Ortega y Gasset Projects Presents:
THE SACRED AND PROFANE LOVE MACHINE
Susan Bee, Brian Scott Campbell, Lucy Kim, Pat McElnea, and Emily Janowick
Organized by Karla Wozniak
September 28, 2013 – October 26, 2013
The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life’s major mysteries. —Iris Murdoch
Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to present The Sacred and Profane Love Machine, an exhibition organized by Karla Wozniak comprising artworks by Susan Bee, Lucy Kim, Brian Scott Campbell, Pat McElnea, and Emily Janowick. The exhibition is inspired by the Iris Murdoch novel of the same name—a psychologically rich tale of characters caught in a complex web of emotional and sexual experiences. Similarly, the artworks in this exhibition negotiate intimate, charged situations. The pieces tell stories of love, heartache, and orgiastic ecstasy.
Susan Bee’s paintings of couples, based on film-noir stills, are tinged with emotion and melodrama. Her simplified figures, rendered with saturated color and exuberant patterns, are engaged in interactions nearing emotional climax. The figures in Brian Scott Campbell’s detailed pencil drawings of Grecian urns and ancient statuary have come to life. These classical nude motifs are animated into a cartoonish bacchanal of humor and sexual whimsy. Lucy Kim casts the faces of real couples, including her husband and herself, to make her 3D portraits. Distorted through the mold-making and casting process, then painted with cryptic images associated with sexiness, these surreal objects seem descended from Egyptian burial masks. Patrick McElnea’s frenetic paintings investigate skin—both human skin and the physical skin of oil paint. The evocative surfaces and tangle of body parts in these paintings suggest we are witnessing sexual intimacy in progress. Emily Janowick’s small assemblage sculptures show a fluency in formal relationships of color and material surface. Yet what at first seem like simply playful objects on second glance become improvised sexual paraphernalia.
As a group, the works brought together in this show deliver a potent cocktail of emotion and sexuality. One can think of art as a love triangle—a three-way relationship between artist, art object, and viewer. Each corner of the triangle is strong willed, yet precarious. The artworks in this show revel in this confusing terrain, which exists between cerebral, emotional, and physical experience.
Image Employment – Overtime
MoMA PS1 Sunday Session
Lune The Center
Sunday, September 29, 2013
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
This event reflects on the works presented in Image Employment with talks by artists Lucy Raven and Michael Bell Smith, as well as the curators Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson.
Lucy Raven’s takes her work China Town and delves into an exploration of Hollywood’s outsourcing to post-production houses overseas. Michael Bell Smith discusses his work, De-Employed in relation to post-production and his working process with aftereffects templates, and the readymade effect.
Hot Wood Arts Gallery Opening:
September 21st, 1-6 pm
September 21st – October 20th
Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 pm and by appointment
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Fluid Dynamics: Pedagogy in the Expanded Field
This year’s session on pedagogy features three educators whose methodology involves taking on the increasingly fluid roles of maker, teacher, librarian, curator, and/or critic. Panelists: Trinie Dalton, artist, teacher, curator, SVA; Jen Bervin, MFA Program in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts; and Munro Galloway, artist, SVA and Yale University. Moderator: Jennifer Tobias, MoMA Library.
192 10th Ave at 21st Street, NYC
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
Ann Lauterbach is one of America’s most innovative and provocative poets, acclaimed for her fierce, sensuous and intellectually charged poems. In this, her ninth book of poems, Lauterbach pursues longstanding inquiries into how language forms and informs our understanding of the relation between empirical observation and subjective response; worldly attachment and inwardness; the given and the chosen. The poems set out not so much to find cogent resolutions to these fluid dyads as to open them to the fact of unknowing that is at the core of all human curiosity and desire. A central prose section tracks along a meditative edge, engaging the risky task of opening the mind to the limits of apprehension; the final section evokes, in the figure of the instructor, the essential contemporary question of how information becomes knowledge.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:00 pm Paul Maliszewski is the author of Fakers (The New Press), a book of essays, and Prayer and Parable (Fence Books), a collection of stories. He has published essays in Harper’s, Granta, and Bookforum, among other magazines. Lynne Tillman’s most recent book is Someday This Will Be Funny, her fourth collection of stories. Her most recent novel was American Genius, A Comedy. Tillman is currently working on a novel titled Men And Apparitions and hopes to finish it soon-ish. In January 2014, her second essay collection, What Would Lynne Tillman Do? will be published by Richard Nash’s Red Lemonade Press. She writes a bi-monthly column, “In These Intemperate Times,” for Frieze magazine.