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Knight’s Move 
SculptureCenter, Long Island City
May 3 - July 26, 2010


Uri Aran, David Brooks, Carter, Nikolas Gambaroff, Tamar Halpern, Alex Hubbard, Esther Kläs, Daniel Lefcourt, Joanna Malinowska, Ohad Meromi, Virginia Poundstone, Cassie Raihl, Erin Shirreff, Alexandre Singh, Matt Sheridan Smith, Mika Tajima, Tom Thayer, Sara VanDerBeek, Allyson Vieira



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As the one piece on the board that moves either forward or backward but always laterally in the same gesture, the knight's move is a tactical one, relying upon stealth, surprise, and sidelong views. This spring SculptureCenter presents a group exhibition that brings together artists prominent to the dialog of New York's recent past as well as those at the very beginning of their careers. Curated by Fionn Meade, this survey of new sculpture in New York embodies an informed yet playful and questioning view of the contemporary.

Has Modernism and its various aftermaths approached the status of an inventory to be studied, borrowed from, and traded upon in ways that move beyond the anxiety of influence and endgame maneuvers? How can strategies of estrangement, appropriation, and abstraction exist alongside direct engagements with materiality, figuration, and storytelling? Can the makeshift, readymade, and precarious exist in dialog with the meticulous, obsessive, and finely crafted? Does political agency require a process of collaborative rehearsal? And how has the art of production challenged the presumed roles of performer and observer, director and spectator?

The knight's move is a quixotic entry into uncertainty that demands ingenuity and a swift response. It can be both Buster Keaton dodging into an alleyway as the pursuit rushes by, and the capacity to think two or three moves ahead. In New York, a city constantly inventing its present, the knight's move evokes an embrace of the episodic and ever shifting, a willingness to articulate, envision, and stage what comes next.

                                                                           --Fionn Meade




Events Associated with the exhibition:

No Neck Blues Band
Sunday, May 2, 2010 5-7pm
Stalwarts of the experimental music scene, the seven-member music collective No Neck Blues Band, also known as NNCK, punctuates the opening reception with inimitable grooves and ritual improvisation.  

Laphroaig-Lagavulin-Margarita
Charles Bernstein and Josef Strau
Sunday, May 16, 2010 3pm 
Poet, theorist, and literary scholar Charles Bernstein joins artist and writer Josef Straufor an afternoon reading that delves into the restless framing and re-framing of art, language, and life in New York, Berlin, and various elsewheres. Charles Bernstein is the author of more than forty books, including All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems(2010), published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux. Artist and writer Josef Strau has experimented with the roles of curator, musician and gallerist, co-founding the legendary Friesenwall 120 in Cologne, Germany, and operating Galerie Meerrettich (2002-2007) in Berlin until relocating to New York.

Organized and introduced by Jay Sanders.

Incohative Listening + Centerless Portryal
Yuji Agematsu, Circut Des Yeux, Tom Thayer

Thursdya June 3, 2010 8-10pm
An immersive evening of music and live performance features Tom Thayer's eccentric combination of sound, puppetry, and animation; Yuji Agematsu's durational exploration of New York City via slide projection and field recordings; and solo performances by Circuit Des Yeux (Haley Fohr), Tom Kovachevich, and Mother Earth (Kyle Clyde and Dylan Hay) throughout the building and courtyard.

Organized by Keith Connolly and Jay Sanders


Knight’s Move Performance Program: Joanna Malinowska, Anna Ostoya, Alexandre Singh
Saturday, June 26, 2010 5-8pm 
An afternoon and evening of programs begins with a participatory gathering hosted by Joanna Malinowska exploring the reversals and excess of gift exchange, and continues with a visual consideration of violence and desire by Anna Ostoya, and a performative lecture by Alexandre Singh on tangential thinking. A live set by Mika Tajima and New Humans concludes the evening.
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