“Of Other Spaces” Exhibition

Court Square

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Court Square presents Of Other Spaces, an exhibition of new videos and works by Jordan Rathus, Bill Santen, and Molly Surno.

The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed.

There are, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places – places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society – which are something like countersites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real site, all the other real sites that can be found within culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted. Places of this kind are outside of all places, even though it may be possible to indicate their location in reality.

Heterotopias always presuppose a system of opening and closing that both isolates them and makes them penetrable. The heterotropic site is not freely accessible like a public place. Either the entry is compulsory, as in the site of entering a barracks or prison, or else the individual has to submit to rites and purifications. To get in one must have certain permission and make certain gestures.
- Michel Foucault, Of Other Spaces (excerpt)

Jordan Rathus was born in 1983 in New Jersey and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA from Columbia University in New Genres (2013) and a BFA from NYU in Film and Television Production (2005). Screenings, performances, and exhibitions of her work have been held at venues including SITE95 in New York, NY; Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY; CTSQ in Queens, NY; and the Art Institute of Malmo, in Malmo, Sweden. Her collaborative film with Nick Paparone, Double Agency, will premiere at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR in November 2013 in conjunction with an exhibition at Adams and Ollman Gallery. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY in December 2013 and Upfor in Portland, OR in May 2014.

Bill Santen earned his MFA from Columbia University in 2011 and his BA from the University of Kentucky, College of Fine Arts, in 2009. As the songwriter and musician Birddog, he has released five records on BMG Music and other independent labels, culminating with In the Night Kitchen (2004). In New York City, his films have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Queens Museum of Art, Thomas Erben Gallery, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Flux Factory and Court Square Project Space. Abroad, he has participated in exhibitions at the MASC Foundation (Vienna, Austria), the Overgaden Museum of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Wschodnia Gallery (Lodz, Poland). On October 27th, his film Portrait Studies with Brother Maximillian Kolbe will be screened at Court Square (Long Island City, New York).

Molly Surno (Los Angeles) works in installation using film, video, sculpture, sound, and photography. Surno’s work is currently represented by Gasser Grunert Gallery and she will hold her first solo exhibition in 2014. Kodak Film granted Surno a sponsorship for 2011-2012, which she will use to continue her experimental documentary on a Transgender Native American Beauty Pageant in the American Southwest. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the Essl Museum and the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art. She is also the founder and director of Cinema 16, which pairs contemporary musicians with experimental films; Cinema 16 has shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Kitchen, MoMA/PS1, among others.



from October 27, 2013 to November 24, 2013

Opening Reception on 2013-10-27 from 17:00 to 20:00

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