(New York) Edward Cella Art & Architecture is proud to present My Turn (2018), a large-scale site-specific work commissioned by the Armory. Selected by Jen Mergel for the Armory Platform program, Your Turn will be inhabited by both Schweder and Shelly for eight hours each day.
Simultaneously a site-specific installation and performance, the project takes the form of a rotating wheel sixteen feet in diameter and contains on opposing sides of its interior two platforms with chairs. Both Shelly and Schweder are thus faced with the constant negotiation of limited resources: both artists cannot sit at the same time. My Turn explores the ways in which humans shape their environment, and their environment in turn shapes them, a dynamic made pressing in a world with a growing population and shrinking resources.
For the past ten years, Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have been practicing a form of experimental architecture that explores the dance between the designed environment and its consequences. The duo have designed, built, and lived in (or on) seven structures, all of them in locations where the public are invited not only to witness, but also to actively engage with the artists in direct dialogue about their practice—an activity that has coalesced into what they call “performance architecture.” As Schweder states: “I see performance and architecture as intrinsically connected. It’s not about doing something radical, it’s about helping to change people’s perspectives on how things occur in the everyday.”
Running concurrently to the Armory exhibition, Shelley and Schweder’s site-specific work titled Davenport Yawn (2018) will be shown at the Collective Design fair in New York City, March 9-11, 2018. The duo’s ongoing exhibitions include: ReActor (2016) at the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, New York, through July 2018; and Your Turn (2017) at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, through April 2018.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alex Schweder received a BA from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, an MA of Architecture from Princeton University School of Architecture and is currently pursuing a PhD from the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK. Recent exhibitions include the 2014 Venice Biennale, the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the 2013 Moscow Biennial, the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Biennial, and the Tate Britain. He has held residencies at the Kohler Company and the Chinati Foundation and was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture at The American Academy in Rome. Schweder is represented by Edward Cella Art & Architecture in Los Angeles.
Ward Shelley received a BFA from Eckard College and an MA from New York University. Solo exhibitions of his work include Pierogi Gallery, NY; Massimo Carasi Gallery, Milan; Center for Contemporary Art and Launch Projects, Santa Fe; and Socrates Sculpture Park, NY. He has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and a fellowship from The American Academy in Rome. Shelley is represented by Pierogi Gallery in New York.
ABOUT THE ARMORY SHOW (March 11th – 8th, 2018)
Founded in 1994, The Armory Show is New York City’s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th- and 21st-century art. The Armory Show has stayed firm to its mission while establishing itself as an unmissable art event set in the heart of New York City and welcoming over 65,000 visitors annually.
ABOUT EDWARD CELLA ART & ARCHITECTURE
Edward Cella Art & Architecture was established in 2006 to explore the intersection of art and architecture. Focusing on both conceptual and material-based practices, the gallery presents the work of established artists and artist estates, as well as mid-career and emerging artists, architects, and designers. The gallery sustains a curatorial emphasis on discourses surrounding issues of cultural and conceptual significance and has represented historical and under-recognized estates and collections.