm.
> Alain Arias-Misson, Vietnam Public Poem, Brussels, 1967, 1967-2011. Mixed Media, 36 x 70.5 x 2.5 cm.
> Alain Arias-Misson, The G D Public Poem, Brussels, 1968, 1968-2011. Mixed Media, 2 x ( 32 x 110 cm ).
> Alain Arias-Misson, Poemx, the Baptismal Public Poem, Knokke, 1970, 1970-2011. Mixed Media, 2 x ( 32 x 110 cm ).
> Alain Arias-Misson, Chomsky Generative Grammar Public Poem, Brussels 1972, 1972-2011. Mixed Media, 3 x ( 32 x 110 cm ).
> Lili Dujourie, Amerikaans Imperialisme [American Imperialism], 1972. Installation.
> Leo Copers, Vliegende messen [Flying Knives], 1974. Installation, butcher knifes, motor, fishing line, metal, Variable dimensions.
> Danny Matthys, Vivre d'Abord [To Live, Above All], 1979. Photography, photo, paper, 71 x 129 cm, 115 x 135 cm, 74.5 x 122.5 cm.
> Leo Copers, Tafeltje, 1979. Sculpture, wood, silk, metal, 90.5 x 30 cm.
> Guillaume Bijl, Autorijschool Z [Car - driving school Z], 1979-1989. Installation, mixed media, 260 x 535 x 1024 cm.
> Leo Copers, Onzichtbare kogel. Kogel in kristal. Kogel in bergkristal [Invisible Bullet. Bullet in Crystal. Bullet in Mountain Crystal], 1980. Sculpture.
> Leo Copers, Lichtend tafeltje [Lightning Table], 1983. Sculpture, wood, mirror, cable, cotton, lamps, 90,5 x 29 cm.
> Didier Vermeiren, Untitled, 1985. Sculpture, iron, 167 x 81 x 88 cm.
> Guillaume Bijl, 235 Belangrijke en Minder Belangrijke Foto's van de 2de helft van de 20e Eeuw. [235 Important and Less Important Photos from the 2nd half of the 20th Century.], 1986-1995. Installation, photo, paper, 235 x ( 26 x 19 cm).
> Marthe Wéry, Untitled, 1989. Mixed Media, acrylic, canvas, mdf, 153 x 386 cm.
> Cady Noland, Oozewald, 1989. Sculpture, aluminium, nylon, silver cloth, 180 x 90 x 73 cm.
> Didier Vermeiren, Untitled, 1992. Sculpture, iron, plaster, 165 x 81 x 89 cm.
> Hermann Pitz, Fridericianum erstes Obergeschoss [Fredericianum, First Floor], 1992-1994. Sculpture, wood, resin, linoleum, 150 x 80 x 400 cm.
> Ettore Spalletti, Stanza, Giallo Oro [Room, Yellow Gold], 1994. Painting, wood, pigment, 3 x ( 200 x 200 cm ).
> Elly Strik, Portrait of myself, 1998. Painting, paper, oil, lacquer, 300 x 205 cm.
> Bernard Frize, Ouverture [Overture], 1998. Painting, acrylic, canvas, resin, 185 x 232.5 cm.
> Dirk Braeckman, R.P.- B.X. - 00, 2000. Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.
> Dirk Braeckman, M.F.- G.D.- 99, 2000. Photography, silver gelatine print, aluminium, 120 x 180 cm.
> Luc Tuymans, The Rumour, 2002-2003. Installation, ink, paper, plexi, wood, 91.56 x 516 x 6.5 cm.
> Gert Robijns, Untitled (replica Frize), 2003. Photography, photo, aluminium, 185 x 237 cm.
> Gert Robijns, Untitled (replica Spalletti), 2003. Painting, mdf, paint, 200 x 600 cm.
> Gert Robijns, Untitled (replica Pitz), 2003. Installation, mdf, plaster, 150 x 80 x 400 cm.
> Emily Wardill, The Diamond, 2008. Film, 16 mm film, 00:10:00.
> Emily Wardill, Game Keepers Without Game, 2009. Film, 00:72:00.