January 9 - February 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 6-8pm
Curated by Sarah Demeuse and Prem Krishnamurthy
Participating artists: Angeli, Angie Keefer, Anna Riley, Catalina Viejo López de Roda, Dulce Gómez, Fotini Vurgaropulou, Hagen Verleger, Irene Mohedano, Jane Long, Johanna Unzueta, Julie Nagle, Karen Donnellan, Katie Hector, Katja Mater, Katy Mixon, Keren Benbenisty, Kyoung eun Kang, Library Stack, Lukas Eigler-Harding, Malin Abrahamsson, Maren Henson, Matthew Schrader, Olivia Baldwin, Romily Alice Walden, Sari Carel, Scaleno Collective, Shuyi Cao, Suzanne Mooney, Tselote Holley, and Zhenya Plechkina
January 9, 2018:
Performance by Angeli, dancing in our sleep, 2019, performing with Jayoung Yoon
February 2, 2018:
12-3 PM Performance by Irene Mohedano Tengo Miedo; No Tenemos Miedo / I'm afraid; We are not afraid, 2018
3 PM Launch of A Primer on Working With Disabled Group Members for Feminist / Activist Groups., 2018 by Romily Alice Walden
This biennial exhibition starts where its open call ended: with the sentence “Let’s try listening again.” Echoing a contemporary sentiment, this title voices an urge to stop the treadmill of self-same thought and perceive what is near, around, yet not always seen. It highlights a pause for respect and discovery that is necessary to imagine new, relevant relations—whether social, intellectual, emotional, or cosmic. The point being: we can’t know everything, but still we need to envision novel forms of communing.
Listening to the five hundred and forty-four voices that responded to their open call, we gradually selected a constellation of twenty-nine works that resonate with this theme. The exhibition brings together two performances, two distributed projects, and twenty-five works for the gallery by participating artists far and wide. The catalogue takes the form of a website that can produce encoded PDF communiqués around the thematics of this year’s biennial.
Gratitude to all applicants. This was hard.
S. & P.
A.I.R. Gallery is wheelchair accessible via ramp. There are accessible toilets in the venue. There is comfortable seating with backs. Free tap water is available.
The venue is nearest to the F train at York St (0.2 miles) and the A train at High St (0.5 miles). The nearest wheelchair accessible trains is the B, Q, R at Dekalb Av (1.1 miles) and the 2, 3 at Borough Hall (0.8 miles).
The roads immediately surrounding the gallery are cobblestone. The nearest accessible parking garage (for an hourly fee) is two blocks away at 100 Jay St. No ID necessary for entry. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Kyoung Eun Kang: every morning and every evening
November 17 – December 22, 2017
Opening Reception: Fri. November 17, 6-9pm
Image: Care package I, 2017. Pharmacy envelopes, a cardboard box, 14 x 19.5 x 19.5 inches.
The installation for the +/- Project Space is part of an ongoing project by artist Kyoung Eun Kang, in which she unpacks the contents of care packages sent to her from her mother in South Korea. In this iteration, Kang presents us with four boxes, each flipped open and upright in diorama format to reveal the contents. Inside, she has edited and rearranged the sent objects – towels, dried anchovies, stones, bottles, pharmacy envelopes, detergent, hot pepper powders, creating still lives and landscapes from quotidien wares. Each box itself is as much a part of the work as its contents, down to the intentionally positioned flaps.
The project’s title comes from the use instructions on a pharmacy envelope. Although the items sent in each package are basic – nothing that can’t be found somewhere in New York City, each one carries something from home – a texture, a scent, a design, a reference. In collaboration with her family, Kang creates containers that carry time, care, and distance; that embody routines as well as relationships. It is the binding banality of family and history that tethers a person to the seemingly ignorable objects, tools, and flavors in our lives, whether chosen by us or not.
On Fri. December 1 SOHO20 will host a performance as part of this installation, where Kyoung Eun Kang will attempt to intuitively match the footsteps of her mother, wearing her mother’s shoes that don’t fit, sent to her in a care package.