August 15th, 2010
Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City
Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.
-Ancient Chinese Proverb
Socrates Sculpture Park, Jory Rabinovitz and Bridget Donahue are pleased to present the 2nd Annual Sculpture Sabbath, a Celebration of National Relaxation Day. For this exhibition, 14 artists have been invited to bring their work to Socrates Sculpture Park for one day. This event marks the second iteration of the exhibition after last year’s inaugural celebration in Peter Cooper Park, Manhattan.
This year, Jory Rabinovitz created a structure for work to be “relaxed” upon and around. The artist then asked Bridget Donahue of the Greenpoint-based curatorial project Cleopatra’s to select 14 artists to collaborate with in actuating Rabinovitz's formal structure. The structure and exhibition intend to offer the artists work "a day off work.” Individual pieces are given some peace, reliefs relief, and perhaps all involved --- from the participants to audience-- are allowed time and space to contemplate the structures of expectations we build in viewing artwork. In a one-day exhibition, terms and definitions that surround the work of art can be fleeting or perhaps more profound as the artwork leans back, relaxes and sits on its own terms, at least for the day.