April 23–June 25, 2016
Friday, April 22, 6–8pm
Cara Benedetto – Wet Herds,
by Louise Michel and Sarah Rupp: Friday, April 22, 6-8pm
Gordon Hall – AND PER SE AND:
Friday, May 6, 8-9pm
Gordon Hall – AND PER SE AND:
Friday, June 24, 8-9pm
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Art in General
Ground Floor Gallery
145 Plymouth Street (Map)
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours: Tue-Sat 12-6pm
Art in General
an exhibition of commissions, projects, and performances that brings together a group of contemporary artists whose practices are engaged with language. This exhibition is curated by Kristen Chappa and made possible by Art in General’s New Commissions Program.
The collective works on view investigate how various systems of communication and their attendant histories and ideologies are being reconsidered through the lens of gender today. The project speaks to theories arguing that language as a social agreement is not passive or fixed, but rather, it possesses the potential to reimagine structures of power. Shifters
will inquire how conventions that organize how we read, listen, and relate to one another, have the capacity to be rethought and destabilized.
Language as an instrument can express, or repress, the self. Operating from a position of affinity between feminist and queer perspectives, language as both subject and object is placed in proximity to the body, revealing its ability to affect and control routines and behavior patterns such as the products we use, our belief systems, how we learn and identify. The exhibited works prompt questions into the type of subject that specific language systems presuppose and even create, and how new models might operate against outmoded binary, racist, or patriarchal practices.
Performing a type of linguistic alchemy, these artists defamiliarize language in order to make new meanings. The projects on view propose a changeability and latent potentiality in linguistic traditions that exact influence over our lives, bringing to light how ingrained writing or speech patterns are subject to revision, and have been modified over the course of history. Infusing administrative, contractual, religious, or corporate terminology with poetic or nonsensical gestures, abstraction and illegibility is put forth as a productive undoing of language.
was born in Portland, ME and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA
from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Albee was a founding member of the punk rock riot grrrl band Excuse 17. She is has recently been included in solo and group exhibitions at The DUMP
, Los Angeles; CAM
Raleigh; 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles; and C-o-o-l Art, Agoura Hills. Albee has also been featured in exhibitions at PiK, Cologne; Ortega y Gasset Projects, Queens; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Contemporary Calgary, Alberta; Publication Studio, Hudson; Apexart, New York; and Momenta Art, Brooklyn, amongst others.
is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA
from Yale University and holds a BFA
from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Name It by Trying to Name It
both at the Drawing Center, New York and Egress
at P!, New York. Asper’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and she has contributed texts to publications including Art in America, Lacanian Ink, and Paper Monument. As part of Hole, an ongoing collaboration with Marika Kandelaki, Asper has performed at venues in New York including the Bowery Poetry Club, Soloway, Garden Party/Arts, and Floating Library.
was born in Colombia, South America. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 2010 and holds a BA in Sociology from Boston College. Balanta’s scholarly work analyzes the photographic and literary dimensions of racial formation in Latin America. Her research interests encompass 19th century debates regarding freedom, citizenship, and nation building in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States as well as contemporary theorizations of art practices from the Global South. She is an assistant professor at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. Balanta is currently co-teaching a course, along with Mary Walling Blackburn, that mobilizes the role of the stranger in both South and North American art production.
was born in Wausau, WI and lives and works in Richmond, VA. She received her MFA
from Columbia University in 2009 and her BFA
at University of Wisconsin River Falls in 2001. Recent performances and collaborations include Come Early and Often,
Chapter NY; SLOTS,
Young Art Gallery, Los Angeles; and Wing & Wing,
Art Metropole, Toronto (all 2014). Benedetto has participated in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; International Print Center of New York, New York; Souterrain, Berlin; Galeri Marquise Dance Hall, Istanbul; and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, amongst others. She is a recipient of the Columbia University Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies Fellowship and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation grant. Benedetto has published both creative and critical texts with various presses including Badlands Unlimited and Blonde Art Books. She is an assistant professor in print media at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mary Walling Blackburn
was born in California and lives and works in New York. She is the founder of Anhoek School, a pedagogical experiment, and WMYN
, a pirate feminist radio station. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Sala Diaz, San Antonio; University Arts Gallery, UCSD
, San Diego; Testsite, Austin; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco, amongst others. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, at venues including Sculpture Center, New York; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; Tate Modern, London; The Cooper Union, New York; 1a Space, Kowloon, Hong Kong; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin; Wattis Institute, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant. Walling Blackburn’s work has been featured in publications including Afterall, BOMB
, Cabinet, and e-flux journal.
