Not an edge but a hinge
The 2018 edition of the annual AIRspace exhibition features work by 2017-2018 visual arts residents Christopher Aque, Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall, Carl E. Hazlewood, Trokon Nagbe, Macon Reed, Gabriela Salazar, Patrice Renee Washington, and Chris Watts. Marking the culmination of their residency at Abrons Arts Center, Not an edge but a hinge presents works across a range of media, including painting, sculpture, video, and site-specific installation, and is organized by AIRspace curatorial residents Christian Camacho-Light and Alexis Wilkinson.
Aligning with Abrons’ wide-ranging multidisciplinary performance and educational programming, Not an edge but a hinge attends to difference within shared time and space. Occupying the building’s three main galleries, the exhibition takes a kaleidoscopic approach in order to honor the complex and shifting affinities between individual artworks.
In the exhibition, several works withhold the figure from view, privileging the outline or trace over direct representation, investigating notions of disclosure or voyeurism. Others establish an indexical, material, or metaphorical relationship to place, often marking displacement or loss. Additional works use aesthetic forms and cultural objects as means of excavating histories of social violence, emphasizing their ties to the present. These overlapping elements function like hinges within a network of flexible relations, ultimately reflecting how these artists approach issues of identity in ways that elude and exceed a fixed reading.
Image: Gabriela Salazar, Eye of Palm
Christopher Aque is a New York-based visual artist. His work addresses intimacy, desire, and sexuality in relation to surveillance, data collection, and other expressions of power. He received his BA from the University of Chicago in 2009, his MFA from Hunter College in 2016, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. His work has been included in exhibitions at SculptureCenter, New York; Laurel Gitlen, New York; Motel, Brooklyn, NY; and Regards, Chicago, among others.
Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall began collaborating officially in 2015. Both artists with an interdisciplinary and research-based practice, they work towards re-contextualizing desire and privilege in the United States, currently developing installations inspired by the lost histories of Bengali sailors who passed as Black in the early twentieth century. Dasgupta and Marshall’s installations span a range of media, incorporating sculpture, video, sound, photography and painting. Exhibitions of their collaborative work include In Practice: Another Echo at Sculpture Center, New York (2018), Loving Blackness and A More Perfect Union at the Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia (2017), Ornate Activate at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee (2017) and Shirin Gallery, New York (2015). Current and upcoming residencies include AIRspace at Abrons Arts Center (2018), and the Artist Studio Program at Smack Mellon (2018). At this time, Dasgupta and Marshall are developing work for upcoming shows including AIRspace at Abrons Arts Center and the Sunroom Project Space at Wave Hill, New York.
MacDowell Fellow Carl E. Hazlewood, born in Guyana, South America, is a visual artist, living in Brooklyn, NY. The co-founder of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ, recently refocused on his own art after a life promoting other artists as curator, writer, and teacher. His many curatorial projects include those for the Studio Museum in Harlem, Artists Space, and Hallwalls, all in NY. His prize- winning show for the US section at the 1994 Cuenca Bienal, Ecuador, was on behalf of the USA and Aljira. Hazlewood’s latest awards include residencies at YADDO, Headlands, BRIC, Triangle Workshop, and as NEA Emerging Artist Fellow at Vermont Studio Center. He was The Milton and Sally Avery Fellow at OMI International Art Center. His art is in the collections of Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo – Brazil, and The National Collection of Fine Arts, Guyana, South America, among others.
Born in Liberia, West Africa, Trokon Nagbe’s family immigrated to the United States in the 1980s. Trokon Nagbe received his MFA from the Savannah College of Arts in 2004 in the Film and fine arts program. Trokon has participated in-group exhibitions in Paris, France, New York City and Savannah Georgia. His work has been written about in Art in America, The New York Times, and in the Village Voice for his installation in the Studio Museum of Harlem “Flow” exhibition.
Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Wayfarer’s Gallery and Eyebeam in New York; Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Roots & Culture, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; Art F City’s FAGallery in Miami, FL; The Museum of Human Achievement in Austin,TX; Salt Institute in Portland, ME; The Dah Theater Research Center in Belgrade, Serbia; ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts, Athens, Greece. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally she studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade, and Art and Social Engagement at The Kitchen’s Sidney Kahn Summer Institute. Most recently Macon was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology.
Gabriela Salazar was born in New York City to architects from Puerto Rico. Her work examines the relationship of the built environment and material histories to our sense of self and place. Solo exhibitions include My Lands are Islands, NURTUREart, Brooklyn; In Advance of a Storm (for Luis and Antonia) (for A and L) (for parents) (for two), The Lighthouse Works’ Fellowship in Public Art; For Closure (Outdoors, the Bronx), Bronx River Art Center, and, most recently, Eye of Palm, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail. Salazar has been in residence or fellowship atWorkspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, and Open Sessions at The Drawing Center, NYC. Salazar’s piece, Matters in Shelter (and Place, Puerto Rico), is currently included in Indicators: Artists on Climate Change at Storm King Art Center, through November 11. She holds an MFA from RISD, a BA from Yale University, and lives, works, and teaches in NYC.
Patrice Renee Washington is a New York based artist, born in Chicago, IL. Working primarily in sculpture and ceramics, her work investigates the construction of identity, and self, through objects and signifiers. She received her BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver (2011), and MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University (2014). Her recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition, Charts, Parts, and Holders at MCA Denver (2018), States of Matter at Zeitgeist (2018), On Visibility and Camouflage at We Buy Gold (2017),Rags & Rinds at Underdonk (2016), In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New at Sculpture Center, Givens at AA|LA, and RE: Purpose at MoCADA. She has completed residencies at Abrons Art Center (2017), Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lighthouse Works (2017), The Museum of Arts and Design (2016), and Anderson Ranch Arts Center (2015).
Chris Watts is a New York based artist from North Carolina. In drawings, paintings, films and installations, Watts recasts images and scenes, often taken from film, music and found printed material. He seeks not to simply supplement a new narrative, but to create a project of disruption. He recently installed a solo exhibition, Blahk on Blahk on Blak at Gallery Twenty Two, Charlotte NC and has installed solo projects at Davidson College, Davidson, NC; Duke University, Durham, NC; and Artspace Center for the Arts, Raleigh, NC, amongst others. His group exhibitions include Do you see me?, Diggs Gallery at Winston Salem State University, Winston Salem, NC, (2016); Art + Dialogue: Responding to Racial Tension in America, Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC, (2015) and High Point University, High Point, NC, (2016); Realities in Contemporary Video Art, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France, (2015); So Much to She, Flanders Gallery, Aaron Fowler and Chris Watts, Raleigh, NC, (2015). Watts has participated as an Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Culture Council Workspace Program, New York, NY (2016-2017); the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, (2014); and the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC, (2010). Watts received training from the College of Arts and Architecture, University of North Carolina Charlotte and from the Yale University School of Art.
Christian Camacho-Light is a curator and writer based in New York. They have recently organized exhibitions at Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; The Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; The International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY; and the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. They are currently an AIRspace curator-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center. They hold an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BA in Art History from Vassar College.
Alexis Wilkinson is a mover and a curator working across dance, performance, and visual art. Recent curatorial projects include A Collection of Slow Events at The Luminary, MO (2017), In Practice: Material Deviance at SculptureCenter, NY (2017), objects are slow events at the Hessel Museum, NY (2016), and Matter to Whom? at the Judd Foundation, NY (2015). She has also organized exhibitions and performances at Abrons Art Center, NADA NY, and A.I.R. Gallery on Governors Island. Wilkinson is the Director of Exhibitions and Live Art at Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, where she programs and organizes interdisciplinary exhibitions, performances, and events. She is currently an AIRspace curator-in-residence at Abrons Art Center, New York. Previously, she was the 2017 Curatorial Fellow at SculptureCenter, New York, and has held research, administrative, and curatorial support roles at the New Museum, New York and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Wilkinson holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a BA in Cultural Studies, Dance, and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles.