Dot Conference installed at the Yard, Williamsburg, May 2019
Dot Conference installed at Room 83 Spring, September 2019
September 7 - October 26
Reception: Saturday, September 7, 4-6
Curator + Artist Talk: Thursday, October 17 @ 7
Elanna Anagnos | Taleen Batalian | Amy Beecher
Liza Bingham | Emmy Bright | Jenny Brown
Cathleen Daley | Milisa Galazzi
Ghost of a dream (Adam Eckstrom + Lauren Was)
Brooke Erin Goldstein | Mark Hartshorn | Leslie Hirst
Holly Hughes | Will Hutnick | Sonja John
Zehra Khan | Kirstin Lamb | Heather McPherson
Elizabeth Michelman | Jennifer Liston Munson
Nadia Haji Omar | Barbara Owen | Jen Shepard
L Smith | Brigitta Varadi | Joan Wyand
Direct From Brooklyn
Installation Photos from Dot Conference at the Yard, Williamsburg, May 2019
Room 83 Spring is pleased to host the second installment of Dot Conference in collaboration with Curator Kirstin Lamb, presenting 28 artists utilizing the dot form as marks. Collectively this group forms a larger conversation around mark making and image-making.
This show grew out of a conversation at Room 83 Spring, and was first installed at the Yard in Williamsburg, NY. Artists Liza Bingham, Zehra Khan, Cathleen Daley and Kirstin Lamb started discussing the ways in which mark making, specifically the dot, spoke about our larger practices. In a moment when we can struggle to delineate ourselves as apart from one another aesthetically and struggle to define ourselves as a coalition politically, it felt comforting to agree upon this one basic, the dot as foundational building block – something to be accumulated and appreciated.
There is a kind of elemental quality to repeated mark and repeated touch. It is a nod to forbears in folk and aboriginal art, meditative or religious practice, and self taught and visionary work. The show references historic dotted works such as Impressionist Georges Seurat’s visual displays, Larry Poon’s gridded projectiles, the elegant repetition in the work of the Pattern and Decoration painters like Miriam Schapiro and Joyce Kozloff, and Roy Lichtenstein’s ben-day Pop icons among many others.
In all, the works gathered serve less as a polemic, but rather a gathering. Conference is used lightly in the title, to serve as a meeting of artists and a meeting of mark making, a kind of comparison and accumulation of approaches.