Four Drawings of a Farmer Jason Benson, Allison Branham, Keren Cytter, Joel Dean, Natasha Ghosn, Joseph Grigely & Amy VogelMac Katter, Valerie Keane, Mathieu Malouf, Tony Oursler, and Lui Shtini Curated by Maliea Croy June 26 - August 2 2014

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None might be true, but the fantasy is sufficient. She believes everything and now she’s overdue with what she owes.

I look up at the second story of a two-tiered balcony on the exterior of the house and taped to the outside of the railing is a piece of computer paper. In red marker is written $5 massage for 30 mins. Once you get up there it is actually $1000 for 3 hours. It’s so humid that even from down here in the garden I can see that the paper is damp.

A young blind girl – a natural redhead – sits inside at the kitchen table with her head face down in her arms. I hear the dry heat of someone in the phone asking if she’s mad.

I’m not mad, I just don’t get it.

Since discovering the crows outside can recognize her face, she is not so much mad as she is terrified. The difference between in here and out there is that in here nothing moves unpredictably. That noisy gust of a wing near her hair was not a low hanging palm leaf after all. But maybe that’s just what she’s been told.

There is a cavernous whistle that carries on as far or as close as the walls are built. Though I’m not entirely sure if the sound is internal or external--if it’s coming from within me or from far away. I’m feeling the anxiety of making any more noise at all. Too many possible wrongdoings becoming a crippling justification to do nothing. There seems to be a more practical surrender though. Let’s just stay in here. Let’s just be still with the prognosis that perhaps, beyond our beliefs, we’ll live again to go outside in another life.

She dreamt once of a pot of gooey glitter. Flecks of clear, blue-green sparkly glass and thin hair-like gold she spread around in the palm of her hand. In the dream her neighbor smeared it all over his face and arms until, when his fat tongue appeared to lick the rest of the pot clean, it looked like a salmon out of river water in the sun. She thought about it constantly.

I sit down at the table next to her. It’s quiet, aside from the whistle,

Stop crying. They’re not even there anymore. Look, I have here four photos as proof. All the crows are dead. I shot them all! Does that make you feel better?

I look down and don’t have anything in my hands but a glass of water, and if she were to reach out in front of her and feel around the table she’d find nothing there either.

-MC

Installation view: Lui Shtini, Qon, 2014; Joel Dean, Untitled, 2014; Joseph Grigely & Amy Vogel, You, 2001; Lui Shtini, Muzg, 2014

Installation view: Lui Shtini, Qon, 2014; Joel Dean, Untitled, 2014; Joseph Grigely & Amy Vogel, You, 2001; Lui Shtini, Muzg, 2014

Lui Shtini, Muzg, 2014

Lui Shtini, Muzg, 2014

image of a white gym bag on the floor with a white 3D printed male head peeking out from the zipper

Joel Dean, Untitled, 2014

Installation view: Lui Shtini, Llapa, 2014: small painting in tones of peach and brown of a helmet-like head object that also looks like a bottom, framed in a thin white frame, hanging on white brick wall.

Installation view: Lui Shtini, Llapa, 2014 

Installation view: Keren Cytter, Four Seasons, 2009, a video on a flat screen monitor on a white wall along a hallway leading into the gallery at the end with sculptures and wall works beyond.

Installation view: Keren Cytter, Four Seasons, 2009 

IInstallation view: Allison Branham, night egg, 2014; Allison Branham, basement huge and white with a thousand tables, 2014; Natasha Ghosn, 2 of Cups, 2013; Tony Oursler, pEachhhh?, 2004, foreground is a sculpture made of a set of pink stairs with off-white nylons draped over it. To the right is a Circular form which has a projected face of a person whose face is painted all red. Small works on the wall at the distance.

Installation view: Allison Branham, night egg, 2014; Allison Branham, basement huge and white with a thousand tables, 2014; Natasha Ghosn, 2 of Cups, 2013; Tony Oursler, pEachhhh?, 2004

A sculpture made of a set of pink stairs with off-white nylons draped over it.

Allison Branham, night egg, 2014

Installation view: Allison Branham, basement huge and white with a thousand tables, 2014; Natasha Ghosn, 2 of Cups, 2013 - small sculpture on a wall shelf and small graphite drawing on the wall.

Installation view: Allison Branham, basement huge and white with a thousand tables, 2014; Natasha Ghosn, 2 of Cups, 2013

Small sculpture made of a small purple pillow with yellow trim and a small, tiered, tower-like contraption on top of it, the center features a hand made tiny white pillow cradled in something rounded and the top has a black collar type object lined with pink satin.

Allison Branham, basement huge and white with a thousand tables, 2014

small graphite drawing framed in brown wood. the drawing is surreal and shows an egg-shell like vessel at top left, with spouts pouring out its right side into three modular cell-like forms - the middle one drains into another cup at the bottom right.

Natasha Ghosn, 2 of Cups, 2013

Installation view: Valerie Keane, Untitled (Comb), 2013; Jason Benson, Untitled, 2014; Mac Katter, Lost Cat, 2014. Corner view: at left, a giant hair comb made of clear acrylic, at center an acrylic tube filled with organic looking matter and at right a small framed color photograph.

Valerie Keane, Untitled (Comb), 2013; Jason Benson, Untitled, 2014; Mac Katter, Lost Cat, 2014

Color photograph in a large white matte and brass frame. The image shows two blue bags of cat food on a tree stump in a dusty brown grass field. On the tree stump is a xeroxed sign for a lost cat.

Mac Katter, Lost Cat, 2014

On the left, framed b/w photograph  of a view of a grassy and rocky field, on the right a giant hair comb made of clear acrylic.

Installation view: Mac Katter, The Wheel, 2014; Valerie Keane, Untitled (Comb), 2013

in the background, a framed b/w photograph of a view of a grassy and rocky field, in the foreground three table sculptures with hand made dioramas on top comprising fake green plants and cardboard boxes made into small, rough-hewn structures.

Installation view: Jason Benson, Untitled, 2014 (x3); Mac Katter, The Wheel, 2014

Tony Oursler, pEachhhh?, 2004, Projection on foam and resin sclupture, audio - round object in a darkened room, a round, close up head painted red is projected on the surface. The face has two eyes and a mouth, no nose.

Tony Oursler, pEachhhh?, 2004