White Columns Online:

Does and Donaughts

curated by Christina Leung

January 17–March 9, 2019 Online
Brian Edmund Cooper Clay Tablet, 2018 Pencil 11 x 14 in. Courtesy of the artist (A realistic drawing of a flat rectangular slab of clay with organic rounded edges and three holes at the top. On the surface of the clay are oval shaped indentations and gashes in alternating rows. Some of the oval indentations have puckered holes in them.)

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

Sophia Rauch Untitled, 2015 Digital Print Variable Courtesy of the artist (An abstract photograph of various painted strips laying horizontally with smaller strips of color laying on them vertically, creating a sort of optical illusion.)

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 (A painting depicting five strips of rainbow patterned ribbons that are the same width but different lengths on a yellow background.)

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

Nancy Cheairs The Ladies, 2012 Oil on canvas 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting a landscape split in half: the murky sky on top and hills on the bottom. There are five houses in the back right corner of the mountains and three women with their backs turned in the left half. In the top right corner there are branches from a tree.) 

Nancy Cheairs
The Ladies, 2012
Oil on canvas
60 × 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 (Still from a video in which a person is cutting a third of a couch off with a circular saw in a domestic setting. The woman has a skirt and high heels on and there are two photographs on the wall behind the couch and a window with blinds on the left of the couch.)

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 (A photograph of a modernist, black patterned leather couch in a room.)

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

Kenny Cole Calling California, 2016 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting two UFO's with light beams coming out their bottoms in a turbulent storm. Under the larger UFO beam in the foreground is a floating phone number, (213) 851-4096, and arrows from the phone number pointing to four different wild cats.)

Kenny Cole
Calling California, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
30 × 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 (A painting depicting a teacher and her students in a circle around a puddle with hypnotic circular pattern in gray. Each student is connected by a floating green rope to an arm working out with a dumbbell. Each arm is a silhouette and is filled with different patterns. The arms also overlap with the trompe l'oeil rendering of a wooden frame around the edge of a painting.)

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

Sally P Jerome Common Adversaries, 2015 Oil on canvas 48 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist (A square surface is broken up into four smaller squares, then two identical triangles, leaving the space divided into eight triangles in a geometric pattern. Each triangle has a figure that's interacting with at least one other figure via an orange patterned fabric. Each triangle also has different patterns made up of figures doing various activities, such as sitting behind a dest, or robbing a bank.)

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

Participating Artists

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

Exhibition Description

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 (A realistic drawing of a flat rectangular slab of clay with organic rounded edges and three holes at the top. On the surface of the clay are oval shaped indentations and gashes in alternating rows. Some of the oval indentations have puckered holes in them.)
Sophia Rauch Untitled, 2015 Digital Print Variable Courtesy of the artist (An abstract photograph of various painted strips laying horizontally with smaller strips of color laying on them vertically, creating a sort of optical illusion.)
Michelle Marie Marchesseault Study for my head in Yellow, 2018 Plaster and latex on linen 48 x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting five strips of rainbow patterned ribbons that are the same width but different lengths on a yellow background.)
Nancy Cheairs The Ladies, 2012 Oil on canvas 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting a landscape split in half: the murky sky on top and hills on the bottom. There are five houses in the back right corner of the mountains and three women with their backs turned in the left half. In the top right corner there are branches from a tree.) 
Hillerbrand+Magsamen D.I.Y. Love Seat, 2013 Video Still, single channel video Original duration: 2:25 Courtesy of the artists (Still from a video in which a person is cutting a third of a couch off with a circular saw in a domestic setting. The woman has a skirt and high heels on and there are two photographs on the wall behind the couch and a window with blinds on the left of the couch.)
Michael E. Katz Painted Black Couch (Left), 2015 Pigment inkjet on canvas, unique 38 x 57 in. Courtesy of the artist (A photograph of a modernist, black patterned leather couch in a room.)
Kenny Cole Calling California, 2016 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 in. Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting two UFO's with light beams coming out their bottoms in a turbulent storm. Under the larger UFO beam in the foreground is a floating phone number, (213) 851-4096, and arrows from the phone number pointing to four different wild cats.)
Sally P Jerome Teacher Sees a Strength in Everyone, 2017 Oil on canvas 40 x 44 in. Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting a teacher and her students in a circle around a puddle with hypnotic circular pattern in gray. Each student is connected by a floating green rope to an arm working out with a dumbbell. Each arm is a silhouette and is filled with different patterns. The arms also overlap with the trompe l'oeil rendering of a wooden frame around the edge of a painting.)
Sally P Jerome Common Adversaries, 2015 Oil on canvas 48 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist (A square surface is broken up into four smaller squares, then two identical triangles, leaving the space divided into eight triangles in a geometric pattern. Each triangle has a figure that's interacting with at least one other figure via an orange patterned fabric. Each triangle also has different patterns made up of figures doing various activities, such as sitting behind a dest, or robbing a bank.)

Brian Edmund Cooper
Clay Tablet, 2018
Pencil
11 × 14 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A realistic drawing of a flat rectangular slab of clay with organic rounded edges and three holes at the top. On the surface of the clay are oval shaped indentations and gashes in alternating rows. Some of the oval indentations have puckered holes in them.)

Sophia Rauch
Untitled, 2015
Digital Print
Variable
Courtesy of the artist (An abstract photograph of various painted strips laying horizontally with smaller strips of color laying on them vertically, creating a sort of optical illusion.)

Michelle Marie Marchesseault
Study for my head in Yellow, 2018
Plaster and latex on linen
48 × 36 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting five strips of rainbow patterned ribbons that are the same width but different lengths on a yellow background.)

Nancy Cheairs
The Ladies, 2012
Oil on canvas
60 × 60 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting a landscape split in half: the murky sky on top and hills on the bottom. There are five houses in the back right corner of the mountains and three women with their backs turned in the left half. In the top right corner there are branches from a tree.)

Hillerbrand+Magsamen
D.I.Y. Love Seat, 2013
Video Still, single channel video
Original duration: 2:25
Courtesy of the artists (Still from a video in which a person is cutting a third of a couch off with a circular saw in a domestic setting. The woman has a skirt and high heels on and there are two photographs on the wall behind the couch and a window with blinds on the left of the couch.)

Michael E. Katz
Painted Black Couch (Left), 2015
Pigment inkjet on canvas, unique
38 × 57 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A photograph of a modernist, black patterned leather couch in a room.)

Kenny Cole
Calling California, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
30 × 40 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting two UFO’s with light beams coming out their bottoms in a turbulent storm. Under the larger UFO beam in the foreground is a floating phone number, (213) 851-4096, and arrows from the phone number pointing to four different wild cats.)

Sally P Jerome
Teacher Sees a Strength in Everyone, 2017
Oil on canvas
40 × 44 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A painting depicting a teacher and her students in a circle around a puddle with hypnotic circular pattern in gray. Each student is connected by a floating green rope to an arm working out with a dumbbell. Each arm is a silhouette and is filled with different patterns. The arms also overlap with the trompe l’oeil rendering of a wooden frame around the edge of a painting.)

Sally P Jerome
Common Adversaries, 2015
Oil on canvas
48 × 48 in.
Courtesy of the artist (A square surface is broken up into four smaller squares, then two identical triangles, leaving the space divided into eight triangles in a geometric pattern. Each triangle has a figure that’s interacting with at least one other figure via an orange patterned fabric. Each triangle also has different patterns made up of figures doing various activities, such as sitting behind a dest, or robbing a bank.)