Accompaniment
November 6 - December 19, 2015

Shannon Ebner, Dylan Gauthier, Kara Hamilton and Angie Keefer, Will Holder, Dominika Ksel, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater with Laura Ortman, Babette Mangolte, Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio and Mario Garcia Torres on Conlon Nancarrow, David Morris and Pedro Cid Proença with Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, David Reinfurt, Sarah Rose, Rosalie Schweiker and Rudy Loewe, Alex Waterman, and Rebecca Wilcox.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 6 - 8 pm
At EFA Project Space, 323 W. 39th St, 2nd floor

Artists: Shannon Ebner, Dylan Gauthier, Kara Hamilton and Angie Keefer, Will Holder, Dominika Ksel, Duane Linklater, Tanya Lukin Linklater with Laura Ortman, Babette Mangolte, Rodrigo Ortiz Monasterio and Mario Garcia Torres on Conlon Nancarrow, David Morris and Pedro Cid Proença with Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, David Reinfurt, Sarah Rose, Rosalie Schweiker and Rudy Loewe, Alex Waterman, and Rebecca Wilcox.

Curated by: Kari Cwynar and Kendra Sullivan

Accompaniment is a curatorial project exploring “accompaniment” as an evolving theory of practice, developed in response to our cultural and political milieu. The project asks: might an artistic practice characterized by distributed authorship be a catalyst for a shift in the ways we produce, exhibit, and write about art? This exhibition enacts accompaniment such that the physical, historical, and social supports within individual practices are made manifest, but also so that each participant and contribution inevitably accompanies and is accompanied in the present grouping. This model subverts the order of the soloist, laying bare a deeply stratified ground in which everything created is inscribed and contingent.

The exhibition acts as staging ground upon which accompaniment emerges as a usable model of practice. Support, understood in its widest brushstroke as the “second position,” is tested, fatigued, and reified; we try to broaden forms of abstract support that sustain the practice of the artist and the body of the artist, as well as wider culture economies. Accompaniment produces work in multiple disciplines, some audible, some legible, some visible, some holding the show together. Participating artists accompany each other, light, archives, unknown artists, texts, architecture, objects, gossip, and songs. 

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This exhibition was made possible by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Special thanks to The Ontario Arts Council for their support of Duane Linklater's project. Display structures were produced with the material and conceptual support of Tri-Lox.

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