Swingers WKND

Works by Artist Couples

Swingers WKND Works by Artist Couples | Events Calendar
Graham Collins, Untitled, 2015.

Bushwick / Ridgewood

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2 St. Nicholas Avenue | 2 St. Nicholas Avenue

Swingers WKND // Works by Artist Couples
June 5-7
2 St. Nicholas Avenue, Floor 2
Bushwick // Brooklyn // L to Jefferson
(sky blue building on corner of Jefferson Avenue)
Gallery hours: Sat & Sun 12-6PM and by appointment

Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 7-9PM

The familiar narrative of the artist couple is steeped in the mythology of creative partnership. The married artist collaborative, Tribble & Mancenido will examine this archetypal phenomenon in the pop-up exhibit, Swingers WKND.
The colloquial term “swinging” dates back to the sexual revolution of the 1960’s and is still used to describe recreational fornication between multiple couples. In the case of this exhibition, creative couples were invited to participate in an artistic orgy (pun intended) and to engage in free flowing discourse within a communal space. A few of the participating couples collaborated on producing work specifically for the show, while the individual members of each remaining couple chose to exhibit work from their personal artistic practices. Objects from the couples’ homes will be displayed alongside their respective works as symbols of domestic connectedness.

Artist couples in the exhibition include Russell Tyler & Trudy Benson, Ethan Greenbaum & Sun You, Heather Rasmussen & Julian Hoeber, Gina Magid & Ryan Steadman, Tribble & Mancenido, Carrie Yamaoka & Joy Episalla, Holly Coulis & Ridley Howard, Jennie Jieun Lee & Graham Collins, Jennifer Coates & David Humphrey, Saira McClaren & Mike Hein and Tamara Zahaykevich & Grant Huang.

The concept behind Swingers WKND draws a historical parallel to the landmark 1949 exhibition, Artists: Man and Wife at the Sidney Janis Gallery. Man and Wife paired work by 9 super-star artist couples like Jackson Pollock & Lee Krasner, and Françoise Gilot & Pablo Picasso. Sixty-six years later, Tribble & Mancenido continue to explore the perpetual complexities of artistic partnerships that are reinforced by shared domestic spaces. Each artist’s practice is embedded into one another, both subtle and layered despite their differing approaches to making work.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Bushwick Open Studios and is curated by the married artist collaborative duo, Tribble & Mancenido. Tribble & Mancenido’s work revolves around their preoccupation with the domestic sphere and the contextual relationship of the home. Last year they co-curated Pyramid Scheme in Sunset Park. They have exhibited at Sasha Wolf, The Studio Museum of Harlem, Carriage Trade and Foley and have also shown work in the UK, Amsterdam, Canada and Greece. They are recent MFA graduates from the School of Visual Arts and were just awarded an upcoming artist residency in Graz, Austria.


Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM