Objects Food Rooms
A group exhibition curated by Andria Hickey
1 - 31 July 2015
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Nairy Baghramian
Waste Basket (Bins for rejected ideas)
2012
wire mesh and rubber
42 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 20 7/8 inches; 108 x 50 x 53 cm

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Frank Benson
Swan Gourd
2005
cast plastic, acrylic paint, wood
21 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches; 54.6 x 29.2 x 16.5 cm

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Rachel Harrison
© 2004 Hasbro Inc.
2015
wood, cement, acrylic, plastic, tape, pedestal, metal, toy gun, fake sausages, helmet and wheels
58 x 27 x 28 inches; 147.3 x 68.6 x 71.1 cm

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Luis Jacob
Album XI
2013
image montage in plastic laminate, 40 panels
17 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches; 44.5 x 29 cm (each panel)

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Esther Kläs
2/1 (blue)
2015
iron, resin, ink
1 1/3 x 24 x 25 3/4 inches; 3.5 x 61 x 65.5 cm

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Esther Kläs
Half Moon, Double Sun
2015
concrete, pigment
7 5/8 x 60 5/8 x 15 7/8 inches; 19.5 x 154 x 40.5 cm

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Esther Kläs
in between/SELF
2015
brass, resin, ink, rubber
63 x 91 1/3 x 15 1/3 inches; 160 x 232 x 39 cm

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Ursula Mayer
Drawing Android 6
2014
concrete cast, cable
26 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches; 68 x 52 cm

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Ursula Mayer
See you in the Flesh 1
2014
glass, polyester, metal pedestal
19 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches; 50 x 25 cm (object)
48 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches; 122 x 50 x 50 cm (pedestal)

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Ursula Mayer
See you in the Flesh 2
2014
glass, polyester
19 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches; 50 x 25 cm

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Ursula Mayer
See you in the Flesh 3
2014
glass, polyester, metal pedestal
19 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches; 50 x 25 cm (object)
48 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches; 122 x 50 x 50 cm (pedestal)

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Ursula Mayer
See you in the Flesh 4
2014
glass, polyester, metal pedestal
19 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches; 50 x 25 cm (object)
48 x 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches; 122 x 50 x 50 cm (pedestal)

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Roula Partheniou
Caution Yellow
2009
fimo, acrylic paint
10 1/4 x 8 3/8 x 2 3/4 inches; 26 x 21.3 x 7 cm

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Roula Partheniou
Packed Boxes with Clutter
2015
acrylic and enamel paint on wood and MDF, flocking on foam balls
54 x 28 x 28 inches; 137.2 x 71.1 x 71.1 cm

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Roula Partheniou
Insulated Partition
2015
acrylic and screenprint on MDF
5 sheets; each 49 x 97 x 1/4 inches; 124.5 x 246.4 x .6 cm

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Laure Prouvost
2 km down the tunnel of history this was found lonely and smashed on the floor
2014
oil, collage and varnish on board
10 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches; 26.4 x 21 cm

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Laure Prouvost
This is the carpet Grandma had in her dreams covering every fields, every trees, every building in the world
2014
oil, collage and varnish on board
10 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches; 26.5 x 21 cm

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Laure Prouvost
This sponge have been seen kissing the soap passionately when Grandma seemed to dream of her favorite actor
2014
oil, collage and varnish on board
10 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches; 26.4 x 21 cm

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Laure Prouvost
This tape used to be transparent but turned brown after Charlie the dog barked at it
2014
oil, collage and varnish on board
10 3/8 x 8 1/4 inches; 26.4 x 21 cm

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Laure Prouvost
An e-cigarette and a butter
2014
butter, e-cigarette, programmed light sequence, sound
Dimensions variable

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Magali Reus
Leaves (Shale, August)
2015
Milled and spray painted model board, aluminium tube, polyurethane rubber, powder coated, zinc plated, anodised, phosphated and blackened aluminium and steel, polyester resin
15 3/4 x 15 x 4 3/4 inches; 40 x 38 x 12 cm

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Arlene Shechet
Above and Beyond
2015
glazed ceramic, painted steel, concrete and hardwood
36 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches; 92.7 x 34.3 x 34.3 cm

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Arlene Shechet
Full Moon Follows
2015
glazed and unglazed ceramic, pigmented hydrocal and steel
Ceramic: 16 x 9 x 9 inches; 40.6 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm
Plaster: 20 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 inches; 52.7 x 29.8 x 27.9 cm
Base: 12 x 16 x 16 inches; 30.5 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm
Overall: 48 3/4 x 16 x 16 inches; 123.8 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm

Press Release

A CARAFE, THAT IS A BLIND GLASS

 

A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling.
 

