Handwerker Gallery OPENING RECEPTION: Imin Yeh & Mark Joshua Epstein
This is a Valuable Collection: Imin Yeh
September 5–October 17, 2018
Imin Yeh’s projects utilize repetitive paper handcraft and mimicry as strategies for examining issues around the unseen labor, production, and adoration that lies behind our many unconsidered everyday objects. This is a Valuable Collection replicates the model of the chained library of the Middle Ages to house every paper facsimile and sculpture made by Imin Yeh to date: the first-invented blue LED light from 1972, an author-inscribed 1893 first edition of Das Kapital, a roll of toilet paper; games; electrical hardware; even the chains themselves. In tandem with her exhibition Yeh has also ambitiously replicated a chained scrapbook of pre-20th century prints and drawings from the Ithaca College permanent collection, an inscription from which the exhibition title has been borrowed. Guided by the creative impulse to collect and reproduce objects imbued with personal, familial, site-specific, or cultural significance, Yeh has built an obsessive archive of tenderly-duplicated copies, fakes, and forgeries. Visitors to Yeh’s library will find themselves engaged in a choreographic tangling and untangling of chains, as the objects are accessed and re-shelved throughout the exhibition.
O to be marked reciprocally: Mark Joshua Epstein
September 5–October 17, 2018
Epstein’s work asks questions about the visual culture associated with gayness. Discordant combinations of hues, marks, and patterns are layered, interrupted, and obfuscated until finally forced into crooked and irregular polygonal frames. Works on paper establish and then seem to drift from or defy their own microcosmic systems of logic. Exploring the overlapping politics of taste, pleasure, aesthetics, and symbolism, the works eschew expectations of their tradition, their painted surfaces slipping out of any legible lexicon. Epstein’s works refuse to operate within contemporary expectations of LGBTQ+ visual culture makers. His objects are unsolvable puzzles—they avoid easily explaining themselves to a heteronormative audience. Epstein asks for a slower & deeper read than is afforded to much gay visual culture today. By drawing out the viewer’s engagement, Epstein’s work opens up new ways of thinking about how a gay experience might manifest in the visual. Hung on the wall, objects transform into intimate places to which we are invited, but not expressly pampered. Installed in the transformed color-blocked gallery, these works cannot be leveled, requiring the head-tilted viewer to adjust their perspective, expectations, and approach.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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