Opening reception Friday, September 22 at 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Two of Wands is the first collaborative exhibition between Adam Milner and Allison Smith, who met in Pittsburgh, PA, while Allison was living there this past year. Both are making new work and reexamining older work for the exhibition. Adam’s practice focuses upon recollection, collections and the act of collecting, and an ordering of the randomness of objects and memories as a means for recall and reconsideration. Allison considers historical patterns, events, traditionally held beliefs, and recent momentous events, as the attacks by white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA, and creates sculptures, installations, and performances to put forward other ways of interpreting them. The Two of Wands is the tarot card that signifies ideas of the couple or a pair as well as notions of potential and possibility. The title references a magic and a doubling which relates to many of the works Adam and Allison are creating for the exhibition. Both see the potentiality of objects – they resonate with vibrancy and have multiple meanings within them.
Adam Milner bio
Adam Milner is an artist treating personal experiences as a site of anthropological inquiry: observing, interviewing, collecting, and archiving, carefully but somewhat distanced. Studying and drawing upon the various ways we connect with material and social worlds, as well as how we hold on to those moments through objects, Milner combines and confuses spaces like the hoard, the archive, the museum, and the home. The resulting works take the form of performances, sculptures, drawings, texts, and interventions which examine broader politics of relationships and intimacy. Rooted in longing, the archives ultimately point to their own subjectivity, creating blurred categories which embrace queerness. Milner has exhibited at the Andy Warhol Museum, the Aspen Art Museum, MCA Denver, Casa Maauad, Flux Factory, Gildar Gallery, and David B. Smith Gallery and created a commission for the current issue of The Third Rail. An Art at the Frontier Grant from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry led to Nowhere Voyage, a performance and documentary surrounding a grindr-led cruise liner. Milner received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and has upcoming projects at the Mattress Factory and The Clyfford Still Museum.
Allison Smith bio
Allison Smith was born in Manassas, Virginia in 1972, and later went on to graduate from The New School for Social Research. She then achieved a BFA in fine arts from Parsons School of Design and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University School of Art. She has produced over twenty-five solo exhibitions, installations, and performances at establishments including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, and S!GNAL Center for Contemporary Art among many more. She has also been involved with many group exhibitions including some at P.S.1./MoMA and The Tang Museum. Smith also lectures at schools and museums at home and abroad. Smith has received funding from many programs, and has held residencies in Sweden, New York, Massachusetts, Texas, and California. She currently has work on display at multiple museums including the Whitney, LACMA, Saatchi Gallery, and many private collections.
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