Past Exhibitions

January 29-March 27, 2017

In Practice: Material Deviance

Kate Newby, Two aspirins a vitamin C tablet and some baking soda, 2015, detail. Courtesy the artist and Laurel Doody, Los Angeles. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen


In Practice: Material Deviance

Annual open-call exhibition for emerging artists with a focus on the production of new work. Informed by encounters with the quotidian, unassuming stuff of life and its circulation, the artists included in Material Deviance connect material and bodily processes with social and infrastructural ones. The artists look to irregularities, glitches, gaps, residues, and altered states - either found or enacted - as a means of accessing the latent histories of materials in order to expose underlying systems of power, regulation, value, and control. While these systems inevitably shape the movement of bodies through the world (both at the level of the individual and the social), the works on view reveal the cracks where counter-movements and improvisational modes of being and perceiving are possible.

The exhibition features newly commissioned works by Lauren Bakst & Yuri Masnyj, Olivia Booth, Kim Brandt, Crystal Z Campbell, Danielle Dean, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jesse Harrod, Candice Lin and Patrick Staff, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Kate Newby, Barb Smith, Marian Tubbs, and Jessica Vaughn.

In Practice: Material Deviance is curated by SculptureCenter's 2017 Curatorial Fellow Alexis Wilkinson.