In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik

    In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik

    May 11–Jun 19, 2023

    • Images
    • Text
    • Events
    • Sponsors
    • Related

    Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik works in sculpture, public art, architecture, video, and installation. Parasympathetic Fever Dream, their new work for SculptureCenter, intervenes in the circadian rhythm of plants, expanding the artist’s sculptural engagement with eco-science fiction. In dim gallery lighting simulating twilight, visitors navigate four arborvitae hedges arranged in an X-shaped formation. The plants have been trained to “sleep” during daylight hours while the work is on public view, and to “wake” at sunset, when full-spectrum LED grow lights simulate daylight. Four blue, 450 nanometer-spectrum lasers create subtle guideposts or barriers, suggesting a psychic or erotic projection from the plants. Together these environmental and physiological alterations constitute a speculative gesture within an incubator-like installation that signals both body hacking and anthropogenic environmental change.

    Parasympathetic Fever Dream heightens the sense that humans and plants might be intelligible to each other through the lens of the parasympathetic nervous system, the term for systems of bodily maintenance (like breathing, sexual arousal, crying, and digesting) that link the exterior world and environmental factors to us through the unconscious. If altered metabolic processes are the parasympathetic part of Loeppky-Kolesnik’s work, a faux-evening encounter with other visitors traversing the hedgerows provides the fever dream. Contriving to turn the hedges “off” makes the viewer a witness to the resting plants and their silent cycles of growth, while swapping day for night evokes a paradox of privacy and voyeurism familiar to queer cruising, as well as to the history of growing these plants as concealers of private property. Situating the potential for a psychosexual episode within the realm of modified nature, Loeppky-Kolesnik’s work generates a new means of sensing unconscious analogs for the fragility of our own bodies, and for how technologies of cultivation both create and prepare us for unknown environmental and biological futures.

    In Practice 2023 is organized by SculptureCenter. Since 2003, SculptureCenter’s In Practice open call program has supported the production of new work by over 250 artists.

    In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik is curated by Christopher Aque, Exhibition and Program Manager and Kyle Dancewicz, Deputy Director.


    In Practice 2023 is made possible by the generosity of the Elaine Graham Weitzen Foundation for Fine Arts. The Foundation’s support for SculptureCenter’s annual open call exhibition reflects Elaine Graham Weitzen’s (1920-2017) lifelong commitment to emerging artists and her exuberant support of new ideas in art. Weitzen served as a devoted Trustee of SculptureCenter from 1987 to 2017.

    Major support for the In Practice program is provided by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In Practice is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    In-kind support for In Practice: Jordan Loeppky-Kolesnik is provided by Conifer Kingdom, Silverton, OR.