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no-ego ego trip
Gregory Maass & Nayoungim

6 September–4 October 2014
PREVIEW Saturday 30 August 3-6pm

split/fountain
3c/23 Dundonald Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland
S/F will be open 6 September–4 October on Saturday 12–4pm or by appointment

split/fountain is pleased to present a new installation by artist duo Gregory Maass & Nayoungim (Germany/South-Korea). Exploring issues of adaptation, normality, perversion, and methodology, their work is inspired by diverse sources including; philosophy, psychoanalysis, cybernetics, economy, fringe science, science fiction, comic books, food, sub-culture, and conspiracy theory. For the installation at split/fountain the artists have developed costumes and accessories for an idiosyncratic collection of puppets from the 70s and 80s. “We have transformed vintage action figures into trendless, ageless, zeitgeistless, typeless, genderless, but glamorous beings. These figures do not tend to the impossible or divine or absurdly beautiful or ubiquitous, but rather towards an absolute state of completeness.” GSM&N

“The installations and drawings of Gregory Maass and Nayoungim … form a seismic zone, riddled with ravines and fissures, eminently unstable cityscapes of found objects, catchy remarks, dumb puns, cartoons, gleefully deliberate ugliness, blunt parody. To the untrained eye, there is very little to keep the whole shebang from falling in over your head, leaving only rubbish. But the installations give the appearance of knowing that you’ve seen as many bad television shows as they have, and as many commercials, and as many films, and you know that they know, and they know that you know that they know. And they appear to know, and secretly build on a good deal of, say, Neo-Dada and Fluxus and Pop Art, and they have zapped from Concept to Minimal and back, and all that has taught them to keep their formlessness apart from their meaninglessness, making sure that the chasm between the dumb and the ugly is widening, that the real is only suggested, and that your curiosity is getting involved.” Sytze Steenstra in Conceptual Cartoons in Suggestion City.

no-ego ego trip by Gregory Maass & Nayoungim is made possible by the Arts Council Korea with support from AUT University.

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S/F exhibition:
19 June–26 October 2014
split/fountain at the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno
as part of the OFF Program

Governor’s Palace, Moravské náměstí 1a
Brno, Czech Republic

distracted-workshop: may change
a split/fountain collaboration with Xin Cheng, Jack Hadley, Layla Tweedie-Cullen (NZ) Jayme Yen (US); presenting actions by Chris Berthelsen, Nell May (NZ) Anne Fenton, Kristin Posehn (US)

We offer carry-on tables and foldable chairs, for futurist thought forms and learning-bay function; costumes for kinder-art; follies for leaning; stop-motion school house for stilt-walking free-time; and rigorously nuanced instructional play. Furthermore thought-trees and speculative clay will follow through models with stick-charts supporting. If clay-scale and brain-mud fashioning speech, then colour for diagrams, and annotate feelings for charting display. Demountable, mobile, performing array; tool-being art-class, design maps for all; invent for distraction, collate for next station, game-board configuring, design show for touring; frameworks in score-line with paint-and-draw screen wall; discursive convivial, whenever will fabricate, game-plan for several will liberate many.

Words by Allan Smith

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24 June 2014
split/fountain at Motto Berlin
Publication launch: distracted-reader #1 and #2 (split/fountain publishing)
and presentation by Layla Tweedie-Cullen

distracted-reader is a new publication series that seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, and concept. distracted-reader does thinking as making, and print design as speculative thought. With general art monographs as coffee-table artefacts, and university presses not funding conjecture, distracted-reader notes accented sequencing. Less clarion call to a vanishing new, more through-lines with incidents and discernible increments; writing and thinking as marked-up copy; stuttered narration; material views.

distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith.

distracted-reader #2 A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible): Michael Parr, Blaine Western, Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage.

Editors: Allan Smith, Layla Tweedie-Cullen
Designer: Layla Tweedie-Cullen
distracted-reader identity with Jayme Yen
Publisher: split/fountain, 2013
Format: printed with Risograph
Edition: 300