Hinged Space

Naama Hadany, Jeff Kolar and Daniel Luedtke

March 6, 2016-April 3, 2016

Opening Reception:  March 13, 2-5pm

Image caption: Daniel Luedtke , Curtain of Negative Shapes and Derivative Bodies (Detail), Wood, Foam board, Resin, Ink, Hardware, Acrylic – 8′ x 9′, 2013.

What is inside is also outside

Johann Wolfgang vong Goeth

The subject-object relationship has been redefined to where the subject no longer has a static physiognomy. Instead the subject and object become essentially identified within the act of experiencing the artwork. Naama Hadany, Jeff Kolar and Daniel Luedtke’s works continue to explore these ideas and come to inhabit quotidian space and precarious objects referencing life’s spatial dichotomy: interior and exterior. Happening simultaneously, these two realms look at each other in an attempt to reconcile the private and public, personhood and persona, domestic hedonism and a stratified society. Hadany, Kolar and Luedtke evoke both, the inner and outer workings of these political spaces, and position their works to bind them and as continuous objects. The artworks in this project create a “hinged space”, where they articulate the fictional difference between the private and public.      

Taking this schism into consideration, Naama Hadany’s Topography makes the sensible (usually thought of as the inside) into form (conceived as the outside). By joining the two found/ready-made elements: flints and a tablecloth, Hadany merges different situations into one. The flints—taken from the Israeli desert—together with the tablecloth create a gentle relief of multiple surfaces: the flints aligned with the surface of the tablecloth; the tablecloth design and the contact with the earth; holding itself into the soil like a tent would do. Each of these elements represent different surfaces: the outside and the inside, the domestic space and nature. However, the way the work is composed makes these binary separations disappear, creating an interdependence between them. Jeff Kolar’s Doorbell is a custom wireless doorbell system installed at the front door of Terrain Exhibitions. Doorbell includes a set of twelve original sound compositions, each 20 seconds in duration, that are designed to loop continuously when visitors ring the doorbell. Doorbell was originally produced for the Museum as Instrument residency curated by Shannon Stratton and Joe Jeffers at Elsewhere Museum (Greensboro, NC) in June 2015. Daniel Luedtke’s Stage Drop seeks to unveil the fragility and uncertainty of private spaces. In flooding the piece with the color green, Luedtke’s work nearly blends with the existing house color staging the work as a prop, sculpture or drawing. Luedtke takes found images depicting private environments to reveal a level of trickery, a facade that is as fragile as it is captivating. The scene argues that without inhabitants, there is no private indoor space but a stage of props, idealized matter filling space free of subject-object relationships.