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.
While the work of WAMER artists is distinct, there are shared motifs and concerns that are the result of being the primary and most intimate audience for each other's work over the years. The structure of the group allows for unique opportunities for analysis and criticality while favoring dialogue on a personal scale that is unconcerned with rigid demarcations between art and life.