Tom Burr, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Martha Diamond, Richard Haas, Ann Veronica Janssens, Scott King, Phill Niblock, Charlotte Posenenske, Sara Grace Powell, Marina Rheingantz, Ben Schumacher, Josh Tonsfeldt, Eric Wesley, Kelsea Wollffllotterr
I Beam U Channel
30 Jun – 12 Aug 2016
Bortolami

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I Beam U Channel, Installation view, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY, 2016

Groundbreaking ceremonies are a lot like burials. Contractors, developers, and mourners alike gather at the edge of a shallow depression in the ground and ambivalently toss soil. What this cyclical filiation suggests is that destruction begets construction. In the case of cities, demolition and displacement open space to begin building anew. Municipal authorities and their consultants have typically followed this dictum without hesitation, carving up and laying to waste whole neighborhoods for the sake of efficiency and control.

According to the Western tradition it is at this moment, coupled with rapid industrialization, that artists, writers, and poets are said to have faced modernity. If construction then, as in Baron Haussmann’s renovation of Paris, was met with terror, revulsion, and awe, artists remain equally if not more perplexed with construction and the art worlds it imbricates.

Works

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Artist's Studio View Looking North

Artist's Studio View Looking North, 2008

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 2013

Installation view of displayed artwork titled I Beam U Channel

I Beam U Channel, 2015

Installation view of displayed artwork titled One Left

One Left, 2014

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Vierkantohre (Square Tubes)

Vierkantohre (Square Tubes), 1967

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Terreno / Ground

Terreno / Ground, 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Deviant

Deviant, 2004

Installation view of displayed artwork titled There is a roof somewhere

There is a roof somewhere, 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled The Movement of People Working (Bay James)

The Movement of People Working (Bay James), 1976

Installation view of displayed artwork titled The Movement of People Working (China)

The Movement of People Working (China), 1986

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled , 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Huttendasein: last year at the booth

Huttendasein: last year at the booth, 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled The person I love most

The person I love most, 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Burrville

Burrville, 2006

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board, 2006

Installation view of displayed artwork titled IPE 700

IPE 700, 2009

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Cityscape/Yellow Light

Cityscape/Yellow Light, 1994

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Pink Sky

Pink Sky, 1996

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Develocorp Walkabout

Develocorp Walkabout, 2016

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Develocorp Walkabout

Develocorp Walkabout, 2016