Angelika Rinnhofer will be the inaugural resident artist at Matteawan Gallery in Beacon, New York in January 2014.
From January 25 until January 31, the gallery will host a one-week residency for artist Angelika Rinnhofer. She will spend the evening hours from approximately 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm each weekday, and from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm on the weekend in the gallery. During these allotted time slots, the artist will transcribe interviews previously recorded with participants of her most recent project a priori.
For two years, Rinnhofer has been working on a priori with people who have, at some point, discovered their Jewish heritage. She collects narratives from these individuals whose curiosity and attempts to make sense of memories, stories, and facts eventually led to the disclosure of their ancestry. A priori, titled after Kant’s notion of valid knowledge independent of experience, is an art project focusing on the contemporary generations of Europeans and Americans who discover late in life this suppressed part of their heritage.
Long-term projects require a regular, ritual-like work habit to actualize, illustrate, and interpret elements of the work. Considering the formal and repetitive aspect of a ritual, Rinnhofer will occupy the otherwise empty gallery space in the dark hours of winter to listen, write, and transcribe her participants’ interviews. She does not intend to finish the project during her time at Matteawan Gallery. However, she will display the large sheets of vellum carrying her participants’ words in her handwriting on the walls of the gallery as she completes them. Rinnhofer welcomes visitors during her hours at the gallery to speak about the project, or sit with her in silence.
By providing space and time, Matteawan Gallery acts as facilitator to Rinnhofer’s project. A priori represents the first short-term residency that the gallery is hosting during the month of January when it would otherwise be closed for the winter season. This residency is itself an experiment, which lays the groundwork for future performative acts in the gallery.
A priori. http://www.matteawan.com/uploads/1/8/3/4/18348239/ar_press_release_final.pdf