Accordion Thoughts And Everyday Superposition

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Accordion Thoughts And Everyday Superposition

122 Norfolk Street
10002 New York
September 24th, 2011 - October 30th, 2011
Opening: September 24th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mon-Fri 11-6


Brennan & Griffin is thrilled to announce the opening of our new space with Accordion Thoughts and Everyday Superposition, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Katie Grinnan.  The title of the exhibition references the physicist Thomas Young’s infamous double-slit experiment, which revealed the strange phenomenon in quantum mechanics, where matter displays characteristics of both particles and waves, a singular compressed object and a vast sea of probabilities known as superposition. Form and position in space becomes an approximation and time can be seen as a field of present moments. In this body of work, Grinnan is influenced by this notion and imagines the expansion of this idea, encompassing bodily experience and consciousness. 

Brainwaves reflects the search for structure and form within complex systems such as the brain and the universe that resist resolution and are largely speculative. The piece explores the fluid process by which one’s subjectivity sculpts the environment and reciprocally the environment sculpts one’s thoughts. This process operates simultaneously on intimate and vast levels permeating many different kinds of space. The immense ocean of information consisting of multiple perspectives is ultimately filtered and translated through personal experience, revealing a singular yet composite self, which is then projected back into the world and is always present and constantly changing.

Mirage, in many ways, forms a counterpoint to Brainwaves. The sculpture focuses on the experiential nature of the body and is formed from casting Grinnan’s own body moving through the different positions of a portion of her yoga routine. The resulting form is both an approximation of motion and a solid thing, a singular figure and many. While Brainwaves focuses on the mind and its potential boundaries, Mirage focuses on the concept of peripersonal space, the space that your body encompasses at its most extended point in every direction, which describes the body’s potential boundary. Although one might consider the artist, Étienne-Jules Marey as a reference point for Mirage, the Hindu sculptures from South India, where different gods are portrayed with multiple limbs are of equal importance. Both references reflect Grinnan’s interest in the expansion and compression of time and “everyday superposition.”

Accordion Thoughts and Everyday Superposition investigates the relationship between sight and the kinesthetic, actual experience and our translations of those experiences. Grinnan also continues to explore different conceptions of time, and focuses on perceptions of time in terms of past memories, the present and potential futures and its effect on the construction of reality and the self.

Katie Grinnan received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Grinnan has previously had Solo Exhibitions at the Whitney Museum at Altria, New York, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado, The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles as well as an upcoming exhibition at The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena. Her work has also been included in Group Exhibitions including The Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Artists' Museum at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Interstate: The American Roadtrip at The Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, Real World at Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England, among others. Grinnan has works included in the Collections of The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.  This is Grinnan's first exhibition with Brennan & Griffin.