For Tamara Gonzales and Jessica Duffett, curators of “Donut Muffin,” a lively group show on view at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Projects through March 10, a donut muffin is
highly addictive muffin-shaped donut. Made from donut batter and dusted
with sugar, it looks like a muffin and tastes like a donut. It is both a
donut and a muffin, and it revels in its shameless sugary seduction.
Eating these delights in a local coffee shop, we (the curators) came to
realize that our conversations about art and these hybrid pastries were
related. Planning Donut Muffin, we had conversations with artists
approaching painting from a sculptural perspective. We discussed
sculpture as drawing, and light as painting. We came to realize that in
contrast to the orthodoxy of Modernist and subsequent postmodern
practices, these artists embrace porous and iterative approaches to
artmaking, and in so doing, acknowledge the ever-shifting experience of
the viewer. We saw the studio and talismans of everyday life folded into
formal practices of painting and sculpture.
work by Mike Amrhein, Sarah Braman, Ariel Dill, Joe Fyfe, EJ Hauser,
Clinton King, Pam Lins, Lauren Luloff, Chris Martin, Nathlie Provosty,
Robert Rhee, Christian Sampson, and Stephen Truax, the curators propose
that the artists challenge the hierarchies of art objecthood and materiality. Above all, they suggest,
role of memory and perception, the subjective and emotional aspects of
artmaking and experiencing art, [are] at the forefront of discussions
about their bodies of work. This last alchemic piece encompasses the
attitude and position of Donut Muffin: transcending two worlds through
unification of seemingly contradictory camps— painting and sculpture,
conceptual and intuitive, the space between intention and perception.
strongly recommend a visit to look at how painters are combining this AND that. There’s plenty of quirky, interesting work to
warrant a trip to Long Island City before it closes on Sunday–if you can pry yourself away from Armory Week Art Fairs, that is.
inches. “…repurposing of common fabrics from his travels form artworks
that are at once paintings, sculptures, and appropriations.”
“Donut Muffin,” curated by Jessica Duffett and Tamara Gonzales. Dorsky curatorial Projects, Long Island City, Queens, NY. Through March 10, 2013. Note: all quoted text is from the curators’ catalog essay.
Image at top: nstallation view with Joe Fyfe, Sarah Braman, and Lauren Luloff. Luloff “brings personal associations of fabric, light and three-dimensional forms into the lexicon of painting, collapsing public and personal memory and iconography.”
Medium unspecificity prevails
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