Marcelo Moscheta, "Pau Brasil"

The group show “Slippage” examines different ways in which artists articulate liminal space


Opening on June 10 at 601Artspace, the group show Slippage, curated by Jess Van Nostrand, features works by Marina Abramović and Ulay, Anna Barriball, Thomas Demand, Nadia Liz Estela, Jen Everett, Luigi Ghirri Candida Höfer, Shin il Kim, Marcelo Moscheta, Asako Narahashi, Vanessa Renwick, Dayanita Singh.

To know more about the exhibition, read below the text shared on 601Artspace’s website:

“When you’re looking at two things, don’t look at them, look between them.”
–John Baldessari

Conceived during a time of particular uncertainty, Slippage examines different ways in which artists articulate liminal space: personal, geographical, material, and temporal. If liminal refers to the physical or psychological state of being “in-between,” then the pandemic’s effects have created a perfect storm of uncomfortable collective liminality. The fundamental organization of everyday life was ripped away and what had previously felt predictable became unstable, resulting in a shared but often isolating state of limbo.

This lingering limbo is a unique vantage point from which to view artwork–as artwork itself emerges from the uncharted expanse between what is and what could be. The works in this exhibition, disparate in subject matter and execution, place the viewer in moments of what is sometimes known as slippage: the revealing of a juncture where disparate elements meet. This moment can be a physical space, a momentary experience, or a literal threshold. For instance, Marina Abramovic and Ulay’s “Imponderabilia” (shown as a film of the original performance) asks the viewer to make an emotionally loaded, split-second decision about how and if they will pass through a doorway flanked by a naked man and woman, mere inches between their bodies. In Marcelo Moscheta’s video “Pau Brasil”, a hand gradually removes bark spines from the trunk of the Pau Brasil tree, a vital natural resource exploited to exhaustion and a symbol of Brazilian national identity. The video articulates a state of ecological, psychological and economic vulnerability, or what the artist calls “an eternal dispute between maintaining the roots that make us a nation or surrendering to dominant influences, global and foreign, that slowly remove what [is] most valuable..”

Borrowing from the fields of literature, psychology, and architecture as well as visual art, Slippage invites viewers to experience the uncomfortable junctures of human experience, veering from the personal and intimate to the existential and global.

Ulay/ Marina Abramović, Imponderabilia. Performance, 90 minutes, Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, 1977. © Ulay / Marina Abramović. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives

“Slippage”, group show featuring Marcelo Moscheta
From June 11 to August 31, 2022
Opening reception on June 10th from 6-8pm

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