Posts Tagged ‘N. Dash’

Terra Firma

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

At a glance, N. Dash’s first solo show at Untitled Gallery uncovers the physical consequences of uprooting painting and sculpture from their respective, contemporary traditions.  The works are paintings, because they hang on the wall, bear stretched fabric, and fit our colloquial “painting scale.”  But they suspend, squish, encroach, overlap, crumble, sag, and pinch: verbs we usually reserve for sculpture.


N. Dash at Untitled Gallery

Moreover, this work avoids paint and its hallmarks – color, imagery, subjectivity.  So is it sculpture?  Possibly, but the pervasive passivity of Dash’s work defies that category, which we define more often (but not exclusively) by erect solids.  This work gets filed elsewhere.  [And speaking of, the series of black and white photos punctuating the show adds a process-oriented angle to Dash’s multifaceted concerns, but I am particularly interested in the larger, linen objects.]


N. Dash at Untitled Gallery

Dash’s materials are insistently organic and characteristically ascetic.  The restrictive menu includes adobe, jute, linen, rabbit skin glue, and wood stretchers.  In this order, the materials are like a food chain: dirt, plants, animals, and the trees that might outlive them all.   Crazy idea?  But each piece is called Groundings.

What is missing from this food chain?  And what of the naturally, neutrally flesh-colored palette?  How does that relate to the folded and wrinkled surfaces, which  make me think of human skin?


N. Dash, Groundings (3), 2012

Dash’s wall-mounted objects simultaneously read as paintings and as sculptures, but the product of this fusion seems to be the human body.  Perhaps each work is a surrogate for the artist or another individual.  However, the compound compression in each piece evinces intimate company.  In Groundings (3), two adobe monoliths squeeze a sheet of linen, which buckles under the pressure.  Or maybe it is firmly nestled in a comforting grip.


N. Dash, Groundings (4), 2012

In Groundings (4), a linen looks crumpled, as if recently released from the grip of a giant fist.  It precariously drapes over its taut counterpart – or perhaps it comfortingly, protectively conceals it.  In Groundings (1), adobe-fortified jute is bare (nude?) on one end, while supporting a near-lifeless linen on the other.  These pairings continue through each work, and the “passivity” seems interchangeable.  Does this work embody a romance?  If so, how is it gendered?


N. Dash, Groundings (1), 2012

Incidentally, a VIP at the opening remarked that the work looks like it was made by a man, even though it wasn’t.  Is that the same thing as saying that it doesn’t look like it was made by a woman?  Perhaps women are closer to the earth, and that helps keep N. Dash on terra firma.

Exquisite Everywhere

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Who turned on the Exquisite Corpse Zeitgeist? The assembled, collated, spliced, joined, and improvised leviathans are grotesquely leering and freaking out viewers in every corner of the City, and just in time for Halloween.


In Fort Greene, the DIY homemakers Second-Floor present A Feast of Fools. Including over sixty artists, the exhibition reinterprets the exquisite corpse as a carnivalesque bacchanal where hierarchies between body parts dissolve into a throbbing hermaphroditic mass.  This should be great; one half of Second-Floor, Sarvia Jasso, was one half of Brooklyn is Burning, dissolved after a hysteric brought down their event at PS1.


Opens Saturday, October 23 from 2-5pm @ 19 S. Oxford St. #4 and features David Abecassis, Amy Albracht, Darren Bader, Natalie Beall, Cara Benedetto, Linda Bernal, Michael Bilsborough (he sucks), Miguel Calderon, Matteo Callegari, Cammi Climaco, Catherine Czacki with Sarah Dziedzic and Merran Swartwood, N. Dash, Ariel Dill, Francesca Di Mattio with Garth Weiser, Coco Dolle, Hector Arce Espasas, Jeremy Everrett, Michele Fiedler, Robert Fontanelli, Kathryn Garcia, Kate Gilmore, James Gortner, Matt Greene, Vivienne Griffin, Pablo Guardiola, Nathan Gwyne, Gregory Hayes, Esther Klaes, Marcus Knupp, Alex Hudson, Richard Lidinsky, Kalup Linzy, Lovett/ Codagnone, Hector Madera Gonzalez, Nora Maite, Liz Magic Laser, Nadja Verena Marcin with Inbal Abergil, Jie Liang Lin, Francisco Marcial and Bill Santen, Christina McPhee, Lucas Michael, Jessica Mitrani, Juan Antonio Olivares with Alessandro Bava, Milano Chow, Alex Turgeon, Virginia Poundstone, Hugo Richard, Christopher Rivera, Rachel Rose, Georgia Sagri, Christian Sampson, Kristine Servia, Lior Shvil, Joshua Shwartz, Nick Stillman, Nanette Sullano, Jonathan Torres, Cody Trepte with Erich Bollman, Cristia Tufiño, Sebastian Vallejo, Jesse Willenbring, Michael Zahn

On Friday night, the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO will launch The Exquisite Book with a “big PARTY and EXHIBITION” sponsored by renowned curator Stella Artois.

All 100 of the artists’ pages will be on view, hung in the connected order they appear in the book. The pieces have been created as Plywerk bamboo mounted prints and will be for sale at the exhibition.


The book, with an intro by Dave Eggers, will also be for sale and you can meet and get your book signed by these participating artists:

Carson Ellis, Mike Perry, Deanne Cheuk, Jen Corace, Jennifer Daniel, Nigel Peake, Joe Hart, Caitlin Keegan, Nigel Peake, Mike Lowery, Katy Horan, Zach Kanin, Chris Kyung, Aaron Meshon, Leif Parsons, Arthur Jones, Laura Ljungkvist, Jonathon Rosen (SVA in the House!), Ryan Jacob Smith, Claudia Pearson, Ben Finer, Liz Zanis and the authors Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe.

Friday October 22nd 6-9pm @ Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street.  Thanks to Julia Rothman for the tip!

Dana Schutz tops Ryan McGinness, topping Enoc Perez

And already up and running is The Exquisite Corpse Drawing Project aka the Armitage Gone! Dance Exquisite Corpse project at The Gasser Grunert Gallery, curated by titan David Salle, no stranger himself to butts and junctions.

Did you miss it at the Armory Show?  If so, then here: more than 200 internationally recognized visual artists and photographers participated and proceeds will benefit Armitage Gone! Dance, an internationally acclaimed contemporary dance company under the direction of renowned choreographer Karole Armitage.

Josephine Meckseper tops Laurie Anderson, topping Olaf Breuning, who tops Nick Mauss


This one is not for the Teabaggers, cuz it’s full of elites: Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Donald Baechler, John Baldessari, Ross Bleckner, Louise Bourgeois, Cecily Brown, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Chuck Close, Will Cotton, Eric Fischl, Robert Gober, Alex Katz, Karen Kilimnik, Jeff Koons, Richard Meier, Malcolm Morley, Tom Otterness, Tony Oursler, Chloe Piene, Enoc Perez, Richard Phillips, David Salle, Dana Schutz, Andres Serrano, Joel Shapiro, Rosemarie Trockel, William Wegman, Robert Wilson and Terry Winters.

Joe Bradley, Ena Swansea, Fred Tomaselli