Open Sessions: Cartography of Ghosts explores architecture’s role in shaping human behavior, creating entrenched habits and modes of thought, and even standardized forms of intimacy. While the architectural spaces we occupy often obstruct our ability to intervene in or even fully comprehend the society we have built, they also bear traces of resistance, improvisation, and misuse that allow us to imagine other ways of being. Featuring the work of Regina Agu, Mustafa Faruki, jc lenochan, Florentine and Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize, Sreshta Rit Premnath, and Gabriela Salazar, Open Sessions: Cartography of Ghosts explores drawing as a tool to make visible the personal and human traces that haunt the public and material. Through objects, drawings, collages, installations, and architecture, the works conjure apparitional traces of a present and future body.
In conjunction with Open Sessions 9: Cartography of Ghosts, please join us for an Artist Talk featuring artists Kabir Carter, Torkwase Dyson, and Chat Travieso on Thursday, December 15 at 6:30pm.
Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway
Regina Agu Drape is a series of works on paper that explores economic shifts in the built environment as they shape public discourse framing black communities. The artist returns to a text by poet Akilah Oliver, the visible unseen, as a conceptual framework for these new drawings. Renderings of tarps, drop cloths, and polyvinyl sheeting are featured as temporary landmarks of displacement and loss.
Mustafa Faruki Celebatorium is a proposal for micro-housing designed to shelter the unmarried, unloved, unwanted or otherwise permanently alone.
jc lenochan unfinished business: 12 ways to initiate a conversation is an ongoing series of drawings that focuses on pedagogical methods. On paper resembling a chalkboard surface, images and text collide, combining public school curriculum, standardized teaching jargon, fragmented lesson plans, and footnotes. Each composition intends to sharpen discourse around urgent topics. The illustrations invite pedagogical critiques in which questions and answers circle each other in the hopes of transforming barriers into paths to progress.
Florentine and Alexandre Lamarche-Ovize The Never Ending Pictures is a new series of drawings, including two large works each with an accompanying zine. The series explores narrative through a combination of pattern and figuration. The artists mix topical images from daily newspapers and magazines with personal, domestic moments to produce new images of quotidian reality.
Gabriela Salazar’s Contour for Leading, Contour for Supporting Role, and Contour for Dark Corner is a serial sculpture that simultaneously appears to be a support for, and is supported by, the room where it is installed. Following the planes of The Drawing Center’s Lab Gallery, Contour reiterates and adheres to the rules of found architectural choices, meanwhile suggesting a closer, unexpected, experience of those surfaces and planes. Made of two clays—ceramic and plasticine—Contour confuses these materials’ usual lexicons and properties to create a precarious mimesis of the useful and the sturdy.
Sreshta Rit Premnath Slump and Wedge are site-specific pieces that are part of Sreshta Rit Premnath’s ongoing project Plot, which has taken the form of photographic prints, installations and videos over the past three years. These figure-like forms embedded with sand and asphalt are limp, and require the architecture of a particular site to support them. Evoking multiple modalities of occupation, these figures at times seem to take refuge in the architecture, while at other times the site violently constrains them.
Image: Regina Agu, Fiction Diptych (Drape No. 2), 2016. Graphite on paper 12 x 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist.