In Conversation wih Heman Chong, Travis Jeppesen, Isabel Nolan, Benjamin Seror, Sarah Elson and Amira Gad, Art Review, 8th February 2017.
To launch its debut publication Writing: Cabin Fever, a collection of short stories by five international artists, published and co-curated by Launch Pad founder, Sarah Elson and artist, Heman Chong, Launch Pad hosted an In Conversation between the participants, Heman Chong, Isabel Nolan, Maria, Travis Jeppesen, Benjamin Seror, Sarah Elson and Amira Gad, Exhibitions Curator, Serpentine Galleries at the ArtReview Bar in London on Wednesday, 8th February 2017.
Heman Chong (b 1977) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection of image, performance, situations and writing. Chong is the co-curator of the Writing: Cabin Fever commission. Recent solo and group exhibitions including The Library of Unread Books, Jameel Art Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (solo, 2019) fictionfictionfiction, Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany (solo, 2019), Spirits in the Material World, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo, 2019) Foreign Affairs, Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (solo, 2019), Field Meeting Take 6: Thinking Collections, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE (group, 2019), Third Realm, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago (group, 2019), Haunt, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (group, 2019) In Random Order, FOST Gallery, Singapore (group, 2019) State of Motion: A Fear of Monsters, Kampong Bugis, Asia Film Archive, Singapore (group, 2019).
Travis Jeppesen (b 1979) is an American writer and artist who works in the medium of language. Jeppesen has written novels, poetry, art criticism, and a form of writing called object-oriented writing, an example of which was exhibited at the 2014 Whitney Biennial as an audio installation.
Isabel Nolan (b 1974) makes sculpture, fabric-hangings, paintings, texts and works on paper. In concert they work to elucidate a consistent line of inquiry into the basic question of how meaning is produced. Recent solo exhibitions include: The air between things, Stephen McKenna & Isabel Nolan, China OCT Boxes Art Museum, Shunde District, Guangzhou, China (2019); Ein Fuß in der Welt / One foot in the world, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany, (2018); Another View from Nowhen, London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE, (2017–18); Curling up with reality, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, (2017–2018); Calling on Gravity, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2017); The weakened eye of day, which toured from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2014) to Mercer Union, Toronto and CAG, Vancouver (2016).
Benjamin Seror (b 1979) is an artist and musician who engages speech as his principal subject and tool. Seror narrates stories that weave together literature, art history and ordinary life, often accompanying them with different musical instruments. His most recent performed work, Mime Radio, was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
Maria Taniguchi (b 1981) is best known for her ongoing series of large “brick” paintings in which she arranges a consistent grid pattern into different surface configurations. The performative and labour-intensive nature of these paintings makes the idea of time and duration especially salient in her practice. In 2015, she was awarded the Hugo Boss Asia Art prize. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Maria Taniguchi, carlier | gebauer, Berlin (solo, 2019), The Last of The Tribes, MAZ,Zapopan, Mexico (2019), Immortality, 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Russia curated by Xiaoyu Weng (2019), Blood and Soil : Dark Arts for Dark Times, CAC Vilnius, Vilnius Lithuania curated by Anders Kreuger and Julija Fomin (2019).
Amira Gad served as curator of Exhibitions and Architecture at Serpentine Galleries since 2014. Prior to her position at the Serpentine Galleries, Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator & Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where she worked from 2009 to 2014. Outside of the Serpentine Galleries, curated exhibitions include Considering Dynamics & the Forms of Chaos featuring artists Angela Bulloch and Maria Zerres at the Sharjah Art Museum (2016) and Blue Times at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria (2014-2015). She was also curator at Fogo Island Arts of the conference series that took place on Fogo and in Vienna at the MAK. She is a regular contributor to artists catalogues and has edited a number of books on contemporary art. Gad is also Commissioning Editor for Ibraaz, an online platform dedicated to visual culture in the Middle East and North Africa.