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FROM THE ARCHIVE | Tony Cokes

Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019

April 9, 2020

In conjunction with the recent conversation between artist Tony Cokes and Christoph Cox, Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College and author of the catalogue essay “The Author as Selector: Tony Cokes’s Iconoclasm,” (April 9, 2020), Greene Naftali is pleased to make the full work Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP (2019) available for viewing.  ,  

In conjunction with the recent conversation between artist Tony Cokes and Christoph Cox, Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College and author of the catalogue essay “The Author as Selector: Tony Cokes’s Iconoclasm,” (April 9, 2020), Greene Naftali is pleased to make the full work Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP (2019) available for viewing.  

 

Commissioned for opening of If Ur Reading This It’s 2 Late, Vol. 1 – 3, Cokes’s three-part career retrospective co-organized by the Goldsmiths CCA, the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts and the ARGOS Centre for audiovisual arts, Cokes takes Kodwo Eshun’s commemorative lecture following cultural theorist Mark Fisher’s death as his subject. The musicality and cadence of Eshun’s elegiac discussion of Fisher’s work is explored through the pace and edit of the text across consecutive frames of intense colors and trance like music. To watch the full work, visit the Video page. 

 

Accompanying this feature, Greene Naftali presents Christoph Cox and Sohrab Mohebbi’s contributions to the If UR Reading This It's 2 Late: Vol. 1–3 catalogue, made available online for the first time. These texts alongside other relevant writings are available in Texts for further context on Cokes’s practice. 

What matters today

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

And in the future

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

A life-affirming work,

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

Of thinking and rethinking,

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

As much as it has remade us,

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

Remarked us,

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

The permanent persuasion,

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

Of gathering people into gatherings.

Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FKA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (still). 

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1, Goldsmiths CCA. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FVA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (video). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York, US and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, US. Photographer Andy Stagg.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1, Goldsmiths CCA. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FVA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (video). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York, US and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, US. Photographer Andy Stagg.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1, Goldsmiths CCA. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FVA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (video). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York, US and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, US. Photographer Andy Stagg.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1, Goldsmiths CCA. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FVA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (video). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York, US and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, US. Photographer Andy Stagg.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1, Goldsmiths CCA. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FVA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (video). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York, US and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, US. Photographer Andy Stagg.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 1, Goldsmiths CCA. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Testament A: MF FVA K-P X KE RIP, 2019 (video). Commissioned by Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK. Courtesy the artist, Greene Naftali, New York, US and Hannah Hoffman, Los Angeles, US. Photographer Andy Stagg.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Morrissey Problem (video), 2019. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Morrissey Problem (video), 2019. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Untitled (m.j.: the symptom) (video), 2020. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Untitled (m.j.: the symptom) (video), 2020. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Untitled (m.j.: the symptom) (video), 2020. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, Untitled (m.j.: the symptom) (video), 2020. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

Installation view, Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late: Vol 2, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, on view January 31–April 12, 2020. Pictured: Tony Cokes, The Will and The Way...Fragment 2 (video), 2019. Courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo: Julia Featheringill / Stewart Clements.

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