kurimanzutto is pleased to be part of CONDO Mexico City, a collaborative exhibition by 49 galleries across 22 Mexico City spaces, hosting an exhibition by White Columns gallery, New York.
White Columns is glad to present work by Dale Jackson and Christopher Knowles, alongside a new t-shirt project by Kim Gordon / Design Office at kurimanzutto as a part of the inaugural CONDO Mexico City
Dale Jackson’s work takes the form of large-scale text drawings that consist of sequences of consecutive sheets that together form open-ended, and free-associative narratives. The texts draw from Jackson’s own biography, including references to specific locales and neighborhoods in his native Cincinnati, his quotidian daily routines, as well as illuminating his preoccupying interests in cars, travel, and popular music.
Typically completed in a single sitting, Jackson’s drawings present a fragmentary, staccato-like form of story-telling where aspects of his daily life intersect with remembered scenes from movies and television shows or song lyrics. Despite being created as sequential works the individual drawings invariably close with the words ‘The End’, suggesting that each ‘text’ might be considered as an autonomous statement.
Dale Jackson lives and works in Cincinnati, OH. He is affiliated with Visionaries + Voices, a Cincinnati studio program and gallery that supports a community of artists living and working with developmental disabilities. Jackson’s work was the subject of a solo exhibition at White Columns in 2016.
To learn more about Visionaries and Voices, visit: www.visionariesandvoices.com
Christopher Knowles will present a group of six large-scale ‘typing’ works – each with an image constructed from the repeated letter ‘c’ (the first letter of the artist’s name) - alongside an audio recording of him reading his poetry in 2015. (The recording is available to purchase as a vinyl record on White Columns’ record label ‘The Sound of White Columns’.)
Contracting a rare blood disease in utero, Knowles was born in 1959 with some neurological damage. As a child, he independently developed a complex relationship with both written and spoken language, which took the form of texts, drawings and sound recordings. Working intuitively, Knowles' works - 'typings', drawings, paintings, sculptures, performances, and sound recordings - take the form of an ongoing investigation into the possibilities and potential of language (both spoken and written), narrative, (auto)biography, spatial order, temporal precision and repetition.
Christopher Knowles (b. 1959) lives and works in New York. The first museum survey of his work ‘In A Word’ – curated by Anthony Elms and Hilton Als, and organized by the Philadelphia ICA - is currently on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. Knowles’ first monograph In A Word was published in 2018 by Gregory R. Miller & Co., New York. In 2015 he had a solo exhibition at Fonoteca Nacional de México titled Typewriting and Audio Work From the 70’s and 80’s.
We would like to acknowledge Gavin Brown and Emily Bates at gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York for their generous assistance with the presentation of Christopher Knowles’ work at kurimanzutto.
Kim Gordon / Design Office – T-Shirt Project
Kim Gordon is an artist, writer, performer and musician, and a founding member of the group Sonic Youth. Gordon’s first solo exhibition – presented under the name ‘Design Office’ – took place at White Columns in 1981. In 2013, White Columns organized a three-decade survey of her work as a visual artist. Over the past five years Kim Gordon / Design Office has created t-shirts for White Columns based on a 2011 painting by Gordon of the gallery’s name (White Columns, 2011.) For CONDO Mexico City Kim Gordon / Design Office has created a new t-shirt project with the ‘White Columns’ logo printed on to the back of existing Mexican tourist t-shirts, which will be available to purchase from the gallery.
White Columns would like to thank Carla Valdivia Nakatani for coordinating the t-shirt production in Mexico City.