Publications and Articles
"Enduring Conundrum" iBook available on the iTunes store
“Enduring Conundrum” is a catalogue of works by New York artist Bill Claps from his two new most recent series: “Artspeak” and “« It’s all Derivative” ». The catalogue is published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at Evartspace Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland April 30 to June 4, 2014, curated by Flamina Scauso.
The catalogue includes images of mixed media works that are executed by combining a number of artistic mediums, including video, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. The artworks in the "Artspeak" series explains investigate the use of language in contemporary art journalism and critique, analyzing the reaction of people in front of ordinary people when confronted with this language, revealing how they respond to contemporary art. The works in the series “It’s All Derivative” comment on the practice of appropriation and iconic veneration in the world of art, combining borrowed imagery from the past with the visual language of Morse Code.
The video installation from the exhibition, "Enduring Conundrum", included in the iBook, captures individuals from all walks of life repeating phrases taken from press releases of art exhibitions, while gilded mixed media works produced by the artist translate these phrases into Morse code. The Essay section of the iBook includes texts by art critics, curators, art historians, and journalists commenting on the role and the evolution of Artspeak. Curator Flaminia Scauso: “Images, icons and codes inhabit Claps’ studio, where art becomes a kind of blueprint. Each time he creates a work, Claps produces a metalinguistic message and each encoded element of the message collaborates to define the code itself. Claps interprets his role as a collective translator and asks himself: “Is it all derivative?” And if so why do we still talk about it?”
An American in Rome" Exibart Edition #84, March 2014
"Language as Aesthetics", Three Exhibitions in Manhattan, Exibart Edition #85, March 2014