Tenzing Barshee will talk about two recent exhibition projects titled "Sculptures" at Triangle France in Marseille (2015) and "An Answer to 'Sculptures'" at Künstlerhaus Bremen (2016). Both exhibitions were retrospective projects on the work of Margaret Honda.
Since the late eighties, Margaret Honda (*1961 in San Diego, lives and works in Los Angeles) has developed a practice that is deeply sculptural in nature and in which historicity of objects, auto-biography and process all play equal roles as working materials. A reconsideration of production methods and their protocols as well as the basic premise of rearranging things—scale, concepts, functions—underlies her entire work regardless of the medium she deploys. Sculpture, photography, performance, drawing and, more recently, film, are media through which the artist examines the material basis of her output and interrogates the processes by which objects are made, presented and seen.
For her exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Bremen, Margaret Honda has made a new time-based work titled Film (Künstlerhaus Bremen). Throughout the fourteen weeks of the exhibition, the entire range of E-Colour+ gels from the company Rosco, normally used as light filters in the film industry, will be placed each on the gallery’s fifty-six windowpanes—turning their physical presence into the main focus. Only fifty-six gels can be installed at a time, hence the entire set of 323 filters is divided into six reels, each on view for sixteen days. Most people, including the artist, will never see the entire work, which will change not only with each different reel, but also with the shifting light conditions throughout a single day.
Margaret Honda conceived An Answer to ‘Sculptures’ as a response to her exhibition Sculptures, which took place at Triangle France, Marseille in 2015.
This exhibition was curated by Tenzing Barshee and Fanny Gonella.
Tenzing Barshee works as an independent curator and author. His recent projects include "Le Mérite" at Treize Paris, "Passo Dopo Passo" curated with Molly Everett and Dorota Michalska at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin and "In Anticipation of Women's History Month" a retrospective exhibition of Rochelle Feinstein's work, curated with Fabrice Stroun for the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève. In 2015 he curated wellwellwell for the Applied Arts University
Film (Künstlerhaus Bremen), Margaret Honda, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2016