Jules Gimbrone, Tamar Ettun, and Jody Waynberg during installation of "There is no there there," by Jules Gimbrone. Photo: NML

May 2nd - May 31st, 2015
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space

Jules Gimbrone --- May 2 - May 6
Essex Olivares --- May 8 - May 12
Kabir Carter --- May 13 - May 17
Bill Dietz --- May 19 - May 24
Daniel Bertalot / Mary Walling Blackburn --- May 26 - May 31

Pre-industrial European villages usually had a commonly-owned area where grain was pounded from its sheaf called a threshing floor. This was a transitional space where objects changed shape through rhythmic physical effort, or through some collective movement that was indissolubly sonic.

"Threshing Floors" is an exhibition project in five parts that takes this historical space as a point of departure. The wish is to stage a series of propositions about the relationship between sound and its material vehicle, or its sheaf. Sound and the body. Sound and the microphone. Sound and the ground. Perhaps these elements cannot be threshed, perhaps the project will wish in vain. Perhaps the viewer will get lost in the movement and forget about the task of threshing altogether.

Jules Gimbrone, Essex Olivares, Kabir Carter, Bill Dietz, Daniel Bertalot and Mary Walling Blackburn will each occupy the Cuchifritos Gallery in the Essex Street Market on New York's Lower East Side for between four and six days.

Threshing Floors was made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.