May 2014 – April 2015
Various locations in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District
Book launch June 4, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Performance at 6:30 PM
14th Street Passage, on the High Line at 14th Street
Los Angeles-based artist Shannon Ebner is known for black and white photographs for which she embeds text sculptures in the American landscape, offering a consideration of the powerful sculptural qualities of language. Working also with typography and commercial signage, the artist explores the limitations of language in order to show the architectural elements of communication. Her language-based sculptures illustrate the physical construction of letters through their repeated formal qualities, allowing Ebner to focus on the structure and syntax of linguistic communication.
For her High Line Commission, Ebner presented, in collaboration with David Reinfurt, A HUDSON YARD, a series of twelve wheat-pasted posters at various locations around the High Line in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. Each poster featured a photograph of a capital letter “A” as found in different settings – an advertisement on the side of a building, a logo on the awning of a shoe shop, a municipal mural under an overgrown plant on a city wall. A most anemic advertising campaign, the four-by-six-foot posters were installed one-by-one at the beginning of each month for twelve months, each lasting between one day and one week before being removed by weather, property owners, or passersby.
The project culminates with the publication of a pamphlet that summarizes the campaign, and includes a text by the artists and photographs from the project. A launch event for the pamphlet will take place on June 4 in the 14th Street Passage, and will feature a performance of a new composition by Alex Waterman.
Photos by Timothy Schenck.
Shannon Ebner (b. 1971, United States) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2015); Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2014); Hammer Museum/LAXART, Los Angeles (2011); and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (2007). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including Phantoms in the Dirt, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago (2014); Who Runs May Read, South London Gallery (2013); Ecstatic Alphabets, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012); and The Air We Breathe, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011). Her work has been featured in major biennials including the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010); and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008).
David Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer and writer in New York City. In 2000, David formed O-R-G inc., a flexible graphic design practice composed of a constantly shifting network of collaborators. Together with graphic designer Stuart Bailey, David established Dexter Sinister in 2006 – a workshop in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side in New York City. Reinfurt recently launched a new umbrella project called The Serving Library with Stuart Bailey and Angie Keefer. Reinfurt was 2010 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow in Architecture and Design, has exhibited widely and his work is included in the permanent collections of Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Major support for High Line Art comes from Donald R. Mullen, Jr. and The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.