August 10- october 2019 /

Current Topic /
Phallacies /

CoCurated by Leigh Claire La Berge, Caroline Woolard, and Paige Landesberg.

Featuring objects and texts by artists, collectives, and cultural workers:
Charlie Adams / Liz Barr / David Brooks / Cameron Clayborn / Jorge Colombo / Mira Dayal / Oliver Davidson / Mark Dion / Ivana Dizdar / Daria Dorosh / GenderFail / Heather Greene / Jeffrey Jenkins / Jon Kessler / Nancy Kim / Leigh Claire La Berge / Paige Landesberg / Pixy Liao / Aimee Lin / Samantha Lopez / Tora López / Abby Lutz / Sariah Park / Rebecca Purcell / J. Morgan Puett /  Rodolfo Salgado, Jr. / Gina Siepel / Matthew Solomon / Allison Smith / Josh Tucker / Caroline Wallner / Allison Ward / Natalie Wilkin / Caroline Woolard / Joshua Wright / Amy Yoes  / Jim Zivic / 

A Guide to the Field presents Phallacies, a show that represents the nuance of sex, possibility and power. Featuring a diverse range of works, Phallacies outlines the relationship between art practice and sexual practice. Taking its cue from queer and trans critiques of the body, embodiment, desire and despair, Phallacies asks: how do changing instruments for and representations of sex pose both an opening and a site of longing?

A fallacy is an incorrect assertion, but, according to Jacques Lacan, so is a phallus. It is always an object of fantasy, of imagination, of a lack of having and a desire to have more. No one really has one. But everyone might.

If we accept the radical imperative that gender needs to be undone, or the even more radical understanding that it has been undone, then what sex toys will we use? This is not a small question. Gender and sexuality are composed of a mix of fantasy and reality, history and presents. One thing we do know, however, is that gender can change because it has changed.

Image: Pixy Liao,  Play Station

Image: Pixy Liao, Play Station

Image: Liz Barr,  Get Me Embodied

Image: Liz Barr, Get Me Embodied

Image: Liz Barr,  Mouth and Skin

Image: Liz Barr, Mouth and Skin


April - July 2019 /

Past Topic /
Factory /

Factory ˈfakt(ə)rē noun 1) a building or group of buildings where goods are manufactured or assembled chiefly by machine. 2) A manufacturing plant is a site, with machinery, or a complex, where workers manufacture goods, operate machines processing materials into another form or products.3) [with modifier] a person, group, or institution that continually produces a great quantity of something specified: a huge factory of lying, slander, and bad English. 4) Historical; an establishment for traders carrying on business.

Factory is a show hearkening to earliest sites of production – the household –  evolving into what we understand as the industrial revolution; on to the rapid evaporations of a technological 21st-century. Here, artists are factories, as if coming full circle. Creative workers and thinkers tell stories, weave histories, sport reflections, make demonstrations, share collections, manufacture clothing and hold events throughout the spring exhibition. 


One Grand Books

Our reading room has expanded from the under-the-stairs space into a factory lounge; in residence, One Grand Books / Aaron Hicklin, stitched with Mildred's Lane characters.

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October 2018 - February 2019 /

Past Topic /
Encampment /

With David Brooks / Jorge Colombo / Barbara de Vries / Mark Dion / Hope Ginsburg / Gary Graham / Brooke Grant / Jeffrey Jenkins / Alex A. Jones / Cameron Klavsen / Leigh Claire La Berge / Abby Lutz / Kristyna & Marek Milde / J. Morgan Puett / Rebecca Purcell / Gina Siepel / Shelley Spector / Allison Smith / Caroline Wallner / Allison Ward / Natalie Wilkin / Caroline Woolard / Amy Yoes //

Encampment / inˈkampmənt, enˈkampmənt  (noun) / A place with temporary accommodations consisting of huts or tents, typically for troops or nomads. / The process of setting up a camp. Migrants, refugees, nomads, displaced beings both human and non-human, everywhere, removed from _ re-establishing home. / Migrating into a community with finite, temporary, active engagement.

Encampment, A Guide to the Field's inaugural exhibition, was an installation collection of conceptual products that offer expanded possibilities of comfort, camping, modern life, and shifting notions of home in an ever-migratory society. From stained linen textiles to recycled soaps, from she-wolf tables to U&I wall-and-ceiling systems, visitors to the project gallery were offered materials and ideas to enhance domestic activities of resting, cooking, cleaning, and playing-being.

These artists are creating handmade protestations against traditionally predetermined domesticity; they are makers reassembling the terms of conceptual artworks we might actually need for the 21st century. The shared goal is to rethink the ethics of comportment, commons, comfort, environment, reassembling the terms by which we define sites with social, political, and civic possibilities.

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