Appropriating Language #8
“The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add more.”
- Douglas Huebler, 1969
Manière Noire is delighted to announce for the 8th exhibition of its continuing Appropriating Language series a solo exhibition entitled, MAKEARTHISTORY by Ireland and Berlin-based artist Maurice Doherty.
The exhibition MAKEARTHISTORY focuses on Doherty’s recurring theme of the concept and processes of ‘not making art’. By combining language and notions of the old avant-garde dream of erasing the boundary between art and life, MAKEARTHISTORY attempts to alter our understanding of the nature and possibilities of what present-day art can be and what contemporary life could mean. Presenting new conceptual works along with previously unseen performance archive material - words, titles and gestures push against societal restraints to open up the possibility for new ideas and interpretations of how we appropriate language and (not making) art as social beings. With his somewhat playful view of life and art, Doherty offers reflections and curious insights into the existence, feelings and paradoxical circumstances of an artist in today’s world.
Maurice Doherty (b. Ireland, 1972) graduated from the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1997 and completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, in 2001. Previous solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium, Schalter Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art, Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland, Catalyst Arts, Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Floating Series, Berlin, Germany, Tramway, Glasgow Scotland, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland and The Slug and Lettuce, Glasgow, Scotland. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Scissor #3’, Galerie Kungerkiez, Berlin, ‘Endurance’, Govanhill Baths, Glasgow, Scotland, The Commonwealth Games Festival, Glasgow, ‘Artscape’, Baltimore USA, ‘CROSSWORDS 2’, Jordan/Seydoux Drawings and Prints, Berlin and LAGE EGAL Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin. In 2016, Doherty will have a solo exhibition at Gallery Four, Baltimore and his work will also feature in a major exhibition about art and comedy titled ‘Double Act’ at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, England and the MAC - Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland.