The Pain Quotidian
Curated by Nick Irvin
HQHQ Project Space
232 SE Oak St. #108
Portland, OR 97217
January 9th - February 1st, 2015
Named for a specific Le Pain Quotidien in New York: a little hut on a traffic island at 14th Street, where one big avenue forks in two. It greets subway ride on their way to the Kiehl’s store, the Chelsea galleries, and the waterfront. On still winter days it emits the smells of its bread. Some smells float down to the new Whitney building, and others waft all the way up to the defunct women’s prison. But they all start at the Le Pain, where customers compact into a wool-lined wreath so that each may eat their daily bread.
Once, I saw THE ANGRIEST DOG IN THE WORLD here. He was splayed out, staring toward but not at the Le Pain. I know his work. “He does not eat, he does not sleep, he can barely growl ... Bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches a state of rigor mortis.” I didn’t approach him. The morning rush left him a perimeter as they came and went, and all the while he was as he had always been: seething.
That damn dog. What you can’t quite see in his comics, but which you can in the flesh, is that his stasis is so vibratory. It’s steaming off of him. He’s a vessel for a pain that’s not occasional but the insistent solute in which he steeps. He’s opaque, sure, but sometimes that’s right. Struck dumb so deep that the source can’t be spoken. And what we have left to grasp, then, are inscrutable signals leaking through a mute material valve.
In the show in Portland, one could expect:
A shell, a tea, an aluminum backpack, popcorn prints, trans-cinnamaldehyde (C9H8O), ballet barres, some linens and grommets, clipboards, DSM-V fan art, a smoke bomb fantasy, a curling match, a fabric lid and a concrete spill.
Dice, Astragalus, Lemonseed
My Barre #1
Untitled (cinnamon lung tether #1)
Andrew Norman Wilson
Chase ATM emitting blue smoke, Bank of America ATM emitting red smoke, TD Bank ATM emitting green smoke
Living Wall 2
Duration has the function of eliminating the unfit
Untitled (cinnamon lung #2)
Concrete Expression #21
My Barre #2
False Flags & Bipolarities
My Barre #3
All works 2014 except Veit, Duration has a function of eliminating the unfit, 2015.
Documantation courtesy of Worksighted
Andrea Crespo (b. 1993) lives and works in New York. "ey will finish their BFA at Pratt Institute in 2015. Their current special interests include neuropolitics, fandom/roleplay culture, and networked bodies/identities. Andrea is hte host body/interface for sis, a multiple system primarily co-fronted by its two core residents: Cynthia and Celinde.
Santiago Leyba (b. 1991) holds a BA in Art from Reed College. He currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Carlos Reyes lives and works in New York. Recent exhibitions include Dylan's lost it maybe @ Croy Nielsen, Berlin (2014), Changing Table @ Kate Werble, NYC (2014),Coupling @ Taylor Macklin Gallery, Zurich (2014), Santal 26 / 33 @ Grand Century, NYC (2014), L'advance, L'advance, L'advance w/ Eli Ping @ 247365 Brooklyn, New York (2014), Bloomington: Mall of America, North side food court, across from Burger King & the bank of payphones that don't take incoming calls @ Bortolami Gallery, NYC (2014). He will present solo projects at the Armory Show in March 2015 and White Flag Library in May 2015. He is currently preparing for his first solo show with Tomorrow Gallery, cinnamon + sidewalks, seeps < sleeps, in January.
Chloe Seibert (b.1989) lives and works. Recent exhibitions include Special Madness at David Shelton Gallery, Houston; Cocktails 5 with Queer Thoughts, Chicago; and a solo presentation at NADA Miami Beach with CourtneyBlades.
Flannery Silva (b. 1991, Stone Ridge, NY). Her work explores the fragile female figure, wooded memories, Little House on the Prairie, and the age of innocence. She is a nanny in Baltimore, MD. Her recent exhibitions include Precious Moments, Open Space, Baltimore; Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles; and Keeper of Shrinking Violet, Juicys Gallery, New York.
Eric Veit (b. 1986) lives and works in New York. His work has recently been featured in such exhibitions as Flet, SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy (2014); psy•cho•so•mat•ic•ad•dict•in•sane, Interstate Projects, New York (2014); Before & After, Good Press, Glasgow (2014, solo), Poems & Notes, Important Projects, Oakland (2013, solo), and Shalom, Queer Thoughts, Chicago (2013).
Andrew Norman Wilson (b. 1983) is an artist based in New York. His work has exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Museums uartier Wien in Vienna, The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Fluxia in Milan, Project Native Informant in London, Yvon Lambert in Paris, the New York Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Images Festival. He has lectured at Oxford University, Harvard University, Universität der Künste Berlin, and CalArts. His work has been featured in Aperture, Art in America, Artforum, Buzzfeed, Frieze, Gizmodo/ Gawker, Kaleidoscope, The New Yorker, and Wired.