Randall Szott and InCUBATE; Bryce Dwyer, Matthew Joynt, Roman Petruniak, and Abigail Satinsky
October 16 - November 18, 2009
Opening Event: October 16, 2009 6:00 - 9:00 PM
There is a reinvigorated interest in the beauty and political potential of the ‘everyday.’ Artists, cultural critics and social scientists stand alongside, or often are, urban gardeners, hackers, knitters and motor-cycle mechanics in the widening of the ‘artistic’ net. Social and dialogical practices, a renewed interest in craftsmanship, a millennial DIY movement and reinvestigations of the Situationist International turn attentions back towards the individual creative act.
With The Practice of Everyday Life, Volume 2: Living & Cooking as a map-of-sorts, collaborators Randall Szott and InCUBATE (Bryce Dwyer, Matthew Joynt, Roman Petruniak, and Abigail Satinsky) have created a living exhibition: a series of public events that open up the space of the gallery to living and doing, calling attention to how everyday practitioners resist passive consumption, and in fact, appropriate and modify it, in the invention everyday life. With Luce Giard’s invented term: “doing-cooking” in mind, In Search of the Mundane, combines food and drink with other leisure pursuits, to highlight how people can and do remain ‘unconsumed.’
Given the recent and immense prevalence of food culture, it is also timely to return to this collaboratively authored text, which although published in 1980 in French, was shelved for English translation until 1998 because its concerns were, “too closely linked to something specifically French to interest the American public.”
InCUBATE is an experimental research institute dedicated to exploring new approaches to arts administration and arts funding. These activities have manifested in a series of curated exhibitions called Other Options, which traveled to New York City, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, and Chicago, an artist residency program, and various other projects such as Sunday Soup (a monthly meal that generates funding for a creative project grant) and the Artist-run Credit League (a revolving credit association for artist-run spaces). Their projects have been shown as part of Creative Time's Democracy in America: The National Campaign in New York City, CEPA Gallery's Conversation Pieces in Buffalo, NY, and at SKYDIVE in Houston. InCUBATE are Bryce Dwyer, Matthew Joynt, Roman Petruniak, and Abigail Satinsky.
Randall Szott is not "based" anywhere. When not working on his bio or vitae, he alternates between life in Oak Park, Illinois and various locations along the coastline of the southeastern United States on the largest US owned hopper dredge. His life is a series of three-week cycles on land and three at sea. He believes himself to be the only cook in the merchant marine with an MA in Interdisciplinary Art and an MFA in Art Critical Practices. He has presented his work at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California College of the Arts, and The Skydive (Houston), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh) and The Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus). Szott frequently creates his own venues - Concept Trucking, placekraft, LeisureArts, and perhaps the only legitimate one - He Said, She Said. He has collaborated with InCUBATE, Public Collectors, Nancy Zastudil (Studiolo54), and The Public School. He is co-founding editor of 127 Prince, a journal of social practice.