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Exhibition Detail
Learn to Communicate Like a Fucking Normal Person
Curated by: Jessie Cohan
299 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014


April 30th, 2009 - May 30th, 2009
 
Ad Hoc #2, Mika TajimaMika Tajima, Ad Hoc #2,
2009, silkscreen, birch plywood, formica, polished aluminum , 24 x 36 x 1"
© courtesy of thje artist and Petra Projects
 I Be Trying To Calm This Mind, Davina Semo, 2009Davina Semo, 2009,
I Be Trying To Calm This Mind,
2009, Inks, pencils and gouache on rag paper , 42.5" x 42.5"
© courtesy of the artist and Petra Projects
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Petra Projects and curator Jessie Cohan are pleased to present an exhibition of new works by seven New York based artists.

"Learn to Communicate Like a Fucking Normal Person" highlights an elliptical and overlapping conversation currently taking place between these artists, who all live in close physical proximity to one other. Malek and Weingrod critically deploy mathematical models and theories of natural phenomena as key components of their artistic practices. Tremblay's shaped canvases are an act of rebellion. Semo conveys a mood of low-lying despair through organic forms, as Tajima culls architectural references from unfinished condos and mismatched car parts. Hubbard and Berran are process-driven: Berran's paintings meditatively obliterate the gestures of his own hand, while Hubbard playfully layers techniques like film production and printmaking.

The featured works vary from large-scale paintings and shaped canvases to small wooden sculptures. The works' cohesion lies in a form of communication devoid of the obvious, but not of the observable. Each piece draws from a disparate point of reference, rendering a lucid dialogue that uses subtext, detachment and craft to engage the viewer. Delivered with intellectual vigor and offering indeterminate meanings, sound resonates through structure, stroke, and form. The diverse languages employed are abstract, emotive, scientific, geometric, and ephemeral. Nonetheless, they share a formal grammar of line, shape, palette, and abstraction.

Special thanks to Art Production Fund for hosting this exhibition. 


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