As curating-artists and/or artist-curators, Peter Bugg and William LeGoullon have assembled a timely ‘institutional critique’ of both creative and conceptual élan. Immanent in its critique, Embedded destabilizes the meanings accumulated in the dominant gallery model of show and sell without seeking to abolish “the gallery” as such. Yet, rather than valorize the gallery as a space of visual and material consumption alone, Bugg and LeGoullon exhibit the exhibition: the gallery (or its floors). In contrast to the infinite repetition of artwork’s passive presentation by the gallery, our optic and gaze is redirected to the putatively passive container itself.
- From the introduction by Nicholas Dahmann