“Dash [Snow] and David Hammons are both artists with a witch-doctor feel to their work, which is important, because ultimately what is the value of art?… In an increasingly secular society, it’s even more important as people try to form their belief systems. If you’re not going the readymade route, then you look around for the tools available to make something of your own. That’s a big part of the artist’s job or the writer’s job…
“It’s found in the moment, not in an academic way. You find it in the practice. I think the academic and institutional part of the art world is a big problem. Artists often collaborate with them to their detriment, because they think they need the institution as a go-between, a translator for the public. Dash, like Hammons, understood that you don’t need the middleman. Cut out the middleman. Make him wait in line with everyone else. It has to be on the artist’s terms.” — Glenn O’Brien on Dash Snow*
The new exhibition THE DROWNED WORLD presents work from the late artist’s archive, including a selection of rarely seen sculptures.
“In K8 Hardy’s performances, the body makes itself a transmitter in order to update and queer the world with its broadcasts….If contemporary art is first and foremost a system for producing subjects in the form of contemporary artists…it’s probably time for artists to rethink their own role in this system’s reproduction….Instead of simply feeding the network in new and creative ways, artists would get more involved in de-creation, and engage subjectivization as an ever-recurring opportunity for unworking.” — John Kelsey*
K8 Hardy, Raúl de Nieves, and Participant present BEAUTIFUL RADIATING ENERGY,with de Nieves ina piece Hardy first performed at Reena Spaulings in 2004.
BEAUTIFUL RADIATING ENERGY, Sunday, May 21. Doors open at 7 pm.
PARTICIPANT, 253 East Houston Street, New York City.
At the 2017 Whitney Biennial, a room of de Nieves’ work—robed figures, taxidermy birds, a wall of faux stained glass—anchors the east end of the fifth floor. “Part church, part nightclub, part tomb.”**
RAÚL DE NIEVES—2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL, through June 11.
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York City.
*John Kelsey, “Information in Drag,” in K8 Hardy, How To: Untitled Runway Show, eds. K8 Hardy and Dorothée Perret (Los Angeles: DoPe Press, 2013), 111, 117–118.
**Charlotte Ickes, Whitney Biennial 2017, exh. cat., ed. Jason Best (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2017), 152.