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Presented through SculptureCenter's In Practice progr am\, this group exhibition explores what arises from the gesture of emptyin g out form and content. The French phrase vide-poche literally trans lates to "empty pocket" but also describes a tray or pouch that can hold t he miscellany of daily life\, personal affects\, and tokens of transaction . The exhibition will be on view January 24 - March 28\, 2011. An op ening reception will take place Sunday January 23rd 5-7 pm and is op en to the public. The artists will be present.

Existing as a p lace where systems of signification collapse\, or fragment\, a vide-poch e can also become a site of re-interpretation\, and the assembly of un likely affinities. Isabelle Cornaro questions how the act of representatio n endows objects with use value and cultural sentiment as her films\, phot os\, and sculptures subvert distinctions between the unique\, readymade\, and copied. Cornaro's Moulages sur le vif (vide-poches)\, 2008-10\, proceeds from large-format scans of objects displayed on colored backgroun ds. Subsequent edits or "cuts" from the original index reveal objects gath ered from contradictory contexts--the domestic and decorative but also the linguistic and monetary--offering the viewer a new hybrid taxonomy. The w orks of Valerie Snobeck and Charles Mayton dismantle divisions between sin gular mark-making and commercial procedures of image transfer\, fabricatio n\, and design. Mayton's recent work\, for example\, reflects upon the stu dio as a place to be inhabited and re-sequenced despite interruptions and gaps in production\, choreographing drawing\, painting\, and modular archi tectural forms.

Portraiture and persona is taken up through p artial views and unexpected guises in the work of Michele Abeles\, Samuel Clagnaz\, and Miles Huston. Adopting still-life conventions\, Abeles photo graphs the body and its stand-in as if it were an object\, conflating gest ure\, props\, lighting\, and natural forms into deadpan tableaux. The vide o and sculpture installations of Samuel Clagnaz and Miles Huston conjure n arratives of symbolic exchange\, alchemy\, and transference. Huston pursue s a circuitous and indirect portrait of his subject Sam Green while Clagna z initiates ritualized scenes of becoming other. Occupying the unfinished place of transformation\, Vide-Poche presents translations and perc eptual remainders culled from the in between.

SculptureCenter' s In Practice program supports the creation and presentation of inn ovative work by emerging artists and reflects diverse approaches to contem porary sculpture. Artists are selected through a call for proposals and ar e provided with an honoraria\, a production budget\, fabrication and insta llation assistance\, as well as invaluable curatorial and administrative s upport.

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