Mike Stevenson and Danius Kesminas
16 May - 3 June 2000
Out of an artist's appearance on a public stage and their dalliance and dialogues with media, a character is born, a character who is the mouthpiece for the work, and one who, by behaviour and example, in words and image, helps shape the context for the work.
The artworld is a stage and artists all actors. This view of the art world achieved its most acute form in the media-saturated 1980s and 1990s. Today art competes for attention with other forms of entertainment, yet the exact relation between the artist and his public persona remains out-of-bounds in formal artistic debate. Mike Stevenson and Danius Kesminas address this in Daily Practice, a filmed stageplay adapted from a 1992 interview between Gerhard Richter and critic Doris von Drathen that appears in Richter's collected writings The Daily Practice of Painting. Using Louis Malle's Vanya on 42nd Street as a model (Richter replaces Chekov), the film depicts the play in rehearsal. Australian actors Tom Considine and Heather Bolton develop the interview as a script on the social accountability of painting, reclaiming the nuances of gesture, guise, and character lost in the written text. The video is accompanied by a display of designs for costumes and set, props, scripts, and production documentation.