SculptureCenter, Long Island City
May 9 - July 25, 2011
Richard Aldrich, Troy Brauntuch, Manon de Boer, Matthew Buckingham, Moyra Davey, Thea Djordjadze, Aurélien Froment, Rachel Harrison, Charline von Heyl, Ull Hohn, William E. Jones, Elad Lassry, Rosalind Nashashibi, Blinky Palermo, Laure Prouvost, Steve Roden, Emily Roysdon, Rosemarie Trockel
Novel with Ed Atkins, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Steven Claydon, Sergej Jensen, Sam Lewitt, R.H. Quaytman, Josef Strau, Paul Thek
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Time Again is an exhibition that explores the language of repetition, bringing together works that destabilize conventional ways of seeing and considering what is past and what is present. Engaging gesture, image sequence, material affect, and displaced narrative, the works on view create disjunctions with the way the time of the present is experienced, challenging our understanding of what it means to be contemporaries.
Within the exhibition, archival and historical settings are re-animated only to be undone, including William E. Jones's video Berlin Flash Frames, 2010, which parcels out footage from an unedited film produced by the U.S. Information Agency found in the National Archives of the United States labeled with the provisional title "Berlin, 1961". Jones's re-edit features distanced shots of the Berlin Wall under construction alongside propagandistic scenarios featuring actors on stage sets. Similarly, Emily Roysdon's Untitled (David Wojnarowicz Project), 2001-2007, responds to and redirects Wojnarowicz's earlier work Arthur Rimbaud in New York, 1978-79, while an excerpt from Marc Camille Chaimowicz's Shoe Waste?, 1971-2005, returns to documentation of a clandestine action performed above and beneath the River Thames in London.
Additional works to be exhibited include a new sculpture by Rachel Harrison, Avatar, 2010; Ull Hohn's series of plaster relief paintings, Untitled, 1988; Thea Djordjadze's Deaf and Dumb Universe, 2008; and Troy Brauntuch's Stamps, 1975-2007, which gathers together the artist's collection of figurative rubber stamps that have been used in his collages over the past thirty years. Also on view will be sculpture, collage, and a video work from Rosemarie Trockel, including Goodbye Mrs. Mönipaer, 2003, a cinematic pantomime that explores the psychologically fraught role-playing that can emerge between artists and gallerists, studio and market concerns, and private and public selves.
The performing body and political subject present themselves throughout the exhibition via acts of estrangement, reversal, ritualized behavior, and fragmentation. Manon de Boer's film Attica, 2008, for example, captures a refracted consideration of the 1971 prison uprising in the form of a musical performance, while Rosalind Nashashibi's This Quality, 2010, offers an indirect view of Cairo through tightly framed observations of likeness and variation. Matthew Buckingham's Image of Absalon to be Projected Until It Vanishes, 2001, addresses a public that may no longer exist in a fragmented portrait of the Danish warrior-bishop and quasi-mythic founder of the city of Copenhagen. Similarly, the place of abstraction reasserts a longstanding dialog with the place of iconography through modes of projection, superimposition, doubling, and associative image sequences in works by Richard Aldrich, Moyra Davey, Charline von Heyl, Elad Lassry, and Blinky Palermo.
Also included within Time Again is a presentation of works organized in collaboration with Novel, a project founded by London-based editors and curators Matt Williams and Alun Rowlands. A publication project that takes up experimental writing as a parallel practice to visual art making, Novel draws on politics, poetry, theory, and storytelling to promote explorations of language and the possibility of a new critical fiction.
Extending across artistic mediums into sculpture, film and video, photography and painting, Time Again provokes a consideration of how 'the now' of our time is perceived.
Time Again Screenings:
Tuesday, July 5th and Wednesday, July 6th, 2011, 7:00 PM
SculptureCenter and Anthology Film Archives present a screening series that further explores the language of repetition central to the exhibition Time Again on view at SculptureCenter, through July 25. Bringing together works that destabilize conventional ways of seeing and considering what is past and what is present these works engage gesture, image sequence, material affect, and displaced narrative, challenging our understanding of what it means to be contemporaries. Organized by Isla Leaver-Yap and SculptureCenter Curator Fionn Meade
Screening One – Tuesday, July 5, 2011, 7:00PM
Shahryar Nashat, Joan Jonas, Leslie Thornton, Laure Prouvost, James Richards, Ed Atkins, Rosalind Nashashibi The performing body and political subject present themselves via acts of estrangement, reversal, ritualized behavior, and fragmentation. Linear time and narrative denouement are replaced with the desire to be re-regarded, touched and felt. Special guests in conversation Leslie Thornton and Lisa Oppenheim.
Screening Two – Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 7:00PM
Emily Wardill, Ursula Mayer, Hito Steyerl, Deimantas Narkevicius, Matthew Buckingham, Shahryar Nashat, William E. Jones, Olga Chernysheva Archival and historical settings are re-animated only to be undone. In the films presented history is not engaged as stable and singular, nor is it a place of redress or amendment. Rather, it is an unfolding place to be occupied, used, redirected, and put back in motion. Special Q&A with guest William E. Jones.