- 17 Nov 2021 - 16 Dec 2021
My Dream Office: An open plan to the 3rd location
An exhibition by Ian Wooldridge with works by William E. Jones, Prem Sahib & Ian Wooldridge. ‘Third place’was a term coined in the 20th century by urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg. ‘Third place’ denotes a neutral space for informalities, a public space for relaxation. With Oldenburg being a good time sofa sociology type, a third place is a bar or a church. ‘Third location’ on the other hand, is where you hot desk, typically a polite atmosphere, built on the precarity of contemporary spatial conditions.
For the exhibition My Dream Office: An open plan to the 3rd location, Zurich based artist/writer Ian Wooldridge has turned Galerie Gregor Staiger’s second location in Milano, into a screening room. During opening hours, a screensaver will loop and every Thursday at 6pm the room is activated with the presentation of the video program. Poetics of self-reflection yet mythopoetic obstinance inform both the exhibition structure and selected video program. The program begins with William E. Jones’ video Fall Into Ruin about gallerist Alexander Iolas. Letters addressed to Alexander Iolas, when he was based in Milan, were sent to the same address now partially occupied by Galerie Gregor Staiger, suggesting Iolas lived and worked at this location. Body, time and place continue with varying trajectories: In Cul-de-Sac by Prem Sahib through the emotive abstraction of home; In The Sky’s A Limit by Ian Wooldridge through reset.