Konantü: Courtney Smith & Iván Navarro (2016)
Konantü is an artists’ book tracing eleven years of the joint life and work of Courtney Smith and Iván Navarro. It exposes the blurred boundaries of love, daily life and intellectual collaboration between the two artists who over time began weaving their individual work into a xiphopagus body of juxtaposed parts. The book charts the repeated exercise of artistic intersection as it begins to solidify into its own independent form, turning their collaboration into a distinct category. Konantü focuses on the ongoing series of performed works — sculpture-based, directed social interactions – that Smith and Navarro have been developing since 2014.
Opening July 21st 2016:
A new performance by Courtney Smith & Iván Navarro
Commissioned by L.A.N.D. (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) for the exhibition Exchange/Value
The Ring is the latest in a series of performed sculptural works by Iván Navarro and Courtney Smith. Since 2014, the two artists have collaborated to produce participatory performance-events in the form of guided interactions that occur within a constructed arena The Ring is a formal design for a social ritual of cooperation and exchange, exploring cyclical systems of giving, receiving and reciprocating as well as providing, acquiring and distributing. Through the ceremonial alternation of roles and the transfer of symbolic objects, individual value is subsumed by the sum of collective action.