Spotlight on Intersections@5: Annabel Daou

The Phillips celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Intersections contemporary art series with Intersections@5, an exhibition comprising work by 20 of the participating artists. In this blog series, each artist writes about his or her work on view.

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Annabel Daou, pieces of the love letter: the common tongue, 2014. Gift of the Artist and Tanja Wagner Gallery, Berlin, 2015

In pieces of the love letter: the common tongue, fragmented sheets of paper are left unmarked by ink, but are held together by mending tape, which is alternately adhered to or suspended above the paper. The love letter is repetitive and frantic. It attempts to lay claim to something solid and precise and yet it seems always on the verge of disintegration.

The love letter figures in this work figures as a privileged marker of the impossible adequateness of language and desire. The ability to express a seemingly universal emotion is perpetually placed in question, both by the work and by the authors of the language they employ.

This work furthers Daou’s exploration of the intersections between writing, speech, and non-verbal modes of communication. As elsewhere in her work, language emerges as a site of both ruin and repair.

ArtGrams: Allusion of Gravity

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Instagrammer @thepaulrudolph captioned this close-up of Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity with a Herman Melville quote: “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

Alyson Shotz’s Allusion of Gravity, on view in Intersections@5, has been captivating audiences and taking over our Instagram feed. For this month’s ArtGrams, we’re highlighting a few of the most creative shots of this mesmerizing piece.

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Photo by Instagrammer @a_colbs

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Instagrammer @wolfofkstreet snapped this photo during a Phillips after 5.

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Photo: Instagrammer @abby8ken

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Instagrammer @uglyguckling_: “ALL the feels today.”

 

Jae Ko at Grounds For Sculpture

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Installation view of Jae Ko’s Shiro at Grounds For Sculpture, NJ.

Contemporary artist Jae Ko, whose work is currently on display in Intersections @ 5, opened an installation at Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey earlier this year. The works are reminiscent of her original 2010 Intersections contemporary art project for the Phillips, Force of Nature. Both installations primarily use Kraft paper, but Ko responds specifically to the site in color and formation of the rolls.

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Installation view of Jae Ko’s Shiro at Grounds For Sculpture, NJ.

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Installation view of Jae Ko’s Shiro at Grounds For Sculpture, NJ.

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Jae Ko, Escalante

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Installation view of Jae Ko’s Shiro at Grounds For Sculpture, NJ.