It began late March, in early COVID, with the idea of community. Conversations, to crystallize, subsequently, into a group show, with a microscope/telescope point of view. Astronomical—but also astrological; also Stuart Brand’s vision of the earth from space: cosmic, but tender; ecological, if dream-like—like the start of a trip [Turn on, Tune out, Drop in]). From the virus to the stars:

“Constellation”—what Walter Benjamin explored in Ursprung des deutschen Trauerspiels (1928): Truth imagined as an astrological constellation, which simultaneously groups together and is revealed by the cluster of individual stars—truth “envisioned in the encircling dance of represented Ideas.”

Artists, to embroider Shelley, are the antennae of the world. And right now the world is changing, rapidly, painfully, frightfully. At the same time, however, now is a time for reflection and renewal; a time for inventive modes of community and connection—a time for hope. It is in this vein, and with an awareness of the importance of thinking both through (and with) and beyond this moment, that you are invited to contribute to “Constellation.”

But a physical show proved impossible. So an online presentation took shape. Modified by subsequent events. And if the original astronomical image marked a kind of beginning, then the perfect bookend appeared, at the conclusion (do you want to go to where the rainbow ends?), an emblem of what the idea had been all along: Steve Cannon’s pillowcase, made into art by David Hammons, elaborated and signed on the back of the frame by the gathered Gathering of Tribes. (Shades of Picabia’s L’Œil cacodylate.) The living room astronomer, the gathered gleam of scrawls and stars. It is in the spirit of this journey that we offer Constellation.

Alejandro Cesarco
Down & Across (1), 2020
Archival ink-jet print
47 x 32 1/2 inches
119.4 x 82.6 cm
Edition of 5

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Thornton Dial
Everybody Loves the United States, 2002
Rope carpet, clothing, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood
120 x 77 x 3 inches
304.8 x 195.6 x 7.6 cm

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Lucy Dodd
Flying drowning swimming playing, 2020
Mixed media
12 x 12 inches
30.5 x 30.5 cm

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Steffani Jemison
REVELATiON, 2017
Neon, transformers, hardware
Unique
51 x 207 inches

Hadi Fallahpisheh
Today Was A Tough Day (05/03/2020), 2020
Charcoal on paper
17 x 14 inches
43.2 x 35.6 cm

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Todd Gray
If You Are The big tree, We Are The
Small Axe (Cosmos, Sedabuda, Robben Island), 2020
Three archival pigment prints in artist's
frames, UV laminate
51 1/2 x 49 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
130.8 x 125.7 x 6.4 cm

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Figure (_2100597), 2017
Archival pigment print
32 x 24 inches
81.3 x 61 cm
Edition of 5

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Paula Wilson
Reflected, 2020
Oil, acrylic, woodblock print, digital print, lithographic print on muslin and canvas
50 x 71 inches
127 x 180.3 cm

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Iva Gueorguieva
Here it's this envelope. Inside, 2020
Acrylic and collage on muslin
32 x 28 inches
81.3 x 71.1 cm

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Mary Beth Edelson
Beautiful Venus Going Gray (Gorgan Series), (n.d.)
Ink and collage on canvas
14 x 15 inches
35.6 x 38.1 cm

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Felix Bernstein and Gabe Rubin
Falling Onkos, 2020
4-channel video
Runtime: 180 minutes

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Link to Ortvi.art

 

Dawn Kasper
Things That Mother Used to Make, 2020
Runtime: 10 minutes, 56 seconds

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Hans-Christian Lotz
Knife, 2020
Brass, hardened steel
3/10 x 6 1/2 inches
.8 x 16.5 cm

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Jeffrey Joyal
Untitled, 2020
Graphite on paper
17 x 14 inches
43.2 x 35.6 cm

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"2/2/14" Collaboration with Bradley Kronz

Jopp/The Surgeon/ Suicide University/ Eggcream 2

Tahir Karmali
Blood at the Border I, 2019
Handmade paper from artist's immigration application documents and woodblock ink
72 x 48 inches
182.9 x 121.9 cm

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Savannah Knoop
Free Weaving The News, 11-2019, 2020
November 2019 news, aqua resin, aqua veil, copper wire
16 x 70 x 54 inches
40.6 x 177.8 x 137.2 cm

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Charles Mayton
To be titled, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
22 x 17 inches
55.9 x 43.2 cm

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Sean Paul
Mythos of Master #2, 2020
Ultraviolet-curable pigmented ink and acrylic on oak panel
23 1/2 x 19 3/8 inches
59.7 x 49.2 cm

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Kyle Thurman
Suggested Occupation 56 (Spring Image, travel nightly), 2020
Gouache, graphite, and watercolor on paper
Estimated Framed Dimensions:
32 x 52 inches
81.3 cm x 132.1 cm

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Tynan Kogane
Bibliography as Sketch

   

Seyoung Yoon
The Way Back Dancer, 2018

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David Hammons
Untitled (Black pillow case), 2006
Water, juice, ash, saliva on cotton-polyester blend pillow case, in artist's frame
16 x 31 inches
40.6 x 78.7 cm