A study of interruptions.

Chris Domenick, Kerry Downey, Leila Hekmat; Naeem Mohaiemen, Hong-An
Truong, Katayoun Varizi, Mary Walling Blackburn

What role do the story and the picture play in our encounter with the world? What if these are broken, stuttered out, or haltingly interrupted? Do they still serve us as faithful representations of what is if we cannot count on their wholeness or their seamlessness? What is the use of a narrative that betrays its vulnerability to the course of time, to accident, or to failure?

The seven artists in the exhibition assume that the moments when a story fails to hold together allow for synthesis between a picture of the world and the world we are living in. An interruption is a brief interval during which agency is possible.

Curated by Natasha Marie Llorens

Opening reception cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy and resulting mayhem.

CLOSING Tuesday, December 11th, 2012, 5–8:30 p.m.

There will be a reception with food and wine from 5 - 6pm. Performances will start at 6:30 and run until 8:30 p.m.


Kerry Downey in conversation with Natasha Marie Llorens about her work, Hinchliffe Restoration Project, followed by a brief public Q & A.

Chris Domenick will deliver a performative lecture that covers a range of themes including the geography of new jersey, the history of rest stops, topology, the Titanic, nomadic monuments, and the romanticism of the American wanderer; be it through high culture, or the deserts of the southwest. Whether surfing the West Coast waves or the internet, the lecture connects seemingly disparate elements that together form a contemporary consciousness of dislocation.

Mary Walling Blackburn presents 24 Psychoanalytic Acts:
Therapy for The End
A recording exists of a psychoanalyst and an analysand engaging in a psychoanalytic act initiated by the patient's fear of a future that includes ecological apocalypse (water shortage, overpopulation, the end of honey). The audio file contains the fraught beginnings of constructing a narrative that allows the subject to imagine otherwise; but the analyst refuses the public release of the original audio file. In order to catch the anxious echo of the session, in Mahweh, at Ramapo, two men will listen to the original recording, repeating aloud, for the length of the fifty minute session, each utterance spake by analysand or analyst.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1–5 p.m., Wednesday, 1–7 p.m.

Image Credit: Leila Hekmat, photograph. Nate Turner, design