Tightened, As If By Pliers

DAVID HUMPHREY: Dogs, 2010-14. DAVID HUMPHREY: Horse, 2010. DAVID HUMPHREY: Rabbits, 2008

DAVID HUMPHREY: Dogs, 2010-14. DAVID HUMPHREY: Horse, 2010. DAVID HUMPHREY: Rabbits, 2008

Ortega y Gasset Projects Presents Tightened, As If by Pliers at The Knockdown Center
Curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin
December 7, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 7th, 4-7pm
Open Saturdays & Sundays 1-6pm, and by appointment

Curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin, the show includes works by Julio Cortàzar, Kevin Curran, Luc Fuller, Angelina Gualdoni, EJ Hauser,  David Humphrey, Mary Reid Kelley, AmyLincoln, Chris Martin, Susan Metrican, Hooper Turner, Alan Ruiz, Harriet Salmon, Michael Velliquette, and Sheilah Wilson.

Ortega y Gasset Projects is pleased to present Tightened, As If by Pliers at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York. Curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin, the show includes works by Julio Cortàzar, Kevin Curran, Luc Fuller, Angelina Gualdoni, EJ Hauser, David Humphrey, Mary Reid Kelley, Amy Lincoln, Chris Martin, Susan Metrican, Hooper Turner, Alan Ruiz, Harriet Salmon, Michael Velliquette, and Sheilah Wilson.

In 1968, Argentine novelist Julio Cortàzar traveled to India to photograph an 18th century observatory built by Maharajah Jai Singh II, in Jaipur. He took nearly 300 photographs of the structure which later became the source for, and a contingent part of From the Observatory, an epic poem-narrative consistent with his genre-less writing style. Cortàzar’s photographs and subsequent writing considers the observatory in relation to the “art space.” For Cortàzar, the observatory in Jaipur was a place of deep consideration of the cosmos, but also of the dance eels do for an absent audience, of the eroticism of Jai Singh, of the depth of humor and the surface of philosophy.

For Cortàzar’s artistic output there were no categories: taking photos, writing poems, drinking mates, writing a nonlinear novel in …more…