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JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE

JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE
Amerika

2019
Bricks, edition of "Amerika" by Franz Kafka
72 7/8 x 11 7/8 x 400 in.
185.1 x 30.2 x 1016 cm


JCG10272
 

JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE

JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE
Amerika, 2019 (detail)

JCG10272
 

BYRON KIM Sky Blue Flag

BYRON KIM
Sky Blue Flag

2018
Indigo dyed ramie, flag pole
55 x 93 in.
139.7 x 236.2 cm

 

JCG10242

 

Entrance of Soi Mountain, Cheorwon, Gangwon-do, commissioned by the Real DMZ Project.

BYRON KIM Sky Blue Flag 

BYRON KIM
Sky Blue Flag 

2018
Indigo dyed ramie, flag pole. 
Entrance of Soi Mountain, Cheorwon, Gangwon-do; Entrance of James Cohan, New York,
Commissioned by the Real DMZ Project.
55 x 93 in.

139.7 x 236.2 cm

 

JCG10242
 

DREAD SCOTT Imagine a World Without America

DREAD SCOTT
Imagine a World Without America

2007

Screen print and acrylic on canvas

75 x 75 in.

190.5 x 190.5 cm

Edition of 4

JCG10236

YINKA SHONIBARE, CBE

YINKA SHONIBARE, CBE
The American Library Collection (Politicians)

2018
Approximately 213 Hardback books, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, gold foiled names, bookcase, bespoke card catalogue box
98 x 40 x 13 1/4 in.
248.9 x 101.6 x 33.7 cm

 

JCG9339
 

YAEL BARTANA 16. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection

YAEL BARTANA
16. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection

2008

Black and white photograph
Image: 15.35 x 22.99 in.; 39 x 58.4 cm
Paper size: 20 x 23.98 in.; 50.8 x 60.9 cm
Edition of 5
 

JCG10276
 

YAEL BARTANA, 17. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection, 2008

YAEL BARTANA

17. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection, 2008

Black and white photograph 

Image: 19 X 12.7 in.; 48.25 x 32.25cm 

Paper size: 19.92 x 15.93 in.; 50.6 x 40.45 cm

Framed: 19 1/4 x 25 3/4 in. 

Edition 5/5 + 2AP 

JCG10277 

YAEL BARTANA 21. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection

YAEL BARTANA
21. The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection

2008
Black and white photograph
Image: 15.35 x 22.99 inches; 39 x 58.4 cm
Paper size: 20 x 23.98 inches; 50.8 x 60.9 cm
Edition of 5


JCG10278
 

CANDICE LIN Fragments from A Hard White Body (Socks,

CANDICE LIN
Fragments from A Hard White Body (Socks,
Boots, Underwear, and Hoodie)

2017-2018
Porcelain
1 1/2 x 13 x 10 in.
4 x 33 x 25.5 cm

 

JCG10308

JORDAN NASSAR This Is My Night

JORDAN NASSAR
This Is My Night

2018
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton
35 x 36 in
88.9 x 91.4 cm


JCG10279

JORDAN NASSAR Which Love 

JORDAN NASSAR
Which Love 

2018
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton
34 1/2 x 36 in.
87.6 x 91.4 cm
Framed: 35 1/4 x 36 3/4 in.

 

JCG10300
 

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR

ALISON ELIZABETH TAYLOR
GSENM: Slot Canyon #1

2018
Marquetry hybrid
69 x 59 in.
175.3 x 149.9 cm

 

JCG10045

 

HANK WILLIS THOMAS

HANK WILLIS THOMAS
Nation Building

2014
Cardboard puzzle mounted on board
Diptych: 21 1/8 x 27 x 1 in
53.7 x 68.6 x 2.5 cm


JCG10241
 

SUSAN HEFUNA FEEL

SUSAN HEFUNA
FEEL

2008
Wood, black ink
70 5/8 x 44 3/8 in
179.4 x 112.7 cm


JCG10239 
 

THE PROPELLER GROUP

THE PROPELLER GROUP
AK-47 vs. M16

2015
Fragments of AK-47 and M16 bullets, ballistics gel, custom vitrine and digital video
7 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.
18.1 x 42.9 x 18.4 cm
Edition of 21


JCG8516

THE PROPELLER GROUP

THE PROPELLER GROUP
AK-47 vs. M16

2015
Fragments of AK-47 and M16 bullets, ballistics gel, custom vitrine and digital video
7 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 7 1/4 in.
18.1 x 42.9 x 18.4 cm
Edition of 21


JCG8516.15
 

ELIAS SIME Border

ELIAS SIME
Border

2018
Reclaimed electrical components on panel
72 1/2 x 63 in.
184 x 160 cm

 

JCG10280

BYRON KIM 누가 빨강, 노랑, 파랑을 무서워하는가? (Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?)

