In Place Of

10 Jan 2016 – 7 Feb 2016

Miguel Abreu Gallery

New York
New York, United States

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How does an act of withdrawal become legible, since its only trace is an absence?


One way: through a placeholder — an object that occupies space in order to gesture toward a lack, an absent agent, or something that has been barred from representation. Sublimating rather than negating, placeholders stand in for something that cannot or will not express itself directly. They are a form of 'making do,' but not an end in themselves. As objects, they simply demarcate.

This exhibition brings together works that, in various ways, might be understood as placeholders: for information rendered absent for legal or political reasons; for invisible actors; for anticipated content; for unfilled desires or needs; for the otherwise forgotten; for those who chose to drop out; or simply because a surrogate was good enough. An exhibition space, after all, is characterized by the presence of certain things and the willful suppression of others. Where better to examine our own investments?


Works by:

Sarah Charlesworth, Liz Deschenes, Liz Glynn, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nicolàs Guagnini & Gareth James, Pierre Huyghe, Silvia Kolbowski, Louise Lawler & Allan McCollum, Dana Lok, Lee Lozano, Jean-Luc Moulène, Julia Phillips, Karin Schneider, Lawrence Weiner, Eric Vysocan

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