Non-Specific Objects

Works by Nairy Baghramian, Barbara Bloom, Monica Bonvicini, David Douard, Nikita Gale, Sanya Kantarovsky, Kristina Nagel, Jack O’Brien, Sin Wai Kin, Alina Szapocznikow, Franz West

20 January until 24 February

 

The title of this exhibition, Non-Specific Objects, acts as a counterpoint to the ideas expressed in Donald Judd’s canonical 1964 essay Specific Objects. Seeing as Judd characterized specific objects as separate from either sculpture or painting, they were precisely themselves, emphasizing the very materiality of a specific object that lacked expressive or symbolic content by eliminating outside references, especially to embodied subjectivity. This universal space, which left out as much as it tried to be all-encompassing, did not make room for gender, racial and sexual difference, whereas the artists in this exhibition work against the hegemonic universal creating space for difference in their works by means of abstraction, referencing bodies both literally and metaphorically. This is evident in the highlighted practices, where various materials and found objects function as stand-ins for the human body, while also communicating ideas of resistance.

 

The exhibition will focus on the abstracted body — be it the intimate nature, materiality, and particularities of the individual human body, the collective body that is built on shared historic experience, the extended and amplified body in an age of relentless augmentation, or the body that eschews realistic painterly modes of representation, opting for formally abstract or heavily stylized, sometimes nostalgic renditions of humanity. The diverse set of artistic practices in the exhibition does not adhere to strict principles of representation, but continually references the human, sometimes clearly and often obliquely. It highlights objects that refuse human form but relate to the human by embracing abstraction.

 

Karla Black & Alexandra Metcalf

9 MAR until 13 APR
Opening – 9 MAR, 6-8 pm

The work of both Karla Black and Alexandra Metcalf has been, at times, described as dealing with notions of femininity. While choosing to engage with such judgement by throwing it back onto the viewer, Karla Black uses it as both a trigger and a provocation. Black will present a site-specific installation, employing materials characteristic of her practice, among them, polythene, mirror and brass. Alexandra Metcalf will show new sculptures and a set of paintings based on tropes taken from the historic genre of landscape painting that function as depictions of states often referred to as female psychosis and hysteria.