BYRON KIM
누가 빨강, 노랑, 파랑을 무서워하는가? (Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?)

2018
Encaustic, acrylic on canvas on wood panels
Installation Dimensions: 
80 x 36 in.
203.2 x 91.4 cm

 

JCG10255
 

YUN-FEI JI Wind from the North

YUN-FEI JI
Wind from the North

2018
53 1/2 x 71 in.
135.9 x 180.3 cm
Framed: 57 x 74 1/2 in.

 

JCG10254

MATTHEW RITCHIE Boundless Informant (S) 

MATTHEW RITCHIE
Boundless Informant (S) 

2018
Mobile screen with UV printing on acrylic
85 x 55 1/4 x 37 in
215.9 x 140.3 x 94 cm
Unique screen from Edition 1/1 + 1 AP

 

JCG10263
 

MATTHEW RITCHIE Occidental King (S)

MATTHEW RITCHIE
Occidental King (S)

2018
Mobile screen with UV printing on acrylic
85 x 55 1/4 x 37 in
215.9 x 140.3 x 94 cm
Unique screen from Edition 1/1 + 1 AP

 

JCG10259
 

SOL LEWITT, Wall Drawing #320

SOL LEWITT

Wall Drawing #320
Red, yellow, and blue crayon
First drawn by: Victor Alzamora, Sol LeWitt, Anthony Sansotta
First installation: John Weber Gallery, New York
May 1979

 

JCG10286

MOUNIR FATMI Defénse 01

MOUNIR FATMI
Defénse 01

2016
Steel
31 1/2 x 31 1/2 in
80 x 80 cm
Edition of 5


JCG10273
 

MOUNIR FATMI Defénse 01 

MOUNIR FATMI
Defénse 01 

2016


JCG10273

MOUNIR FATMI Crossing the Line

MOUNIR FATMI
Crossing the Line

2015
Pigment print on fine art paper

Diptych
28 x 42 1/2 in. each

71.1 x 108 cm each
Edition of 5

 

JCG10274
 

ETEL ADNAN Untitled

ETEL ADNAN
Untitled

c. 2000-2005
Oil on canvas
11 3/4 x 16 in.
29.8 x 40.6 cm
Framed: 13 x 17 x 1 1/2 in.

 

JCG10194
 

TERESA MARGOLLES, Sillón tapizado frente a línea fronteriza / Upholstered armchair facing a borderline

TERESA MARGOLLES

Sillón tapizado frente a línea fronteriza / Upholstered armchair facing a borderline

2019
Armchair recovered from the ruins of the Hotel Rex, a building in the historic center of Ciudad Juárez. The piece has been upholstered with fabric that previously absorbed fluids from a violent event that happened in the area. The cloth embedded inside the wall was dragged in that same location.

 

JCG10271

TERESA MARGOLLES, Sillón tapizado frente a línea fronteriza / Upholstered armchair facing a borderline

TERESA MARGOLLES

Sillón tapizado frente a línea fronteriza / Upholstered armchair facing a borderline

2019
Armchair recovered from the ruins of the Hotel Rex, a building in the historic center of Ciudad Juárez. The piece has been upholstered with fabric that previously absorbed fluids from a violent event that happened in the area. The cloth embedded inside the wall was dragged in that same location.

 

JCG10271

TERESA MARGOLES, Sillón tapizado frente a línea fronteriza / Upholstered armchair facing a borderline

TERESA MARGOLES

Sillón tapizado frente a línea fronteriza / Upholstered armchair facing a borderline

2019
Armchair recovered from the ruins of the Hotel Rex, a building in the historic center of Ciudad Juárez. The piece has been upholstered with fabric that previously absorbed fluids from a violent event that happened in the area. The cloth embedded inside the wall was dragged in that same location.

