Simone Subal Gallery

Glass Puzzle

Uri Aran, Andrea Büttner, Joan Jonas, Yorgos Sapountzis, and Mary Simpson

June 28 – August 1, 2014
Opening reception June 28th 6-8pm

  • (detail) Joan Jonas, Glass Puzzle, 1973/74, Video installation, Dimensions variable
  • Joan Jonas, Glass Puzzle, 1973/74, Video installation, Dimensions variable
  • Mary Simpson, Untitled, 2014, Oil on canvas, 50 x 90 inches
  • Mary Simpson, Marsyas, 2014, Oil on canvas, 50 x 90 inches
  • Andrea Büttner, Untitled (Corner), 2014, Glass, paint, 12 1/8 x 13 inches
  • Uri Aran, Untitled, 2014, Mixed Media, 41 1/4 x 44 x 34 1/4 inches overall, 11 3/4 x 44 x 34 1/4 inches top, 29 1/2 x 42 1/4 x 31 inches base
  • Andrea Büttner, Untitled, 2014, Glass, paint, paper, 18 7/8 x 14 316 inches
  • Andrea Büttner, Untitled, 2014, Glass, paint, paper, 18 7/8 x 14 3/16 inches
  • Uri Aran, Untitled, 2006, Single channel video, DVD, Duration: 03:24 minutes, Edition of 5 plus 2 APs
  • Mary Simpson, Off Hours, 2014, Oil on canvas, 62 x 66 inches
  • Yorgos Sapountzis, lost timeline-kingdogomeletemushroomstomatencar, 2014, Mixed fabric, ink, pins, 34 x 28 inches
  • Yorgos Sapountzis, lost timeline - danaiteilekaseswisscar, 2014, Mixed fabric, ink, pins, 34 x 28 inches
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It is as if we have all been lowered into an atmosphere of glass. –Anne Carson, The Glass Essay[1]

I called the work ‘Glass Puzzle’ because it was a puzzle in space. I was interested in making a sensual space. It’s also a puzzle about two women, about whom there is no explanation. –Joan Jonas[2]

One version of an event is like a body without a shadow. If we flip our idea of the split, from Freud (division from trauma) or Janet (retreat from hysteria), instead of a psychic break we arrive at a fracturing whole, shifting into versions and variations as a natural tear along the lines of the self: a puzzle. A game of mimesis, with rules and logic but no goal. At the start of the game a split occurs, one body—one performer—into two. The self scatters, and in that moment a gap is formed, between the mirror (the screen) and the double (the self). A glass puzzle plays with that gap, exploits it. It splits, then works to conceal the split, picks up a mask to substitute one for another, a surrogate. A glass puzzle is a puzzle in space—perpetually pieced back together, never completing itself.

Taking its title from Joan Jonas’s 1973/74 video work, Glass Puzzle, the exhibition brings together artists working with the logic of rules, substitution, artifact and repetition.

–Mary Simpson

[1] Anne Carson, Glass, Irony and God, 1995
[2] Isla Leaver-Yap, Performing the Image: Joan Jonas’ Glass Puzzle, 2011

Press

‘Glass Puzzle’, Goings on about town: Art, The New Yorker, July 2014
Rosenberg, Karen ‘Glass Puzzle’, The New York Times, July 3, 2014