You Complete Me


Oct 01 2012 - Nov 11 2012

You Complete Me: Mediating Relationships in Contemporary Art:

Mediate is defined as an intervention to bring about resolution. While we often think about mediation involving a dispute or argument, this exhibition looks at the idea more broadly. The artists and pieces represented intervene by directly and indirectly engaging with other people in the creation of the work. It is only with the involvement of others, either in the making of or the display of the work, that the work can be fully completed. The artists, or the artwork, then become mediators, asking the participant/viewer to negotiate their perspective by becoming part of the work. Featuring work by Jill Frank, InCUBATE, Jason Lazarus, Nikki S. Lee, David Parker, Adrian Piper, John Preus and Jon Rafman. Also featuring a performance by New Material (John Preus, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen and Mikel Patrick Avery). A full-color fully illustrated catalogue will be available with essays by Chicago-based research group InCUBATE and DeVos Art Museum curator Melissa Matuscak.


To view the post-screening discussion on the film with the curators, please click here.

Click here to see the performance.

Hourly Schedule

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Friday, October 5, 2pm
Artist's Talk
More info:
Jill Frank
Thursday, October 18 8-9:30pm
Listening party with Chicago-based InCUBATE and special guest DJ Mr. E aka E-Dogz
10-Midnight: Dance party continues with Mr. E and InCUBATE at the Vera Bar, Downtown Marquette More info:
Saturday, October 20, 2pm
Film screening of twohundredfiftysixcolors
A 16mm film composed of animated gifs, curated by Jason Lazarus and Eric Fleischauer. Discussion with the curators will follow the screening. More info:
Friday, October 26, 7pm
An unveiling of reconfigured furniture pieces
By NMU students and local community participants, from a project led by John Preus. Chicago based band the New Material (John Preus, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen, and Mikel Patrick Avery) will perform using musical instruments and technology based upon defunct furniture parts.
Thursday, November 8, 7-8pm
Poetry reading and open mic
Hosted by Andrea Scarpino Andrea Scarpino is a poet and author of The Grove Behind (2009). She is the Creative Dissertation Coordinator at Union Institute and University's Cohort Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Scarpino will be reading selections inspired by visual art which will be followed by a poetry open mic (note: 3-5 minute limit on open mic).
Jill Frank