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Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Two by Caroline Woolard

January 19, 2018 - February 25, 2018

Carried on Both Sides is a three-part immersive installation that uncovers the ancient history of the @ symbol. Featuring carved wooden columns, hand blown glass amphorae, glass murrina, a single-channel video, and soft sculptures made of kevlar, this project questions how present logics of freedom and exchange carry with them resonances of past imperial lives. The works on view are the result of three years of collaboration between Caroline Woolard, Helen Lee, Alexander Rosenberg, and Lika Volkova that has been generously supported by residencies at Pilchuck and UrbanGlass; this collaboration is the subject of a documentary by PBS / Art21 for New York Close Up.

Carried on Both Sides: Encounter One will be presented at Lesley Heller Workspace from November 2 – December 17, 2011; Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Two will be presented at LMAKgallery from January 19 – February 25, 2018; Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Three will be presented at the Knockdown Center in the summer of 2018.

For more information on this project, see: http://CarriedOnBothSides.com and Art21 documentary: https://art21.org/watch/new-york-close-up/caroline-woolards-floating-possibility/


SCHEDULE

Carried on Both Sides: Encounter One
November 2 — December 17, 2017
Lesley Heller Workspace
54 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
http://www.lesleyheller.com/artists/caroline-woolard/artwork/exhibition-carried-on-both-sides

Panel Discussion: Helen Lee, Lika Volkova, and Caroline Woolard
Saturday, December 16, 2-3pm
Lesley Heller Workspace
54 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002

Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Two
January 19 – February 25, 2018
LMAKgallery
298 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
http://lmakgallery.com/

Intimate Dialog: a dialog between artist Caroline Woolard and Thyrza Goodeve, Brooklyn Rail
Thursday, February 1, 5-7pm
LMAKgallery
298 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
RSVP for this conversation at RSVP@LMAKgallery.com

Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Three
Summer 2018
The Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Maspeth, NY 11378
http://knockdown.center

LMAKgallery is pleased to present its first project with artists Caroline Woolard, Helen Lee, Lika Volkova, and Alexander Rosenberg, entitled Carried on Both Sides. The organizing insistence of Carried on Both Sides is that imperial forms long outlive the empire from which they were generated.

A look today around any campus or collection of government buildings will reveal classical columns. American currency too contains many of these icons; the nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, can likewise be traced back to the myth of the founding of Rome. The @ symbol comes from a graphic representation of a Roman vessel, the amphora, written as an abbreviated ‘a’ with a flourished tail surrounding it. Originally used as containers to transport tributes from the periphery back to Rome, amphorae conveyed goods like olive oil, grains and other remittances. At the height of roman power, so many of these amphorae populated Rome that they were discarded into a landfill of shards and handles, still visible today at Mt. Testaccio. This project directs our attention to the imperial residues of our contemporary digital world, chiefly the ubiquitous @ symbol.

Using this imperial legacy of the @ symbol as a provocation, the artists have crafted new imperial artifacts. The project consists of three exhibitions over the next year.* Each exhibition will reveal a unique addition to the project. At Lesley Heller Workspace, clay amphorae are transmuted into glass; hand pulled glass murrina recall the pixelated imagery of digital computing; a single-channel video records an hourglass which never runs out. At LMAKgallery, the famous iconography of Romulus and Remus’s caretaker, the she-wolf, inspires a table whose udders now are time-keeping devices; stately columns may be disassembled and reassembled as sculptural furniture. At The Knockdown Center, an immersive video and sound installation reverberates throughout the former glass factory; the sound of waves crashing is produced mechanically by a thousand small glass marbles, held in a glass frame that see-saws above.

Carried on Both Sides is a three-part immersive installation that uncovers the ancient history of the @ symbol. Featuring carved wooden columns, hand blown glass amphorae, glass murrina, a single-channel video, and soft sculptures made of kevlar, this project questions how present logics of freedom and exchange carry with them resonances of past imperial lives. The works on view are the result of three years of collaboration between Caroline Woolard, Helen Lee, Alexander Rosenberg, and Lika Volkova that has been generously supported by residencies at Pilchuck and UrbanGlass; this collaboration is the subject of a documentary by PBS / Art21 for New York Close Up.

 

*Carried on Both Sides: Encounter One will be presented at Lesley Heller Workspace from November 2 – December 17, 2011; Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Two will be presented at LMAKgallery from January 19 – February 25, 2018; Carried on Both Sides: Encounter Three will be presented at the Knockdown Center in the summer of 2018.

For more information on this project, see: http://CarriedOnBothSides.com and Art21 documentary: https://art21.org/watch/new-york-close-up/caroline-woolards-floating-possibility/