 

JCG10271

JORDAN NASSAR I Am Lost

JORDAN NASSAR
I Am Lost

2018
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton
12 x 34 in.
30.5 x 86.4 cm

 

JCG10266
 

FRED TOMASELLI Saturday, April 21, 2018

FRED TOMASELLI
Saturday, April 21, 2018

2018
Acrylic, photo collage, archival inkjet print on paper
43 x 51 1/2 in.
109.2 x 130.8 cm
(Framed: 55 x 63.5 in)

 

JCG10083
 

MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY Pleasure Personified/ UNHCR, Midrand (0347)

MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY
Pleasure Personified/ UNHCR, Midrand (0347)

2008
Smashed edition: C-print mounted on Dibond
49 3/8 x 59 1/8 in.
125.5 x 150 cm
Framed:
Edition of 5

 

JCG10235

 

FEDERICO HERRERO Untitled

FEDERICO HERRERO
Untitled

2019
Digital C Print 
19 5/8 x 15 5/8 in
49.8 x 39.7 cm
Framed: 24 3/8 x 20 1/4 in.


JCG10323

 

FEDERICO HERRERO
Untitled

2018
Monoprint on paper
19 5/8 x 15 5/8 in.
50.0 x 40.0 cm
Framed: 24 3/8 x 20 1/4 in.

 

JCG10155
 

MISHECK MASAMVU Midnight

MISHECK MASAMVU
Midnight

2016
Oil on canvas
66 x 178 in.
167.6 x 452.1 cm

 

JCG10240

MERNET LARSEN, Dialog #1 (study)

MERNET LARSEN

Dialog #1 (study)

2018
Acrylic and tracing paper on Bristol paper
19 x 24 in.
48.3 x 61.0 cm
Framed: 21 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.

 

JCG10089

 

MERNET LARSEN Dialog #2 (study)

MERNET LARSEN
Dialog #2 (study)

2018
Acrylic and tracing paper on Bristol paper
19 x 24 in.
48.3 x 61.0 cm
Framed: 21 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.

 

JCG10090

KATIE PATERSON Ideas (A directory of everything unnamed on earth)

KATIE PATERSON
Ideas (A directory of everything unnamed on earth)

2018
Micro waterjet-cut sterling silver

4 1/4 x 9 1/8 x 1/4 in
10.8 x 23.2 x 0.5 cm

 

JCG10270
 

HIRAKI SAWA Dwelling

HIRAKI SAWA
Dwelling

2002
Digital single channel video on DVD
9 min, 20 sec.
Edition of 8

 

JCG1444

EDGARDO ARAGÓN El paso, hombre invisible

EDGARDO ARAGÓN
El paso, hombre invisible

2014
HD video
28 min, 55 sec.
Edition of 5

 

JCG10247

XU ZHEN 18 Days

XU ZHEN
18 Days

2006
Single channel DVD video installation with sound
23 min, 56 sec.
Edition of 5

 

JCG3628

Press Release

James Cohan is pleased to present Borders, a group exhibition that considers how contemporary artists engage with political, ideological and formal borders. Borders are synonymous with state power, sovereignty and national identity. They define both belonging and otherness. In the face of rising nationalism and the growing global refugee crisis, borders across the world are tightening and also unraveling. This exhibition will seek to create a framework and a dialogue about borders as both places of productive exchange and barriers of exclusion.

 

Borders visually define space; utilizing form, color, and line to separate, delineate and frame fields of visual perception. In painting, formal borders call attention to the work’s nature both as an image and an object, and provide compositional structure. In sculpture and installation-based work, borders act to define and destabilize the relationship of the object in space, and negotiate the engagement between the viewer and the work of art.

 

Borders brings together artists who work using a diverse range of materials and processes including Etel Adnan, Edgardo Aragón, Yael Bartana, Jorge Méndez Blake, Mounir Fatmi, Susan Hefuna, Federico Herrero, Yun-Fei Ji, Byron Kim, Mernet Larsen, Sol LeWitt, Candice Lin, Teresa Margolles, Misheck Masamvu, Jordan Nassar, Katie Paterson, The Propeller Group, Matthew Ritchie, Hiraki Sawa, Dread Scott, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Elias Sime, Mikhael Subotzky, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Tomaselli, Hank Willis Thomas and XU ZHEN®. Borders will be on view from January 10 through February 23 in the gallery’s Chelsea and Lower East Side spaces. The gallery will host opening receptions on Thursday, January 10 from 6-8 pm at 533 West 26th Street and Saturday, January 12 from 5-7 pm at 291 Grand Street.

