Hotel Richmond or Slippery Slope – 2007/2014
Darius Miksys, Gabriel Lester
Slanting wall, hand written text
Hotel Richmond or Slippery Slope offers a podium that is activated by a series of performances, executed by visitors and hotel guests. The slanting wall forms a dialogue with the building and the natural incidence of light, and functions furthermore as a separation between the front- and backstage of the theatre. On the back wall, Darius Miksys has written a small text, which he found in the archives of the John Fare Estate. The text describes a transformation that took place in the Richmond Hotel.
Hotel Richmond or Slippery Slope also forms the front- and backstage of a series of performances during the exhibition.
Whoopdie doo, whoopdie die… stick a needle in your eye! – 2007
Copy of Tony Clifton’s Jacket
Silk jacket on a stand
The exhibition shows a number of works that were developed for the John Fare Estate. The John Fare Estate, of which Lester was the avatar, was presented in 2007 at the gallery gb-agency in Paris. Due to deliberately hidden technical reasons, the exhibition was presented as Lester’s solo exposition, but the presentation was in fact thought up by Gabriel Lester and Raimundus Malašauskas. John Fare, who himself was present as a sort of phantom host, is an artist whose myth extends much further than his artistic practice. Various stories are in circulation about his identity and about the question as to whether or not he has ever existed in the first place.
The legend of John Fare reminds one of that of Tony Clifton, a personage of entertainer and performance artist Andy Kaufman, who was also performed by Bob Zmuda and many other performers. Clifton forms the incarnation of the so-called anti-comedy, a type of entertainment that is deliberately not funny. The jacket shown here, a reproduction made by a tailor in Shanghai whose clientele consists mainly of Western tourists who are looking for cheap silk an cashmere, is an example of art that is deliberately not funny.
The press release of the John Fare Estate (2007) is included in the exhibition booklet as a facsimile.