In Practice Fall '03

    In Practice Fall '03

    Sep 7–Dec 7, 2003

    Chris Doyle, Ellen Harvey, James Hegge, Rebecca Herman & Mark Shoffner, and Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann
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    The works in this exhibition are commissioned through SculptureCenter's In Practice project series, which supports the creation and presentation of innovative work by emerging artists. The projects are selected individually and reflect the diversity of approaches to contemporary sculpture.

    James Hegge's work is engaged with elemental phenomena and the way in which we come to understand an event or a physical space. Depth Charge is a site-specific installation that the visitor experiences only through sound. A blank wall blocks the entrance to a space in SculptureCenter's lower level. Sound and vibration created by mechanical movement behind the wall describe the depth and shape of the inaccessible space.

    Rebecca Herman and Mark Shoffner's The Secret Life of the Beaver depicts a beaver's lodge as architect's studio. Drawings and models within the lodge reveal a beaver architect with radical plans to transform Manhattan. Herman and Shoffner look at patterns of transformation common to nature and the man-made landscape, specifically the ways in which humans and animals adapt to the modern urban environment.

    Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann work as a collaborative team and create performances, videos and installations that focus on the dynamics of friends and enemies. Shoot Out is a video installation that explores the intimacy of friendship through a shoot-out in which blood is replaced with silly string.

    Chris Doyle presents Endless Love, a two-channel video installation featuring footage shot from cameras mounted on two remote-controlled helicopters. As in previous works by Doyle, the helicopters play out a psychological narrative: they meet and fall in love and the results are what you might guess when helicopters come into intimate contact.

    As with previous work that plays with the conventions of traditional media of painting and sculpture, Ellen Harvey's Flat Sculpture questions the nature of contemporary sculpture and its relation to the history of the medium. Harvey will make a trompe l'oeil painting of a classical sculpture (Sleeping Hermaphrodite) directly on Sculpture Center's wall.


    SculptureCenter's exhibitions and public programs are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts and The Lily Auchincloss Foundation.