Crop of Kismet

CURATED BY WILL HUTNICK

WINTER  2021

Accompanying print catalog available 

Digital catalog available

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FEATURED ARTISTS 

Kevo Aregbe

Jin Yong Choi

Aruni Dharmakirthi

Alex Gingrow

DaNice D Marshall

Hayley Labrum Morrison

Benedict Scheuer

Judd Schiffman

Emma Steinkraus

Orli Swergold

Barbara Campbell Thomas

Caroline Wayne

CURATOR STATEMENT

I have found myself in the past few months listening to the same albums on repeat; sometimes, individual songs nonstop on repeat. I go back and forth between artists from my adolescence and young adult years - Death Cab For Cutie, Aimee Mann, Jimmy Eat World, don’t judge! - along with recent discoveries like Yola, Kacey Musgraves, Lianne La Havas, HAIM. For me, there is a combination of comfort and longing - and occasional heartbreak - in revisiting music that I was obsessed with in high school and college. It’s like hanging out with a friend that you haven’t seen in years. You’re not the same person you once were; you can never be that person. Yet, you can still appreciate - cherish - that past version of yourself and those memories. Revisiting older music is a funky little time machine.

 

Even though the experience of listening to new music can also act as an escape and alternative reality of sorts, for the most part it’s the opposite experience: I’m immediately thrust into the present. I’m forced to confront my daily anxieties and ever-expanding to-do list as well as some things I would rather avoid: my growing fears about getting older and running out of time to do the 800 things I feel compelled to do; the catastrophe of this upside-down world right now; my own mortality; you name it. Luckily, that experience is malleable: it is never solely fixed in the present but rather is soft, buoyant, and able to expand the present. 

 

The artists featured in Crop of Kismet create similar, pliable environments that seem to vibrate. And amaze. Sneak up behind you. Hiss. Badger. Guffaw! And ultimately force you to slow down. Through fragmentation and repetition, the artists in Crop of Kismet envision new realities with an assured nod towards the future. They contribute to an expansion of the present by engaging in a unique handling of materials, a wide range of media and techniques, and by utilizing discordant color combinations. What might be perceived as a logical, defined space breaks down to its core in order to invite you in. Just like being shaken with new music, these artists open up room for thoughts and anxieties to ebb, unravel, repeat, and reconfigure: to demand to take time. These spaces help guide us to look at the road ahead, take a deep breath, and - hopefully - find new wisdom in old worries.

 

Currently, I have Waxahatchee’s “Lilacs'' on repeat (from their 2020 album “Saint Cloud”). In a March 2020 interview with Pitchfork, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, who is the primary member of the band, describes the song as “a reminder that none of us are ever done doing work” and that “everybody has stuff that is always coming back around. You have to find the tools to repair yourself.” The song opens with a simple, plucky guitar riff and Crutchfield’s textured, comforting voice: 

 

I wake up feeling nothing, camouflage the wavering sky

I sit at my piano, wander the wild whereby

And the lilacs drink the water, and the lilacs die

And the lilacs drink the water,

Marking the slow slow slow passing of time 

 

She continues:

 

When I live a sparse existence, I'll drop down in the fold

Lean in to an urgent falter, spin silence into gold

I run it like the crop of kismet, I run it like a dilettante

I run it like I'm happy, baby, like I got everything I want

Will Hutnick

THANK YOU TO OUR EXHIBITION SPONSORS

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Crop of Kismet

Kevo Aregbe
Kevo Aregbe

Mercury Retrograde Oil on canvas, 30 in x 88 in., 2021

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Kevo Aregbe
Kevo Aregbe

Love Is Complicated Oil on canvas, 48 in x 36 in., 2021

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Jin Yong Choi
Jin Yong Choi

Warrior of Underground LED light, resin, epoxy clay, silicone, wire, plaster, brooch, found object, 53 in x 21 in x 17 in., 2021

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Jin Yong Choi
Jin Yong Choi

Sib-Seong and Sib-O-Seong Bang-ul Bug zapper, brooch, bell, epoxy clay, resin, jewelry, found object, 16 in x 6 in x 3 in., 2021

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Jin Yong Choi
Jin Yong Choi

King of Gwangmok Tablet, security camera, speaker, LED light, coyote bone, resin, epoxy clay, silicone, computer part, wire, plaster, artificial teeth, found object, 38 in x 28 in x 23 in., 2021

