THE FOOL - ROD BARTON

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

Installation view, The Fool, Rod Barton

The Fool

Neil Raitt: It's nice to hear my own voice actually. (a phone rings) That's good timing... 
Joshua Sex: Hello? (telephone conversation)

5 minutes later

JS: So, we're gonna talk about a title for the show.
Jon Pilkington: (confirming) A title for the show. (pause) The Fool. We'll talk about Leicester. 
JS: Let's talk about the people we have for the show. We're at the point now of putting together the final list...Varda Caivano? Tried to make contact with Varda.
NR: What do you think, Jon?
JP: Gotta wait and see... (inaudible) It's all resting on... (inaudible)

*

JS: So, we're waiting on Varda.
JP: And Neil's phone's not working properly so we've already missed calls by...
NR: Yeah, we must have missed her call. Already we've missed calls by Djordje Ozbolt. JP: Amy Bessone.
NR: Amy Bessone.
JS: She would be a good one. As the others are fans of her work.
NR: Some of them.

(pause)

JS: Eh... Yeah. Will we stop that there.

Tape stops

*

Jon opens a bottle of beer with his teeth

NR: I did it once and cracked the back of my tooth.
JP: I always feel like it's going to happen.
JS: So what were we talking about there? Oh yeah, the poster. I'll type into google "spot the ball competition". You kinda know what I'm talking about, don't you?
NR: Yeah.
JP: Yeah.
JS: What about this one – down in the park.
NR: Who's in this one?
JS: It's just kids playing football in the park.
NR: Oh right, yeah. There's no ball. They've removed it.

*

Jon takes the call and then the conversation commences

JS: Anyway, we haven't heard back from Varda.
JP: Do you think we will? What's the vibe?
JS: Three days ago I remember saying there' a 60/40 chance. Now it's more like 60/40 that she won't. She moved studio or something like that. It's just one of those ones, where we've sent off a question in an email form and... nobody's answered. For a few days. It's very, very quiet.
NR: We'll see Jelena on Wednesday so we can talk to her. I don't think, though, that she's Varda's liaison person. I'd say we have a slim chance.
JS: But weren't we saying that it doesn't really matter.

*

JS: We went in there to visit Matt the other day.
JP: And what about introducing the chairs now, while Sanja and Charlotte are working?
NR: We asked, we can't.
JP: Okay got to keep those clean. (inaudible)
JS: You never know, he just said "no I think it would be better, if you don't mind, because the gi- rls will have paint on their clothes and stuff. There was never a plan to intentionally make marks on the chairs anyway...
NR: Basically I think the chairs are so close to the side of design...
JS: You are saying there if they had painting marks on them they would just blend in with everything.
NR: Also, if Matt was your friend from wherever he is from and you came to see his show and you said "oh nice, these are your chairs, Matt, cool - what's on them?" Matt: "I don't know".

*

JS: We have an idea that maybe we're gonna visit Ben, I presume, are we?
JP: Ben's gonna change his mind, he's told me already. Ben doesn't want the green painting in the show anymore,.
JS: Yeah, we'll go around there, and have a chat with him.
JP: It's like 220 x 160 or something, its not.. 220 x 180 its 220. But something thin, you know. JS: A little bit thinner than your average.
JP: And it's really tall.
NR: 220's not that tall.
JP: Maybe it's 240.
JS: But like Jon said, if it's skinny, then 220 looks tall.
JP: It looks stretched, like elongated that's the thing, yeah, and he's got like these really thin arms in it...
NR: Mm.

*

NR: I think it's important, you know in the context of this show, that we're presenting the works of everybody in a way that might not be a way they've showed it in the past.
JP: Ted usually kind of pairs two paintings in the same show: more abstract ones with these, kind of, one-liners, they're kind of joke paintings in a sense, really nicely handled but they've got some kind of witty connotation to them and he likes to pair this and play them off each other, I think it's nice that we've got this playing off..
JS: ... with his against the rest of the whole show. JP: Yeah and it says "the end", you know, finished.

Postscript

JS: Final instalment of conversation.
NR: Painting now, today.
JS: I think we talked about all the artists didn't we?
NR: Probably left one person out.
JS: There's always one.
NR: They are usually the best.
JS: So has Rod got hold of the work from Amy? Have you been in contact with him, Jon?
JP: Not really, the last email I got was last week - still in discussion about transport of works from LA.
JS: So today is the first day Charlotte and Sanja have been in the space together, they've got a week and a half left... 
NR: It's the 21st today.
JS: They've got a good week. Will there be beer?
JP: Yeah.
NR: What kind of beer?
JP: Cheap Belgian beer.
JS: What does Rod usually do? What did he do at your show, Jon?
JP: Cheap Belgian beer.
JS: What Brand?
JP: Not sure.
NR: No frills.
JP: Are you recording this?
JS: I hope so.
NR: Yep, two minutes thirty eight.
JS: Let's talk about the text... this conversation is the third (fourth) part, we're gonna listen back in the next days and transcribe the good bits.
NR: Yeah, which if you are reading the press release you will already know.
JS: How long are we going to spend curating the show? In the space?
NR: Maybe Wednesday and Thursday evening, go in, have a beer...
JS: Have a paly around on Wednesday and attack it properly Thursday...
JP: I will be away on Thursday day, maybe I have to put a lot of trust in you guys.
JS: It's the day.
JP: Well I'll be there, I'll get there at some point after four for sure.

Pause. Neil leaves the room

JP: Sorry, Josh, I'm dazed.
JS: I feel like we've pretty much covered it.
JP: We've covered some bases... I think the only thing left to do is to get in there and hang it... it's a game of chance, Josh. 
NR: (returns) What are you talking about?
JS: It's a game of chance.
NR: Yeah, that's what I was going to say, game of chance... game of two halves.
JS: It is a game of two halves.
JP: As long as it doesn't go like Liverpool yesterday... starting well and dramatically trailing off.
NR: That's true.
NR: Well, what's the text going to look like, an interview or... I wonder what format its going to be?
JP: Have you got any inside info from Sanja? 
JS: Very little, Jon.
JP: I thought you had the key, to the secrets? 
JS: (inaudible)
JS: Are you going to leave that like that, Neil (referring to Neil's half-primed canvas)? I'm sorry but I think we're done here right?
JP: Yeah.
JS: We're all tired, I'm certainly lacking in any sort of ideas.
NR: Anyways it doesn't matter, we can say it's finished now. 
JS: Yeah, good.

Curated by Westminster Waste.
Exhibiting artists: Amy Bessone, Benjamin Brett, Matt Moser-Clark, Charlotte Develter, Ted Gahl, Tobias Teschner & Sanja Todorović.

The Fool
Rod Barton, April 1 - May 7
www.rodbarton.com