 

Visitors to 26th Street will encounter Byron Kim’s Sky Blue Flag anchored to the gallery’s facade, blending into the backdrop of the sky. This flag was originally installed only a few meters from the Korean Demilitarized Zone checkpoint. Its installation called into question physical and political borders at a site where division is most evident. Using the language of abstract painting, Kim confuses subject and ground, conflating the relationship between a flat image and real space. While the function of a flag is used for claiming land, Kim’s work is contingent upon blurring these demarcations, as the edge of the flag merges into the sky. Like Byron Kim, Dread Scott undermines the notion of political borders by examining their logic and legibility, or lack thereof. While Kim’s flag mounts a physical intervention into contested space, Scott uses the visual tropes of cartography to question boundaries by proposing alternative geographies. His 2007 work, Imagine a World Without America, calls upon the viewer to participate in the titular thought experiment and contemplate that absence. The painting de-centers the United States of America from the middle of the map that most Americans are familiar with. Scott utilizes the language of cartography to encourage the exploration of social questions, not geography. Land mass and sea are depicted but—like the world as it actually is—borders don’t exist.

 

For Borders, Jorge Méndez Blake and Yinka Shonibare CBE have created artworks that utilize books as both sculptural objects and repositories of knowledge, narrative, and memory. In his site-specific installation, Méndez Blake has constructed an imposing brick wall whose structure is disrupted by the insertion of a book at its base. The book, a copy of Kafka’s unfinished novel The Man who Disappeared (published posthumously as Amerika), tells the archetypal Kafka story of a young man who navigates the travails of life in New York as an immigrant from Europe.  The weight of the wall upon the book operates as a physical metaphor of the book’s motifs, while the wall itself disrupts the normal flow of visitors throughout the physical space of the gallery. Shonibare’s American Library (Politicians), 2018, celebrates the diversity of the American population while emphasizing the elastic nature of “American” identity. Inspired by the ongoing debates surrounding immigration—the artist has wrapped 213 books in his signature Dutch-wax printed fabrics. The textiles’ complex origins and shifting significance reflect both a long history of international exchange and the fiction of cultural authenticity. Embossed in gold upon the spines of each book are the names of American politicians who are first- or second- generation immigrants, as well as politicians who have spoken out against immigration and equality.

 

Jordan Nassar and Yael Bartana construct imaginary places and spaces that echo the contours of reality to call into question cultural identity and political division. The Palestinian-American artist Jordan Nassar’s embroidered landscapes are built out of the colors, symbols and patterns of traditional Palestinian embroidery and reflect his time spent working between Israel and Palestine. The mountains and horizons depicted in his works are abstracted, utopian dreamspaces that allow the artist—a second-generation diaspora Palestinian—to navigate his feelings of inherited nostalgia and of being alien to the familial homeland that he’s been taught to long for, while expressing his desire for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in the region. Israeli multimedia artist Yael Bartana blends fact and fiction—and past and present—in her photographic works, creating utopian moments that destabilize the dominant narratives of religious and national identity. In her series ‘The Missing Negatives of the Sonnenfeld Collection,’ Bartana uses both Israeli and Palestinian models to reimagine images from the archives of renowned Jewish-German photojournalists Leni and Herbert Sonnenfeld, who documented the settlement of Jews in Palestine / Eretz Israel in the 1930s and 1940s. In depicting her Arab and Israeli models as optimistic young soldiers, farmers, and builders working side by side, Bartana challenges the traditional ideology of the Zionist movement.

 

The gallery’s Grand Street location will host rotating screenings of video works by XU ZHEN®️, Hiraki Sawa and Edgardo Aragòn that explore geographic boundary lines and blur lines between fiction and reality. XU ZHEN®️’s 18 Days is a 2006 faux documentary in which the artist “invades” Myanmar, Mongolia and Russia using remote-control operated toy weapons. In a similar vein, Hiraki Sawa’s black and white video Dwelling, 2002, depicts digitally-inserted, miniature passenger airplanes that fly slowly around the artist’s nondescript apartment and probes the permeable borders between childlike fantasy and the mundane. Finally, Edgardo Aragón’s expansive work El Paso, hombre invisible, 2014, is a journey following the footsteps of buffalos as they roam the national parks of Mexico, US and Canada; a commentary on the migratory paths that set the borders of North America before the arrival of Europeans on the continent.

 

For inquiries regarding Borders, please contact Audrée Anid at aanid@jamescohan.com or 212.714.9500.

 

Please contact Sarah Stengel at sstengel@jamescohan.com or 212-714-9500 with press inquiries.

 

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