Columbus College of Art & Design

Instance No. 1

Instance No. 1: Opening reception
Thursday, Oct. 10 | 6–8 p.m.
60 Cleveland Ave. (Entrance on E. Gay Street) | Columbus, Ohio

Beeler Gallery is ALWAYS FREE and open to the public. Free parking available.

Sound performance: C. Spencer Yeh (two sets at 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m.)

Download the pdf version of the Instance No. 1 poster designed by Vier5 on the work of Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann here, with commissioned writing by Daniel Marcus.  Download the pdf version of the Instance No. 1 poster designed by Vier5 on the works of Michel Auder, Michael Stickrod and C. Spencer Yeh here, with commissioned writing by Robert Slifkin. 


Organized as a series of “instances” in a process of accumulation, each instance in Season Two: Follow the Mud is accompanied by an installation and activated by performances, screenings, and dialogs both at Beeler Gallery and beyond. Various artist projects circulate, intersect, and accumulate throughout the five-month long season.

Michel Auder + Michael Stickrod
Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann
Heide Hinrichs

Laura Larson
Julia Trotta (invited by Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann)
C. Spencer Yeh (invited by Michael Stickrod)
Suzanne Silver
Voidgig (Gina Osterlog, Liz Roberts, Melissa Vogley Woods)
Ry Wharton


Join Beeler Gallery for the opening celebration of Season Two: Follow the Mud, on view Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, through Sunday, March 15, 2020, with a sound performance by C. Spencer Yeh.

Laëtitia Badaut Hassumann: WATER is structured as an active score, informed by the artist’s interest in how multiple voices materialized in objects, memories, images, and buildings, and the experience of time and space articulated through Modernist architecture in order to challenge its monolithic history. As states of water, from liquid to solid, from filtration to contamination, Badaut Haussmann begins her project at the gallery entrance. A replica of an architectural fragment of Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Japan, built by the Japanese architect and Le Corbusier-collaborator Junzo Sakakura, will be Beeler Gallery’s temporary new entrance. This “architectural ghost” is followed up by a prototype replica of a bamboo child’s seat erroneously attributed as Japanese design by another Le Corbusier-collaborator, the French architect Charlotte Perriand, during her time in Japan during World War II. Working with a Japanese bamboo atelier, Badaut Haussmann’s version of the seat is based on the proportion of her daughter.

Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann’s research is situated at the intersection of several fields including domesticity, psychology and feminism. Her practice is centred around the concept of design and its history as a social and political expression. The references and the materials she uses testify to her propensity for a modernist aesthetic, without this ever becoming the subject of her work. Supported by a reflection on narrative forms, the relationship between analogies and macrostructures, her work functions as a succession of apparitions and reminiscences. Through it, she tackles questions essential to our epoch, in order to encourage emancipation and the appearance of new ways of thinking.

New York-based French artist Michel Auder and Ohio-based artist Michael Stickrod’s collaborative project Staples and Rubber Bands (1967-2019) for Season Two: Follow the Mud at Beeler Gallery begins with the newly English-subtitled film, Michel Auder’s VIVA /Artaud /Heliogabalus (HD video, transferred from 16mm film, 1969). In this film, Viva, a Warhol Superstar (also Auder’s former wife), reclines on a bed and read with languid assertiveness from the original French edition of Antonin Artaud’s, a key figure of twentieth-century European avant-garde, 1934 novelized biography of Heliogabalus, Or the Anarchist Crowned. Written around the time Artaud developed the theory of “Theatre of Cruelty”, the biography accounts and invents the 3rd-century Roman Emperor’s “organized anarchy” within the empire. Viva also stars in Michel Auder’s 1970 film Cleopatra (which will be screened in Instance No. 5 on Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019, 6-8:30 p.m.).

For the Season Two opening, Michael Stickrod invites New York-based musician C. Spencer Yeh for a special sound performance. Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, improviser, and composer, as well his music project Burning Star Core. He has performed nationally and internationally, including at MoMA/PS1, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and Renaissance Society, Chicago. Yeh is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award in 2019.

Two posters designed by Vier5 will be available at the gallery, with text on Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann’s work by Daniel Marcus, and text on Michel Auder, Michael Stickrod, and C. Spencer Yeh’s work by Robert Slifkin. Download the pdfs here.

For more info and the full schedule of Instances on Season Two: Follow the Mud: here

Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann: WATER is supported by the Cultural Services of French Embassy in the United States and is realized in co-production with Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, France; Ghost House and DICRéAM. This project was made possible by a residency at Villa Kujoyama, part of Institut Français du Japon and benefits from the support of Fondation Bettencourt Schueller and the Institut Français. Instance No. 2 – Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann: EXPOSURE is presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO and with media sponsor Art in America. Architectural consultant for Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann: WATER at BEELER GALLERY: Andrew Cruse. Broken arrowheads from the collection of Wendell Taranto. Lamps from Flat Planes, Columbus.

Instance No. 7 – Heide Hinrichs and second shelf is supported by Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp and Flanders State of the Art.