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    The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center
    by Vedran Kopljar, 2022

     

    Opening
    Thursday 24.11.22

    19:00 - 22:00


     

    Exhibition 
    corridor and cellarium
    25.11.2022 – 07.12.2022

     

    Edition
    The Misadventures of Spiffy Move, 1967
    7 copies
    75 x 420 mm
    Silkscreen on PVC, risoprint and silkscreen print on paper

    The Misadventures of Center, 1989
    3 copies
    64 x 420 mm
    Silkscreen on PVC, risoprint

    Edition of 20 + 2 AP, as a set of 10 for sale for €270
    Purchase and viewing through Kunstenbibliotheek front desk

     

    Newspaper

    The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center
    Edition: 500
    75 x 420 mm & 64 x 420 mm
    Paper: Opakal 60 gr, black white
    Publisher: the artist & BOEKS
    Printer: Graphius
    Pages: 56

     

     

    The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center,
    a new comic-book series by Vedran Kopljar, starring Spiffy Move and Center, who set off on real and imagined adventures.

    Spiffy Move is approached by a fly. Spiffy Move in a Zoom call with Kopljar. Spiffy Move is touched. Spiffy Move travels through time and space. Center in transport. Center as a metaphor. Et cetera.

    Spiffy Move (1967) and Center (1989) are two “plank works” by the American artist John McCracken (1934-2011). The collection of planks and, by extension, the artistic Plank Communication Center that Kopljar created for them have been the object of study since 2019. The center metaphorically explores the (mis)communication between artwork and audience, artist and plank, plank and audience.

    Kopljar encountered Center in May 2019 at S.M.A.K.’s storage depot in Ghent. Later that year, he was given access to McCracken’s archive at David Zwirner Gallery in New York and saw Spiffy Move for the first time in real life. Ever since, Kopljar has been building a long-term and long-distance relationship with the planks, giving them different shapes, developing their personalities.

    Just as McCracken leaned the 264-centimeter high, monochrome works with their distinctive glossy surface against the wall, Kopljar places the 42-centimeter high planks, scaled to book size, against the walls of the BOEKS convent corridor. They take in the world around them, telling stories about it from their perspective.

    Titled The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center, the plank works take on the form and language of “the comic book”. They mimic the system of signification and codes specific to the medium without forgetting their original role. The funnies are presented as ten separate editions that can be purchased as a series. For the occasion, the stories have been compiled into a free take-home newspaper publication.

     

     

    The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center
    by Vedran Kopljar, 2022

     

    Opening
    Thursday 24.11.22

    19:00 - 22:00


     

    Exhibition 
    corridor and cellarium
    25.11.2022 – 07.12.2022

     

    Edition
    The Misadventures of Spiffy Move, 1967
    7 copies
    75 x 420 mm
    Silkscreen on PVC, risoprint and silkscreen print on paper

    The Misadventures of Center, 1989
    3 copies
    64 x 420 mm
    Silkscreen on PVC, risoprint

    Edition of 20 + 2 AP, as a set of 10 for sale for €270
    Purchase and viewing through Kunstenbibliotheek front desk

     

    Newspaper

    The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center
    Edition: 500
    75 x 420 mm & 64 x 420 mm
    Paper: Opakal 60 gr, black white
    Publisher: the artist & BOEKS
    Printer: Graphius
    Pages: 56

     

     

    The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center,
    a new comic-book series by Vedran Kopljar, starring Spiffy Move and Center, who set off on real and imagined adventures.

    Spiffy Move is approached by a fly. Spiffy Move in a Zoom call with Kopljar. Spiffy Move is touched. Spiffy Move travels through time and space. Center in transport. Center as a metaphor. Et cetera.

    Spiffy Move (1967) and Center (1989) are two “plank works” by the American artist John McCracken (1934-2011). The collection of planks and, by extension, the artistic Plank Communication Center that Kopljar created for them have been the object of study since 2019. The center metaphorically explores the (mis)communication between artwork and audience, artist and plank, plank and audience.

    Kopljar encountered Center in May 2019 at S.M.A.K.’s storage depot in Ghent. Later that year, he was given access to McCracken’s archive at David Zwirner Gallery in New York and saw Spiffy Move for the first time in real life. Ever since, Kopljar has been building a long-term and long-distance relationship with the planks, giving them different shapes, developing their personalities.

    Just as McCracken leaned the 264-centimeter high, monochrome works with their distinctive glossy surface against the wall, Kopljar places the 42-centimeter high planks, scaled to book size, against the walls of the BOEKS convent corridor. They take in the world around them, telling stories about it from their perspective.

    Titled The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center, the plank works take on the form and language of “the comic book”. They mimic the system of signification and codes specific to the medium without forgetting their original role. The funnies are presented as ten separate editions that can be purchased as a series. For the occasion, the stories have been compiled into a free take-home newspaper publication.