Joana Avillez - Sebastian Black - M. Blash - Maya Barrera Loeb - Sarah Colligan - Petra Collins - David Toro + Solomon Chase - Louis Eisner - Erin Galpern - Christian Holstad - Miles Huston - Jack Irv - Matt Keegan - Ann Greene Kelly - Zak Kitnick - Eckhaus Latta - Maggie Lee - Nicky Lesser - Dean Levin - Tommy Malekoff - Ebecho Muslimova - Willa Nasatir - Ben Wolf Noam - Alex Perweiler - Nick Poe - Rose Salane - Kern Samuel - Peter Sutherland - Analisa Teachworth - Ryan Trecartin + Lizzie Fitch - Aine Vonnegut - Dena Yago - Stephen Zerbe Curated by Kalena Yiaueki
July 30 - August 27
To own a dog is to invite a certain promiscuity into one’s life: the standard protocols of urban life, in which eye contact and, of course, bodily contact, are avoided seem to dissolve in the presence of a dog. As such, dogs provide us with an opportunity to reflect on the economies of affection, of touch and sight, that bring a social body into existence. That body is both human and non-human, since dogs serve as a pretext for intra-human intercourse, and as we will gladly suffer the presence of a human owner in order to pet the right dog. One dog in particular, Penny Bananabones finds herself conscripted as muse, collaborator, and (possibly) another pretext for a group show at Jeffrey Stark, in which thirty six artists reflect on Penny, her owner, Kalena Yiaueki, and the world which all of them share. Prompted by her own interest in how Penny shifted the balance of social and romantic relations in her own life, Yiaueki invited this group of friends, all of whom are well-acquainted with Penny, to contribute small works centered on her. This freewheeling show explores the intimacy between animals and humans, the anomie of urban life as a single woman, and the ways in which a dog serves as an entrée into a whole way of life.