Running in conjunction with Chris Oliver’s recent works, Our Daily Rite exhibits the ritualistic practices that take place in and around the domestic structures that form the base of Oliver’s works. Our Daily Rite reveals the habitual practice of art making of both local and international artists, either as a daily method of marking time, as a personal ritual, or as a greater connection to the social networking sphere. With one week left until closing, several pieces within Our Daily Rite stand out in their presentations of routine and repetition.
Pia Linz sat inside a plexiglass icosahedron at Brooklyn’s EIDIA House Studio everyday for one month, drawing everything in view on the inside of the box. The drawings on the piece, Box Engraving: EIDIA House Studio, were then engraved for permanence. In the gallery, the piece allows the viewer to look inside the miniature, enclosed world of an artist drawing daily and looking from the inside out.
In Jamie Davis’ 11741 Days, disks of wax paper have been strung from floor to ceiling, each sliver representing a single day in the artist’s life from birth until the day the piece was shipped to Artspace. Darkened disks of wax paper represent loss and life-threatening illness experienced at periods within the artist’s life. Scale plays a large role in this piece, each wax paper day dwarfed by the length of the full chain of the artist’s life, yet still visually detectable amid the entirety of the work.
Beth Castle Lovell exhibits drawings from her daily 365drawings project, a three-year-long practice of making one drawing every day. Individual Drawings is not placed in any chronological or subject-based order, but instead allows the viewer to make their own connections between the numerous studies of silhouetted trees, night, figures, and domestic subjects, a representation of the infinite pieces of imagery that make up the life of an artist and the selection process of what images are found to be the most worthy of being recorded.
Matthew Feiner takes a different approach to the practice of routine art making with The slip divide, a collection of 90 panels selected from 266 made in 2011. The artist takes full-page images from the New York Times and crosses out titles, eliminating text with images of the same theme. These panels display the daily inundation of visual material representing commercial and social expectations of beauty and consumption, but filtered through the lens of obscuring and highlighting selected elements.
Our Daily Rite includes work by Hillary Charnas, Jamie Davis, Matt Feiner, Steve Giovinco, Pia Linz, Beth Castle Lovell, Ken Lovell, Martyna Matusiak, Nyeema Morgan, Karen Nagle, T. Willie Raney, and Rob Rocke. LAST CHANCE: now through Saturday, March 24th.
Jeremy Wolin, Artspace High School Intern