An exhibition curated by B. Wurtz at White Columns, New York City

September 10 - October 25,  2008
opening reception, Wednesday, September 10, 6-8 pm
White Columns, 320 West 13th Street (Enter on Horatio Street, between Hudson and 8th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014, 212-924-4212,  212-645-4764 fax, gallery hours Tue-Sat, 12-6 pm

John Beech, Anna Castelli, Taylor Davis, Vincent Fecteau, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Wayne Koestenbaum and Greenblatt-Wexler, Fawn Krieger, Michael Krumenacker, Sol LeWitt, Gareth Moore, Richard Rezac, Robert Rhee, Sterling Ruby, Nancy Shaver, Diane Simpson, Ceasar Stoffi, Alan Wiener


The inspiration for this exhibition comes out of a fascination with the ambiguous sense of scale and open-ended interpretation offered by certain objects in the world. Japanese bonsai would be a good starting point, but then one could move through children's blocks, and even end up with the written word. Parallel universes, macrocosms, microcosms? Associations can form in the mind's eye. Take for example Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain" (urinal-turned-artwork) and the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

The participants in the exhibition are artists, designers, and a writer.  All of the pieces on display are three-dimensional and there will be one work per participant. The book, Hotel Theory/Hotel Women, is perhaps the most conceptual object in the show. It is in fact two stories in one, running in two columns with different typefaces down each page. As one reads the book each column becomes like one of two miniature hotels across the street from each other, with activities taking place in both.

It is in the spirit of possibility that this exhibition was put together. Were the participants thinking about bonsai or blocks as they worked on their pieces? Maybe, maybe not. Regardless - all of it - the sculptures, the design objects, the book, are there, ready to stimulate one's imagination.


photograph by B.Wurtz