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"Julian Dashper: Future Call and Untitled (CV)"
2006-03-10 until 2006-04-15
Esso Gallery
New York, NY, USA United States of America

Jennifer and Filippo Fossati are pleased to present the first solo show in New York by New Zealand based artist Julian Dashper in their project room at Esso Gallery opening March 10 through April 15, 2006. For his show at Esso, Julian Dashper will present two works; the first titled Future Call 1994-2006 and the second Untitled (C.V.) 1979-2006. Julian Dashper was born in 1960 in Auckland, New Zealand were he still lives. This show at Esso Gallery marks his 123rd solo show.

Future Call is made by repeatedly ringing a phone in the gallery at various times every day from Dashper’s native New Zealand which, being 18 hours ahead, is already well into the next day. A call from the future made at the exact same moment. Forget your existing broadband connection, this is a message coming back to you so fast you haven’t even woken up and sent yours in the first place yet. A call back to a "phone alone" in New York, left all by itself in the gallery, like some sort of abandoned sculpture.

A phone left unanswered in today’s instant `must answer it now’ society leaves a chilling message in one’s brain. Is it simply the wrong number? Is it bad news? Is it good news? Are we screening still? One can only fantasise over the millions of connotations: yet another artist ringing the gallery seeking reviews of their latest work? the Whitney ringing to tell of an inclusion in the Biennial? or simply last week’s blind date still pestering you? Lists float dreamingly on. Yet Dashper, snug in the comfort and knowledge of the future, simply demands that no one picks up the phone. Instead it is left to ring and ring and ring and ring. A call from his own personal new world in the future back to our old world in the present.

Dashper’s Untitled (C.V.) work consists of the artist’s complete resume, of 23 pages, dating back to his first show in New Zealand in 1979.

"...my interest in showing my C.V. as an artwork draws attention to the accepted idea in the art world of an artist’s exhibition history providing an immediate context for the understanding of any artwork that they make... the fact that many artists already pin their C.V. to the gallery wall, as a way of validating their work, suggests that the C.V. has a certain neutrality about it in the art world..."

Dashper has been trying to sell the copyright of his C.V. for a number of years. He asserts that, as one example of a potential purchaser, a fine arts student in today’s user-pays educational culture would get a far better and much more immediate return from their proposed investment in study by simply swapping their name for his, after purchasing his C.V. As such, this work of Dashper’s questions the validity of all artistic reputation.

Julian Dashper's work has been in many curated solo and group shows internationally. Notably, in 1994, in Canberra, Australia in a large solo exhibition entitled Chain Chain Chainge curated by Trevor Smith and Thin Ice in 1999, curated by Rudi Fuchs; a survey of the last 20 years of the Stedelijk Museum’s acquisitions. In 2001 Dashper was based as an artist in residence, funded by a senior Fulbright Fellowship, at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas where he held his first solo exhibition in the U.S.A. Dashper’s work is currently the subject of a major touring 25 year retrospective in America organized by the Sioux City Art Center in Iowa and co-curated by Sioux City curator Christopher Cook and art historian/writer David Raskin (School of the Art Institute of Chicago). This exhibition, with fully illustrated catalog, offers the first ever American museum retrospective of a resident New Zealand artist, whose critical notice has been previously limited to Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Dashper’s work is represented in public and private collections around the world including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, in Aachen, Germany and the MCA in Sydney.

A strictly limited edition 12” record (in an edition of 20 with a letterpress cover) of Dashper’s phone in his Auckland studio ringing the Esso opening will be available (for pre-order) in the spring.

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