We are pleased to present “artlikelifelike”, an exhibition featuring painting, works on paper, photography, text and sculpture which maps the activities and work of WAMER (Women Artists, Meeting, Eating and Reading) a studio/reading group in NYC and beyond from 1998 – present. The exhibition is a response to Allan Kaprow's distinctions between artlike art and lifelike art in his 1983 essay entitled “The Real Experiment”.
Through assigned readings, shared meals, studio visits, retreats, exhibitions and collaborations, WAMER has been committed to a deep, longstanding inquiry into each other's practice. The readings and work are always discussed in relation to daily life, along with all the questions that arise from balancing artmaking with jobs, family, and other life constraints. The discussions and readings are diverse, encompassing subjects such as science, spirituality, feminism, cooking, architecture, craft, motherhood, education, birth, death, politics, the sublime, childrearing, menstruation, ornamentation, music, painting techniques, sex, laundry, ecology, trash, etc.