Rooster Gallery Contemporary Art presents “Joseph Beuys: Process 1971-1985,” curated by Kara L. Rooney, opening on Wednesday, January 8 and running through February 9, 2014.
1971-1985 marks one of the most prolific and influential periods of Joseph Beuys’ career. It is in this fourteen-year span, prior to the artist’s death in 1986, that Beuys would perform some of his most famous Actions as well as give shape to his theory of ‘social sculpture,’ culminating in the 1977 Honey Pump at the Workplace installation for Documenta 6 in Kassel, and his subsequent establishment of the Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research, in which, at the information office of the Organization for Direct Democracy through Referendum, he spent one hundred days talking, preaching, debating and teaching. A core tenet underscoring these various artistic social and visual productions for Beuys was the notion of process: not only the elemental human process essential to the making of forms, but the anthroposophic processes inherent in the formation of matter used to create such forms. As Beuys himself stated, “how we mold and shape the world in which we live results in the idea of sculpture as an evolutionary process.”[i]
Comprised of thirteen works encompassing diverse media, such as drawing, sculpture, objects and prints, many of which contain the artist’s written notes, Process 1971-1985 aims to highlight this modus operandi in one of the 20th century’s most influential artists.
[i] Kuoni, Carin, ed., Energy Plan for the Western Man: Joseph Beuys in America, New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1990. p.19
JOSEPH BEUYS: PROCESS 1971–1985
EXHIBITING FROM JANUARY 8–FEBRUARY 9
OPENING RECEPTION: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 6–9PM
ROOSTER GALLERY, 190 ORCHARD STREET, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC