Weld DoneMay 7th, 2013
Check out How Things Are Made, curated by Sam Gordon, at Spot Welders. Spot Welders is a busy post-production studio in a new space designed by 1100 Architects with custom furniture by Roy McMakin. Sam Gordon is a busy artist with shows currently up at Feature, Inc and Printed Matter, as well as a curated performance series at NADA NYC called Contemporary Dancing.
How Things Are Made examines “the processes artists use to make their work and how that may reflect meaning into the results,” according to Sam, whose recent work has combined layered fabrics, clothing remnants, and studio sweepings in abstract paintings. The exhibition will unfold in three parts, a point that uncovers the “facture” of a curated show, alongside the entries in that show.
How Things Are Made, Alpha includes Katherine Bernhardt, Lucky DeBellevue, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Jake Ewert, Mariah Robertson, William Kentridge, Magic Flying Carpets of the Berber Kingdom of Morocco, Boro Textiles (courtesy of Sri Threads), Guyton/Walker (courtesy of Maharam Digital Projects), Stuart Sherman & Takeshi Murata (courtesy of EAI).
Jake Ewert’s painted pizzas are a highlight, as are Daphne Fitzpatrick’s photos and her 3D-printed pipe miniature. Katherine Bernhardt’s paintings interact beautifully with the Moroccan carpets arranged throughout the studio. And Stuart Sherman’s diagrammatic performances on video embody the theme of the show. But everything in this show is terrific and I’m seeking an internship at Spot Welders so I can see Lucky DeBellevue’s dreamcatcher in daylight, every day.
A key precedent to the show is Peter Kubelka’s infamous beer commercial, described this way:
“In 1957, Peter Kubelka was hired to make a short commercial for Scwechater beer. The beer company undoubtedly thought they were commissioning a film that would help them sell their beers; Kubelka had other ideas. He shot his film with a camera that did not even have a viewer, simply pointing it in the general direction of the action. He then took many months to edit his footage, while the company fumed and demanded a finished product. Finally he submitted a film, 90 seconds long, that featured extremely rapid cutting between images of dimly visible people drinking beer and of the froth of beer seen in a fully abstract pattern.”
A Pop Up “Souk” and opportunity to tour the exhibition takes place Friday, May 10th, 3-6pm at Spot Welders, 44 East 32nd Street, 5th Floor.
All of the above images are by Steven Probert!