Madeline Hollander
Heads/Tails
10 Jan – 21 Feb 2020
55 Walker

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Madeline Hollander, Heads/Tails, Installation view, 55 Walker, New York, NY, 2020

Primarily known for her work in choreography, performance and dance, Hollander presents Heads/Tails, her first major exhibition without human actors. The installation consists of hundreds of used automobile headlights and taillights, covering opposite walls of the gallery, synched with the traffic signal at the nearby intersection of Walker Street and Broadway. As cars driving on Walker Street brake for the red light, the installation’s taillights illuminate in incremental and erratic patterns modeled after the behaviors of various types of New York City drivers—lost, rushed, frustrated, texting, tailgating, for example—turning off again when the light changes to green. At sunset the headlights switch to a “brights” setting and at sunrise they will revert to a “fog light” setting, mirroring the street traffic in a nonstop, 24/7 cycle.

Works

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Heads/Tails: Walker & Broadway 1

Heads/Tails: Walker & Broadway 1, 2020

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Heads/Tails: Walker & Broadway 2

Heads/Tails: Walker & Broadway 2, 2020

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Stopping Sequence #1

Stopping Sequence #1, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Slowing Sequence #2

Slowing Sequence #2, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Walker & Broadway Weekly Schedule

Walker & Broadway Weekly Schedule, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Intersection Parallax Dance

Intersection Parallax Dance, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Choreography for the Kinetic Theory of Vehicular Traffic

Choreography for the Kinetic Theory of Vehicular Traffic, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Choreography for Orienting North South East West

Choreography for Orienting North South East West, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Fog/Brights Sunrise/Sunset

Fog/Brights Sunrise/Sunset, 2019

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Braking Behaviors

Braking Behaviors, 2019

Press

Madeleine Seidel Madeline Hollander: Heads/Tails The Brooklyn Rail February 2020Martha Schwendener What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries The New York Times 5 Feb 2020Cassie Packard Critics’ Picks: Madeline Hollander Artforum January 2020 Itinerary: Art – Madeline Hollander: Heads/Tails Surface January 2020Linda Yablonsky The art world is reborn in Tribeca The Art Newspaper 20 Jan 2020Nate Freeman Editors Picks: 17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week Artnet News 6 Jan 2020