BJORN COPELAND | DAVE HARDY | MATT HECKERT | AJAY KURIAN | DARIA MARTIN
JESSICA RATH | ALEX SCHWEDER | SLAVS AND TATARS | KAL SPELLETICH | JEFF WILLIAMS
Jack Hanley Gallery
327 Broome Street, New York, NY 10002
April 5 – May 5, 2013
“Weird” is a common go-to word to describe an artist’s work. Often this is because something relatively normal or naturalized is made weird through the lens of an artwork; or rather, its strangeness is exposed. An interesting thing happens when an artist points to science. A funny or unexpected disposition can come to the fore, or analytic methods channeled to explore aesthetic, political or philosophical areas. The artists in this show have set up experiments in one realm or the other that may not produce results in the same field. At the heart is a sense of play in trying to dismantle the fundamental principles of the universe, through scientific means and sometimes a little smoke and mirrors.
The category ‘science’ has become a vast term sheltering swiftly growing fields of enquiry. Within the scope of this show there are investigations of the natural or material world, and ethno-focused ones that take for subject matter language, architecture, and social relations. Featured artists include Dave Hardy, Bjorn Copeland, Daria Martin, Ajay Kurian, Alex Schweder, Jeff Williams, Kal Spelletich, Matt Heckert, Slavs and Tatars, and Jessica Rath. Alex Schweder will be performing “Free Architectural Advice” for the first week of the show.