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You are Apple/Pear

Chris Domenick

A photo of Apple/Pear
A photo of Apple/Pear

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, this project will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.

November 4–December 20, 2014

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On November 4, Chris Domenick will begin work on You are Apple/Pear as part of Recess’s signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use Recess’s public space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation.

Over the course of his Session, Domenick will explore the historical genre of the still life and its accompanying fruit basket. The fruit basket’s political implications of ownership and display and its significance in the history of Modernism have physically transformed into a smoothie: a singular metaphor for multiplicity. Domenick will investigate how objects are constantly negotiating their component parts.

solid sphere liquifies- becomes particle, laminated, blended into unified texture.

Domenick will collect objects that reflect the surrounding local economy of Soho. He will explore the various possibilities of how to combine the collected objects and will utilize linguistic devices (metaphor, metonymy, and synecdoche) to playfully rewrite their histories. Through this process, he will address the shifting subjectivity of objects and the resulting impact on the construction of identity. He will ask how inanimate objects enable human subjects to transform themselves, and survey the consequences of this shift.

The apple is: a container for meaning, a complex web of disparate points, a symbol of evil, a historical corruption, a curious tween, the viewer.

Recess’s space will operate as an interstitial workspace between private studio, photo booth for objects, and public exhibition space. Three customized commercial photography still life tables will be used in the space as sculptural tableaus and sites for ever-changing still life set-ups. In addition to the tables there will be a constructed kitchen island in the center of the space where a blender will be stationed and utilized throughout the Session.

Session invites artists to use Recess’s public platform to combine productive studio space with dynamic exhibition opportunities. Sessions remain open to the public from the first day of the artist’s project through the last, encouraging sustained dialogue between artists and audiences. Due to the process-based nature of Session, projects undergo constant revision and the above proposal is subject to change.

About the artist

Chris Domenick

Chris Domenick is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. He is the recipient of the C-12 Award (judges included Stefan Kalmár, Chrissie Iles, and Johanna Burton) from Hunter College in 2013. He participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012 and has been included in exhibitions at Room East, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vox Populi, White Box, Louis B James, The Center for Experimental Lectures, The Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space, and MassMOCA.

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