Hessel Museum of Art, March 24 – May 26, 2013
Artists: Trisha Donnelly, Analia Saban, and Gedi Sibony
Yes to visual trickery. Yes to slow digest over rapid intake. Yes to idiosyncratic beauty. The Ecstasy of the Newness of the Image (or the Communicability of an Unusual One) combats daily doses of hurried image intake by reconsidering customary ways of seeing. Trisha Donnelly, Analia Saban, and Gedi Sibony author objects whose material construction act as provocation, asking viewers to consider what it means to make objects that refuse traditional categorization. Cardboard reveals and paint masks. Senses are set on refresh.
Using gestures subtle and sincere, Gedi Sibony unveils unfettered materials, enhancing their original states. Materials are recast to consider the breadth of what gets framed, and of image making more specifically. Analia Saban reconfigures representation with sly tricks, where canvas and acrylic are manipulated to resemble everyday materials. And Trisha Donnelly puts us face to face with the unknown, however familiar it may appear. In each case, objects stunt immediate apprehension, and put to these works is the following question: what expectations do these objects unsettle? Or asked differently, in the material morsels of these objects, what hidden information is revealed?
What we think we’re looking at is both what it seems, yes, and more.
Curated by Tara Ramadan