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Installation view of Jacob Kassay's Jerks, 2017 (Materials and dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Jacob Kassay: OTNY

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017

1905 Building

For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Jacob Kassay (American, born 1984) presents new sculptures that draw attention to the way our powerful, implicit habits shape the way we rationalize, navigate, and narrate our own movement through familiar spaces.

Each of the three groups of work in Kassay’s exhibition approaches embodied memories in a different way. These include a rubber grip on the handrail for the stairs connecting the Albright-Knox’s 1962 and 1905 Buildings impressed on its underside with the braille letter H repeated thousands of times, creating a subtly changed and suddenly legible experience of climbing the Albright-Knox’s staircase, and at the top of the stairs is an architectural fragment that refuses to “go” anywhere, an oddly familiar dead end that troubles the inherently functional character of domestic space. In a separate gallery is a series of eight aluminum volumes covered with collections of both unopened and half-used home stuffs. Each sculpture mirrors a shelf in a pantry, linen closet, or garage in a real home. Stripped of all exterior cabinetry, they display the innards of domestic life that would never be fully visible otherwise. 

Jacob Kassay (American, born 1984). BUF, 2016. Aluminum and urethane, 83 7/8 x 38 3/4 x 63 1/2 inches (213 x 98.4 x 161.3 cm). Image courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

Detail of Jacob Kassay's H, 2017 (Nylon and stainless steel, 3 inches in diameter x 569 3/4 inches long [7.6 x 1,447.2 cm]; Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Installation view of Jacob Kassay's Jerks, 2017 (Materials and dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery, New York). Photograph by Tom Loonan.

Kassay’s meditation on our rote navigation of domestic life reminds us of the extent to which we deploy, unaware, a kind of self-defense that allows us to normalize and internalize even exceptionally strange developments in order to continue operating in the world.

This exhibition is organized by Senior Curator Cathleen Chaffee.

Admission to this exhibition is free during M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY on March 3, April 7, May 5, and June 2, 2017.

Exhibition Sponsors

This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo and The Seymour H. Knox Foundation.

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