PORCINO is a gallery space in Berlin located inside a hole in Chert Galerie on Skalitzerstr. 68.
Daniel Santiago, an invisible portrait curated by Zanna Gilbert. Opening reception January 5, 2013.
A work of dubious provenance is exhibited at Porcino. The installation was recently mistakenly attributed to the artist Daniel Santiago. Born in 1939, Santiago’s output since the 1960s had until recently gone largely unnoticed, apart from his cult status in his hometown, Recife. There are various reasons for the omission of Santiago’s work from Brazilian art history. That he is from Recife, rather than Rio or São Paulo, plays one part. However, a whole generation of artists from the 1960s-1980s period, are only now being fully inscribed in the historical record, having suffered two decades of dictatorial rule in Brazil. Daniel’s own principles and idiosyncrasies compound these geographical and socio- historical effects: his lack of careerism; a consistently ephemeral production; and a generosity in authorship and sharing his ideas. In 2012, I curated, with Cristiana Tejo, a retrospective of Daniel Santiago’s work at the Museum of Modern Art in Recife. The instability and ephemerality of Santiago’s work, along with the artist’s humour, his often throw-away gestures and playfulness meant that works were re-made, re-performed, re-interpreted, and, in some cases, made for the first time. Lines between original and reconstruction were unclear.
It was out of this confluence of factors that a strange misunderstanding arose. Reading a Masters thesis on Daniel Santiago’s work a few weeks ago, I noticed that a humourous gesture made during the exhibition’s installation had been recorded as a one of Santiago’s works. On one of the installation days, Santiago had left his trademark Panama hat, sunglasses and walking stick behind while attending to some business inside the gallery. The supposed work was a hurriedly constructed portrait of the artist by a member of the exhibition team (ME). In the thesis, the work was attributed to Santiago, and visually compared to a painting by René Magritte. This work of dubious provenance is a fake, a phantom or an invention, a work created out of the spirit of Santiago’s work. But it is Santiago himself that makes this mistake possible, and then, the mistake is not really a mistake. The moment of reconstruction of an artist’s work also creates possibilities for galleries to present works of dubious provenance, and for the invention of history by academics.
Susanne Bürner, Versteck, 19 march 2013
Ed Steck’s ‘I Am Down Here With the Boogens After All’. The grand opening of PORCINO on January 18, 2013
“I Am Down Here With the Boogens After All” – Ed Steck A self-portrait is a reflection. A self-portrait is a reflection: materials constructing images, sensations structuring architectural moments (definitive personal modulations), chronological impertinences, yourself creating your self, a frozen practice of an accumulative entirety until a singular point, the expression before the potential atmospheric capsizing. It is a resolution of the self-encapsulated within the frames of an image; it is how one is seen while seeing.
“I Am Down Here With the Boogens After All” is a day-book-like piece of self-portraiture that follows the perspective intake of an individual (a subject, a viewer) constantly absorbing material references. It is a moment of loss fixated on the repetitious revisiting of the mundane, the familiar, and sensational: misremembered memory to personal insertions into film, entering the fixed present to relive a cultivated past, and human grotesqueness to exaggerated special effects. A self-portrait is a manufacturing of a self-portrait.
Ed Steck is a writer from Southwestern Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA. Publications include A Time Stream in Spaces: The Cultic Parody of Time-Induced Capital published by West as part of the Let Us Keep Our Own Noon group show, Field of Vision – a limited edition chapbook published by Reactor Press, Beach published as part of “Public Access” in collaboration with David Horvitz, Chinese Bondage in Peru in collaboration with Wintergarten LTD, and Mountain as part of “Archive for a Mountain” by Marc Handelman’s solo exhibition “Geological Sketches at Home and Abroad” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. His work has appeared in the anthology Strange Attractors: Investigations In Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities published by Encyclopedia Destructica, Capricious Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, LIT (forthcoming),1913: a journal of forms (forthcoming), in the publication for the 2012 Columbus Prize Exhibition at Kunsthalle Ravensburg on the work of painter Natalie Haeusler, and with a contribution in Omer Fast: 5,000 Feet Is Best published by The Power Plant and Sternberg Press. He is one third of American Books. He graduated from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.