Aaron Gemmill × Katarzyna Krakowiak × Sarah Oppenheimer × Bec Brittain × Slow and Steady Wins the Race × Don Davis
Part I: Aaron Gemmill, “Provopoli (Wem gehört die Stadt)” (2012). Installation view, 6 Nov 2012.
Part II: Katarzyna Krakowiak, “Slowhand” (2012). Installation view, 17 Nov 2012.
Part III: Sarah Oppenheimer, “C-010100” (2012). Installation view, 2 Dec 2012.
Part IV: Bec Brittain, “Maxhedron” (2012). Installation view, 5 Dec 2012.
Part V: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, “Deluxe Standard View” (2012). Installation view, 12 Dec 2012.
Part VI: Don Davis, “Torus Colony” (1975/2012). Installation view, 19 Dec 2012.
“Nothing in our solar system is truly unlimited, of course; no expansion can go on forever; but an exponential growth of wealth can be considered rationally if we can find the environment in which that growth can proceed for many hundreds of years …”
—Gerard K. O’Neill, The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, 1977
The second exhibition at P!, Possibility 02: Growth, speaks to the myth of unchecked expansion through varying modes of inhabitation. Over its seven week duration, the exhibition will transform periodically, spurred by the ongoing accumulation of works by different participants. A microcosm for the outpacing rhythm of urban development, the arrival of each new work dislodges the previous ones and redefines the space. This serialized installation and re-configuration activates a scarce resource — space itself — allowing the works to function as distinct and potentially oppositional bodies, each filling the architectural volume in turn. As an experiment in proliferation, Possibility 02: Growth speculates on how displacement and cohabitation upset conventional models of exhibition and the social relations they reflect.
Each participant and new work will be announced in succession on a weekly basis.
The first piece, Provopoli (Wem gehört die Stadt) (2012) by Aaron Gemmill, opens 6 November 2012. A 10 ft diameter globe, Provopoli will be inflated in the entrance of P! to the point of obstruction. This work will remain on view and migrate throughout the space over the course of the exhibition.
The second piece, Shorthand (2012) by Katarzyna Krakowiak, opens 15 November 2012. Shorthand employs sculpture, sound, and performance to translate the silence of space into a physical condition. With thanks to Residency Unlimited.
The third piece, C-010100 (2012) by Sarah Oppenheimer, opens 2 December 2012. As the newest addition to her ongoing Typology of Holes, Oppenheimer’s piece insets the storefront façade, disrupting the relationship between the street and exhibition space.
The fourth piece, Maxhedron (2012) by Bec Brittain, opens 5 December 2012. Transforming darkness through fractured reflection, Maxhedron’s constellation of light and mirrors extend brightness outward.
The fifth part of the exhibition opens 12 December with Deluxe Standard Version (2012) by Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Continuing the conceptual fashion label’s reinvention of retail, Deluxe Standard Version converts P! into a pop-up shop. A checkerboard installation of plush cream carpeting takes over the space as a display for new additions to the signature Standard Bag collection. Created in Leather, Velvet, Exotics, and Japanese Satin, these bags transform a ubiquitous retail form into objects of desire.
The sixth and final part of the exhibition ends with historical work by Don Davis. Widely known for his visionary renderings of NASA space colonies in the 1970s, Davis projects alternative futures for limitless human settlement. By strip mining the moon and seizing asteroid resources, these NASA schemes extend urban development into the open frontier of space.
Aaron Gemmill lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is an MFA candidate at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
Katarzyna Krakowiak explores sculpture and architecture with the use of various media, notably sound. Her solo exhibition for the Polish Pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia, Making the walls quake as if they were dilating with the secret knowledge of great powers (Venice, 2012), received a Special Mention. Other significant exhibitions include Who Owns the Air?, Galeria Foksal (Warsaw, 2011), and Game and Theory, South London Gallery (London, 2009).
Sarah Oppenheimer's work has been shown nationally and internationally. Recent projects include the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Warhol Museum, Art Unlimited at Art Basel, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Saint Louis Art Museum, Mattress Factory, Skulpturens Hus (Stockholm), The Drawing Center, and Sculpture Center. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship among others.
Bec Brittain started her product design studio in 2011 after studying industrial design, philosophy, and architecture, and working across varied fields. Her products draw from these different modes of thinking and synthesize them into a new whole, creating relationships between normally disparate elements.
Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a conceptual clothing and accessory line founded by Mary Ping. The label may be described as “a logical dissection of fashion” — an exploration of the basic elements of apparel. Subverting typical forms through unexpected materials and approaches, Slow and Steady Wins the Race focuses on the fundamentals of clothing while commenting on the anthropology of fashion.
Don Davis is a painter and animator. Since the late 1960s, he has depicted space and space exploration in a range of media. Davis’s work has appeared in contexts including bestselling albums by Jefferson Starship, the award-winning PBS series “Cosmos,” and institutions including the National Museum of Natural History.