The works in Nonfiction are forays into deliberate error or failure as a central subject in one’s art. Produced from readily available material and carried out through productive means familiar in each one’s practice – Cao with performative projects, Lim with sculptures, and Rodriguez with interventions and objects – each work simultaneously performs as other less familiar forms.
Through video installation and a digital life (lived in a ubiquitous video game), Cao engages painting as an activity, objects of value, and a peculiar career. Lim’s work plays with the immediately recognizable forms of painting and sculpture and their necessary material structure of supports and armatures. Rodriguez’s deceptively banal offering intervenes upon the exhibition space and the audience’s ordinary, tactile experience of eating.
In actively claiming the space of failure they abstain from falling under its umbrella or that of success and instead purposefully occupy the median between the two. Here, errors or the opportunity for error becomes a means of investigating and stretching one’s own practice, of scratching the curiosity itch, and an exercise in making work which operates beyond its immediately recognizable artistic form and function.
words by Lesley-Anne Cao
photos by Issay Rodriguez