Matthew Jensen Kelly Lynn Jones Jenn Kahn Annalisa Perazzi Jeremy Miranda
Kim Jong Il Ronald Reagan Caleb Nussear Matt Kleenex Joey Weiss Ramon Esquiverna Laetitia Ann-Saedler Natalia Zubko Camilla Perowski-Wittgenstein Edo Udo Rachel Minnesota
The Psychic Triangle The Longest curated by Jessica Cannon Show Title of the Universe is Here From October 11 to November 8, 2013 Curated by: Opening reception: Friday, Franklin OctoberDelano 11, 7-9 and PM Eric Sutherland NURTUREart Gallery 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY 11206 From April 26 to May 28, 2012 Opening Reception: Friday, May 28, 7-9 PM NURTUREart Gallery 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY 11206
The Psychic Triangle by Jessica Cannon
The Psychic Triangle refers to the ambiguous territory between humans, the natural world, and the designed world. Through various forms of design such as object making, resource extraction, and designed systems of power, humans have assumed an outsize role in shaping the natural world while simultaneously awakening to a destructive aftermath. The artists in The Psychic Triangle are exploring the unfamiliar terrain where distinctions between nature and design dissolve into one another. From this uncertain place their diverse studio practices are mining a new consciousness; one that is defined by the inseparable coupling of power and anxiety. Matthew Jensen, Jeremy Miranda, and Joey Weiss use surrogate figures to articulate the alien qualities of natural and designed spaces. In The Return, Matthew Jensen depicts a plant growing atop a mossy beige carpet, within a Coast Guard barrack that has been uninhabited for over a decade. Its leaves stand at attention beneath a hole in the ceiling where water seeps through. Jeremy Mirandaâ€™s painting, Dead of Winter, also imbues plants with figurative qualities. Set in an environment that is formally divided between an outside seascape and a minimal modern interior,
Matthew Jensen, The Return, 2010. C-Print, edition 1 of 5, 29” x 43.5”.
the plants bask under the orange glow of a heat lamp. The plants’ dependence on an artificial sun mirrors the ways that human survival is also wrapped up in designed objects. Alternating between night and day, interior and exterior, Joey Weiss’ video Shadow McDonalds offers a poetic creation myth for prosaic spaces. Set against various shadows, the block walls, trimmed shrubs, and mismatched chairs that populate Shadow McDonalds take on a character that transcends both nature and design. Jenn Kahn and Natalia Zubko reconstruct the natural world by using designed objects as sculptural material. Jenn Kahn’s work, Pack of Gray Standing Wolf, features a horizontal arrangement of identical porcelain wolf figurines atop a floorlevel plinth. Huddled together in a long line with chests pointed out, these symbols of the wild are in silent confrontation with the viewer. Through Kahn’s installation the wolves reclaim their iconic power while occupying a vulnerable position at the viewer’s feet. Natalia Zubko’s Cabinet of Little Systems displays small Haeckel-like specimens made of everyday materials. Circles collected from paper hole punches are carefully arranged like fish scales. Q-tips are intricately woven into a semi-circular dome reminiscent of coral. Zubko’s works quietly allude to the ways that discarded human objects are transforming the natural world. Both Caleb Nussear and Kelly Lynn Jones depict sublime skies interrupted by
technological objects. In Drones II, Caleb Nussear’s sometimes-blurry mountains channel the history of Romanticism into a virtual landscape surveyed by drones. While the aerial perspective reveals a particular orientation to the landscape, it is unclear if the image is translated from the site itself, or from a digital feed thousands of miles away. Through a process of mark making and erasing, Nussear’s graphite drawing articulates the inherently nebulous qualities of drones, which augment the physical presence of humans in the air while surveying and enacting violence against those on the ground. Kelly Lynn Jones’ 1986 is an arrangement of found images of the Challenger launch layered on top of each other in a column. The blue hues are reminiscent of the New York sky that was present on September 11, 2001. For those who witnessed these events the sky is no longer a thing unto itself but also a backdrop to human experiences. The Psychic Triangle is an evolving territory where the human scale is in constant flux. At a time when natural gas mining is causing small earthquakes and mechanical levees are promoted as a salve for rising tides, humans are caught in a paradox between dominance and vulnerability. For the artists in this exhibition, this particular consciousness represents both a strange condition and an opportunity. In approaching this terrain from various perspectives, they resist declarations and locate the self amid ideas and forms once thought to be separate.
With sincere gratitude to Dr. David Brody, Professor and Director of the MA History of Decorative Arts Program at Parsons The New School for Design, and Dr. Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies in the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design, for generously offering feedback in the development of this exhibition.
Jeremy Miranda, Dead of Winter, 2013. Acrylic on panel, 10” x 8”.
Jeremy Miranda, Greenhouse Interior, 2012. Acrylic on panel, 20” x 16”.
Joey Weiss, stills from Shadow McDonalds, 2013. Single channel video featuring text by Marco Panella and Joey Weiss, 1 min 26 sec.
Jenn Kahn, Pack of Gray Standing Wolf, 2013. Found objects and wood plinth, dimensions variable.
Natalia Zubko, Cabinet Of Little Systems, 2013. Plexiglass cabinet of mixed-media sculptures, 15” x 12” x 8”.
Natalia Zubko, Cradle, 2012. Tissue paper, needlepoint dome, 7” x 7” x 6”.
Caleb Nussear, Drones II, 2011. Graphite on paper, 48” x 50”.
Kelly Lynn Jones, 1986, 2010. Inkjet on paper, digital images found online, Approx. 16.25â€? x 8.25â€?.
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