A wisp of smoke, a memory faded by time, oxidation and decay—these
are some of the ethereal sensations conjured in the exhibition “Barely
” at New York’s Jack Geary Contemporary
curated by artist
, whose own
richly handcrafted work deals with moments of transition, the group show
examines artists who explore the in-between, elusive moments tempered by the
passage of time.
Whether in video, photography, painting, performance, or
sculpture, each of the artists in the exhibition explores the uneasy energy of
liminal spaces. In paintings such as Long in the Tooth 2
of pigment, acrylic medium, tar, and soot swathed across canvas on panel to
create an abstraction that calls to mind damaged film or relics from an unknown
age. Scratches and swipes of silver entice the viewer to see what unknowable
layers lie beyond the surface, without revealing itself.
uncertainty directly into her abstract compositions in another way—by painting
elaborate patterns onto unstretched canvas before configuring them in three
dimensions, cutting the plane and sewing it back together with the eye of a
sculptor, while raising questions about the essence of material.
the intangible in a more pictorial sense, by photographing roadside scenery as
seen from the window of a speeding car. As specific details melt away, the
effect is like a shared memory, undefinable yet instantly familiar. The
exhibition continues outside of the gallery as well, with Full Transparency
a series of poetic “participatory
” around the gallery’s neighborhood where Elastic City founder
Todd Shalom “leads walkers to create ephemeral
works together”—perhaps the ultimate expression in passing time.