Equal parts exhibition and performance, John Neff Prints Robert Blanchon will be in process at Golden Gallery from May 18 to June 25, 2011. The show will revolve around Blanchon’s 1995 photo-based conceptual work Untitled (aroma / 1981), a collection of advertisements for queer sex products selected by Blanchon from pre-AIDS gay publications. The images are presented as delicate sepia prints, and were intended to be printed—and slowly fade away—with every showing. Since Blanchon’s death in 1999, the negatives he made for Untitled have disappeared; however, an assortment of the supposedly ephemeral prints (crafted in the 2000’s for a catalogue) survives. For this two stage exhibition, Neff will first display the extant posthumously printed components of Untitled and then, within the gallery space, use those remnants to recreate negative transparencies and—this time unfixed and sure to fade—sepia prints. Additional components of the project will include Blanchon’s 1998 Glass Horse, a copy-and-print stand by Neff based on that sculpture and a modified, limited edition, bookwork altering the Robert Blanchon catalog published by Visual AIDS in 2006.
John Neff will be performing, in print and process, on two dates during the exhibition: May 21st and 28th from 1—4pm. All interested parties are invited to attend.