The difference is spreading.

 

So begins Tender Buttons, Gertrude Stein’s influential and yet perplexing collection of texts on objects, food, and rooms. First published in 1914, Stein’s book is an idiosyncratic and seemingly nonsensical catalogue of mundane objects. More than one hundred years later, her work remains a relevant lens through which to understand the relationship between words and objects. Inspired by Stein’s composition, this exhibition brings together the work of twelve artists to explore how sense is made and unmade in the language of things. The peculiar grammar in an object’s “moment of consciousness,” aims to convey the sense of a thing, rather than describe its mimetic accuracy. It questions the inherent character of things when they have been reassigned an unlikely set of words, and suggests a surprisingly relevant approach to the relationship between the readymade and its found object counterpart. 

 

A damp cloth, an oyster, a single mirror, a manikin, a student, a silent star, a single spark, a little movement and the bed is made. This shows the disorder, it does, it shows more likeness than anything else, it shows the single mind that directs an apple.

 

Like Stein’s enigmatic inventory, the exhibition collects objects –a bin, a gourd, two locks, a banana – that masquerade as familiar things and reveal double meanings:  difference in likeness, and likeness in difference.  Nairy Baghramian’s mesh container, Waste Basket (Bins for rejected ideas) (2012), is an empty permeable vessel, spilling blue rubber as though it were liquid, while Frank Benson’s work cuts the head of a vegetable to extend the elegant swan line of his sculpture.  Magali Reus’ intricate padlocks seem to measure unknown units, locked to the wall, pretending to be everything and nothing that their composition indicates. Similarly, Toronto, Canada based artist Roula Partheniou makes her New York gallery debut with an architectural intervention of uncanny replicas of household things.

If objects in this show had cause to speak, they may use a language close to Stein’s. At times, things literally speak for themselves, about themselves. Turner Prize winner (2013) Laure Prouvost’s found objects are suffused with accompanying voices and text, and Darren Bader’s table arrangement of porcelain chicken, muffin, and a shirt, includes a type-written list of poetic and impossible things. At times speech is implied in form as in Esther Kläs’ new installation of abstract objects that compose the space and movement of a room with quiet gestures. Rachel Harrison’s visceral sausage-laden cart entitled © 2004 Hasbro Inc. (2015) and Arlene Shechet’s bulbous clay forms in Above and Beyond (2015) seem to expand from inside themselves, moving from form to formlessness, erasing their familiar elements in their own articulation.

 

A lamp is not the only sign of glass. The lamp and the cake are not the only sign of stone. The lamp and the cake and the cover are not the only necessity altogether.

 

The distinction between the part and the whole is echoed in Luis Jacob’s Album XI (2013), a 40 panel work comprised of hundreds of found images.  Exploring the nature of an image as an artifact, and as a material object, Jacob’s composition simultaneously acknowledges the unavoidable narrative connections that images, like words, invite. Haim Steinbach’s found text works, Either and Or, also reflect Stein’s intuition: a word, like an object, is inherently related to its indicative meaning in both context and form. The show, like a blind glass, suggests the alien within the familiar through juxtaposition and alteration. Together, the artworks form a system pointing to the linguistic and psychic nature of our encounter with objects.

 

Artists in the exhibition include:
Darren Bader, Nairy Baghramian, Frank Benson, Rachel Harrison, Luis Jacob, Esther Kläs, Ursula Mayer, Roula Partheniou, Laure Prouvost, Magali Reus, Arlene Shechet , and Haim Steinbach.

 

Andria Hickey is Curator at the Public Art Fund where, since 2011, she has curated exhibitions throughout New York City with artists such as Danh Vo, Katharina Grosse, Olaf Breuning, Monika Sosnowska, and Oscar Tuazon as well as group exhibitions Lightness of Being (2013); Configurations (2012); and A Promise Is a Cloud (2011).

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