Project

The Limits of Control

STATION INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

138 Eldridge St. Suite 2F

New York, NY 10002

August 13 - September 4, 2016. Thu-Sun 12pm-6pm

CURATED BY: ILARI LAAMANEN

ARTISTS: TYLER ADAMS, ESTELLE HANANIA, NICOLAI HOWALT, JOUKO LEHTOLA, TAKESHI MURATA, IIU SUSIRAJA, KOHEI YOSHIYUKI

"The Limits of Control" takes as its point of departure the tension between humans and their built, regulated habitat. The exhibition focuses on analyzing social identity with specific interest in control, repetition and artistic gestures.

"The Limits of Control" is organized by FCINY - Finnish Cultural Institute in New York in collaboration with the Station Independent Projects. The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Frame Contemporary Art Finland and Genelec. 

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" featuring works by the exhibiting artists alongside articles by Mark Johnstone, Reba Maybury and Aaron Schuster.


Artists:

For his audiovisual work "Sirens" Tyler Adams juxtaposed films of civil defense sirens. Each siren carries through its motion and has its own sound. The video collage documents the array of models and at the same time creates the impression of a choreographed concert.


Estelle Hanania’s main interest is in depicting different kind of rituals and manifestations of the body. The starting point for her photographic series "Parking Lot Hydra" was a traditional winter masquerade Kukeri taking place in a village in Bulgaria.


For the photographic series "Car Crash Studies" Nicolai Howalt documented anonymous cars that had been involved in severe accidents. The work is more about the aftermath and abstraction than shock and sorrow.


Jouko Lehtola is known for his sombre and socially critical documentation of Finnish youth culture. He also raised the issues of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and highlighted the outsiders that exist on the fringes of our society.


The language created by Takeshi Murata can be seen surfacing in the breakdown between analog and digital. In the works appear artifacts, distortions between transfers, and erratic colors, which he then uses and manipulates through precise digital processing to create new material. 


Iiu Susiraja creates intriguing self-portraits and videos that address questions of social roles and corporeality. Susiraja’s work encourages spectators to revisit their ideals about image making and normative behavior in touching and humoristic ways. 


Kohei Yoshiyuki’s nighttime photographs, taken in parks in Japan in the early 1970s, put the spectators of illicit sexual encounters into the spotlight. The series strongly resonates with issues relevant and topical today, such as surveillance, spectating and privacy.


Curator:

Ilari Laamanen works as a Project Manager for the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and is a Co-Curator of the upcoming "Momentum Biennial" (2017). He holds an MA in Curating, Managing and Mediating Art from the Aalto
University in Helsinki. 

PRESS: 

Artforum, The New Yorker, Financial Times

 


Nicolai Howalt, from the series Car Crash Studies, 2009. Courtesy the artist and Bruce Silverstein, New York. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

Takeshi Murata, Untitled (Silver), 2006. Still from a video. Courtesy the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Takeshi Murata, Untitled (Silver), 2006. Courtesy the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

Jouko Lehtola, from the series Young Heroes, 1996. Courtesy Jouko Lehtola Foundation.

The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

Kohei Yoshiyuki, Untitled from the series The Park, 1971. Gelatin Silver Print. Copyright Kohei Yoshiyuki, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.

Kohei Yoshiyuki, from the series The Park, 1971-1979. Courtesy the artist and Yossi Milo Gallery, New York. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

Nicolai Howalt, Car Crash Studies, Untitled #8", 2009.Digital C-print. Courtesy the artist and Bruce Silverstein, New York.

Iiu Susiraja, installation view. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. 

Iiu Susiraja, installation view. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. 

Iiu Susiraja, Loves Me Loves Me Not, 2013. Still from a video. Courtesy the artist. 

Iiu Susiraja, Power Brokers, 2012. Digital photography. Courtesy the artist.

Estelle Hanania, from the series Parking Lot Hydra, 2009. Courtesy the artist. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

Estelle Hanania, from the series Parking Lot Hydra, 2009. Courtesy the artist.  The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

Tyler Adams, Sirens, 2012. Courtesy the artist. The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

The Limits of Control, Station Independent Projects, New York, 2016. Installation view.

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