Rita McBride lives and works in New York and Cologne. In addition to numerous solo exhibitions in the United States, McBride has exhibited extensively in Europe including: Institut d’Art Contemporain in Villeurbanne, France; Wiener Secession in Vienna; Kunsthalle in Baden-Baden and Witte de With in Rotterdam. She is a recent recipient of the prestigious DAAD residency in Berlin (1999) and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2002). McBride was part of an architectural team whose design proposal was short listed along with six other teams to compete for the redesign of the former World Trade Center site in New York. She is a senior sculpture critic at Yale University and professor of sculpture at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf.
No Fixed Address
March 13–April 17, 2004
Opening March 12, 8pm featuring readings from Naked Came the **** and Heartways with special guests To Be Announced.
Guest Curated by Kathy Slade
No Fixed Address is the first solo exhibition in Canada by internationally acclaimed artist Rita McBride. She is best known for her architecturally based large scale sculptures such as the permanent public artwork Arena, completed in 2002 in Salford England, and the upcoming sixty meter tower on Effnerplatz in Munich, as well as works based on furniture, arcade games and architectural details such as skylights.
McBride will produce a new site-specific installation work for Artspeak, based on two recent collective novel bookwork projects Naked Came the **** and Heartways. These explorations of pulp fiction genres follow upon her remarkable exhibition catalogues that push the limits of traditional catalogues by masquerading as other book forms including magazines, real estate brochures and popular fiction.
Naked Came the **** was produced in 2002 by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and is written by thirteen authors. These authors are artists, writers, curators and critics, including John Baldessari, Erin Cosgrove, Meg Cranston, Rita McBride, Glen Rubsamen, Dirk Snauwaert and Marcel Vos. Modeled after the 1970’s soft-core porn bestseller Naked Came the Stranger, written by 13 anonymous journalists under the moniker Penelope Ash, each author was invited to write as Gina Ashcraft, a fictitious site-specific installation artist.
Heartways, a romance, is the first in a series of four collective novels that explore various pulp genres. In addition to McBride, contributors include John Baldessari and Erin Cosgrove, Douglas Coupland, Fabio, Cate Rimmer, Joe Scanlan, Kathy Slade and Michael Turner. In Heartways the authors write under the name Genny O, a young virgin who falls in love with an artist. Heartways is published by The Whitney Museum of American Art, Printed Matter and Arsenal Advance Editions.
In conjunction with the opening of No Fixed Address there will be a reading from both books by contributors from New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.