Here are some questions to consider when reading Jan Verwoert’s ‘Exhaustion & Exuberance’, which we will also be discussing on March 26th (in addition to these questions, please bring your own questions and/or comments to the discussion):
1. Think about Rubinstein’s ideas of ‘provisional painting’ and compare them to Verwoert’s tactics of refusal or “workable forms of resistance” in art. Are there similarities? Differences?
2. What are some of the “silent but effective forms of non-alignment, non-compliance, uncooperativeness, reluctance, reticence, weariness or unwillingness” that Verwoert describes in specific art practices? Why does Verwoert think they’re so important? How/where does he find these tactics within abstract painting and sculpture?
3. What is “existential exuberance” or “exuberant performativity”? Do you agree with Verwoert’s claim that the paintings of Silke Otto-Knapp “point towards” this state of exuberance?
4. How does Verwoert link potentiality to indebtedness and dedication, and how does this, for him, become a philosophy for an art practice?
5. How does Verwoert make a case for the exhibition of exhaustion in art?