Taylor Hawkins & Sarah Dames

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The Unspeakable – A Dark Show
Opening September 22, 2018, 7–11pm
On view Saturdays & Sundays, 11am–6pm, and by appointment through October 21
Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pfizer Building
630 Flushing Ave.
Brooklyn, NY

Organized by Re: Art Show
reartshow@gmail.com

Curated by Peter Clough
clough.peter@gmail.com

Hosted by Qhrist with a Q

Efrem Zelony-Mindell reviewed The Unspeakable for Filthy Dreams. Read the review here.

Erin Davis / Max C Lee are pleased to announce The Unspeakable, the twenty-third iteration of Re: Art Show, curated by Peter Clough.The Unspeakableis a large group show in a defunct portion of the former Pfizer Pharmaceutical factory in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, opening on September 22. The space is wild and strange, and not at all like a traditional gallery. Old industrial equipment has been left behind, disused debris scattered across the floor, in a labyrinthine layout of strange rooms and spaces. Works are installed inside industrial freezers, mounted directly to stainless steel mixing vats, and projected inside disused sanitation booths. The show is presented in total darkness, and viewers are invited to explore this massive exhibition by way of flashlight.

The Unspeakable features works by more than 40 artists focusing on taboo, transgression, desire, and the body—and on experiences of the body that fall outside our collective capacity for communication, comprehension, and language. These topics are linked closely to our current political moment and the works that emerge here are urgent, angry, gooey, messy, divulgent, sexy, and maybe a little embarrassing. Durational performance is a focus, as strange creatures carry out their obsessive fantasies in this dark and brooding space. Sound, smell, video, sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, and photography are all included as well.

In Samuel R. Delany’s incredible On the Unspeakable, a theory text set in a porn theater written as a mobius strip, Delany characterizes the unspeakable like this: “[It] is always in the column you are not reading. At any given moment it is what is on the opposite side of the Mobius text at the spot your own eyes are fixed on. The unspeakable is mobile; it flows; it is displaced as much by language and experience as it is by desire.” The artworks in The Unspeakablefunction according to this logic: they flow; they “recede before us as a limit of mists, and vapor.”

The Unspeakableis the twenty-third iteration of Re: Art Show,an ever-evolving, recurrent, curatorial project spearheaded by Erin Davis and Max C Lee. Roving within sections of the former Pfizer Pharmaceutical factory in Brooklyn, Re: Art Showbrings together an abnormally wide breadth of artists in an abnormal environment. Existing mostly outside of established art institutions and embracing a DIY aesthetic, this space can be a platform to present works that might not be possible to present within mainstream museums and galleries. DIY is a form of resistance to dominant norms and conventions. Through the embrace of chance, ad-hoc adaptation, and experimental collaboration (both with the environment and the artists themselves), each iteration acts as a fluid network of ideas whose connections are, at once, coincidental and directed. For every iteration, another Re: is added to the show’s title.

The Unspeakable is curated based on a text by Samuel Delany called "On the Unspeakable" from his book, Shorter Views.

The Unspeakable features works by:

Vanessa Albury
Marcel Alcalá
Fred Attenborough
Dan Bainbridge
Tor Erik Bøe
Carina Borealis
Jennie Bringaker
Peter Clough
Keren Cytter
Damien Davis
Erin Davis / Max C Lee
Jason Elizondo
Lindy Erkes
Delphine Fawundu
Jeff Grant
Jennifer Gustavson
Ilana Harris-Babou
Ryan Hawk
Taylor Hawkins &
       Sarah Dames
iris yirei hu
Bryan Jabs & Rachel Stern
Peter Kalisch & 
       Raegan Holiday
Jon Kessler
Jarrett Key
Paul Legault
Mekia Machine
T. Chick McClure
Patrick McNabb
Stephen Morrison
Samantha Nye
Justin O'Brien
Jeremy Olson
Phoebe Osborne
Ariel Reynolds Parkinson
Suso Phizer
Adam Putnam
Kyle Quinn
Rachel Rampleman
Max Razdow
Marval .A. Rex
Michael Stablein, Jr. &
       Noah S. Thompson
Vincent Tiley
Lorenzo Triburgo & 
       Sarah Van Dyck
Meg Turner


Performance Documentation, September 22
Photographs by Bryson Rand

Marval .A. Rex

Marval .A. Rex, photograph by Peter Clough

Marval .A. Rex

Marval .A. Rex

Marval .A. Rex

Marval .A. Rex

Marval .A. Rex

Taylor Hawkins & Sarah Dames, photograph by Peter Clough

Taylor Hawkins & Sarah Dames

Taylor Hawkins & Sarah Dames, photograph by Peter Clough

Taylor Hawkins & Sarah Dames

Vincent Tiley

Vincent Tiley

Marcel Alcalá, photograph by Erin Davis / Max C Lee

Marcel Alcalá

Marcel Alcalá, photograph by Peter Clough

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday, photograph by Erin Davis / Max C Lee

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Peter Kalisch & Raegan Holiday

Michael Stablein, Jr.

Michael Stablein, Jr.

Dan Bainbridge

Dan Bainbridge, photograph by Erin Davis / Max C Lee

Dan Bainbridge

Dan Bainbridge

Dan Bainbridge, photograph by Erin Davis / Max C Lee

Patrick McNabb

Patrick McNabb

Patrick McNabb

Patrick McNabb

Patrick McNabb

Patrick McNabb, photograph by Erin Davis / Max C Lee

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis (performer) with Kyle Quinn (sculpture foreground)

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis

Paul Legault

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis

Carina Borealis

Peter Clough hugging Vincent Tiley after the show