Exhibitions

*Pioneer Works will be closed to the Public on Sunday August 31, and re-open on Tuesday September 2nd*

ON VIEW

kenan DAILY OPERATION
KENAN JUSKA

CLOSING RECEPTION: Sunday, September 7 from 5 – 8PM
DANCE PARTY TO FOLLOW: 8 – 11PM
ON VIEW: August 17 – September 7

Artist and co-founder of the radio program and DJ collective “Chances with Wolves,” Kenan Juska, from March 2005 to November 2008 created sequential collages made from cast- off materials primarily found on the streets of New York. The work showcases a wide spectrum of human experience and provides a daily snapshot of our collective lives.

Items like newspaper and magazine clippings combined with intimate trinkets from people’s lives render a rough portrait of the collective consciousness and value system of contemporary culture.

“Making this work was, on a personal level, an almost subconscious precursor to ‘Chances with Wolves,’ explains Justka. “The daily meditation of collecting materials people cast off, and turning them into a sculptural diary, ended as the radio program began. With each episode of the radio show, we take overlooked and forgotten songs from different contexts, times, cultures and styles; “beautiful failures” we think of them as, and do our best to meld them into an seamless experience for our listeners.”

Additionally, Pioneer Works and Juska will be releasing a book in conjunction with the show featuring a foreword by Justin Cox of Chances with Wolves, and published by Pioneer Works Publishing
touchus Touched by an Angel
DANIEL KENT & DAVID SHEINKOPF

ON VIEW: July 10 – September 7

In “Touched By An Angel” David Shienkopf and Daniel Kent abstract a world where beauty has lost its significance for the educated. The bag of chips we ingest and the toilet where it all goes become a metaphor for cause and effect. Meaninglessness? First world onanism? Who knows? Kent’s fingertips, coated in the grime of Doritos, remind us not only of the gleam of commercial packaging, but they point us to the moment we ignore the Nutrition Facts and say yes to self-seduction. Whatever your sadness, the fact remains the orange powder is hard to resist. Do you wash you hands after eating Cheetos? Or like the rest of us, do you lick them clean?

Touch us.
UPCOMING
“THE THE OLDEST LIVING THINGS
IN THE WORLD

AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY RACHEL SUSSMAN
Curated by Christina Costello

OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2014, FROM 6-8PM

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her photographs and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, and NPR’s Picture Show. She has spoken on the TED main stage and at the Long Now Foundation, is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony fellow, and is a trained member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe, and acquired for museum, university, corporate, and private collections. Her first book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, reached shelves April 22, 2014, published by the University of Chicago Press.
bronx museum silver-1_FLAT THE LAST DAY
BOSCO SODI
OPENING RECEPTION: November 6
ON VIEW: November 6-16, 2014

Pioneer Works is pleased to present Bosco Sodi’s The Last Day, a site-specific 57 ft. long polyptych. Created with silver pigments and organic materials, the work questions the fast deterioration of our planet and the impermanence of life – one of the essential Buddhist doctrines: all of conditioned existence, without exception, is transient, in a constant state of flux.

Bosco Sodi (b. 1970, Mexico City) is known for his richly textured, vividly colored large-scale paintings. Sodi has discovered an emotive power within the essential crudeness of the materials that he uses to execute his paintings. Focusing on material exploration, the creative gesture, and the spiritual connection between the artist and his work, Sodi seeks to transcend conceptual barriers. Sodi leaves many of his paintings untitled, with the intention of removing any predisposition or connection beyond the work’s immediate existence. The work itself becomes a memory and a relic symbolic of the artist’s conversation with the raw material that brought the painting into creation. Sodi’s influences range from l’art informel, looking to artists such as Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet, to master colorists such as Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and the bright hues of his native heritage.
Photo by Kevin Kunstadt
DavidHorvitzA Place We Haven’t Been to in Years …
AN EXHIBITION CURATED BY CLARA HALPERN, THE CENTER FOR SHORT LIVED-PHENOMENA
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 2014
ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 22, 2014 – JANUARY 17, 2015

FEATURING:
Ana Mendieta / Elise Rasmussen / Joachim Koester / David Horvitz / Soda Jerk / Timur Si-Qin / Katie Paterson … and more to come

‘Reality is duration,’ one voice would boom. ‘It is not,’ the other would cry. ‘A soap bubble is as real as a fossil tooth.’


Objects and ideas are equally subjected to the passage of time. How is it possible to reflect on precedence and plan for the future if every order, even the most carefully laid plan, could be unraveled by the unknown of tomorrow? Past, present and future are inevitably intertwined, as modern neuroscience has demonstrated, showing a clear correlation in the brain between the act of remembering and the act of imagining the future. The exhibition a place we haven’t been to in years… explores legacies past, present and future through a constellation of histories and imminent possibilities. The works in this exhibition include experiments in research, reenactment, distribution, circulation, documentation and reanimation.

The preservation of the past is contingent on our current attention span, or to put it another way – any statement made on the future or the past is always inevitably a statement on the present moment. With this in mind, a publication will accumulate over the course of the exhibition to be launched at the closing event with the burial of a time capsule in the garden of Pioneer Works to be opened at a future moment.