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White Columns Online ‘Does and Donaughts’ curated by Christina Leung

Does and Donaughts (A Dozen Donuts, the dos and don’t nots)  

Malapropism, or a mangling of two similar sounding words or phrases, is a distortion, an unfaithful translation, where the meaning is often changed (ie. acorn and eggcorn!).

The works in this selection both facilitate interpretation with familiar references and also resist meaning by mangling the context.  The works remain slippery.    

The references that felt recognizable become undone. The codes that meant one thing are now taken out of context, distorting or obliterating the meaning.  There is an asymmetrical relationship between the reference and the image.  These slight aberrations emphasize the non-real and point towards fantasy without actually living in it.  

Pointing, a gesture of an art object, is similar to the way that language has a naming and identifying function.  An art objectʼs pointing is an active, embodied meaning, intrinsic to its form.  Art is coterminous with meaning, yet mutually exclusive from language. Because language has the imperative for communication to further intelligibility, the meaning that language derives from art can be limited in its desire for definition.

“We can either capitulate and start spinning narratives, or we can resist as long as possible, to try to see the shape of our desire for words.” (James Elkins, What Do We Want Pictures to be? Reply to Mieke Bal, 1996).    

“All the best stuff happens on the edges…” (Stefan George, unknown, a note I hastily took in 2012).  

Christina Leung is an artist and educator living and working in New York, and a former White Columns Curatorial Assistant.

This exhibition is the eighth in a series of online exhibitions; this exhibition was curated from White Columns’ Artist Registry.

Participating Artists Include:
Nancy Cheairs
Kenny Cole
Brian Edmund Cooper
Hillerbrand+Magsamen
Sally P Jerome
Michael E. Katz
Michelle Marie Marchesseault
Sophia Rauch

For more information: registry.whitecolumns.org


Brian Edmund Cooper
Clay Tablet, 2018
Pencil
11 x 14 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Sophia Rauch
Untitled, 2015
Digital Print
Variable
Courtesy of the artist

Michelle Marie Marchesseault
Study for my head in Yellow, 2018
Plaster and latex on linen
48 x 36 in. 
Courtesy of the artist

Nancy Cheairs
The Ladies, 2012
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Hillerbrand+Magsamen
D.I.Y. Love Seat, 2013
Video Still, single channel video
Original duration: 2:25 
Courtesy of the artists

Michael E. Katz
Painted Black Couch (Left), 2015
Pigment inkjet on canvas, unique
38 x 57 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Kenny Cole
Calling California, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Sally P Jerome
Teacher Sees a Strength in Everyone, 2017
Oil on canvas
40 x 44 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Sally P Jerome
Common Adversaries, 2015
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 in.
Courtesy of the artist