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objects are slow events
April 3 – April 24, 2016
→ Hessel Museum of Art
Curated by
  • Alexis Wilkinson
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Exhibition Category
Thesis Exhibitions

Artists: Maggie Bennett, Simone Forti, Jonah Groeneboer, and Katherine Hubbard

objects are slow events brings together a group of artworks that mark the ways in which time and movement are embedded in things that appear still. Works by Maggie Bennett, Simone Forti, Jonah Groeneboer, and Katherine Hubbard draw attention to the microscopic movements and glacial shifts that work against what might be perceived as a static art object. By employing time as material, various rhythms emerge, ranging from the cyclical, to the corporeal, the organic, and the geologic. As such, the exhibition reconsiders stillness as a register of movement as opposed to an absence of motion.

Through subtle shifts in material and organic matter, works by Maggie Bennett and Simone Forti demonstrate how objects perform, complicating distinctions between material, object, and dancing subject. The process and subjectivity of vision are highlighted in Jonah Groeneboer’s abstract sculptures and in Katherine Hubbard’s photographs. These works undo forms of fixity in different media, and, in turn, mobilize and mark the viewing body’s relationship to the object. By drawing attention to processes of movement and perception, the works in objects are slow events position the art object as a participating force within an active and reciprocal encounter, and across their various registers of movement, assert stillness as a performative phenomenon.