Just what is it that makes today so different, so appealing?
“Just what is it that makes today so different, so appealing?” whose title refers to a 1956 collage by Richard Hamilton. This exhibition brings together a group of artworks that question their domestic use value, (or lack thereof), including works by Uri Aran, Ed Atkins, Thomas Bayrle, Brian Belott, Kerstin Brätsch, Jeremy Deller, Verne Dawson, Urs Fischer, Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys, Mark Handforth, Karl Holmqvist, Jonathan Horowitz, Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, Christopher Knowles, Jannis Kounellis, Mark Leckey, Danny Lyon, Frida Orupabo, Silke Otto-Knapp, Rob Pruitt, Nick Relph, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Steven Shearer, Frances Stark, Sturtevant, Rirkrit Tiravanija. By presenting a group of pieces with indeterminate domestic use, the gallery space will double as a living space and as a theater for somewhat undefinable social behaviors. The exhibition will create a mise en abime that will examine the philosophical, psychological and spiritual implications that are inferred from the collision of the exhibition space and living space. The home is a collection of repositories, everyday ephemera charged with existential and poetic meaning. Quotidian objects become signifiers, their functional value replaced with an expressive and spiritual one.
A home is altered by every encounter with an ‘outside’ world, as it does not exist without social exchange, and will reflect the broad political turmoil of our time. The ‘home’ is a living metaphor for one’s mind – a larger and contested idea of home. For whom and by whom. It is a personal indoor and simultaneously outdoor space, an echo of an inner-psyche. It is the private made public.
About Gavin Brown’s enterprise Gavin Brown’s enterprise (GBE) opened in New York in 1994, representing the artists Rirkrit Tiravanija, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton, Udomsak Krisanamis, Steven Pippin, Franz Ackermann, and Verne Dawson. The gallery has gone on to represent artists such as Martin Creed, Urs Fischer, Mark Leckey, Rob Pruitt, Jonathan Horowitz, Laura Owens, Alex Katz, Sturtevant, Ed Atkins, Rachel Rose, Jannis Kounellis, Joan Jonas and Arthur Jafa, among many others. The gallery quickly consolidated its position as one of New York’s, and the world’s, foremost representatives of the finest artists of our time. Never wavering from its commitment to the community of artists it belongs to and fosters, the gallery has developed a unique and radical reputation for expanding notions of what art, and art galleries, can be and do today.
In addition to the primary gallery location on 439 W 127th Street, Gavin Brown’s enterprise operates two other galleries: Sant’Andrea de Scaphis, in a deconsecrated church in Rome, Italy; and Unclebrother, in a former garage in Hancock, New York.
Artists represented: Uri Aran, Ed Atkins, Thomas Bayrle, Brian Belott, Jennifer Bornstein, Joe Bradley, Kerstin Brätsch, Vittorio Brodmann, Martin Creed, Verne Dawson, Jeremy Deller, Peter Doig, Urs Fischer, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Dara Friedman, Cy Gavin, Mark Handforth, Karl Holmqvist, Jonathan Horowitz, Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, Christopher Knowles, Jannis Kounellis Estate, Udomsak Krisanamis, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Mark Leckey, Danny Lyon, Bjarne Melgaard, Frida Orupabo, Silke Otto-Knapp, Laura Owens, Oliver Payne, Steven Pippin, Rob Pruitt, Nick Relph, Rachel Rose, Steven Shearer, Frances Stark, Sturtevant, Spencer Sweeney, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Rirkrit Tiravanija./div>