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Aruni Dharmakirthi
Aruni Dharmakirthi

In the Garden Mixed media, 69 in x 62 in., 2019

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Aruni Dharmakirthi
Aruni Dharmakirthi

Lotus Head Mixed media, 35 in x 28 in., 2019

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Aruni Dharmakirthi
Aruni Dharmakirthi

Runner Mixed media, 57 in x 72 in., 2019

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Alex Gingrow
Alex Gingrow

Those Camberley Nights Were Fresh Electric Like A Naked Wire In Spilt Milk Acrylic, ink, gesso, and gold leaf on panel, 9 in x 12 in., 2021

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Alex Gingrow
Alex Gingrow

Keep My Hair Out Your Mouth Oil, acrylic, ink, and gesso on paper, 25.5 in x 40 in., 2021

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DaNice D Marshal
DaNice D Marshal

Winning Acrylic on canvas, 22 in x 28 in., 2021

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DaNice D Marshall
DaNice D Marshall

Storm's Coming Acrylic on canvas, 24 in x 20 in., 2021

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DaNice D Marshall
DaNice D Marshall

She's Arriving Right On Time Acrylic on canvas, 30 in x 40 in., 2021

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Hayley Labrum Morrison
Hayley Labrum Morrison

PERSONAL Progress Oil and Spray Paint on Cradled Panel, 7 in x 5 in., 2021

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Hayley Labrum Morrison
Hayley Labrum Morrison

Fiery Indignation Acrylic, Spray Paint, and Cast Paper on Cradled Panel, 6 in x 6 in., 2021

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Benedict Scheuer
Benedict Scheuer

green neck Hand-dyed silk drawing, 44 in x 62 in., 2021

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Benedict Scheuer
Benedict Scheuer

three birds Hand-dyed silk drawings and performance, 44 in x 120 in. (each), 2021

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Benedict Scheuer
Benedict Scheuer

could be love Hand-dyed silk drawing, 44 in x 62 in., 2021

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Judd Schiffman
Judd Schiffman

Haven for Our Ship Glazed stoneware, gold luster, 40 in x 26 in x 2 in., 2021

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Judd Schiffman
Judd Schiffman

NightFeast Glazed stoneware, gold luster, 37 in x 50 in x 2 in., 2021

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Emma Steinkraus
Emma Steinkraus

Picking Oranges (for Dido Elizabeth Belle, Giovanna Garzoni, & Zaga Christ) Oil and photo transfer on canvas, 48 in x 36 in., 2021

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Emma Steinkraus
Emma Steinkraus

Daisy Chain (for Sarah Mapps Douglass, Amy Matilda Cassey, & Matilda Arabella Evans) Oil and photo transfer on canvas, 24 in x 30 in., 2021

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Emma Steinkraus
Emma Steinkraus

Evil Pioneer Oil and photo transfer on canvas, 20 in x 16 in., 2021

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Orli Swergold
Orli Swergold

Muscles from Outer Space Paper pulp, airbrush, and nut shells on metal, 55 in x 43 in., 2021

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Orli Swergold
Orli Swergold

Humor, Humor Paper pulp and crayon on metal, 60 in x 43 in., 2021

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Orli Swergold
Orli Swergold

Humor, Friendship Paper pulp and acrylic on metal, 62 in x 57 in., 2021

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Barbara Campbell Thomas
Barbara Campbell Thomas

Blaze Collaged fabric, collaged cut-up paintings, spray paint, acrylic paint on canvas with insets of pieced and machine-stitched fabric, 19 in x 18 in., 2021

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Barbara Campbell Thomas
Barbara Campbell Thomas

Ray Collaged fabric, collaged cut-up paintings, spray paint, acrylic paint on canvas with insets of pieced and machine-stitched fabric, 13 in x 10 in., 2021

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Barbara Campbell Thomas
Barbara Campbell Thomas

Muein Collaged fabric, collaged cut-up paintings, spray paint, acrylic paint on canvas with insets of pieced and machine-stitched fabric, 19 in x 18 in., 2021

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Caroline Wayne
Caroline Wayne

Hover Felt, glass beads, 12 in x 10 in x 10 in., 2020

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Caroline Wayne
Caroline Wayne

Hover (detail) Felt, glass beads, 12 in x 10 in x 10 in., 2020

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Caroline Wayne
Caroline Wayne

Hover (detail) Felt, glass beads, 12 in x 10 in x 10 in., 2020

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