I’m working on an exhibition. One that has to have a ‘name’. I always like things to be named, but to give an exhibition a name get’s me to another level of fright.
I saw an exhibition once that was called: ‘Nothing’. And it was. It really was! And that sucked, because the artist wasn’t giving it a name to be ridiculed about afterwards.
So I need a good name for it, because City Hall wants me to. But not some name I didn’t think about properly. So I started with what I am making. What am I showing?
I started thinking about working titles, but I soon got stuck in the fear of choosing wrong. I asked a friend to start associating freely. She came up with a whole list and I added some of my own.
Around the corner
The actual reason
hide and seek
Behind a door
Something fell behind
Shit on a roof
Ticking on the roof
From tree to ree
Jealous of flying
Man Woman Sunset
Make up, what you don’t see
Between the lines
Who sees this, sees black and white
But I have chosen a name! And it is NOT in the list above. Of course it can still be ridiculed (don’t be afraid), but it has everything I need, everything that I need to giva away in a name for my work. Hopefully it will make people want to come in the door and see my work.
It is a Dutch name, because I live in the Netherlands. But in English it works well too.
Welcome to my exhibition: “Anderzijds” or (in English) “On the other Hand“, opening March 2014!
© Edda Grol ‘Titel nog onbekend, detail’, 2013