Work • Curatorial • CV
Oblique Strategies is a set of cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt first published in 1975. Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark, which is meant to be used as a catalyst for generating or resolving work.
Artists were invited to make new works, or alter old works, by responding to a randomly assigned phrase taken from the deck of cards. The show considers the structuring of dilemmas as a tool of production and the many approaches it can generate: literal, metaphoric, ironic, critical, humorous, etc.
Exhibition on view January 23 - February 22, 2013.
Anthony Titus, Voice nagging suspicions. Concrete and paint on canvas, 20 x 20in
David Lukowski, Do something boring. Bread loaves and flashlights, approx. 4 x 15 x 9in
Charlotte Becket, Something very small - the center. Aluminum, paper, motor and electrical components, approx. 4 x 3 x 11in
Jennifer Schwarting, Make something implied more definite (reinforce, duplicate). Collage on paper, 20.5 x 20.5in
"A paradigm shift away from subject-object relations towards the consideration of humans as no more or less important than any other object is taking place. So posits And Another Thing, the James Gallery exhibition that takes its inspiration from the philosophy of speculative realism and object-oriented ontology. Here objects are given their own place. As opposed to deriving their meaning from a proximity to humans, this exhibition presents them as specific, self-contained and non-reducible. Minimalism’s engagement with the specificity of materials as in Carl Andre’s Base 5 Aluminum Stack (2008) as well as the feminist interrogation of subject/object relations in Valie Export’s video A Perfect Pair (1986) and Regina José Galindo’s photograph No perdemos nada con nacer (We don't lose anything by being born) (2000) are present in the show. In guest curators Katherine Behar’s and Emmy Mikelson’s selection and installation of the art inside the open space of the gallery, the visitor and the object become equivalent occupant bodies. ..."
Artists included: Carl Andre, Laura Carton, Valie Export, Regina José Galindo, Tom Kotik, Mary Lucking, Bruce Nauman, Grit Ruhland, Anthony Titus, Ruslan Trusewych, and Zimoun.
The James Gallery, Center for the Humanities
Exhibition on view September 14-October 29, 2011
This exhibition was made possible, in part, with support from Bitforms, Paula Cooper Gallery, Promoteo Gallery, and Video Data Bank.
25 woodworms, wood, microphone, sound system. Zimoun, 2009. Courtesy Bitforms Gallery
Ruslan Trusewych, "this is the way the world is," Fans, nightlights, and extension cords, 2005-2011
The title, The Tiller Effect, derives from an expression describing certain steering mechanisms that entail turning in the opposite direction of where you want to go - turn left to go right, turn right to go left. It is a counterintuitive movement that involves a rhythmic balance of contradiction.
The artists in the show are equally engaged with movements or gestures that disrupt an intuitive sense of balance. Form, material, and intention are explored as unstable states and presented at the threshold of disequilibrium. Balance is antithetically conceived of as a dynamic and fluctuating state. The work within the show is perpetually disrupting a rational Euclidean plane and advocating for a space in which the subject is constantly negotiating her/his environment.
Artists included: Charlotte Becket, Christian Maychack, Chad Mitchner, Kristine Moran, Benjamin Tiven
NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY