The Institutionists – Group Exhibition with Kris Van Dessel

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 4:00am

The Intuitionists is a collaborative project by artists Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine. Inspired by Colson Whitehead's novel The Intuitionist, the exhibition considers how the collection, the database, and the aggregate serve as complementary models for the organization of information and objects in flux. Using the keywords that organize The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program database (e.g., “autobiographical,” “geometric,” “historical,” “consumer culture”) as a point of departure, the exhibition installation will feature works by over sixty Viewing Program artists. The Lab will feature a collaboration by the artists Hart, Jemison, and Valentine inspired by Whitehead's book The Intuitionist, using letters of the alphabet to form an interpretive drawing.

Kris Van Dessel made the work „As The Crow Flies” for the exhibition "The Intuitionists" in The Drawing Center. It is the registration on scale 1/1 of the direct distance between his studio in Antwerp (Belgium) and the Drawing Center in NYC (3666 miles). In using a computer aided design program he put 5900000 blue lines of one meter (39.37 inch) on one sheet of A0-paper (33.1 x 46.8 inches). The ink, needed to print the lines, saturated the paper surface. The A0-drawing was folded to A4 as a road map and was sent to the Drawing Center, to travel the real distance. In the exhibition the drawing will be shown unfolded.

Organized by Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine. Curated by Lisa Sigal, Open Sessions Curator.