Now Showing: Jory Rabinovitz

    Now Showing: Jory Rabinovitz

    Jun 2–Jul 28, 2014

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    SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Now Showing: Jory Rabinovitz. Now Showing is a program that highlights a single artwork or project in areas throughout SculptureCenter's building. Working with artists to find new ways of approaching the unique architecture of SculptureCenter, Now Showing is an exploratory and flexible mode for presenting artworks and projects to our audiences.

    New York-based artist Jory Rabinovitz is presenting a new site-specific sculptural work within an area recently created by the current renovation of the SculptureCenter building. The work, Non Olet, starts in the gallery space and extends into the men and women's bathrooms, returning to the original site, and connecting these disparate areas. The title of the work references the Latin phrase "pecunia non olet," or "money doesn't stink," a reference to Roman emperor Vesepian's "Urine Tax," where urine was collected from the public bathrooms of the lower classes and resold for various chemical processes, such as ammonia, creating new goods and entering the chain of commerce and trade.

    In the sculpture on view, Rabinovitz has used brass, an alloy of zinc and copper, to thread through walls and liminal spaces, dropping piles of scattered brass pennies. In 1983, due to the rising market value of copper, the compound of pennies switched, from mostly copper with a small amount of zinc to copper plated zinc. When oxidizing to clean the metal, Rabinovitz collects the resulting pigment with a fabric, which is integrated into the sculpture. The metal used and their interactions perform particular effects on the materials on view, illustrating potential and impact in the conversion of substances.

    Rabinovitz's sculptural works investigate boundaries of material and metaphor and their social and societal actualities. The literal compounds comprising exchange systems are explored in sculptures that reimagine relationships between materials, considering their attributes and utility.

    Jory Rabinovitz lives and works in New York, NY. Rabinovitz has recently exhibited at Martos Gallery, New York; Abrons Art's Center, New York; Tanya Leighton, Berlin; Off Vendome, Düsseldorf; Galerie Balice Hertling, Paris; and Night Gallery, Los Angeles. Rabinovitz has received numerous awards and residencies including the The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art Grant (2012) and the Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY (2010)