RJ Messineo and Sophie Grant holding Grant's Eggs on Squash, 2017.

April 12th through May 11th 2017
Hercules Art Studio Program

Sophie Grant
Maryam Hoseini
Eric Mack
RJ Messineo
Sophy Naess
Jennifer Packer
Rit Premnath
Em Rooney

We the Watchers are Also Bodies is a painting exhibition presenting the work of eight New York-based contemporary artists. The project is organized around four assumptions regarding the relationship between painting and the body:

First assumption: the process of paying attention—to form, to people who would otherwise suffer from invisibility, to the images that tell us what is true and how to live—is one of the most important political tasks we can engage in on a day to day basis.

Second assumption: the point of painting is really to make us aware of our capacity for attention. It doesn’t ask us to pay attention to anything in particular; it is addressed to the phenomenon of attention itself. To the very structure of our watching.

Third assumption: there is contemporary painting that insists on the fact that attention implies a body and there is contemporary painting that is still invested in an abstract, disembodied form of vision.

Fourth assumption: politics that disavow the body are vicious.

The artists in We the Watchers are Also Bodies conceive of painting as that which pictures the structure of watching, but their paintings remain objects that remind the viewer that watching takes place with the body.

We the Watchers are Also Bodies is the third iteration of NM Llorens’ on-going curatorial research on the critical value of contemporary painting. The first was a performative lecture with Marley Freeman as part of a curatorial residency at Triangle Arts Association in Dumbo. The second was a curatorial practicum seminar at Eugene Lang and an exhibition curated with the students entitled "Syntagma".