Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Companion this Friday!

Opening Friday January 15


Projects by: Tom Bogaert, Cui Fei, J. Blachly & Lytle Shaw, Pablo Helguera, Sarah Oppenheimer with Edward Stanley, Karina Skvirsky, Yuken Teruya, Saya Woolfalk with Rachel Lears, plus special screening of Bathing Babies in Three Cultures (1951) by Margaret Mead & Gregory Bateson

Curated by: Marisa Jahn for REV-

Exhibition: Fri, January 15 - Sat, March 13, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, January 15, 2010, 6-8 pm

Public Program: Wednesday, February 10
Performance/ readings by Pablo Helguera, Jimbo Blachly & Lytle Shaw

Companion is an exhibition of artworks contextualized with the source that influenced their creation. Using the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program as a curatorial foundation, Companion culls together cultural projects that draw inspiration from references mined from history, culture, and science.


Making its debut, Pablo Helguera's video What in the World is a clever reinterpretation of a popular 1950's television program where artifacts were deciphered by a team of archaeologists, artists, and other aficionados. Adapting the show's theatrical conventions for a YouTube generation, Helguera departs from the objects to focus on the museum staff.

Karina Skvirsky's series of photographs of domestic settings in Ecuador depict a story about self-presentation and class distinction, referring to Tomás Gutiérrez Alea's 1966 cinematic masterpiece Memories of Underdevelopment (Memorias del subdesarrollo),

Tom Bogaert's installation centrally features a photograph he took while working as a human rights worker in Burundi, Africa. An illuminated window inside a dark room belies a story of horror: as the room was a former site of Tutsi genocide.

Cui Fei's grand installation of thorns resembles the hash marks used to mark time. The hundreds of thorns methodically reference the daily passage of time during the second Sino-Japanese war (1937-1945).

An ongoing collaboration between anthropologist Rachel Lears and artistSaya Woolfalk, Ethnography of No Place is a series of drawings, photography, and video that conflate ritual with exuberant décor, playfully referring to Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson's Bathing Babies in Three Cultures (1951). Screened throughout the duration of the exhibition, Bathing Babies compares the interplay during bathing between mother and child in three different settings..

Yuken Teruya's Dawn (Maybach) 2008 is a rosewood panel that artist outfitted for the Maybach luxury line of automobiles with standard function buttons plus a button shaped like a butterfly whose function or consequence is not stated. Continuing with the butterfly metaphor, the artist has included a set of knives, each subtly adorned with chrysalis.

Sarah Oppenheimer, whose installations involve the extraction of familiar architectural elements in order to alter the perception of space, collaborates with structural engineer Edward Stanley.

J. Blachly and Lytle Shaw present The Temporary Museum of Vaseline in Perth Amboy, the latest iteration of their research into the artist and poet's cast of mysterious characters known as the 'Chadwick family.'


For a complete press release and more information on the exhibition, such as images and a schedule of programs, please contact Michelle Levy, Program Director, EFA Project Space, at 212-563-5855 x 227, or

EFA Project Space, a Program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, is a multi-disciplinary arts venue that encourages creative expression and new interactions in the arts. By collaborating with organizations and individuals to present programs including exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, and conversations, EFA Project Space generates an ongoing dialogue about the creative process.

REV- is a non-profit organization that furthers socially-engaged art, design, and pedagogy. REV- produces projects that fuse disciplines, foster diversity, and vary in form (workshops, publications, exhibitions, design objects, etc.). Engaged with different communities and groups, REV-'s projects involve collaborative production, resource-sharing, and a commitment to the process as political gesture. The organization derives its name from both the colloquial expression "to rev" a vehicle and the prefix "rev-" which means to turn-as in, revolver, revolution, revolt, revere, irreverent, etc.

EFA Project Space is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Private funding has been received from The Carnegie Corporation Inc., The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and numerous individuals.

Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

EFA Project Space
A Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 W 39th Street, 2nd Floor

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