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Margaret Thatcher Projects

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  • Laurie Frick,
  • Ruth Greene,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Maria Park,
  • Richard Thatcher,
  • Daniel Weiner,
  • Michael Waugh
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    Meg Hitchock, That, 2017 For sale online
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    Laurie Frick, Daily Stress Inventory #1, 2015 For sale online
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    Maria Park, Imprint 1, 2017 For sale online
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    Meg Hitchock, And, 2016 For sale online
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    Meg Hitchock, Mantras & Dragons, 2017 For sale online
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    Meg Hitchock, Bling No. 5: Hagar in the Wilderness, 2017 For sale online
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    Meg Hitchock, Bling No. 3: Night Sea, 2017 For sale online
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    Michael Waugh, Balancing the Report (FCIR, part 10), 2017 For sale online
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    Daniel Weiner, After She Comes, 2006
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    Daniel Weiner, Ideal Folio / Index, 2011 / 2017
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    Daniel Weiner, She Said that Only She Loved Him, 2017
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    Daniel Weiner, To Do List (Don’t Lie / Don’t Drink / Get Help / Fix Sink / Make Beans / No Porn / Drink Tea / Write Poem) , 2017
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    Richard Thatcher, Best of (May 2007), 2007
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    Ruth Greene, Becoming Light, 2016
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    Ruth Greene, Radical Uncertainty: The Relativity of Truth, 2017
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Current Exhibitions at Margaret Thatcher Projects


Ghosts In The Machine

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Light Years: Celebrating 20 years of Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jul. 05, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

TWINS

  • Rainer Gross,
  • Opens: May. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 23, 2018
  • Reception: May. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ted Larsen

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Closes: May. 12, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradise

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 01, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

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  • Laurie Frick,
  • Ruth Greene,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Jenny Holzer,
  • Maria Park,
  • Richard Thatcher,
  • Daniel Weiner,
  • Michael Waugh
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Across This New Divide

  • Heidi Spector,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

minimal invasiv

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Turn Up the Heat

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Cathy Choi,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Vadim Katznelson,
  • Rainer Gross,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Venske & Spänle,
  • William Steiger,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Evan Stoller,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fountains

  • Robert Chamberlin,
  • Opens: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception: Jul. 24, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Composition

  • Maria Park,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Far Closer

  • Robert Sagerman,
  • Opens: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 23, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Flight

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Danjerus Cable

  • Tegene Kunbi,
  • Opens: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Jun. 11, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

RECONFIGURED

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Adam Fowler,
  • Meg Hitchcock,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

See Me, Feel Me

  • Frank Badur,
  • Teo González,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Nan Swid,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brice Brown

  • Brice Brown,
  • Opens: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Feb. 12, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

HYBRID FORM

  • Frank Badur,
  • Omar Chacon,
  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • Joanne Mattera,
  • Richard Roth,
  • Opens: May. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Las Mesalinas y Otros Ensayos

  • Omar Chacon,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 19, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I Am the Fire

  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Wall Flower

  • Venske & Spänle,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Suite Color

  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 06, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

H O T S P O T S

  • William Betts,
  • Gary Carsley,
  • Carlos Estrada-Vega,
  • Kevin Finklea,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • Teo Gonzalez,
  • Jus Juchtmans,
  • Ted Larsen,
  • David Mann,
  • Michael Seiden,
  • Maria Park,
  • Robert Sagerman,
  • William Steiger,
  • Bill Thompson,
  • Opens: Jul. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Vibrations

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Nava Lubelski,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hoping for Clear Skies

  • Jaq Belcher,
  • Lula Mae Blocton,
  • Maureen McQuillan,
  • Maria Park,
  • Heidi Spector,
  • Heidi van Wieren,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sympathetic Strings

  • David Mann,
  • Opens: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 06, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 07, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arch/Horizon Paintings

  • Teo González,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 04, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SPLASH

  • William Betts,
  • Opens: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Closes: Jul. 16, 2016
  • Reception: Jun. 09, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

THRILLS

  • William Steiger,
  • Opens: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Closes: Mar. 12, 2016
  • Reception: Feb. 11, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Industrial Park

  • Ted Larsen,
  • Opens: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 17, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Summer Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawing Through: France & Poland

  • Tad Mike,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alternative Perspectives

  • Gary Carsley,
  • Nobu Fukui,
  • William Steiger,
  • Raphael Zollinger,
  • Opens: Feb. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Spectral Flux

  • Freddy Chandra,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 10, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As Above So Below

  • Cathy Choi,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 11 - Feb 17, 2018

  • Reception: Jan 11, 6 - 8pm

Where

Margaret Thatcher Projects

  • 539 W 23rd St, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.675.0222

About

Margaret Thatcher Projects is pleased to present, text me, a group exhibition bridging eight contemporary artists, Laurie Frick, Ruth Greene, Meg Hitchcock, Jenny Holzer, Maria Park, Richard Thatcher, Michael Waugh, and Daniel Weiner in which language is the central form of visual representation. By using text as the principal communication vehicle in the artistic expression of their work, each artist’s objects skillfully reflect the understanding that language, when abstracted from its normal setting, is a powerful tool with the capacity to offer viewers the freedom of perception and perspective.

