Michael Ashkin, Abigail DeVille, William Eggleston, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Christian Holstad, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Luther Price, Julie Schenkelberg, Jane & Louise Wilson
601 Artspace | 601 West 26th Street
Curated by Jane Ursula Harris
April 2, 2015—601Artspace is proud to announce From The Ruins..., a group show of sculpture and photography curated by Jane Ursula Harris. The exhibition will run at 601 W 26th St., room 1755, from May 8 – September 19, 2015, with an opening reception from 6 to 9pm on Friday, May 8.
From the Ruins… includes works by Michael Ashkin, Abigail DeVille, William Eggleston, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Christian Holstad, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Luther Price, Julie Schenkelberg, and Jane & Louise Wilson.
“In a world that seems perpetually on the brink of disaster, where threats of global warming and over-population play out in slow motion, From the Ruins… gathers artists who mine this limbo, post-apocalyptic state through a distinctly provisional aesthetic. This idea of the provisional is conveyed formally as well as narratively in the works selected, all of which abstract, alchemize, or otherwise re-imagine the urban/built world through its (often abject) remnants.
“The casual, ad hoc strategies embodied therein also serve to reframe recent discussions of zombie formalism, hitherto limited to painting, so that aspects of the ‘tentative, unfinished or self-canceling’ (Raphael Rubinstein) take on new meaning within a post-apocalyptic zeitgeist. So too, the ongoing phenomena of ruin porn is critically engaged here as many of the artists reveal, in its fetish for decay, a collective sublimation of fear: the need to envision a romantic end, rather than face an uncertain present.
“The work in From the Ruins... therefore oscillates between states of destruction and construction, peril and becoming, suggesting the transformative, if equivocal nature of ‘a world that no longer believes in the power of the end’ (Teresa Hefferan) while refuting equations of the apocalypse with catastrophe. Through acts of recuperation that harness the material potential of the abject and provisional, archaeological visions emerge in which the figurative element is implied but necessarily absent – as much a specter as the future itself.”
- Jane Ursula Harris
Jane Ursula Harris is a Brooklyn-based writer who has contributed to publications like Art in America, Bookforum, The Paris Review, The Believer, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York. She has also contributed essays to various catalogues such as Hatje Cantz’s Examples to Follow: Expeditions in Aesthetics and Sustainability (2010); Phaidon’s Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (2005); Universe-Rizzoli’s Curve: The Female Nude Now (2004); and Twin Palms’ Anthony Goicolea (2003). Harris is a member of the art history faculty at School of Visual Arts and is the founder of the blog janestown.net.
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