Madeline Hollander
12 Jan – 2 Mar 2024


Madeline Hollander, Entanglement, Installation view, Bortolami, New York, 2024.

Bortolami is pleased to announce the gallery’s third solo exhibition by artist and choreographer Madeline Hollander. Entanglement continues Hollander’s expansion of movement notation, transcribing dance and complex patterns as a series of moving objects.

At the center of Entanglement are six new sculptures composed of joined parabolic mirrors and a rotating base, generating the optical illusion of a floating object just above their surface, like a dervish mirage. Here, the mirrors house a sequence of unique ‘action figures’. Each represents a singular choreographic movement that collectively creates a 24-sequenced holographic choreography over the course of the exhibition. They are spectral ballerinas pirouetting in a jewelry box, springing into motion with the viewer’s glance.

They are also miniature metonyms for a broader inquiry into choreographic notation derived from Hollander’s interest in quantum entanglement, a paradoxical phenomenon which Einstein called “spooky action at a distance,” in which two particles, despite being separated in space and time, act in tandem. With a deceptively simple play of optics, each action figure leads its hovering, ghostly twin in a pas de deux that renders one of physics’ most uncanny principles as a novel proposition for choreography: if spin, position and momentum can be transferred instantly across space and time, what could that mean for the communication of dance?

Three large aluminum trefoil knots punctuate the exhibition, awaiting activation. Each entwined mobius-like form is composed using a formula which optimizes its rolling capabilities; once nudged into action they have the capacity to roll perpetually. The variable equations encoded in each knot inscribe their movement with a unique gait and wobble.

The adjoining small gallery presents Hollander’s Nonlocomotion, an installation composed of Southern Pacific & Amtrak Surfrider model trains running nose to nose, one pressing forward and one in reverse so that, like an ouroboros of push-pull, they circle as one. A nod to the historic, disruptive speed of the locomotive in early modernity, the double train’s travail is both prologue and epilogue to the quantum compression of time and space.


Entanglement Choreography I (figs. 1, 7, 13, 19), 2023

Entanglement Choreography II (figs. 2, 8, 14, 20), 2023

Entanglement Choreography III (figs. 3, 9, 15, 21), 2023

Entanglement Choreography IV (figs. 4, 10, 16, 22), 2023

Entanglement Choreography V (figs. 5, 11, 17, 23), 2023

Entanglement Choreography VI (figs. 6, 12, 18, 24), 2023

Charlie, 2023

Alice, 2023

Bob, 2023

Nonlocomotion, 2023


Maddie Hampton Madeline Hollander’s “Entanglement” e-flux Feb 2024Ekin Erkan Madeline Hollander Sculpture Feb 2024