Common Love,
Aesthetics of Becoming
April 27–June 11, 2011

Dave Arnold

began tinkering with restaurant equipment after earning his MFA at Columbia University. As the director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, he helps chefs achieve their most ambitious goals by using new technologies, techniques, and ingredients. MFA 1997


Ronnie Bass

was born in Hurst, Texas, in 1976 and is a New York-based visual artist and musician. He works in video, sound, and sculpture. He has exhibited at MoMA PS1 and the New Museum, both in New York; the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and the Contemporary Art Center of Tel Aviv, among other venues. MFA 2007


Guy Ben-Ner

lives and works in Tel Aviv. His work explores life. MFA 2003


Sean Dack

was born in Albany, New York, in 1976 and is a New York-based artist. Working in a variety of media including film, video, photography, sculpture, installation, and sound, he has explored the territory between historical events, technology, popular media/music culture, and dystopian scenarios, creating a varied but conceptually coherent vision. MFA 2002


N. Dash

received a BA from New York University and an MFA from Columbia University. Through performative actions, her work explores the synergy and tension between compulsion and devotion and creation and destruction. She lives and works in New York and New Mexico. MFA 2010


Marc Handelman

is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and Marc Selwyn Fine Art. Recent group exhibitions include MoMA PS1, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Dieu Donné in New York, the Orlando Museum, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London. He is also on the MFA faculty at Bard College. MFA 2003


Tim Hyde

investigates the relation between architecture, temporality, and the conditions at play in the production of time-based images. His photographic and video work questions the limits of visual perception as mediated by the camera. He is represented by Muelensteen Gallery and lives and works in New York. MFA 2005


Will Kwan

was born in Hong Kong in 1978. His work has been presented at biennials in Liverpool (2010), Montreal (2007) and Venice (2003) and exhibited in museums and public galleries in Shanghai, Seoul, London, Dublin, Vilnius, Poznan, Toronto, and Vancouver. MFA 2004


Mads Lynnerup

responds to politics and everyday life using a range of media including silk-screen, drawing, video, sculpture, and performance. His work has been exhibited at venues including SFMOMA, MoMA PS1, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He resides in New York and Copenhagen. MFA 2008


Yasue Maetake

lives and works in New York. By merging technology and nature into bizarre forms, her work explores culturally derived notions of beauty and repurposes traditional uses of sculptural craft. MFA 2006


Rake, 2010
Bamboo, ceramic, cotton string, epoxy clay, epoxy mounted terracotta glass, magnet, oil paint, polyurethane mounted soil and paper collage, steel, stained wood
77 x 53 x 38 in.
Courtesy the artist

Polaris, 2007
Oil paint on steel, brass, copper, resin, plaster, wood, photographs
102 x 111 x 83 in.
Courtesy Farley Collection

For artist Yasue Maetake, the varied choice of materials is essential to her practice. The juxtaposition of natural elements, such as bone and fish scales, with artificial ones, such as epoxy and resin, is an attempt to mimic the human struggle against nature and its processes—namely, death. Rather than allow these natural elements to deteriorate, Maetake attempts to preserve them by artificial means—thereby halting entropy, if only in the small space of her sculpture. Like Polaris, also on view in this exhibition, the title of this work adds to this effort: a rake is ultimately a human invention to combat nature, meant to remove or collect fallen leaves, as well as other signs of decay, according to our needs.

In Polaris, steel, brass, resin, and wood are crafted into the shape of a proto-satellite, perhaps pointed towards the North Star—whose formal name is itself Polaris. The relationship to astronomy is furthered by satellite photographs which hang from delicate branches: these photographs formally echo the ceremonial wishes written on paper and attached to branches for the holiday of Tanabata—the Japanese festival which celebrates the myth of the creation of the Milky Way. By inserting man-made materials into a celebration of nature, Maetake obscures the separation and classification of resources.

Gabriel Martinez

explores issues of labor relations involved in the production, maintenance, and distribution of class subjectivity. He has attended the residency program at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting and the Whitney Independent Study Program. MFA 2009


Gedi Sibony

was born in New York City in 1973. He me puts his mine work, the objects that become his mine in a process, that is personal, into a situation where together, report something about that process and this situation. MFA 2000


Mika Tajima

connects geometric abstraction to the shape of the built environment. She explores activities, form, and performative roles defined by divisive spaces—specifically, how we navigate controlled situations and negotiate space and each other in "work" sites. MFA 2003


Christian de Vietri

lives and works in New York City. His work is the subject and the object of ontological experiment. MFA 2009


Rona Yefman

was born in Israel and currently lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MFA from Columbia University in New York City. MFA 2009