Art in The Corner Room Exhibition Series - Jane South - Shifting Structures: Stacks
The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Shifting Structures: Stacks a site specific installation by artist Jane South. This exhibition is part of South's Shifting Structures series, an ongoing work where sculptural components are re-configured according to the specifics of site.
The Art and Picture Collections at Mid-Manhattan Library present Shifting Structures: Stacks a site specific installation by artist Jane South. This exhibition is part of South's Shifting Structures series, an ongoing work where sculptural components are re-configured according to the specifics of site. At once an ever-mutating sculptural drawing and a reflection of our shifting architectural environment, the work is constructed on-site during the month of August and September, utilizing the architectural peculiarities of NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library space and incorporating the idea of library stacks as a structural principle. The artist is also using pulped (discarded / damaged) library books to make some of the elements. The ordering of the piece happens spontaneously and the public is able to see the work evolve during its construction.
The artist continues to work on the installation inside The Corner Room from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on August 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23 and September 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11
The first event of the new series What Inspires Artists free and open to public is held on Tuesday October 2 at 6:30 p.m insider The Corner Room.
Writer Jeffrey Kastner joins South for An Artist Dialogue, free and open to public, on Saturday December 15 at 3:00 p.m. inside The Corner Room.
Art in The Corner Room exhibition series is curated by Arezoo Moseni.
Jane South's site-specific exhibition, Pedestal Components, created for Art in the Windows exhibition series is on view day and night through January 2, 2013.
The following text is from the essay Fluid Coordinates: The Work of Jane South by Apsara DiQuinzio, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator at The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. It originally appeared in Jane South published in conjunction with her solo exhibition at Spencer Brownstone Gallery in 2006.
"The view from South’s studio in Brooklyn looks up into the steel girding of the Brooklyn Bridge and the span of the two granite towers connected by steel suspension cables. Not far in the distance, you can also see the layering of the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. Whether this is a fortuitous proximity or not, it is a germane entry point into the artist’s work, which resides in the terrain between drawing and sculpture. Bridges, heating ducts, wheels, electric saws, grates, hooks, cranes, cages, ladders, information towers, pulleys, brackets – these are but a few of the objects that animate the cut forms in South’s cantilevered constructions. Her visual lexicon derives from a mechanized, accelerated environment where several clicks of a mouse enable one to travel around the world, speeding through layers of information and images. Her work speaks to the interconnected, sprawling nature of our modern environment.
The impulse to see the line transposed in space undergirds South’s practice. What begin as two-dimensional drawings, become hanging, geometric tableaux. Light reinforces the three-dimensional quality of her work, as shadows cast on the wall render depth, character, and movement to her shapes, and patterns.
The ability to conceptually play with the materiality of her environment makes her work contingent, imaginative, and invigorating. After all, the question of material is central to our experience of modern life, wherein the slippage between concrete reality and amorphous, digital environments (the seen and unseen) grows ever wider. South’s fluid coordination of opposites, or her ability to reconfigure both tangible and intangible grids, invites us not only to engage with her art but also refreshes our eyes to our own surroundings."
Her work has been reviewed and published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Sun, The LA Times, ArtForum, Art in America, ART PAPERS, Sculpture Magazine, New York Magazine, Frieze, ARTnews and NY Arts Magazine amongst others.
The artist would like to thank P.S. Bookshop in Brooklyn for donating some used books for this installation.
© 2006 Apsara DiQuinzio, essay