Friday, February 13 –
Sunday, March 22
R.Jampol Project(s) presents an exhibition of new work by artist Lee Hunter. The exhibition “Tracing Oblivion” will be on view from Friday, February 13 – Sunday, March 22, 2015.
“Tracing Oblivion” offers an alternative way to look at the landscape. Inspired by the writings of Timothy Morton, Hunter investigates the entanglements between objects, histories, and spaces. “Tracing Oblivion” is an ongoing and iterative speculation on the landscape as a hyperobject. Landscapes viewed in this way have no horizon, foreground, or background. Traditional notions of the landscape in art history are reliant on romantic notions of nature and the vista. Using the hyperobject as a framework allows for a more complex reading of the landscape, reflecting the abstraction of the present. The resulting exhibition is driven by an archival and forensic impulse that responds to places in all their uniqueness. Morton’s emphasis on the term hyperobject is to describe objects that are so large they are almost impossible to understand. They span time and space, are made of many other objects but are not reducible to parts, and we live within them. “Tracing Oblivion” treats the landscape as a hyperobject.
For this iteration of “Tracing Oblivion” the work was produced in conjunction with Newark based parent space, Solo(s) Project House Artist-in-Residence program. This exhibition represents her research about the city of Newark, New Jersey. Hunter investigates the environmental, industrial, and social histories of Newark. This exhibition is part of a larger and ongoing project that explores different sites as both individually unique and part of a larger history of built environment.
Along with “Tracing Oblivion”, the lower level project space will be activated with a special project titled “HERE WHETHER THERE” by the featured artist and collaborator Crystal Gregory.
The lower level project connects ideas of interstitial space, invisible borders and boundaries between Manhattan and Newark New Jersey. The exhibition starts in the basement space of R Jampol Project(s) LES and continued at Solo(s) Project House, Newark NJ.
Lee Hunter is an multi-disciplinary artist working with sculpture, photography, and video. She is interested in perception, landscape, and the built environment. Her work has been exhibited in national and international galleries and artist run spaces, most recently at The Luminary, Vox Populi, and Savernack Street Gallery. She has also participated in a number of artist in residence programs including ACRE Projects ,The Vermont Studio Center, and I-Park Foundation. She received her BS from Portland State University and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Hunter lives and works in New York, NY.
*Crystal Gregory* is an artist working across disciplines of sculpture, installation, and textile. Hailing from public schools in California, Gregory spent several years working as an artist in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program in Fiber and Material Studies. In 2013 Gregory was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Gregory moved to Amsterdam, Holland where she was granted a position as Artist-In-Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art. In Amsterdam she worked closely with world renowned lace master Lia Baumeister-Jonker, researching bobbin lace traditions and techniques. In 2014, Gregory relocated back to New York and was awarded a second year of funding by The Leonore Annenberg FellowshipFund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, acquired by public and private collections, and she has participated in esteemed artist residencies such as Virginia Center for the Creative Art and Vermont Studio Center.
R.Jampol Project(s) is located at 191 Henry Street, between Clinton and Jefferson on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. By NYC subway, the F train to East Broadway.