Serial works on paper about the body
Imani Noelle Ford
January 19 – March 7, 2020
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THE BROODTHAERS SOCIETY is pleased to present Atlas
, a group exhibition of serial works on paper about the body.
When Marcel Broodthaers died at the relatively young age of 52, he left many unfinished artworks, texts, and ideas. Thus, in the spirit of learning by making things, the Broodthaers Society will mount a series of periodic exhibitions that pick up on such threads as ‘the amateur’, ‘the transformation of art into merchandise’, and ‘laziness’.
Atlas: serial works on paper about the body
is the first of these exhibitions. Inspired by Broodthaers’ The Conquest of Space: Atlas for use by artists and the military
(1975), the show will reconsider the character, theme, and gender of Atlas, the mythic titan tasked with supporting heaven and earth for eternity by the Greek gods.
Participating artists are: Anne-Lise Coste (Orthoux, France), Imani Ford (New York), Sydney King (Brooklyn), Lara Konrad (New York), Mamiko Otsubo (Los Angeles), Sinéad Spelman (Barcelona), and Paula Stuttman (New York). Their works on paper—by degrees cool, expressive, meticulous, sardonic, and wild—have all been encountered serendipitously over the past year. As a group, they share an approach to art-making that is rooted in self-inquiry and its relationship to cosmopolitanism. Although modest in format, the artworks in toto
speak to the wisdom that can accrue from a dedicated serial practice.
In relation to Atlas, the artworks are more concerned with the perseverance of the body than with symbolic conquests carried out in one’s name. As such they can be seen as being focused more on the prosaic pressure that Atlas endures than on its transliteration into heroic deeds. They suggest both the timeframe of Atlas’ task and the productive potential of making one thing after another.
was born in Marseilles. She is represented by Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, and Lullin + Ferrari, Zürich.
Imani Noelle Ford
was born in Chicago. They are a visual artist and writer who are currently a PhD candidate in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York.
was born in San Francisco. She has recently exhibited photographs at the International Center for Photography Museum and the NARS Foundation, New York.
was born in Munich. She is a writer whose most recent book is Mother, We Have All Been Lonely and Lovely Places
, published by Gato Negro Ediciones, Mexico City.
was born in Tokyo. She works in a variety of media and is currently working on a public art commission for the Seattle Department of Transportation. She is represented by Lullin + Ferrari, Zürich.
was born in Dublin. Her exhibition Descanso en la Huida
is currently on view at Fondació Suñol, Barcelona. She is represented by etHALL/Jorge Bravo, Barcelona.
was born in Chicago. She teaches at The New School and designs educational programming for the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and other institutions.
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