Artist Once-Removed

18 / 08 / 1999 - 07 / 11 / 1999

Artist Once-Removed
On the Performances, Films, Records and Paintings from Jack Goldstein

The Jump (1978) 16mm installation, 13 sec loop

Complete records 1976 - 1984 incl.
The Planets (1984) Audio Installation, 6 LPs

Performance descriptions

Artist Once-Removed, Installation view (1999)


This exhibition project introduces a specific view on the productions of Jack Goldstein (C, b.1945) which regards them as bridging the 1970s and 1980s cultural ethos, and reflects this in link with Goldstein' s development of the role "artist as producer". Working with contracted media professionals, Goldstein's productions placed the emphasis on the artist's position as one situated directly within a new kind of common public space offered by the media spectacle.

Goldstein's shift from the studio tradition to consider the role of producer reflected an interest in the mechanism, apparatus and the influences of the developing Hollywood spectacle industry of the late 70s. Though this is the work of a Canadian with a view onto the United States - on the one hand from the Canadian side, on the other from the Californian - it has often been overlooked and just linked to a quite different US-American position regarding media as well as artistic practice. But Goldstein's position can be seen as belonging to a shared sensibility found in Canadian Post-War artistic practices, influenced by the media theorist Marshall McLuhan, and attuned to links between culture and identity. Their national media was primarily concerned with "identity", and developed parallel and in contrast with a fundamentally different one: the American Post-War mass media.

"Artist Once-Removed" reflects the current position of the artist Goldstein: his decision to dissappear and to be absent for the greater part of the 90s. The project accepts the reality of these circumstances as a way to consider the remaining productions to be found - performances, films, records and paintings - and draw anew some of their defining outlines. The emphasis is on reclaiming Goldstein's unique methodology which specifically defined his work in terms both as media productions and as product on the booming art market of the 80s.

"Artist Once-Removed" includes Jack Goldstein's record productions from 1976-84. For the first time the complete record productions will be presented for listening, along with the presentation of his rarely-seen film installation, "The Jump" (1976).

haus.0's perspective on Goldstein's work is part of the overall program linked to the Künstlerhaus in its present situation engaged in important transitions. Focusing on the development of an artistic practice in the mid-70s away from the studio tradition, also reflects on the founding of Künstlerhaus in the late 70s. At that time the instituion decided to create an in-house hardwarepool which included founding in 1978 the first studios for video, film and music production for artists. By creating a media production space this action supported changed notion of artistic practice in contrast to individual 'atelier' tradition. The reflection of this Künstlerhaus foundation ethos of an era which defined the identity of an art work its production formulated outside of the 'atelier', haus.0 also reflects its ongoing specific investment towards review and renewing the founding mandate of Künstlerhaus.