18 Wooster Street
The collapsing of two conflicting states was the central theme of Tauba Auerbach’s exhibition. The artist deliberately composed the title as an anagram. The paintings, photographic works, sculpture, and the musical instrument that comprised the show were all structured around the threshold between order and randomness.
Five bodies of work were represented in the exhibition: Crumple paintings, in which large Ben-Day dots create the illusion of a crumpled surface; Static photographs, which address the question of what makes something “something”; Fold paintings, painted on raw canvas with an industrial paint sprayer, which explore the merging of a past three-dimensional state with a present two-dimensional state; a sculpture that was half inside the gallery and half outside it, based on the phenomenon of entangled particles; and "Auerglass," a two-person wooden pump organ designed by the artist with her friend Cameron Mesirow of the band Glasser.
The central work in the exhibition, "Auerglass" cannot be played alone: One player has to pump in order for the other to play. The four-octave scale is divided so that each plays every other note. Auerbach and Mesirow played a composition written specifically for the instrument. It combined music that Auerbach wrote as a child, songs from Glasser, and new material. "Auerglass" was played at the opening on September 3, 2009, as a prelude to a Glasser performance at 8 PM on September 11, and daily at 5 PM from Tuesday through Saturday during the exhibition. Ida Falck Øien, who creates the costumes for Glasser, created special costumes with shifting states for the "Auerglass" players to wear.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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