NEW YORK: SculptureCenter: “Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New”

Jonathan Ehrenberg, "Bad Tools 6," 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Opening Reception: Saturday April 30, 6–8 PM

SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New, an exhibition presented through In Practice, SculptureCenter’s open call commissioning program for emerging artists.

The title of this exhibition, taken directly from Freud’s lecture on dreams, is a sentence stopped midway. He completes the thought by stating that the creative process of the mind can only regroup elements from already existing sources — that any one creative fantasy is a work of translating what one knows of reality into an imaginary space. The exhibition, organized from proposals for new work submitted through SculptureCenter’s annual open call, borrows from the operation of the dream composite — what Freud termed “condensation” — to foreground practices that employ the means of combining and blending often contradictory elements into a collective image. The artists in the exhibition each propose fantastical places or narratives that are differentiated by distinct material approaches.

Featuring newly commissioned works by: Christopher Aque / Phillip Birch / Onyedika Chuke / Jonathan Ehrenberg / Tamar Ettun / Raque Ford / Jeannine Han / Elizabeth Jaeger / Meredith James / Jamie Sneider / Patrice Renee Washington / Tuguldur Yondonjamts

Curated by SculptureCenter’s 2016 Curatorial Fellow, Olga Dekalo.

In Practice: Fantasy Can Invent Nothing New is presented with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Image Credit: Jonathan Ehrenberg, “Bad Tools 6”, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.