Lovett/Codagnone, Multimedia artist duo
As artistic practices broaden to embrace a variety of new media and expansive models such as cinema, theater, and music—practices that interrogate notions of authorship—the duo Lovett/Codagnone favor forms of cooperation as their source of inspiration. Mapping a work methodology and introducing new formats—their band, the staging of plays, and the casting of actors instead of themselves—they seek to critique their own practice.
John Lovett and Alessandro Codagnone have been working together in New York since 1995 using photography, performance, video, sound, and installation. The duo unfolds relations of power as manifested in explicit cultural signifiers as well as clandestine or unconscious practices. Their work has been exhibited in solo shows at Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; LA><ART, Los Angeles; SculptureCenter, New York; and MoMA PS1, New York. They have performed at MoMA PS1; ICA, Philadelphia; Judson Memorial Church, New York; and ICA, Boston. Their work has also been included in shows at The Centre Pompidou, Paris; Cobra Museum, Amstelveen; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; De Appel, Amsterdam; NGBK, Berlin; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris.