In Place Of
How does an act of withdrawal become legible, since its only trace is an absence? One way: through a placeholder—an object that occupies space in order to gesture toward a lack, an absent agent, or something that has been barred from representation. Sublimating rather than negating, placeholders stand in for something that cannot or will not express itself directly. They are a form of 'making do,' but not an end in themselves. As objects, they simply demarcate.
This exhibition brings together works that, in various ways, might be understood as placeholders: for information rendered absent for legal or political reasons; for invisible actors; for anticipated content; for unfilled desires or needs; for the otherwise forgotten; for those who chose to drop out; or simply because a surrogate was good enough.
An exhibition space, after all, is characterized by the presence of certain things and the willful suppression of others. Where better to examine our own investments?