Is Site Specificity Relevant

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Is Site Specificity Relevant to a Generation of Nomads? Not Really

by MICHAEL ANTHONY FARLEY on AUGUST 28, 2015

Sight | Site | Cite
Outlet
253 WILSON AVENUE
Brooklyn, NY
on view until September 6

Curated by Noah Becker, Jeffrey Grunthaner, and Julian A. Jimarez

I can’t think of a group show I’ve seen this year as disorienting as Sight | Site | Cite. At the boisterous opening last weekend, several people loudly debated what was and wasn’t part of the exhibition. As is a common sight at many events in artist-run venues, there were phones plugged into outlets around the gallery. At least one of these, however, was a piece by Andrea McGinty which flashed the text “he told me not to mention his strap on” below a portrait of video artist Sondra Perry by painter Heidi Howard. Another iPhone—this one with a cracked screen—was playing garbled music from the back of a remote-controlled toy Hummer SUV. This was careening around the crowded floor, accompanied by (a performer?) who was alternately shoving gallery-goers from behind and aggressively gyrating in front of artworks. It was a lot to take in.

Mostly though, the chaotic exhibition wasn’t what I expected. Based on skimming the somewhat scattered press release, I anticipated works that engaged with the concept of “place” through familiar strategies—site specific installations, architectural interventions, or perhaps Situationist considerations of urban space. In retrospect, that vocabulary seems tragically dated. McGinty’s work perhaps best illustrates the contemporary relationship to site proposed here—nomadic, small-scale gestures that are place-less and favor immediate familiarity over “preciousness”……

Read the whole review, plus images and list of artists: artfcity.com

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