Data artist, Laurie Frick envisions a time when personal data is a peek into our unique identity and just possibly a glimpse into our future. Daily Stress Inventory #1 is a play on recent studies that show how simple daily stress has a long-term effect on future chronic health problems. What if you could imagine a little sliding scale as you watch all those irritating little stress events that poke at you on a daily basis. When the subway is late, or commuter traffic is ridiculous because it's raining, or someone had the nerve to write a snarky comment on your post. Does it bother you a little bit, not at all or a lot? Each dot is a day, and you might encounter one or maybe a handful of small stress in your daily inventory, color coded and sized by the amount of stress it caused. The constant data collection on our lives, from iPhone usage to subway card swipes, transforms into portraiture through Frick‘s text and data based art.

Ruth Greene’s “books” are an ongoing conceptual series that are seductively painted on approximately 9 x 6 x ½ inch plywood. The “cover” and “spine” are sealed with white gesso. Original titles are inscribed with pen or twig and permanent ink. Although there is a strong aesthetic component, ultimately the “books” are about the subject matters Greene is primarily interested in; philosophy, mathematics and humor, metaphysics, set theory and culture, as well as abstractions in physics. The seemingly fading gestures of the written text leave an open-ended dialogue with the viewer and the materials presented.

Meg Hitchcock, inspired by the loaded nature of spiritual texts, and her own lifelong relationship with spirituality, cuts her material from sacred texts such as the Bible, the Torah or the Bhagavad Gita. In 2015, Hitchcock made a pilgrimage to Mt. Kailash, a holy mountain in western Tibet. The works in this exhibition are a selection from her series 10,000 Mantras, an exploration of the myriad ways in which humanity searches for meaning and truth while making a commentary on self-abnegation and the desire for transcendence, questioning the very nature of transcendence itself.

Emerging in the 1980s, Jenny Holzer is known for her projections, which took advantage of what was new technology at the time. Her 1982 work in New York’s Times Square used LED to broadcast her messages to a wide audience. Recurring themes in her work are tribulations of modern life, as well as issues of religion and gender. Using direct language, and often juxtaposing shocking phrases, she forces the public to confront societal issues.

Maria Park is known for her stenciled reverse painting practice. Imprint 1 displays both capital and lowercase alphabet using the OCR-A font, which arose in the early days of computer optical character recognition when there was a need for a font that could be recognized by both computers and humans. Each letter is reverse painted in different shades of black mimicking the matter of factness of an alphabet chart. This, combined with the shift in scale, plays on the recognizability of the font whose usage remains widespread in the encoding of checks, another technology destined for obsolescence.

With an industrial edge, Richard Thatcher draws inspiration from everyday observation and objects designed for functionality. Often you are not certain if the item he has installed on the wall is a work of art or perhaps an electrical panel or security device. The artist employs metals, hand finished to create seductive surfaces that often hold or obscure hidden materials and agendas behind polished plates or in beautiful boxes. In his The Best of . . . series included in this exhibition, Thatcher plays with the position of Artforum Magazine as an appealing container of slick advertisements and pronouncements of the very best of the year’s art production. The magazine is screwed down and sealed away in a handsome industrial package, rendering the text unreadable. Thatcher offers up in place of the magazine as an announcer of the flavor of the moment, an art vessel of language as collective memory or cultural history, allowing the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions of worth.

Michael Waugh is known for intricate, representational drawings formed from minuscule handwritten words, a practice known as micrography. Waugh transcribes texts—such as government commissions and theoretical books about power and capitalism—into portraits and landscapes. Balancing the Report (FCIR, part 10) is drawn with text from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, issued in 2011. The text is specifically from the "Dissenting Views" section. To Waugh, the selection of texts and images and the relationship between the two are the conceptual heart of the work. “These are worlds made of words that draw upon a historical quest for knowledge and for political progress—a quest often at odds with social reality,” he explains.

Relying heavily on the accidental significance of found objects and texts, Daniel Weiner's assemblages draw out emotion and meaning that is just beneath the surface of the materials. He attempts to make each piece operate on the level of visual beauty, and on another level: triggering a self-reflexive act of discovery or interpretation, functioning as a diagram of revelation. With layering and a willful rereading of dormant information, he nails together literal and figurative levels of understanding to show that any and all inquiry leads back to the self.


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