This Sentence, by Public Fiction
June 6 to August 22, 2015
This Sentence, is an exhibition of nine artists that will accumulate, weekly, over the course of the summer, paired with a program of performances and screenings, contemporary and historical “citations,” giving context to the ideas in the show.
The exhibition is about the space between choreography and language, as they exist on the screen and is inspired by two video works. The first, Points in Space (1986), is a dance made for television by choreographer Merce Cunningham, in which dancers play sculptures, alternating movement with stillness in front of a camera whose frame, motion (and rest) is a part of the “score”; the second, Associations (1975), is a short work by experimental filmmaker John Smith, which puns on semiotics by voicing an essay on linguistics, while setting images and text against one another, on screen.
This Sentence, quotes contemporary choreography as it draws from vernacular gestures, staging bodies like objects and replacing bodies with objects, to present an exhibition like a performance, framed in the proscenium of the gallery. Here, we might say that both language and choreography are alike in their economy, in how they build their fluidity on segue, on “association”: the articulation of ideas, through phrases structured to carry unexpected, and yet connected, turns. Connections that become stronger or clearer with repetition.
The space we are charting in this exhibition, proposes that movement and syntax have the ability to depict a certain kind of urgency, culling from the pedestrian and illustrating the political through allegory: the ineffable, made effable, ineffably.* In this essay-like exhibition, introduced one paragraph at a time through weekly dispatches, we will look at the expression of language and movement both on screen and in space, from “pure presence”* to redacted time.
In order of appearance, this exhibition will present the work of: Becket Flannery, Gregory Kalliche, Sascha Braunig, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Emily Mast, Ryan Gander,
Tamara Henderson, Pascual Sisto, and Helen Marten.
As well as a program of screenings including: John Smith, Merce Cunningham, Sophia Al-Maria, Charles Atlas, Ericka Beckman, Derek Boshier, Viola Farber, Sara Magenheimer, Martine Syms, and a few more to be announced soon…
There will be performances staged by Ryan Gander, and Adam Linder. As well as a conversation with writer Alexander Keefe on dancer/choreographer Viola Farber.
In short, this is an exhibition whose ambition is the illustration of language, the animation of objects, and the choreography of colloquialisms….All the while acknowledging,
this could get complicated, like trying to stand in a moving spotlight, on stage after the curtain has lifted.
Yours, in comedy and error,
— PF / Lauren Mackler
* We are pulling from a few friends here… This thought on language originated with linguist Wittgenstein, and was most recently synthesized by Maggie Nelson in her brilliant new book “The Argonauts.”
* And this... from the writing in progress of Alexander Keefe, on the topic at hand.
*Week 1, now on view:
Becket Flannery, Unfreedom
Saturday June 6, 2015 6-8pm
Merce Cunningham, Points In Space
John Smith, Associations
John Smith, The Girl Chewing Gum
John Smith, Gargantuan
*Week 2, now on view:Gregory Kalliche, Find Something...Saturday June 20, 2015 4-6pmScreening:A. Michael Noll, The Computer Generated Ballet 1965Erika Beckman, Hit and Run, 1974Merce Cunningham SquareGame Video 1976Rashaad Newsome ICON 2014
*Week 3, now on view:Sascha Braunig, StridersThursday June 25, 2015 6-8pmScreening:Ohad Fishof, One More Song (2014)Merce Cunningham with John Cage, David Tudor, Nam June Paik and Stan VanDerBeek, Variations V (1966)Joan Jonas, Left Side Right Side (1972)Shahryar Nashat, Regulating Line (2005)Merce Cunningham and Charles Atlas, Locale (1977)
*Week 4, now on view:Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Untitled (Everytime)Thursday July 2, 2015 6-8pmScreening:Gregory Kalliche, Trailer (2014)John Smith, The Black Tower (1985),The Kiss (1999)Sara Magenheimer, Seven Signs That Mean Silence (2013)Sophia Al Maria, A Whale Is A Whale: Swan Song For The Arabian Humpback (2014)Derek Boshier, Best Foot Forward (2014)Did You See........That (2014)Sometimes I Feel Like That (2014)
Week 5,Emily Mast, INDEXSaturday July 11, 2015 1-6pm day-long “Performance” of INDEX
Week 6,Ryan Gander, This ConsequenceSaturday July 18, 2015 5-8pm As Loose As it Were performance staged by Ryan Gander+ Screening:Babette Mangolte, Watermotor (Trisha Brown) (1978)and Four Pieces by Morris (1993)Sophia Al Maria, Your Sister (2014)Sophia Al Maria, How Can I Resist (with Fatima Al Qadiri) (2014)Tzion Abraham Hazan Study of a Man Dancing (2013)Merce Cunningham and Elliot Caplan Beach Birds (1993)
Week 7,Tamara Henderson, The Scarecrow's HolidaySaturday July 25, 2015 7pm a conversation with Alexander KeefeOn Merce Cunningham Dance and Black Mountain College student Viola Farber.With a partial screening of Merce Cunningham's Crises
Week 8,Helen Marten, Collage vs InlaysSunday August 2, 2015 6-8pm+ Screening Martine Syms, Pilot for a show about Nowhere
Week 9,Pascual Sisto, Bells and WhistlesProgramming by Landon ThomasSpecial thanks to Joey JensenSaturday August 8, 2015: “Some Riding” Choreographic services by Adam Linder (5pm)
“OPENING” OF THE EXHIBITION 6-8pm
- Private Area