Joshua Kent: Of a door
April 8th – May 6th
Utilizing ephemera from their previous performance, What of a door, neither open nor closed, Joshua Kent re-imagines a live moment into the form of sculptures and installation. Created specially for Thundercloud, Of a door, abstracts the original source material to question time and how objects relate and depict memory. Striving for a kind of static performance Of a door constructs a mise-en-scène mobilized by its own death, and invites viewers to encounter the passage of time within the world and themselves.
Of a door
Sculpture and installation by Joshua Kent
April 8th – May 6th, 2016
Julie Weber: Light Chronology
Daily unveilings at 5:30pm, March 2-10 with the exhibition continuing until April 2, 2016
9 panels of unfixed gelatin silver roll-paper, scored; lightproof plastic
height: 7 feet each; width: variable, 3-4 feet each
Light Chronology is a nine-panel, site-specific, photosensitive installation by Julie Weber that documents the ephemeral intersection of light and time upon surface. Essentially beginning as unfixed photograms, the panels were made under controlled exposure to light in Weber’s studio. They were then wrapped in lightproof plastic to pause their response to light. Each panel will be unveiled one day at a time, spanning the first nine days of the exhibition. Considering the durational event of exposure as the image-object itself, the work regards light as equally necessary to its making and unmaking – its writing and erasing.
While imageless in a representational sense, the panels will continuously image themselves through their natural color transition in response to the lighting environment. Within minutes of being unveiled, the compositions will begin to fade until they fully disappear – scored markings that outline Weber’s initial controlled exposures will remain the only surface trace of what once occurred. In this, Light Chronology is as much about the material limitations of containing light, as it is about the anticipation of loss and the inevitability of change.
“Space, time, material – are they one with light?” – László Moholy-Nagy
New work by Julie Weber
Daily unveilings at 5:30pm, March 2nd – 10th
Exhibition continues until Saturday, April 2nd
Lisa Vinebaum: New Demands?
Custom digital prints
Dimensions variable, 35×76 inches – 46×90 inches
New Demands? by Lisa Vinebaum, takes the form of 12 text-based digital prints installed in the windows of For The Thundercloud Generation. The texts inscribed in the works are derived from slogans and demands of the Ladies’ International Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). The slogans span a roughly 80-year period, from 1895 through 1982. They were used by the ILGWU as part of local and national campaigns for the right to freedom of association, collective bargaining, a regulated work day and work week, vacation and overtime pay, improved workplace health and safety, and health care and retirement benefits for workers in the garment industry. Historically the ILGWU was the largest union representing workers in the American women’s apparel industry, uniting workers from across diverse cultures and economic status — at its peak in 1969 it had over 450,000 members. By the 1950s and largely as a result of its campaigns, over half of all American garment workers were unionized and earning good wages, with benefits. While much apparel manufacturing currently occurs outside the USA, clothing continues to be produced domestically, mainly in Los Angeles, where workers often face unsafe working conditions and toil for companies that do not respect state and federal wage and labor regulations. As a result, many of the historical slogans and demands for better working conditions made by the ILGWU remain highly relevant today across the garment, manufacturing, food production, auto, coal, and many other industries.
This installation is part of the larger project titled New Demands?, an ongoing series of exhibitions and performances connecting the current crisis in timed labor to historical struggles for workers’ rights. New Demands? incorporates public performances and sited interventions, print works, neon, and textiles.
Research for this project was conducted on site at the ILGWU archives at the ILR School at Cornell University.