Anti-Prow is a project by Prow – the collaborative duo Peter Rostovsky and Olav Westphalen – that addresses fantasies of empowered authorship and rational control in the creative process. Taking the artist’s manifesto as a starting point, Prow presents a series of hand-drawn portraits, sculptural assemblage, and wallpapered collage that test the boundaries of both self-proclaimed definition and open-ended experimentation, as realized by Anti-Prow’s contrasting collaborative process. Anti-Prow investigates the contradictions, doubts and folly that accompany any moment of artistic proclamation (or collective action), but that are almost always repressed in the stultifying performance of seriousness that constitutes a finished and professional artistic practice.
Running concurrently with Anti-Prow is The Prequel, on view at Sara Meltzer Gallery January 22 -February 27, 2010. The Prequel is the first solo exhibition of PROW in a commercial setting, and Anti-Prow was developed for Art in General specifically to counter the Sara Meltzer Gallery presentation, a context in which PROW is operating according to the objective of a commercial enterprise. PROW proposes that contemporary art practice has become a province of the entertainment industry and so is structured like an independent movie studio, collectively producing various types of spectacle but without hierarchy. For more information please visit www.sarameltzergallery.com