As the inaugural exhibition of MOSTYN’s new programme of exhibitions, curated by Adam Carr, ‘YOU’ addresses, and dialogues with, the time in which it takes place. It brings together works by five international artists that invite or require the viewer’s involvement, aiming to create close relationships with the audience.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Aurélien Froment, Jeppe Hein, Július Koller and Rivane Neuenschwander.
‘YOU’ will engage the viewer in ways that they may not be accustomed to in relation to their experience of artworks and exhibitions to date. As it responds to the visitor, and is subject to perpetual change and re-order in accordance to their activity, it will challenge conventional codes of behaviour in the context of a gallery space.
While the exhibition considers the art historical background of the relationship between artwork and viewer, and its growing status over time, it asks, how do these works engage and forge relationships with audiences in distinctively different ways from any other works of art? How is the role of the viewer elevated and placed into the centre uniquely? Through exhibiting artworks that engender such questions, ‘YOU’ hopes to build an alliance between viewer, artwork and MOSTYNitself.
In addition to the artworks on view there will be a display by the School of Psychology, Bangor University comprising cultural artifacts, documents and other items showing the connection between physical objects and our cognition. In doing so, the intention is to place the artworks by the participating artists in a broader cultural and contextual field, and enlarge upon our engagement with, and perception of, objects in general.
‘YOU’ sets a precedent for the spirit of MOSTYN’s future programme, which focuses on a close involvement with audiences and a reach far beyond the walls of the gallery.
A publication will accompany this exhibition featuring a text by MOSTYN’s Director – Alfredo Cramerotti, and an essay and texts on the participating artists by the exhibition’s curator Adam Carr, MOSTYN’s Visual Arts Programme Curator.