was born in Huntsville, AL. She received her MFA
from the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA in 2012, a BFA
from Central Saint Martins, London, UK, and an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Dean has recently been included in solo exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; and The Bindery Projects, Minnesota; and in group exhibitions at Human Resources, Los Angeles; Tate Modern, London; DiverseWorks, Houston; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; amongst others. She is the recipient of the 2015 Creative Capital, Visual Arts award and the 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation award.
Sophia Le Fraga
is a poet and artist living and working in New York. She received her BA in Linguistics and Poetry from New York University. She is the author of literallydead
(Spork 2015); I RL, YOU RL
(minuteBOOKS 2013, Troll Thread 2014) and I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET
2012). Her anti-play trilogy of iOS adaptations comprises W8ING, TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0
and UND3RGR0UND L0V3R5
(2014, 2015). Recent exhibitions include Other Titles,
Büro Broken Dimanche; Berlin; Greater New York,
MoMA PS1, New York; PERFORMA
15, New York; and Public Poem Pattern,
The Artist’s Institute, New York. Le Fraga is the poetry editor of Imperial Matters, a curator for the experimental reading series Segue and a member of Collective Task. She teaches poetry at BHQFU
was born in Vancouver, BC and lives and works in New York. He received a MFA
from New York University and a BFA
from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR. Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Language of Birds,
80WSE, New York; Greater New York,
MoMA PS1, New York; Island Time,
Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Houston; Blue Shift,
Platform Center for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg; and Double Mouth Feedback,
Recess, New York. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, New York Arts, Art 21, The New York Times, and Temporary Art Review. Groeneboer has lectured at the Drawing Center, Ox-Bow School of Art, and New York University.
was born in Boston, MA and lives and works in New York. Hall holds an MFA
and MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Hampshire College. Hall has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Movement Research, EMPAC
, Temple Contemporary, Night Club Chicago, Foxy Production, The Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, and Chapter NY, amongst others. Hall has also organized lecture and performance programs at MoMA PS1, Recess, The Shandaken Project, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art, producing a series of lectures and seminars in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Hall’s writing and interviews have been featured in a variety of publications including V Magazine, Randy, BOMB
, and Title Magazine.
was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA
from Parsons School of Design in 2003 and previously studied at Moor College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, and the Nikoladze College of Art and Design, Tbilisi. Kandelaki’s work has been included in exhibitions and performances including PANGRAMMAR
at P!, New York (2015); Name It by Trying to Name It,
The Drawing Center, New York (2015); Medea,
Floating Library, New York (2014); Hole 2,
Soloway, Brooklyn (2012); and Spectrum,
Bridge Gallery, New York (2012). Her work has been featured in publications including Adjunct Commuter Weekly, Art Practical, The Brooklyn Rail, and Fuse Magazine. Kandelaki was a 2014-16 Open Sessions Artist at The Drawing Center.
Lead support for Shifters has generously been provided by David Solo.
Additional project support kindly provided by Creative Capital
(Danielle Dean), and Supreme Digital
, Brooklyn (Colleen Asper and Marika Kandelaki).
Art in General
was founded in 1981 and supports the production of new work by local and international artists primarily through its New Commissions Program and its International Collaborations program. Art in General also produces an annual symposium What Now?
on critical and timely issues in artistic and curatorial practice.
of Art in General is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Cowles Foundation; Toby D. Lewis Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program
is made possible by the Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; Ruth Ivor Foundation; The Greenwich Collection; and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Richard Massey and David Solo, and Commissioners’ Circle members Nader Ansary, Rob Colangelo, Don Erenberg, Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Mary Lapides, and Leslie Ruff.