Installation view of the exhibition System and Vision, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2015.

System and Vision

David Zwirner is pleased to present the group exhibition System and Vision, organized in collaboration with Delmes & Zander in Berlin and Cologne. It includes artists whose unique ideas developed outside the circuit of art world institutions, often with limited interaction with other peers. Each offers a highly individualistic, authentic, and imaginative practice that roughly falls into one of four identifiable areas commonly absent from mainstream art-historical narratives: pseudo-science, science fiction, eroticism, and the occult.

Little, if anything, is known about some of the artists, whose work was uncovered posthumously or otherwise discovered, stowed away in inconspicuous locations. William Crawford's name is only encountered as a signature accompanying a handful of erotic drawings found along with hundreds more unsigned in an abandoned house in Oakland, California. Some of these were drawn on the back of prison rosters dating from the 1990s, suggesting that the artist may have been an inmate at some point. A recurring male figure may constitute self-portraiture, but the passionate subject matter with varying degrees of roughness and intimacy is likely the realm of private fantasy at a time when online pornography was not widely available. The action is often depicted from unusual angles and offset by streamlined, linear backdrops that offer a hint of realism to the wistful yearnings.

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Dates
February 28April 18, 2015
Curators
Delmes and Zander
Artist
Horst Ademeit, Morton Bartlett, Harald Bender, William Crawford, Margarethe Held, Chris Hipkiss, Francesco Ponte, Prophet Royal Robertson, Miroslav Tich´y, Type 42 (Anonymous), George Widener, Agatha Wojciechowsky

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