SITES OF KNOWLEDGE
Jane Lombard Gallery
518 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
CURATED BY MELISSA BIANCA AMORE & WILLIAM STOVER
RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER, HENRI CHOPIN, SIMONE DOUGLAS, GUY LARAMÉE, JEN MAZZA, KRISTIN MCIVER, ENRICO ISAMU ŌYAMA, MICHAEL RAKOWITZ, KAREN SCHIFF, SOPHIE TOTTIE
JUNE 8-JULY 28, 2017
What is the “site” of knowledge? Is it a book? A library? An artwork? Or a concept? What is the visual shape or the image of knowledge? And when does a symbol become a pictorial composition, a line drawing, a word or a concept? How do we attach meaning to a line?
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Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present Sites of Knowledge, a group exhibition curated by the collaborative Re-Sited (Melissa Bianca Amore and William Stover). The exhibition features works by Richard Artschwager, Henri Chopin, Simone Douglas, Guy Laramée, Jen Mazza, Kristin McIver, Enrico Isamu Ōyama, Michael Rakowitz, Karen Schiff and Sophie Tottie. These artists, through various mediums, examine the function of the “symbol” and language per se as their primary apparatus. In many ways, these artists return to the ideologies and techniques once employed by the concrete poets, using linguistic fragments or elements as a structural visual form and as a typographical aesthetic. Their work is about the visual and oral histories of knowledge, and the architecture of memory.
Sites of Knowledge addresses critical ideas about history, authorship and visual structures of knowledge. Indirectly, the curators question how we “look” at knowledge and engage with the complexities of our collective history – both imagined and observed. At what point do we begin to attach meaning to a line, a symmetry, and a sound? Knowledge is primarily understood as the basis to knowing, the basis to creating a network of associations and the relationship between memory and history. So, we will continue to ask: what is the “site” of knowledge?