White Columns Online:

Wise Child

curated by Zhoe Granger

 

November 14, 2019–January 11, 2020 Online
An Hu untitled installation (cuvée iris and sisters photographed for White Columns Registry), 2019 Plants, dirt, botanicals, neutral alcohol, wine, glass, aluminum, cork Installation varies Courtesy of the artist. (A tightly cropped photograph of three mason jars and two wine bottles arranged on the green metal stairs of a fire escape. There are handwritten labels on some of the vessels, written in sharpie on blue masking tape, the lack of contrast making the text illegible. Behind the objects is a view of an stairwell between brick buildings.)

An Hu
untitled installation (cuvée iris and sisters photographed for White Columns Registry), 2019
Plants, dirt, botanicals, neutral alcohol, wine, glass, aluminum, cork
Installation varies
Courtesy of the artist.

Tau Lewis Three angels waiting, 2018 Concrete, rebar, concrete mesh, hand sewn furs, leathers and fabrics, cotton batting, stones, pipes, driftwood, dried flowers, hardware 76 x 38 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto. (An assemblage crudely constructed of various organic elements and resembling a crucifix. In the center is a small animal-like creature made from mixed material including fur and cotton, stretched out on a wire armature. The armature is fixed to a tall concrete base.)

Tau Lewis
Three angels waiting, 2018
Concrete, rebar, concrete mesh, hand sewn furs, leathers and fabrics, cotton batting, stones, pipes, driftwood, dried flowers, hardware
76 × 38 × 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto.

Susan L Berger Two Pages Before My Yearbook Entry (Boys and Girls), 2017 Fiber/Mixed Media with leather like binding of a yearbook Each panel is 40 x 30 x 2 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A textile diptych, stacked, resembling the format of yearbook pages but hand painted and drawn. Both pages are identical in size and landscape in orientation. The piece on top has the text “Out of School’s Life” written at the top of the page in cursive. On the top of the bottom piece are the words “Inter Life’s School” written in cursive. On each piece are rows of tiny portraits and illegible text, made from a mix of hand drawn and collaged elements.)

Susan L Berger
Two Pages Before My Yearbook Entry (Boys and Girls), 2017
Fiber/Mixed Media with leather like binding of a yearbook
Each panel is 40 × 30 × 2 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Che Easson Some Float, 2019 Graphite on paper 9 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A line drawing depicting a rough outline of a reclining figure with arms outstretched, holding a smaller figure that hovers above them.)

Che Easson
Some Float, 2019
Graphite on paper
9 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Gail Stoicheff Delphi_cave_midnight, 2019 Oil and fringe on canvas 57 x 32 in. Courtesy of the artist and AF Projects. (A portrait orientation painting, divided into three horizontal sections. Each section has an image of creased fabric, the upper and lower sections in a darker brown hue and the middle section in a brighter lighter brown hue. On top of those images are white marks seemingly done with fingers. There is also a small blue fringe fixed to the surface of the painting in the lower middle section to the right.)

Gail Stoicheff
Delphi_cave_midnight, 2019
Oil and fringe on canvas
57 × 32 in.
Courtesy of the artist and AF Projects.

Catherine Cullen Horn with Mouth, 2018 Glazed ceramic 6.125 x 14.5 x 6.25 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A ceramic sculpture resembling an ancient blowing horn on a white surface. The outer ends of the piece, the rim of the bell and mouthpiece, are both a glossy black. The body of the sculpture is decorated with random black and gray lines on a white glaze.)

Catherine Cullen
Horn with Mouth, 2018
Glazed ceramic
6.125 × 14.5 × 6.25 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Frederick Hayes Welcome, 2019 Plastic, wood, glass bottles, tape, stuff animal, zip-ties, paper, bubble wrap, tin cans, epoxy resin 31.5 x 23 x 15 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A mixed media sculpture that has been cut out in photoshop and placed on an off white background. The amorphous form is made of black plastic bags and bubble wrap bound with red plastic tape. The sculpture is attached to a base made from a small wooden frame bisected by a wooden dowel that has plastic wrapped around one end, and rainbow fabric attached with zip-ties around the other end.)

Frederick Hayes
Welcome, 2019
Plastic, wood, glass bottles, tape, stuff animal, zip-ties, paper, bubble wrap, tin cans, epoxy resin
31.5 × 23 × 15 in.
Courtesy of the artist.

Kate Newby Forceful, moving, and huge. But it was also funny., 2017 Glass, hand dyed rope, wire Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto. (A sculptural installation where eleven long thin icicles-like pieces of glass are each hung closely together with wire from a red rope. )

Kate Newby
Forceful, moving, and huge. But it was also funny., 2017
Glass, hand dyed rope, wire
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto.

Fadi al-Hamwi Artificial Sugar HD Video Duration: 2 mins 4 sec Courtesy of the artist. (A video still: A tiny male figurine wearing a suit and tie and standing against a blank white background is being swarmed by ants.)

Fadi al-Hamwi
Artificial Sugar
HD Video
Duration: 2 mins 4 sec
Courtesy of the artist.

