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Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Installation view of Made in Space, curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, 2013

Press Release

Press Release

Made in Space
curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens
presented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Venus Over Manhattan
July 11 - August 10, 2013
Opening: Thursday, July 11th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Venus Over Manhattan
980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075

(New York, NY) – Venus Over Manhattan and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, are pleased to present Made in Space, an exhibition curated by Peter Harkawik and Laura Owens.

Made in Space

1. Someone drank tea. Someone else felt that a specific kind of taco eaten at a particulargeographic location was like a drug. The spices generated a certain kind of energy, or, perhaps, muscle memory. It was 2012.

2. In 2002, “thoughts mixed and burned with gasoline” turned to Orange County, a web without a spider, The Citadel, Eden-Olympia. The commingling of purposefulness and aimlessness was understood to be the effect of Junkspace.

3. In 1981, Peter Schjeldahl took a trip to Los Angeles and wrote a short essay damning our city to a future of cultural irrelevance, lest it somehow invert each and every one of its unique features. He wrote, “The wishfulness of LA’s citizens is simply explained as the effect of a life that enforces independence to the point of autism. Try to lean on anything or anyone and you’ll fall down[…] Los Angeles is a city without public spaces. There are only private spaces–fenced haciendas of self-maintenance and self-invention–surrounded with the soft, dreamy, zinging-withlight nowhere in particular.” Much as Michael Fried’s write-off of minimalism as theater, Schjeldahl missed the point.

4. Participants in the 2010 TV series “Wipe Out” drove to Magic Mountain for jouissance: that is, being battered around by brightly colored, slowly rotating foam shapes.

5. In 1986, a pedestrian observed a pair of giant steel springs rolling down the sidewalk near the corner of Wilshire and La Brea. Elsewhere, aphasiacs watched Ronald Reagan on television and were not fooled by his affect. Because they lacked the ability to understand the intended significance of various facial expressions and/or gestures, their experience of his speech was divorced from his image, rendering it as inert and senseless as the printed word.

6. A shopper walks the isles of Home Depot in a stupor, hopelessly trying to assemble a mental list of life goals by way of immediate hardware purchases. Thoughts turn to the specific alienated labor that produced this situation. Is a kindred soul, another loser, in a cubicle somewhere, proliferating this amalgamation of thoughtless spatial constructs, endcap displays stacked to the sky? Is that person horny? Do they have a gaping flesh wound? A fixed quantity of gasoline was converted to smog today. It is 1999.

7. The Mall of America is constructed in 1992. The FDA urges surgeons to abandon silicone in breast implants and the first McDonald’s franchise is opened in China. In the words of French anthropologist Marc Augé, “Place and non-place are rather like opposed polarities: the first is never completely erased, the second never totally completed; they are like palimpsests on which the scrambled game of identity and relations is ceaselessly rewritten.”

8. Food is a variety of colors. We all eat food. Certain foods appear one color or another on account of food dye. Regardless of whether or not their color is a lie or we willingly suspend disbelief (as in the instance of a Starburst — is it the flavor “Lemon” or the flavor “Yellow”?), we all eat, and we all shit. In painting, mixing color is a complicated process involving the opacity of various pigments and substrates. Mixing too many colors results in a sludge that is invariably described as “muddy.” This is much like our digestive system. Foods we eat are broken down by procedures which work in concert; the enzymes in our mouth, the acids of our stomach. The color in foods is combined slowly in our body, until we shit, and see the result of our gastric color mixing: brown. In 2009, The Wrigley Company discontinued their unpopular “Baja California” Starburst flavor.

9. A person discovered a pile of feces directly in the middle of a pair of women’s size 10 red pumps. The distance between the shoes and the feces, which looked very much like a chocolatedipped frozen yogurt dessert, or a dog chew, indicated that the person could have been squatting and defecating. This tableau vivant was found in a parking lot behind a chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills in 2008. Every transaction leaves a remainder.

10. In 2001, an auto dealership on the 134 Freeway decided to expand its advertising by taking over an adjacent parking garage. Mannequins, waving and smiling, some posed with balloons, were installed on its upper levels. This visuality of the frontal, of the fleeting glance, produced a sensation not unlike V-effekt in passing drivers. Like a Brechtian stage play, their collective event was stripped of its self-evident nature. That same year, Elizabeth Grosz wrote, “Space, […] outside the ruses of imagination, is not static, fixed, infinitely expandable, infinitely divisible, concrete, extended, continuous, and homogenous, though perhaps we must think in these terms to continue our everyday lives (and the architect is perhaps more invested in this understanding of space than anyone else). Space, like time, is emergence and eruption, oriented not to the ordered, the controlled, the static, but to the event, to movement or action.”

11. In 1993, someone sat in a recliner in Long Beach with a VHS deck balanced on each knee. One screen played Hitchcock’s “Rope” while the other played Altman’s “Short Cuts.” Nearby, under a bridge, someone was feeling like his only companion was the city he lived in, the City of Angels. Around the same time, a wallet was left in El Segundo.

12. Two friends, both architects, drove to Brentwood in 1994. They got out of their car and ran alongside OJ Simpson’s Bronco, hoping to catch a glimpse of reality in progress and joining thousands of people on the streets and overpasses in communal euphoria.

13. Two curators drove by a flip flop in the road. This was mutually lauded for its demonstrative effect. It was 2013.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please email press@venusovermanhattan.com

Lucas Blalock Sweater
Lucas Blalock Plants
Derek Boshier The Los Angeles Art Collectors - Mr + Mrs Rodin-Riddler
Derek Boshier Made in Space
Jedediah Caesar Gleaner Stones
Jedediah Caesar The Ruinsed
Joshua Callaghan Paperclip Figure #4
Joshua Callaghan Chicago Snow #1
Joshua Callaghan Chicago Snow #2
Joshua Callaghan Chicago Snow #3
Joshua Callaghan Focus
Vanessa Conte Hot Bike (Freeway 2)
Vanessa Conte Hot Bike (Freeway 3)
Michael Decker Joe Cool, 2013
Michael Decker Index of Questions
Gabrielle Ferrer
Gabrielle Ferrer The Navajo Blanket
Laeh Glenn () ()
Laeh Glenn ​Daises
Laeh Glenn Fruit Relief (Black)
Laeh Glenn Ghost
Laeh Glenn Blue Fruit
Laeh Glenn Introduction
Hannah Greely Smile
Jacob Wrestling The Angel
Hannah Greely Conforms
Marcia Hafif August 2, 2012
Marcia Hafif August 7, 2012
Marcia Hafif Shade Paintings Group 1
Peter Harkawik Registration III
Peter Harkawik Untitled (colorblindness painting w/ dazzle camouflage toiletpaper #1)
Cannon Hudson Phantom Limb
Cannon Hudson Isosceles
Cannin Hudson D.R.
Jim Isermann Untitled (2987)
Jim Isermann Untitled (0112)
Jim Isermann Untitled (0113)
Patrick Jackson Box
Patrick Jackson Lazy Sunbather, 2013
Patrick Jackson Maze
David Korty Film Strip (Blue Shelf 4)
David Korty Ringed Vases
Liz Larner 6
Liz Larner Volitant Solids
William Leavitt Lava
Tala Madani Flashlight with Rear Projection
Tala Madani Stone of Madness
Joshua Mannis Another Trap?
​Joshua Mannis At War with the Army
Joshua Mannis Batman
Joshua Mannis Don't Turn Your Back, 2013
Joshua Mannis International Style
Joshua Mannis So Much for Working Change from Within the System
Max Maslansky Dancers
Max Maslansky Legs
Jesse Mockrin Midnight Circus
Jesse Mockrin Mirror Mirror
Rebecca Morris Untitled (#04-10)
Rebecca Morris Untitled (#02-13)
Davida Nemeroff box stall
Davida Nemeroff Junior
Eric Orr Ngorongoro
Eric Orr Radio Play
Eric Orr Taveuni
Jorge Pardo Untitled
Jorge Pardo ​Untitled
Marina Pinsky Role Model I
Marina Pinsky Role Model too
Allen Ruppersberg Honey, I rearranged the collection trying to make a purse out of a sow's ear
Asha Schechter Picture 050 (Artistic Sculpture of Thought, Trveit_03, Character Cartoon Football, Alphabet Pattern)
Asha Schechter Picture 058 (Waste Paper Basket, RealD 3D Glasses, Hummingbird Pose1, Peter Jensen Silk Blouse from Jutte, A/W 2009)
Asha Schechter Picture 059 (Picture 050 Pt. 2, Artistic Sculpture of Thought, Trivet_03, Character Cartoon Football, Alphabet Pattern on Silk)
Asha Schechter Picture 066b (Rubiks Cube, Clear Book, Clubmasters, Rubiks Cube, Vintage Pictures Retro Photos Cotton Fabric, Thumb Tack)
John Seal Caught in a Glance
John Seal The Darkness of Day
John Seal
John Seal Twice My Love Hath Been Before Me
Peter Shire Rod and Transit
Peter Shire Bianchi
Mungo Thomson June 25, 2001 (How the Universe Will End) and March 6, 1995 (When Did the Universe Begin?)
Mungo Thomson December 28, 1992 (What Does Science Tell Us About God?)
Aaron Wrinkle Narrative Painting 1, Androgynous Figure w/ Guitar, Strumming Device and Cigarette
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