Hang TimeJune 25, 1999
HANG TIME, curated by Debra Singer and Lauren Ross
Hang Time presents work by emerging artists using imagery relating to sports, recreation and leisure activities. Although ostensibly depicting activities perceived as fun and relaxing, the work in this exhibition looks beyond the surface aims of these pastimes. The subject matter serves as means to examine a variety of other issues, ranging from the ritualistic nature of sports and games, to the burden of inordinate amounts of leisure time, to a re-examination of the art historical.
Pam Lins’s photographs are color saturated shots of Nerf footballs suspended in midair; the drawings of Janet Cohen are based on an intricate system of her own invention designed to record the estimated location of all of the pitches in a baseball game; Neil Goldberg videotapes people physically reenacting the ride on the Cyclone at Coney Island; George Raggett presents “Wiener Island,” a functional sculpture incorporating portable versions of grill, deck and lawn; the duo of Type A engage in absurd modes of competition using the urban landscape in their video Four Urban Contests; Eric Porter presents a slick box based on minimalist sculpture which turns out to be a functioning beer cooler in disguise; Sylvan Lionni’s paintings use pattern to graphically distill instantly recognizable icons, including a Ping-Pong table and television color bars; Cristian Alexa shows documentation of his protest to the work-day schedule by lounging in a hammock from 9 to 5 in a Wall Street park; Andrea Ray presents an installation with projection and sound based on a Marguerite Duras story about convalescents who pass their days watching young people play tennis.
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