A garden, a small piece of ground, a dramatic narrative, the planning of a course. A recurrent subject in Plot, and in Broughan’s work in general, is that process of understanding one place, one time—and, by extension, one state of being—is through an allusion to myriad alternatives. We locate ourselves with close and constant reference to memory and imagination, interpreting our surroundings according to their examples.
The ten works in Plot are striking juxtapositions of structure and surface that alternate between the figurative and the abstract. Layering photographs between vinyl, leather, and mesh, and sewing the printed images directly to the fabric’s surface, Broughan’s playful arrangements highlight her materials’ diverse qualities and associations.
The golden polyester ground of Honey, for example, is punctuated by nineties-vintage large-format transparencies from the stage-managed world of food and product photography, errant splotches of gel adding kinetic-organic energy, while Later sets unedited drink-garnish transparencies against a print of a camellia bush from the artist’s native New Zealand, each element casting its neighbor in a subtly different light. Broughan’s deceptively unfussy arrangements express a sensitivity to objecthood and proportion, and aim at both equilibrium and open-endedness.
Jude Broughan is a New Zealand-born artist based in Brooklyn. Selected recent solo and group exhibitions include “Certain Lights”, Churner and Churner, New York; “Double Take,” Youme Haus, Brooklyn; and “As If You Were Bringing Back Dust from the Moon,” Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland (all 2014); “Dead in August,” Site95/NYCAMS, New York (2013); “New.New York,” Essl Museum, Vienna (2012–13); “Best of 2012,” Soloway, Brooklyn; “More Songs about Buildings and Food,” Newman Popiashivili Gallery, New York; and “Written by Snakes,” Churner and Churner, New York (all 2012); and “Nauscopy,” Chashama 461 Gallery (2011). She will have a solo exhibition at Calder & Lawson Gallery, Hamilton, New Zealand, in February 2015.
Site95 is an alternative non-profit organization established to present exhibitions for emerging and established artists in temporary urban locations. Drawing upon available space in major cities, Site95 presents more than five projects per year, each extending up to two months. The impermanent sites create a platform for artists and curators to present innovative ideas in different contexts and allow viewers to experience new work not native to their location. Exhibitions incorporate openings, educational talks and tours, screenings, and performances. Site95 also publishes an online Journal with contributions from writers, curators, and artists.
Dimensions Variable is an artist-run exhibition space committed to advancing artistic discourse in Miami. DV’s main focus is to create an exchange of ideas between Miami and the international community. Through collaborations with artists, galleries and institutions from around the world, DV hopes to support dynamic projects that engage the community and provide an opportunity to initiate a dialogue elsewhere. DV’s program consists of exhibitions, discussions, lectures, and special projects. Dimensions Variable is run by Adler Guerrier, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova and Frances Trombly.
Our great thanks to The Fountainhead Residency for their support of the exhibition.