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Rubbings
October 29 – December 23, 2017

Chris Domenick
Em Rooney
Luke Stettner
Tova Carlin

Opening: Saturday October 28, 7-10pm
 

If we were to rub against each other, instead of vibrate in the cryochamber of our solitudinal keyboard mania we might be GETTING somewhere.

Rubbings, frottage, friction, and body heat are all recommended.

Moore's law says the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits has doubled every year since their invention. Does that mean the number of emotions has doubled every year, or do we just masturbate more vigorously to try to keep up with the information?

To this end, we’ve put together a show that is about touching, framing, and rubbing.

Chris’s civically engaged railing circumscribes our space, his rubbings press against monolith ideas as a strategy of breaking down and refiguring their language. Flawed histories rewritten.

Em stares into the red left behind by the blue through the index of a remote family, traversing a field, pressed on silver gelatin, numbered and framed. Her serial touch of sculptural reverence gives way to the complexities of a photographic eavesdropping.  

Tova reimagines a postmaterial sensuality through an alien perspective of an intimate moment investigated—the joking language basics of barstool napkin etchings outsizedly considered.

Luke, who invited us all, is trying to rub his eyes up against the physical world in an attempt to make better sense of it. Touch is the one empirical sense that requires being there. In making the collages for this exhibition Luke was thinking about the meeting of contact and apathy.


Tova Carlin is an artist and writer. She has shown at The Finley, Abrons Art Center, Bodega, Kansas, the Des Moines Art Center Downtown, and Et Al, among others. She has collaborated with Ania Diakoff as You & Me, with Luke Stettner as A Dark Room, and performed at Recess’ Be Black Baby and with LAXArt for Pacific Standard Time. Her writing has been featured in Popular Mechanics. She is a cofounder of 2hoursaweek.org.

Chris Domenick is a New York-based artist working with drawing, sculpture, printmaking and performance.  He received an MFA from Hunter College and has participated in residencies including The Sharpe-Walentas Space Program (NY), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Recess Activities (NY), among others. Recent projects include Particulate Paper Records of Time in Cabinet Magazine, 5 O D A Y S at MASSMoCA, Bonded Warehouse (in collaboration with Alina Tenser) at helper projects (Brooklyn, NY) and After the Sun (in collaboration with Em Rooney) at The Vanity East in Los Angeles.  He has been included in exhibitions at MOMA, Essex Flowers, Situations, Torrance Shipman, Regina Rex, Room East, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others.  

Em Rooney (b. 1983) received her BA from Hampshire College in 2005 and her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2011. In 2012 she was a participant at Skowhegan. Recent exhibitions include Simone Subal, New York; The Vanity Gallery, Los Angeles; Bodega, New York; Raising Cattle, Montreal; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Ohio; The Good Press Gallery, Glasgow; Scotland; Vox Populi, Philadelphia. She will be included in the upcoming New Photographers exhibition at MoMA in 2018. Her writing has appeared in Art Papers, Performa Magazine, and The St. Claire. She lives and works in New York.

Luke Stettner: On May 1st, 1938, my grandfather Harry Kassowitz took a single photograph of Manhattan island from the fore of a steamship less than a kilometer from the gateway of Ellis Island. He took this photograph with a Leica III.  In a bazaar in Prague some sixty or so years later, I rubbed my finger over an engraved swastika atop the same model camera. The original photograph, for which there is no negative, would become incorporated into a piece of artwork I made that now sits in the dark of some storage unit in Bolzano, Italy, where it belongs to a collector named Antonio Dalle Nogare. My great grandparents Fred and Erma would later change the spelling of their surname to Casewitz; my mother would later shorten it to Case. What is the effect of this kind of assimilation and what are we to make of tiny erasures that fill our genetic line and fragment our identity? Here I have chosen to share a personal anecdote in lieu of a 'short bio.’ The task is the same: in what way does one choose to describe their own arrival?

Luke lives with his partner Carmen Winant and son Carlo in Columbus, Ohio, where today they are expecting their second son in an aperture of two months time. He teaches Photography + Integrated Media at Ohio University in Athens, a small, Midwestern town named after an ancient city in Europe.