For Immediate Release
Date: July 13, 2012
Contact: Ms. Pamela Jean Tinnen, Curator for the Kimmel Galleries, Pam.Tinnen@nyu.edu or 212 998 4916.
The Kimmel Galleries of New York University are pleased to present House: Home, a group exhibition including works by Thomas Ahlgren, Amanda Brown, Zach Christopher, Drew Conrad, Heather Culp, Claire Gaylord, Todd Hido, Gwynne Johnson, Ginny Mangrum, Hannah Kasper, Kristin Nason, Adam O'Neal, Jonathan Smith, Jeffrey Tranchell and Esther Pearl Watson. The exhibition supposes the linguistic differences between "house" and "home." We employ the word house to indicate a structure and its function, home realizing the metaphysical embodiment of the structure. This exhibition brings together installation, photography, video, mixed media, painting and sculpture that tread the boundary between the importance and the type of domestic structure and those experiences that transform it into a home.
Zach Christopher offers images of empty rooms emphasizing the superficial relationship we have to unoccupied domestic spaces. At moments these large scale photographs appear documentary; upon further inspection, the witness is compelled to make judgments on the quality of the residence: the spectacular view, dramatic lighting, and interior finishing details. In one work, the Los Angeles metropolitan landscape looms over a bare apartment, the promise of fame and wealth on a distant horizon. This work recalls the monetary value of a house: location, location, location. Todd Hido's blue toned exterior of a snow covered home, the driveway crowded with parked cars, creates and captures a veritable American experience of home life. Ginny Mangrum, a former student of Hido, expands upon this Americana through silhouetted portraits of domestic structures, each clearly inhabited, further emphasizing the house as home. Jeffrey Tranchell counters this intimacy with grainy stills of available apartments in Detroit, MI. Presented using an electronic picture frame, images of available but vacated spaces fade in and out. Each appear as portraits of previously warm residences while presenting documentation of abandoned homes. This montage of images of available apartments invites us to project our own potential future onto each space.
Drew Conrad's work brings to mind the french phrase "Je me souviens" or "I remember." Conrad calls constructed remnants to our attention, pushing the viewer to consider the impossibility of returning home, questioning the concept as a physical space or a mental one. He presents the charred ancestors of past homes, houses, hotels, all imagined spaces. Esther Pearl Watson counters this scene by redefining habitat, depicting a car that was frequently her childhood home juxtaposed with a painting of a dual family house, also from her childhood.
These reflections and interpretations resonate with the viewer; they are familiar yet “Uncanny”: a dining room table, a glass of milk, the view from one’s kitchen, an unmade bed. Haunted by the confrontation of our own recognitions, the domestic spaces and objects captured in HOUSE:HOME evoke personal, intimate memories, exposing the diversity of human experience encompassing the concept of home.
Curated by Laura K. Higgins & Pamela Jean Tinnen.
HOUSE: HOME is on view through August 10th, opening reception July 18th, 6-9pm. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.
Kimmel Galleries are located at the Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, 8th Floor.