The Group Exhibition Tongue Stones Explores Legacies Past, Present, and Future

159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn 11231

Opening Reception: Sunday, January 18, 4 – 8pm
On view: January 18 – March 8, 2015

 Stones, objects and ideas are equally subjected to the passage of time. Tongue Stones explores legacies past, present and future through a constellation of histories and imminent possibilities.

The works in this exhibition by David Horvitz, Soda_Jerk, Joachim Koester, Elise Rasmussen and Julia Weist include experiments in research, revision, reenactment, sampling, circulation, documentation and reanimation.

Their diverse projects reflect on the after-lives and possible futures of artists, magicians, cosmic philosophers, jazz composers, overgrown sites, occult rituals, artworks, search terms, instructions, criticism, paperback romance novels, dust, sea glass, Wikipedia, video, science fiction, hip hop and honey lotus trees.

In each instance, preservation is contingent upon current attention spans, as the act of remembering the past is inevitably bound to the act of imagining the future.

Tongue Stones will be accompanied by a forthcoming, fully-illustrated publication featuring essays by Clara Halpern, Laura McLean-Ferris, and individual artist projects.

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 About the Curator: Clara Halpern is a curator and writer. She is currently the RBC Curatorial Fellow at The Power Plant (Toronto), and is a regular contributor to Modern Painters. She was formerly a Critical Writing Fellow at Recess (New York) and a Student Researcher at The Centre for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery (London). She has been a visiting critic at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and Hunter College’s MFA program, and was part of the team for Sarah Sze’s Triple Point at the U.S. Pavilion of the 2013 Venice Biennale. Clara has a strong interest in education and co-organized the education program for Frieze New York 2014. Her recent curatorial projects include Geometries of Intimacy, co-curated with Jessica Wilcox, at Abrons Arts Center (New York), and the time-based curatorial platform The Center for Short-lived Phenomena. Halpern received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2012.

About Pioneer Works: Pioneer Works ( is a platform for innovation in contemporary arts and an incubator for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Founded in Red Hook by artist Dustin Yellin, the Fall / Winter line-up can be found here

Image Credit: Julia Weist, Lumber: Form & Content (100 Books), 2012. Margins of discarded books sanded to dust; text blocks of discarded books sanded to dust. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Andrew Romer