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Lyles and King

Visions from the Personal Growth Laboratory

  • Erica Mahinay
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Current Exhibitions at Lyles and King


Mama

  • Aneta Grzeszykowska,
  • Opens: Oct. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Project Room: Drawings

  • Chris Hood,
  • Opens: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Closer Than They Appear

  • Trudy Benson,
  • Opens: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

DEAD EDEN

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Project Space: Bachsimpel

  • Pierre Knop,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 01, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

First Surface

  • Ethan Greenbaum,
  • Opens: Apr. 29, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 01, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 29, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Swamp Etiquette

  • Borden Capalino,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 24, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Between Nights

  • Mi Kafchin,
  • Opens: Feb. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Civilian

  • Chris Dorland,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Group Show

  • Rachel LaBine,
  • Isabel Yellin,
  • Lucy Kim,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Red Tie Paintings

  • Mira Schor,
  • Opens: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 17, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Milespires & Reliquaries

  • Phillip Birch,
  • Opens: Oct. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Nov. 12, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 13, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Visions from the Personal Growth Laboratory

  • Erica Mahinay
  • Opens: May. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TT52

  • Trudy Benson,
  • Yann Gerstberger,
  • Opens: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Novel Gazers

  • Chris Hood,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 08, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 5 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

May 03 - Jun 04, 2017


Where

Lyles and King

  • 106 Forsyth Street, New York NY 10002 Map
  • 646.484.5478

About

Percept language is a way of rephrasing language to take ownership of individual experience. If language creates reality, then it should reflect the awareness of the self, by foregoing impersonal pronouns—“it,” “that”—as a way of restructuring the brain to create fluidity in the way we fashion ideas of ourselves. Percept is an idea in psychology first developed by John and Joyce Weir as part of the Human potential movement, whose philosophy informs the body of work on view. The Weirs’ work is an experiment in perception of the self, and as an experiment in perception, it is visual.

Erica Mahinay researches this philosophy first hand through attending “Labs” conducted by current practitioners of the Weir’s work, Jake and Hannah Eagle. Personal Growth becomes a key with which to look at the works on view. To break away from the idea of gesture as mark making or the desire to leave an individual stamp, but rather, see that each piece is a journey to create a whole out of parts, a process of negotiation through material. The result is evident in the way imperfections are integrated into the work. The word “seamlessly” keeps coming to mind: how its association is always positive: “without obvious joints,” reads the dictionary, when really, the joints are the stuff of life. The still life paintings where flowers take up only a side or a corner and the wooden supports that remain visible through thin fabrics or lack thereof, emphasize how a canvas is an architecture, a door, a window, a way in.

Viewing Mahinay’s paintings means taking note: there are stitches across the different planes, the details sewn in. Two or more materials come together, a collage that is doing double duty, both the subject and the surface, both image and support. Viewing means parceling out the details, too: two black canvases with yellow flowers almost come together to form one springtime-lilies-subject (also an art historical theme), one black-on-black abstract. In one the flowers take up the top left corner, in another the hint of a vase in the bottom. They’re made of the same materials, twinned by process, then by image.

- by Orit Gat


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