Fadi al-Hamwi Artificial Sugar HD Video Duration: 2 mins 4 sec Courtesy of the artist. (A video still: A group of ants carry a toppled tiny male figurine wearing a suit into the frame from the right.)

Fadi al-Hamwi
Artificial Sugar
HD Video
Duration: 2 mins 4 sec
Courtesy of the artist.

Participating Artists

Susan L Berger
Catherine Cullen
Che Easson
Frederick Hayes
An Hu
Tau Lewis
Kate Newby
Gail Stoicheff

Video Works

Fadi al-Hamwi
Artificial Sugar
HD Video
Duration: 2 mins 4 sec
Courtesy of the artist.

Exhibition Description

“The drama of Western society is just this: not having anything to do. The search for something to do strikes a note of desperation. The longing for heroism causes men to set up their own monsters, as with the stream of men circumnavigating the world; it is no longer part of a struggle for survival, though it does perhaps indicate curiosity about how the mind responds to stress.

But are all outward journeys really about the adventure within? Is our problem not that there is less to do, but that we have collectively lost our way in mid-journey – a Ulysses who has mislaid Ithaca, a Dante who does not meet Beatrice”

– Monica Furlong, Traveling In (1971)

Monica Furlong states on the inside cover of Traveling In – part diary, part rambling LSD trip, “the religious man is the one who believes that life is about making some kind of journey”.  Throughout Traveling In Furlong explores how a (widely) varying spectrum of Poets, Artists and Philosophers have metaphysically asked, “what is the journey and where does it take us”.

Transformation is an overarching theme throughout Furlongs’ oeuvre. Her biographies include the medieval Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and the 60’s counter culture revolutionary Alan Watts. Her book Visions & Longings: Medieval Women Mystics revolts against a biblical legacy on women. Later in Furlongs life she wrote the Wise Child trilogy – a fantasy world set in medieval Scotland. Not only does transformation take place within her books through subject matter, but on a wider level, the reader feels part of her internal transformation.

What stood out about each of the selected artworks chosen for this project was a resonance with Furlongs’ thoughts on exploring a more spiritual level of consciousness. Each work feels like an inquiry or a break “mid-journey”, not a neatly completed thesis. What I love so much about each work is the courage to Travel Inwards when most of us are constantly trying to distract ourselves with stuff, the consumerist journey through activity.

The clarity of seeing an artwork through an artists mind is an honor, we are given permission to look into their guts mid-journey. What a terrifyingly vulnerable position to be in. Will Beatrice show up, will Ulysses find Ithaca?

Zhoe Granger is a writer and curator based in New York.

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

Participating Artists Include:

Susan L Berger
Catherine Cullen
Che Easson
Frederick Hayes
An Hu
Tau Lewis
Kate Newby
Gail Stoicheff

For more information: registry.whitecolumns.org

An Hu untitled installation (cuvée iris and sisters photographed for White Columns Registry), 2019 Plants, dirt, botanicals, neutral alcohol, wine, glass, aluminum, cork Installation varies Courtesy of the artist. (A tightly cropped photograph of three mason jars and two wine bottles arranged on the green metal stairs of a fire escape. There are handwritten labels on some of the vessels, written in sharpie on blue masking tape, the lack of contrast making the text illegible. Behind the objects is a view of an stairwell between brick buildings.)
Tau Lewis Three angels waiting, 2018 Concrete, rebar, concrete mesh, hand sewn furs, leathers and fabrics, cotton batting, stones, pipes, driftwood, dried flowers, hardware 76 x 38 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto. (An assemblage crudely constructed of various organic elements and resembling a crucifix. In the center is a small animal-like creature made from mixed material including fur and cotton, stretched out on a wire armature. The armature is fixed to a tall concrete base.)
Susan L Berger Two Pages Before My Yearbook Entry (Boys and Girls), 2017 Fiber/Mixed Media with leather like binding of a yearbook Each panel is 40 x 30 x 2 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A textile diptych, stacked, resembling the format of yearbook pages but hand painted and drawn. Both pages are identical in size and landscape in orientation. The piece on top has the text “Out of School’s Life” written at the top of the page in cursive. On the top of the bottom piece are the words “Inter Life’s School” written in cursive. On each piece are rows of tiny portraits and illegible text, made from a mix of hand drawn and collaged elements.)
Che Easson Some Float, 2019 Graphite on paper 9 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A line drawing depicting a rough outline of a reclining figure with arms outstretched, holding a smaller figure that hovers above them.)
Gail Stoicheff Delphi_cave_midnight, 2019 Oil and fringe on canvas 57 x 32 in. Courtesy of the artist and AF Projects. (A portrait orientation painting, divided into three horizontal sections. Each section has an image of creased fabric, the upper and lower sections in a darker brown hue and the middle section in a brighter lighter brown hue. On top of those images are white marks seemingly done with fingers. There is also a small blue fringe fixed to the surface of the painting in the lower middle section to the right.)
Catherine Cullen Horn with Mouth, 2018 Glazed ceramic 6.125 x 14.5 x 6.25 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A ceramic sculpture resembling an ancient blowing horn on a white surface. The outer ends of the piece, the rim of the bell and mouthpiece, are both a glossy black. The body of the sculpture is decorated with random black and gray lines on a white glaze.)
Frederick Hayes Welcome, 2019 Plastic, wood, glass bottles, tape, stuff animal, zip-ties, paper, bubble wrap, tin cans, epoxy resin 31.5 x 23 x 15 in. Courtesy of the artist. (A mixed media sculpture that has been cut out in photoshop and placed on an off white background. The amorphous form is made of black plastic bags and bubble wrap bound with red plastic tape. The sculpture is attached to a base made from a small wooden frame bisected by a wooden dowel that has plastic wrapped around one end, and rainbow fabric attached with zip-ties around the other end.)
Kate Newby Forceful, moving, and huge. But it was also funny., 2017 Glass, hand dyed rope, wire Dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto. (A sculptural installation where eleven long thin icicles-like pieces of glass are each hung closely together with wire from a red rope. )
Fadi al-Hamwi Artificial Sugar HD Video Duration: 2 mins 4 sec Courtesy of the artist. (A video still: A tiny male figurine wearing a suit and tie and standing against a blank white background is being swarmed by ants.)
Fadi al-Hamwi Artificial Sugar HD Video Duration: 2 mins 4 sec Courtesy of the artist. (A video still: A group of ants carry a toppled tiny male figurine wearing a suit into the frame from the right.)

