Joseph Grigely

It’s not just undrinkable–It’s really bad…, 2016

1200* Euro

Joseph Grigely’s (*1956 in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, lives and works in Chicago) conceptual work constantly revolved around verbal and non-visual communication. He places a special focus on arising voids and misunderstandings. Grigely examines the conditions, circumstances, and occasions of human interactions by staging everyday conversations—whether serious, humorous, or simply banal—as wall works, prints, or sculptures. His Conversation Pieces consist of notepads filled with writing, the remains of past conversations held by the artist. Due to an accident, Grigely has been deaf since he was young, so that his counterpart is dependent on written conversation if he or she is not familiar with sign language. For more than 15 years, the artist has been collecting these fragments from which he has meanwhile compiled an archive of more than 10,000 notes.

The edition It's not just undrinkable–It's really bad... produced exclusively for the Kunstverein is from this archive and appears to be taken from the installation days in Hamburg. For the reason that his notes always manifest only one side of communication they make reference to the fleeting character of spoken language and leave it to the audience to supplement the frame of the conversation.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2016
  • The Gregory Battcock Archive, Kunstverein in Hamburg (E)
    Language, Hygiene Museum Dresden (G)
  • 2015
  • The Gregory Battcock Archive, Grazer Kunstverein (E)
  • 2014
  • Whitney Biennale (G)
    Please come, MoMA NY (G)
  • 2013
  • Le principe Galapagos, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (G)
  • 2012
  • Microarchives, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerpen (G)
  • 2011
  • Alice in Wonderland, TATE Liverpool (G)