Zak Arctander, Daniel Klaas Beckwith, Joseph Buckley, Jonathan Mildenberg. Curated by Sarah Meyohas.
November 20th, 2015 - January 10th, 2016
Opening Reception: November 20th, 7-10 PM
Meyohas is pleased to present the group exhibition Wet Eyes. The works assembled in this exhibition tackle the issue of authenticity of experience, in a variety of methodologies and strategies that alternately rhyme and contrast. These are works that treat the straight recounting of lived experience with suspicion and recast everyday phenomena with artistic interventions within the familiar setting of an apartment space.
The Taconic State Parkway (often simply referred to as the Taconic or TSP), is a 104-mile highway in the state of New York. It follows a generally northward route midway between the Hudson River and the Connecticut and Massachusetts state lines. This road constitutes a significant portion of Zak Arctander’s regular commute from New York to Massachusetts. Arctander unpacks the nature of the commute in the video Taconic. Touching upon themes of the rural, the metropolitan, addiction, and aspiration in a series of charged tableaus, Arctander conflates his own personal history with a mysterious tragedy.
In the kitchen area of the gallery is a carpet that extends from wall to wall. It is a work by Daniel Klaas Beckwith. Upon this carpet are a series of stains. A casual glance, directed at said stains, might not reveal much, a glimpse into passive and unkempt domestic accident -- unremarkable, incidental, and ubiquitous. However, if one were to pay the stains an art-like attention, the regularity of these spills, their placement, and their shapes might eject such a familiar, mundane reading. Upon more rigorous inspection, esoteric informations might be deciphered. However, such readings require an otherwise unnatural amount of attention to be paid to a set of spills on carpets. Such is the formal quality of these stains upon this carpet that such interpretation becomes choice-like. It becomes a responsibility of the viewer to decide the extent to which these suspicious stains unfold themselves as regards genesis, how deeply they elucidate themselves as regards meaning. In an inverted gesture, in the room preceding the kitchen, Beckwith has removed what appears to be a bag of Lucky Charm cereal from its protecting box. The bag has been gently opened, so as not to fully break its seal, and then placed upon the hardwood floor.
In the main room of the exhibition space, the windows have been blacked out. With matte black self-adhesive vinyl, each windowpane is obscured and a perpetual nighttime, 2 microns thick, is enacted. This is Joseph Buckley’s Pervert's Lament (its title taken from an earlier body of Buckley’s work), a gesture of introversion that forces everything else in the main room to exist in artificial light. Opposite these windows, in the next room, Buckley has hung a framed print upon the wall. The print features a small body of text that addresses the view from an alternate and ambiguous reality.
Jon Mildenberg has inserted a room in the house. It is almost exactly a bathroom from an institution such as a hospital, school, or office building. The institutional space implements control. It places tacit demands to modify our behavior. Its oppressiveness is so embedded that it is virtually invisible. But the impersonal, institutional space may become a sanctuary in times of crisis and trauma. In those moments, the space is deconstructed. As the ordered system ceases to function, we expand into that emptiness. The resulting space becomes an extension of our needs. It's a subtle power grab that slips between public and private; an anarchy that is metaphysical, yet still defiant and transgressive. The interior of Mildenberg's room begins to break down as the personal takes hold.
Zak Arctander (b.1986, American) lives and works in New York and Massachusetts. Recent group exhibitions include Inside the Episode at Launch F18 in New York City and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco.
Daniel Klaas Beckwith (b.1988, American) lives and works in New York City. Recent group exhibitions include Most Loathed at 3401 Lee Street in Los Angeles, A Small Group Show of American and British Artists at Space Space Gallery in Tokyo, Vacancy at Motel in New York City.
Joseph Buckley (b.1990, British) lives and works in New York City. Recent group exhibitions include Most Loathed at 3401 Lee Street in Los Angeles, A Small Group Show of American and British Artists at Space Space Gallery in Tokyo, Running Up That Building and Diving Into That Pool at 240 Camberwell Road in London.
Jonathan Mildenberg (b.1981, American) lives and works in New York City. Recent group exhibitions include Video Mixer at Green Gallery in Yale University, TIME ITEM at Green Gallery in Yale University, For Here or to Go at Ed Varie in New York City. In 2015, Mildenberg was a nominee in Sculpture for the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship.
List of works:
Taconic, Zak Arctander, 2015, Digital video, 4:01 minutes
Spelt, Daniel Klaas Beckwith, 2015, Urethane foam, baked polymer clay, plastic bag, Dimensions variable
rosie path; magick carpet, Daniel Klaas Beckwith, 2015, Carpet, spills, cleaning product, Dimensions variable
Pervert's Lament, Joseph Buckley, 2015, Matte black self-adhesive vinyl, Dimensions variable
pervert's lament, Joseph Buckley, 2015, Framed screen print on paper
Conversations, Jonathan Mildenberg, 2015, Steel studs, drywall, latex paint, porcelain tiles, grout, wood, black velvet, drop ceiling grid and frames, tungsten fluorescent lighting, vinyl wall base, automatic air freshener dispense, tropical breeze aerosol, aluminum hand rail, mirror, steel, vent plate, fan, Outer dimensions: 8' H x 8' L x 4' W, Inner dimensions: 8' H x 6' L x 4' W