Crystal Palmer/Isaac Pool, Betany Porter, Zachary Rawe, & Lauren Taylor
November 20, 2015 - January 10, 2016
a twist and a little stuffing and your best jacket—the pride of your collection—doggy bed. “few do not get a dog’s life.” for some reason, this kind of debasement or conversion from high to low is the sweetest gesture.
shirts in the closet back you can’t throw out. never returned them to your ex, so they grayed and stretched, bulging with the flux of winter air. inside are a book and some herbs you couldn’t bear to extract, for they cut a hole in your stomach when you see them.
back from a storm, a sweater wets the closet floor, hung with socks outoftheway. wet feet drying. and seeing things suddenly autonomous is cute, but sad: they don’t need you! the socks spring (no longer really “your” “socks”) through the room, possessed by air and stiffed. to shine, jewelry needs to be a little dirty—glisten, sheen, and slick.
they’re not paintings of coats, but they’re not coats. some people wear coats like a second skin and liken paintings, by proxy, to flesh.
late is a november past its time, hit saturation. the crispest things in Late November are the memories. as they encroach, we’ve clung to cozy things like a nice pair of socks and a sweater. can you wear a memory like a coat?
Crystal Palmer and Isaac Pool are artists working between Detroit and New York. Previous projects include Hobby Group, a curatorial project staged at JoAnn Fabrics, Allen Park, MI, and Salad and I Know It, a play performed at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2014. They have shown work with Detroit gallery What Pipeline at the Paramount Ranch art fair and are currently working on a for-dogs-only exhibition for Harlan Levey Projects in Brussels.
Betany Porter was born in 1980 in La Jolla, California. Betany received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include Surface Place, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, General Objects, Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia and Ballroom Projects, Chicago; All Alaska Juried Exhibition at the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage; Recollection Jones, The Carl Gallery, Chicago; Mug Up, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage; Scape, Nicolle Villeneuve Gallery, Chicago; Spill, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago; Undone, Disjecta Gallery, Portland.
Zachary Rawe is an artist, writer, and curator based in Philadelphia, PA. Rawe creates anxious objects and texts invested in affective responses generated from the dissolved relationship between work and leisure. Recently, he began to track his investments on a tumblr runonsentencereview.
Lauren Taylor lives and works in Chicago. She obtained a BFA in Studio Art from The Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Taylor has had solo exhibitions at The John Riepenhoff Experience, Milwaukee and Faber & Faber, Chicago. She has also participated in group exhibitions at Espresso Self, Brooklyn; Bahamas Biennial, Detroit; Disco City #8, Chicago, among others. Taylor will be exhibiting her work at Paris London Hong Kong (Chicago) in December.