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Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Living in a Lightbulb

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Press for Living in a Lightbulb

Current Exhibitions at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery


Mood Organ

  • Kelly Akashi,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Songs in the Dark

  • Phil Collins,
  • Mat Collishaw,
  • Mark Dion,
  • Olafur Eliasson,
  • Meschac Gaba,
  • Jónsi,
  • Agnieszka Kurant,
  • Charles Long,
  • Ernesto Neto,
  • Rivane Neuenschwander,
  • Lisa Oppenheim,
  • Susan Philipsz,
  • Analia Saban,
  • Tomás Saraceno,
  • Slavs and Tatars,
  • Hannah Starkey,
  • Jeffrey Vallance,
  • Gillian Wearing,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One Last Trip to The Underworld

  • Nathalie Djurberg,
  • Hans Berg,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sarah Sze

  • Sarah Sze,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Living in a Lightbulb

  • Group show
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Burner

  • Dana Powell,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Writing Yellow

  • Mark Manders,
  • Opens: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I hope this finds you well.

  • Laura Lima,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

paradigm lost

  • Charles Long,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Single Voice

  • Susan Philipsz,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Punched Card

  • Analia Saban,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pine Barrens

  • Catharine Czudej,
  • Laeh Glenn,
  • Samara Golden,
  • Van Hanos,
  • Hugh Hayden,
  • Dan Herschlein,
  • Elizabeth Jaeger,
  • Zak Kitnick,
  • Agnieszka Kurant,
  • Ajay Kurian,
  • Kelly Akashi,
  • Mathew Cerletty,
  • Anna Pollack,
  • Dana Powell,
  • Kathleen Ryan,
  • Borna Sammak,
  • Max Hooper Schneider,
  • Hayley Silverman,
  • Emily Mae Smith,
  • Slavs and Tatars,
  • Nicole Wermers,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Solar Rhythms

  • Tomás Saraceno,
  • Opens: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isolated Above, Connected Down

  • Liu Shiyuan,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carla Klein

  • Carla Klein,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Phil Collins

  • Phil Collins,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The listening dimension

  • Olafur Eliasson,
  • Opens: Mar. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Durable Web

  • Lisa Oppenheim,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uta Barth

  • Uta Barth,
  • Opens: Feb. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rita Lundqvist

  • Rita Lundqvist,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

b 4 u

  • Charles Long,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sleeping Chimneys. Dead Stars.

  • Martin Boyce,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meschac Gaba

  • Meschac Gaba,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jun 06 - Jul 26, 2019


Where

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

  • 521 West 21st Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.414.4144

About

It’s like living in a light bulb, with the leaves
Like filaments and the sky a shell of thing, transparent glass
Enclosing the late heaven of a summer day, a canopy
Of incandescent blue above the dappled sunlight golden on the grass.

— Sally’s Hair by John Koethe (excerpt)


Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to present Living in a Lightbulb, curated by Jenny Jaskey and Mia Locks, a two-part exhibition in the gallery’s New York and Los Angeles locations. Artists in the exhibition make use of light and heat -- the sensoria of summer-- to emphasize the slow, dynamic process of human encounter with these phenomena. Some artists employ sunlight as raw material to make images or sculptural forms. Others point to the way energy directs and regulates time and behavior. Orienting sight, even survival, within the vagaries of the cosmos, “living in a light bulb” is a precarious and fundamentally interdependent proposition.

Works in the New York exhibition include a site-specific installation by Bill Jenkins that redirects daylight from the gallery’s front window to a back room. This sculpture of light illuminates a picture of the Cosmos by Scott Lyall, an image animated by light reflecting off sub-visible information embedded in NanoFoil. Composite lunagrams and heliograms by Lisa Oppenheim of skies and seas document the steady change of light over the course of a day. Olafur Eliasson’s suspended rotating orb emits a hazy yellow glow, the light of a single frequency.

Topological transformation, and the role of natural energy in the reproduction and maintenance of life, connect several works in the exhibition. A monotype by Sam Lewitt recreates a scene from a Cesariano etching that documents the discovery of fire in the household, and Cauleen Smith reimagines archival footage as a conversation between humanity and planet Earth about impending ecological collapse. Transformation and decay are recurring themes in the work of Kelly Akashi, too, whose hand blown glass orb is held, tenuously, as it filters light.

In Los Angeles, the material properties ofseveral works: a painting by pioneering Light and Space artist Mary Corse incorporates glass microspheres in its surface that refract light, Sam Lewitt etches in Pyralux, a copperclad plastic laminate, with high thermal performance, used in ultra-thin circuit boards and electronics. Light seems to flicker and burst across James Welling’s large dégradé screens, works the artist makes by filtering light onto photo paper. And in a dryly humorous conceptual work from 1970, Reading Position for a Second Degree Burn, Dennis Oppenheim uses UV rays to develop an image of a book on his skin.

The interplay of light with the built environment––with airplane windows, sun shades, the shape of a room––is considered in works by Uta Barth, Martin Boyce, and K.R.M. Mooney. Mooney’s pair of steel sculptures echo the forms of light shields, like domestic blinds or awnings. A sculpture by Ann Veronica Janssens uses a modest sheet of corrugated aluminum to imagine moonlight within the gallery’s architecture.

In the summer, we say the days are longer, as sunlight stretchesPaul Ramirez Jonas attempts to catch the light, extend the day further, by driving as fast as possible towards the setting sun. In the Arctic circle, where the sun never sets this time of year, Robin Watkins makes field recordings of solar wind, aurora borealis and other magnetic storms. In a poem made from neon lights, David Horvitz connects the gravitational pull of the moon with the rise and fall of the ocean tide. His work reminds us of the continual, gradual change of summer, sunrise to sunset.


Jenny Jaskey is Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College and Director and Curator of the Artist's Institute, New York, where she has made exhibitions with Hilton Als, Tauba Auerbach, Pierre Huyghe, Lucy McKenzie, Carolee Schneemann, and Haim Steinbach, among other artists. She is co-editor with Christoph Cox and Suhail Malik of Realism Materialism Art (CCS Bard/Sternberg, 2015) and recent catalog writing includes essays on the work of Nina Canell, Ian Cheng, and Laura Owens.


Mia Locks is Senior Curator and Head of New Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). Her exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (2017); Greater New York (2015); Math Bass: Off the Clock (2015); Im Heung-Soon: Reincarnation (2015); The Little Things Could Be Dearer (2014); Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife (2014); and Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 (2011). She was a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, New York.


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