Exhibition

Molly Zuckerman-Hartung. Learning Artist

5 Nov 2017 – 23 Dec 2017

Rachel Uffner Gallery

New York
New York, United States

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"Women are learners."

 --Musa Mayer

“To teach what one doesn’t know is simply to ask questions about what one doesn’t know.” 

--Jacques Ranciere

“How can the teacher be assimilated to the psychoanalyst, it is exactly the contrary which is the case: The teacher is the person analysed.”

--Roland Barthes

What is this show about?

Fragility? But not in the sense of small weak things being fragile—it’s about a larger more structural fragility—like what a teacher of art encounters in thinking about the future of her students. Also, contingency and precarity, what it means for something that is meant to be temporary or provisional to be in the world for a very long time.

But this is not what a press release is supposed to be about… A press release, as a form, sets up the conditions under which meaning is made in the art objects, it should not, itself, be a place of meaning making. It is not an artwork or criticism.

So what about the question of form or formality?  What kind of meaning gets put where? Into which forms?

Cutting curves out of scrap wood in the Yale woodshop began as a way of confronting a fear I had about learning. The stakes of experimentation in a dangerous environment such as the woodshop underscored my anxiety about being corrected while learning. The commitment to the curves, which were made by cutting concentric parallel bands, (this makes the machine whine loudly) was an exercise in repetition. In the show I’m trying to refine and deconstruct my relationship with the formal through the use of this curve. The curve is the heart of this work.

What does the curve have to do with form? Isn’t the curve a line? It’s not exactly a form...

I’m still trying to understand the Formal, I get tangled between Formalism, Formality, and the Formless. It might be odd, the use of this shape as a form, it throws me for a curve. For example a figure of speech that re-routes you, the curve is never the thing, it is always the implication: the detour, the bulge, the mountain, the metaphor. Maybe they are opportunities for digression around historical formalist approaches. I’m trying to move from the spatial (the grid) to the temporal (the curve or meander). The show is full of de- sublimations. 

It’s like being in the middle of something, a conversation, event, or crisis. The problem with narratives is that they imply a beginning, a middle and end. I’m try to denarrativize—to stay stuck in the middle of the muddle. Can I keep my composure (make a composition) can I stay calm here?

The work is very colorful. Do you want to address this?

I will just say that color is not something that exists apart from structure; color is also structural.  We exist inside of affect and mood just as much as we exist inside of language. 

-Fox Hysen and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

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