Exhibition: March 5, 2016 – April 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5, 6-8PM
Daytime Performances and Reading: Saturday, March 12, 2-5PM
Gallery Hours: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 4-8PM
Without Issue features six Boston-based artists resuscitating, regurgitating and reinterpreting formal strategies derived from conceptual, minimal, and post-minimal art; the degree of imitation varies from artist to artist. Jonathan Weiskopf’s witty language-based paintings play on Ed Ruscha’s iconic text pieces, while the endearing performances of Caroline Dahlberg are contemporary takes on the grotesque and the feminine seen earlier in the performances of Carolee Schneemann. Furen Dai’s egg-like pieces, alluding to the slumped, anti-form objects of Eva Hesse, share space with Caleb Smith’s found object sculptures that use Jeff Koons’ Hoover vacuum sculptures as their point of departure. Max Kaplan’s photographic objects draw from the language of Film Noir, while Jeremy Endo’s sculptural painted pieces reference and appropriate Japanese Manga comics and anime culture.
Without Issue illustrates a moment in contemporary art where artists, makers, curators and exhibitions can exist in the paradoxical space between distanced critique and culpable participation. The six artists here simultaneously parody their art historical predecessors while knowingly demonstrate a camaraderie with them. Contradiction and indulgence become important characteristics of this exhibition.
Artists: Caroline Dahlberg, Furen Dai, Jeremy Endo, Max Kaplan, Caleb Smith & Jonathan Weiskopf
Curated by Caleb Smith