062 is pleased to present Support Structures curated by Pia Singh. Please join us for the opening reception on June 21, from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. This exhibition continues through Friday, July 12, 2019.
Support Structures : A series of critical responses by Jennifer Huang, Molly Colleen O’Connell, John Tennisson, Maire Witt O’neil and Cassandra Davis
What does it truly mean to support emerging artists?
How do we support one another, over and above the framing of work within the white cube?
In conversation with peers, issues of self-care, exhaustion & financial precarity often arise. Working more than two to four jobs to financially sustain arts practices or moving cities to align with steady employment opportunities in an unsteady art world; the pressure on emerging artists and curators is rising. Somewhere between acceleration and an exit, artists, writers and curators are searching for new forms of resilience, creating their own worlds, networks and collaborations, establishing self-determining hybrid careers in an attempt to dissolve familiar systems. What then does it mean to have an artistic practice today?
It is impossible to talk of resilience and the individual agency of an artistic practice without considering the capitalization of art and artistic labor. It has become harder for artists and curators to sustain their practices without a commercial practice to make a living, even in academia. Working at the peripheries of the art world – practitioner’s function within a capitalist reality while constantly trying to present themselves with the challenge of dedicating their fundamental practices to the field of art. It becomes of a question of how their so called “other” lives are considered or deliberately overlooked – upholding the status quo in the precious singularity of an “art world”.
This exhibition proposes how do we maintain the agency to remain open, to think of alternative structures within which we operate?
Pia Singh Chicago I June 2019
Detail of in situ installation,
Jennifer Huang, 2019