An Hu
untitled installation (cuvée iris and sisters photographed for White Columns Registry), 2019
Plants, dirt, botanicals, neutral alcohol, wine, glass, aluminum, cork
Installation varies
Courtesy of the artist. (A tightly cropped photograph of three mason jars and two wine bottles arranged on the green metal stairs of a fire escape. There are handwritten labels on some of the vessels, written in sharpie on blue masking tape, the lack of contrast making the text illegible. Behind the objects is a view of an stairwell between brick buildings.)

Tau Lewis
Three angels waiting, 2018
Concrete, rebar, concrete mesh, hand sewn furs, leathers and fabrics, cotton batting, stones, pipes, driftwood, dried flowers, hardware
76 × 38 × 24 in.
Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto. (An assemblage crudely constructed of various organic elements and resembling a crucifix. In the center is a small animal-like creature made from mixed material including fur and cotton, stretched out on a wire armature. The armature is fixed to a tall concrete base.)

Susan L Berger
Two Pages Before My Yearbook Entry (Boys and Girls), 2017
Fiber/Mixed Media with leather like binding of a yearbook
Each panel is 40 × 30 × 2 in.
Courtesy of the artist. (A textile diptych, stacked, resembling the format of yearbook pages but hand painted and drawn. Both pages are identical in size and landscape in orientation. The piece on top has the text “Out of School’s Life” written at the top of the page in cursive. On the top of the bottom piece are the words “Inter Life’s School” written in cursive. On each piece are rows of tiny portraits and illegible text, made from a mix of hand drawn and collaged elements.)

Che Easson
Some Float, 2019
Graphite on paper
9 × 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist. (A line drawing depicting a rough outline of a reclining figure with arms outstretched, holding a smaller figure that hovers above them.)

Gail Stoicheff
Delphi_cave_midnight, 2019
Oil and fringe on canvas
57 × 32 in.
Courtesy of the artist and AF Projects. (A portrait orientation painting, divided into three horizontal sections. Each section has an image of creased fabric, the upper and lower sections in a darker brown hue and the middle section in a brighter lighter brown hue. On top of those images are white marks seemingly done with fingers. There is also a small blue fringe fixed to the surface of the painting in the lower middle section to the right.)

Catherine Cullen
Horn with Mouth, 2018
Glazed ceramic
6.125 × 14.5 × 6.25 in.
Courtesy of the artist. (A ceramic sculpture resembling an ancient blowing horn on a white surface. The outer ends of the piece, the rim of the bell and mouthpiece, are both a glossy black. The body of the sculpture is decorated with random black and gray lines on a white glaze.)

Frederick Hayes
Welcome, 2019
Plastic, wood, glass bottles, tape, stuff animal, zip-ties, paper, bubble wrap, tin cans, epoxy resin
31.5 × 23 × 15 in.
Courtesy of the artist. (A mixed media sculpture that has been cut out in photoshop and placed on an off white background. The amorphous form is made of black plastic bags and bubble wrap bound with red plastic tape. The sculpture is attached to a base made from a small wooden frame bisected by a wooden dowel that has plastic wrapped around one end, and rainbow fabric attached with zip-ties around the other end.)

Kate Newby
Forceful, moving, and huge. But it was also funny., 2017
Glass, hand dyed rope, wire
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist and COOPER COLE, Toronto. (A sculptural installation where eleven long thin icicles-like pieces of glass are each hung closely together with wire from a red rope. )

Fadi al-Hamwi
Artificial Sugar
HD Video
Duration: 2 mins 4 sec
Courtesy of the artist. (A video still: A tiny male figurine wearing a suit and tie and standing against a blank white background is being swarmed by ants.)

Fadi al-Hamwi
Artificial Sugar
HD Video
Duration: 2 mins 4 sec
Courtesy of the artist. (A video still: A group of ants carry a toppled tiny male figurine wearing a suit into the frame from the right.)