New Work Project Grants
Berlin-based artist Rindon Johnson’s work cuts through the membrane of assumed realities and shows how the virtual and actual are always and increasingly integrated. Law of Large Numbers: Our Bodies, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, features newly commissioned sculptures, painting, video, and installation that will take over the entirety of SculptureCenter’s ground floor galleries, entrance, and outdoor courtyard spaces. For the exhibition, Johnson creates a large-scale sculpture that references the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco to address and complicate questions of identity and belonging. In addition, the exhibition features Last Year’s Atlantic, a live rendering of ocean weather data from the previous year. On any given day over the course of the exhibition, the work’s programming will generate second-for-second, 360-degree, figurative visualizations culled from these records. The work creates a yearlong portrait of the vast North Atlantic “cold blob,” coincidentally located at the approximate geographical midpoint between SculptureCenter and Chisenhale Gallery, London, which will present a pendant exhibition with overlapping, reconfigured, and different works in fall 2021. A new publication with original writings by the artist, published by SculptureCenter, Chisenhale Gallery, and Inpatient Press, will accompany the exhibitions. Rindon Johnson: Law of Large Numbers: Our Bodies is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator-at-Large.
Rindon Johnson, Working Still #2 (I do not walk a line that is thin, straight or secure), 2020. Xerox, crayon. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.