NEW YORK, NY.– Marian Goodman Gallery announces Second-hand Reading, an exhibition of films, drawings, sculpture, and prints by William Kentridge which opened to the public on Tuesday, September 17th and runs through October 26th.
The exhibition evolves out of works and projects begun in 2012: the Six Drawing Lessons, delivered as part of The Norton Lectures series at Harvard University in 2012 in which a consideration about work in the studio and the studio as a place of making meaning developed; and the recent 5-channel video and sound installation with breathing machine, The Refusal of Time. Four different bodies of work overlap and intersect: ink drawings on book pages, flip-book films and their drawings, kinetic sculptures, and linocuts.
Concerns and directions in this body of work include, as Kentridge says, “taking sense and deconstructing it, taking nonsense and seeing if sense can be constructed from it …. This leads to the question of mistranslation, and the pressure that imperfect understanding gives to the act of imagination. Hence the fragments of brush marks on pages turning into trees, and the objects of the Rebus having alternative readings – seen this way, the bird becomes its own cage; the tree contains the man carrying the wooden load; the sphere, cone and cube of Cezanne contain multitudes.”
WAAM Events Committee will be screening the one hour PBS Art 21 special on William Kentridge later this year. This free event is part of Art21’s Access 100 Artists, a celebration of contemporary art and Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season One through Six, sponsored by Art21. Visit art21.org for more information.