“Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan” Exhibition

The Drawing Center

poster for “Open Sessions 7: Hibernating Plan” Exhibition

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Open Sessions 7 is a group exhibition considers drawing in relationship to the sense of suspended time inherent in planning. Featuring artists Sheree Hovsepian, Rafael Kelman, Arnold Kemp, Thessia Machado, Sun Moqing, Sara Chang Yan, and Tuguldur Yondonjamts, the exhibition explores the notion of the “sketch” in relation to the Hibernating Plan is a group exhibition that considers drawing in sculpture, and moving image, Hibernating Plan suggests that drawing exists alongside other forms of knowledge that cannot be exclusively acquired by observation, reason, or experience.

Sheree Hovsepian (b. 1974, Iran) lives and works in New York City. Her work develops from a photographic impulse in which a philosophy is explored and expanded in ways entering formal, sculptural, and material relevance while maintaining a physicality that relates naturally to the artist’s hand.

Arnold Kemp Untitled Drawing, 2015. Photocopy on paper, embellished with watercolor. Courtesy of the artist.
instinct to hibernate, intuit, and mull over. Including works that feature light, sound, drawing,
Rafael Kelman (b. 1986, Vermont) is a New York based artist working across sculpture, drawing,
video, and performance. His recent practice has largely revolved around an ongoing project titled

Gigantomachy, which explores the collapse, inversion, and manipulation of disparate heroic and
utopian fantasies, including those of the lone wolf terrorist, the geodesic dome enthusiast, and the
radical mime.

Arnold Joseph Kemp (b. 1968, Boston) is an artist, writer, and educator. His drawings, prints,
sculptures, and performances take advantage of an impure aesthetic, incorporating high and low
culture, while highlighting practices that probe collective fictions of person and personality.

Thessia Machado (b. 1967, Brazil) lives and works in New York. Her work investigates the physicality of sound and its effect on our perception of space. Through installation, drawing, or sculpture, her pieces revel in the mechanical relationships among things: how they work and are affected by the actions and characteristics of other things.

SUN Moqing (b. 1990, Beijing) lives and works in Beijing and Hamburg. In his work, drawing is not only a still, but also a time-based media. His drawings, photographs, collages, and site-specific works attempt to redistribute space, reflect emptiness, and tell stories about time.

Sara Chang Yan (b. 1982, Lisbon) lives and works in Lisbon. Her practice is focused on drawing and proposes paper as active field, a potential energy that registers on every surface of the work. A multitude of gestures are in relation, alive: as the viewer or the light moves, the work changes. Her drawings also use silence and sound to create a sequence of moments of differing duration.

Tuguldur Yondonjamts (b. 1977, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) lives and works in New York. His projects are focused on visual research of the space between tamed and untamed worlds, through drawing, sculpture, video, printmaking, and sound experiments.

The Open Sessions program was created by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway, Open Sessions Curators, as an opportunity for selected artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through exhibitions, public programs, and conversation. The artists selected for Open Sessions may or may not draw as their primary means of art-making. The two-year program engages musicians, architects, dancers, poets—anyone who is interested in expanding the boundaries of drawing. Open Sessions fosters a dynamic, ever-evolving conversation with new drawing practices and practitioners, viewing drawing as an activity rather than a product. Curated by Lisa Sigal and Nova Benway.



from July 15, 2016 to September 02, 2016

Opening Reception on 2016-07-14 from 18:00 to 20:00

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