KERRY DOWNEY and E.E. IKELER
JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 19, 2017
a viewer views with their whole body
(she had a queer feeling they were being watched)
an artwork will change if you look at it long enough.
language makes shapes (shapes make language too).
proposal: let’s consider visuality alongside visibility, and treat pleasure like a value
let’s describe the ways an image is ethically entangled
let’s use language to defigure, rename, and unknow
~surface is a site of tension and relief
(they weren’t sure where their sameness ended and their difference began)
meaning is ephemeral, and that’s why we grew to love it.
Kerry Downey (born Fort Lauderdale, 1979) holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College. Their work has recently been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale, NY; the Drawing Center, New York, NY; and Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland. In 2015, Downey was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Artist-in-residencies and Fellowships include SHIFT at the EFA Project Space, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, Real Time and Space in Oakland, CA, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellowship.
E.E. Ikeler (b.1986) received a BFA from The Cooper Union in 2008 and an MFA from Yale University in 2016. She’s had recent solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, NY, Kent Place Gallery in Summit, NJ, and at the project space In Limbo, in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has also been exhibited at Mulherin, New York and Abrons Art Center, New York. She received a Leroy Neiman Foundation Summer Fellowship at Ox-bow School of Art in 2016; a Yale FLAGS Award, a Helen Watson Winternitz Award and a Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Research Fellowship (all Yale University, 2015). She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at Indiana University.