White Room: ‘#FFFF (Five Fragments For Feature)’

An installation by Sam Gordon

June 11–July 25, 2015 East Gallery
A burning stick of incense held upright by a small, white, rectangular incense holder.

Sam Gordon
Incense, 2015
Incense

A wide spiral bound notebook open to a page with a spreadsheet titled “Hudson’s iPod,” containing data on a large number of songs.

Sam Gordon
Hudson’s iPod, 2014
3,805 songs looped and Xerox publication
Duration: 336 hours

An unfinished wooden staircase with four steps, placed so that the steps lead into a white wall.

Sam Gordon
Untitled (Stairs), 2000
Wood and paint
(Commissioned by Hudson from Roy McMakin for Feature Inc.’s 530 west 25th street location)
69 1/2 × 72 × 47 1/2 in.

A rectangular gray work on glass featuring the text “WORLD” in capital letters.

Sam Gordon
Untitled (World), 2008
Vintage glass signage and dirt
(Salvaged from renovation of Feature Inc.’s 276 Bowery location)
38 × 33 in.

An abstract, slightly irregular rectangular work on white painted sheetrock. At the center is a pattern of concentric circular chains.

Sam Gordon, John Torreano, and Anonymous (Hudson)
Surface Incident, 2007
Spray paint, ink marker, charcoal, and silver leaf on sheetrock
(Salvaged from Feature Inc.’s 530 West 25th street location)
38 × 46 1/2 in.

Press Release

White Columns is proud to present ‘#FFFF (Five Fragments For Feature)’, 2015, an installation by the new York-based artist Sam Gordon. The exhibition considers the ongoing legacy of Hudson (1950-2014) the founder of the legendary gallery Feature Inc.

The installation comprises five discrete but related elements:

1. A set of painted wooden stairs designed by Roy McMakin and originally commissioned by Hudson and installed at the 25th Street location of Feature Inc. where they were subsequently used by Gordon as ‘bleachers’ for a film presentation he made at the Chelsea gallery.

2. A fragment of sheetrock featuring silver leaf chains by Sam Gordon, John Torreano’s drawing, and a hand-written text in red by Hudson. The text reads: “What are you doing? Nothing Special. / How are you doing this morning John? / I’m doing fine. What are you doing? / I’m not doing anything special either.” (When Feature Inc. was about to relocate from Chelsea to the Bowery, Hudson invited gallery artists to work directly onto the 25th Street gallery’s walls.)

3. A sheet of found glass signage inscribed with the word ‘WORLD” that was removed during the gut-renovation of the short-lived Bowery incarnation of Feature Inc.

4. Incense occasionally burning in the gallery.

5. Music playing from Hudson’s iPod in ‘shuffle’ mode accompanied by a Xerox publication ‘Hudson’s iPod’ listing all of the tracks and artists.

Sam Gordon is a New York-based artist whose work was represented by Feature Inc. where he had solo exhibitions in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2012. He has exhibited his work internationally since 1997 including recent collaborative projects with Eve Fowler and Cheryl Donegan among others.

A closing event will be held on July 23-25 when Katherine Bernhardt and Youssef Jdia will present a pop-up souk of ‘Magic Flying Carpets of the Berber Kingdom of Morocco.’ See separate announcement for full details.

White Columns would like to thank Sam Gordon for his enthusiasm in realizing ‘#FFFF (Five Fragments For Feature)’ at White Columns. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Hudson’s family and the entire Feature Inc. family for their support.

The Xerox publication ‘Hudson’s iPod’ can be purchased from the gallery priced at $10, or ordered via mail for $15 including shipping (USA) or $20 (worldwide.)

For more information: info@whitecolumns.org

A burning stick of incense held upright by a small, white, rectangular incense holder.
A wide spiral bound notebook open to a page with a spreadsheet titled “Hudson’s iPod,” containing data on a large number of songs.
An unfinished wooden staircase with four steps, placed so that the steps lead into a white wall.
A rectangular gray work on glass featuring the text “WORLD” in capital letters.
An abstract, slightly irregular rectangular work on white painted sheetrock. At the center is a pattern of concentric circular chains.

Sam Gordon Incense, 2015 Incense (A burning stick of incense held upright by a small, white, rectangular incense holder.)

Sam Gordon Hudson’s iPod, 2014 3,805 songs looped and Xerox publication Duration: 336 hours (A wide spiral bound notebook open to a page with a spreadsheet titled “Hudson’s iPod,” containing data on a large number of songs.)

Sam Gordon Untitled (Stairs), 2000 Wood and paint (Commissioned by Hudson from Roy McMakin for Feature Inc.’s 530 west 25th street location) 69 1/2 × 72 × 47 1/2 in. (An unfinished wooden staircase with four steps, placed so that the steps lead into a white wall.)

Sam Gordon Untitled (World), 2008 Vintage glass signage and dirt (Salvaged from renovation of Feature Inc.’s 276 Bowery location) 38 × 33 in. (A rectangular gray work on glass featuring the text “WORLD” in capital letters.)

Sam Gordon, John Torreano, and Anonymous (Hudson) Surface Incident, 2007 Spray paint, ink marker, charcoal, and silver leaf on sheetrock (Salvaged from Feature Inc.’s 530 West 25th street location) 38 × 46 1/2 in. (An abstract, slightly irregular rectangular work on white painted sheetrock. At the center is a pattern of concentric circular chains.)