February 13, 2009

Maria: Come, come, you talk greasily, your lips grow foul.
Costard: She's too hard for you at pricks*, sir. Challenge her to bowl. (*archery)
Boyet: I fear too much rubbing. Good night, my good owl.
(Exeunt Boyet and Maria.)
–Love's Labour's Lost, Shakespeare, Lines 135–139

“...the rectilinear and curvilinear styles imply two opposed but complimentary attitudes: one tending towards a feeling for the discontinuous, the other towards continuity. The somewhat limited repertory of these two classes recurs with remarkable constancy all over the world: for instance–in the rectilinear style–the 'angular man' and the stiff zig zag, which indicate a predilection for rhythmic expression of a kind that suggests a spirit of logic–but also of aggressiveness.”
-from The Loom of Art, p?

The word ... means stone-writing... The ink only sticks to the greasy areas.

It took Rauschenberg almost a month to completely erase the work. As Rauschenberg later said to the art critic Calvin Tomkins, “It wasn’t easy, by any means. The drawing was done with a hard line, and it was greasy too.”


To pay close attention– that is one of the labors
Listening unashamed at the keyhole
The image unfolding, remaining pleated
Proposing painting; doodling on the script
An attractive mistake

Painting as a reply,
answered on the diagonal–
that is, a response to the unexpected part of the question, oblique.
I like the painting to meet me half–way, a continually shifting position; the dancing part.
Look it up in the liquid dictionary, Miss Prism.
Radiant parallel lines, sometimes meeting several times.
Mock moon, elusive ham, half–cheek in a brooch––the profile on the coin.

(She moved in circles, and those circles moved.) –Theodore Roethke, “I Knew a Woman.”



February 13–March 28, 2009



Allison Katz, Novy Arabat

Allison Katz was born in Montreal and now lives in New York. She graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program in 2008. Her work has been shown at Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York, and the Kunstlerhaus Sootborn in Hamburg. It’s Our Pleasure To Serve You, the group that she formed in 2007 with Kerstin Bratsch, Adele Roder and Georgia Sagri, has performed at the MUMOK Museum in Vienna, Smith–Stewart Gallery and Evas Arche at Gavin Brown in New York. She is a 2008 recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant.



Aliza Nisembaum, Untitled

Aliza Nisembaum was born in Mexico City and recently has moved from Chicago to New York.  In Chicago she graduated from the Art Institute with an MFA in painting followed by teaching at universities including Northwestern, University of Chicago, and the AIC. She is represented by The Shane Campbell gallery and in 2008 was nominated for the Altoids Award at the New Museum in New York.