Dan Herschlein

Dweller

JTT
191 Chrystie Street
Open by appointment
New York
Lower East Side
Sep 2nd — Oct 18th

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Dan Herschlein has become well-known for his focus on deeply eerie subject matter, with a particular bent for depictions of sinister figures in domestic settings. The manner in which he tends to realize these scenes only amplifies their unsettling effects: using sculptural elements that extend objects, arranged in a painting-like composition across the plane of a canvas, into the physical space surrounding a piece. Herschlein places these 3-D reliefs strategically so that the creepiest possible components—from hands that seem to act on their own accord; to ghostly faces pressed against fabric; to otherwise obscured or malformed body parts—project forward from the frame.

For his third solo show at JTT, titled "Dweller," Herschlein unveils six new iterations of these distinctive hanging works. Also included is a large-scale, slab-shaped installation that looks to be a cross-section of a house—its facade on one side, interior-style paneling on the other, all penetrated by two windows. In the gallery, the orientation of this freestanding wall forces visitors to approach it from the outdoor-facing half. A familiar contrast—the pitch-black exterior interrupted by glowing rectangles— signals that night has fallen over the home. Peering through the windows reveals glimpses of Dirt Dream (2020), in which a pair of disembodied hands appear tucked into a bed.

Elsewhere, as in The Boneless One (2020) [pictured]—in which a shrouded, imposing figure stands in front of a similarly structured window while pushing his fingertips against the glass—the dynamic switches: now the viewer is on the inside, watching as a stranger materializes out of the dark. — Rachel Small

Dan Herschlein, The Boneless One, 2020. Wood, plaster, pigmented joint compound, epoxy putty, milk paint, wax, graphite, color pencil, fishing line, 51.5 x 41.5 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist and JTT.

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    Jan 23rd 2021

    George Condo’s two-floor solo show at Hauser & Wirth admits us into the cavernous, conflicted, and chaotic space of his own mind during the multi-pronged crises ravaging the nation.

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    Dec 19th

    In "Heaven Ship," Clark Filio debuts a number of his signature sci-fi inflected oil paintings that meditate on real-world world-building.

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    Jan 9th 2021

    At Martos Gallery, themes of ruin and rebirth intermingle in a temporally ambiguous landscape influenced by art-duo TARWUK’s memories of Croatia’s struggle for independence in the 1990s.

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    Dec 19th

    The “20/20” group show at David Zwirner, drawn from the gallery’s program, features a range of work created this year, in 2020.

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    Dec 23rd

    Etel Adnan’s second solo show at Galerie Lelong presents a series of tapestries that are reminiscent of the Persian rugs of the artist’s childhood, as well as a new series of oil paintings and a single leporello.

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    Nov 27th

    “Lip and Neck” marks the debut solo show of Samuel Hindolo in New York, and inaugurates 15 Orient’s new gallery space in Bushwick.

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    Dec 23rd

    For her third solo show at Marian Goodman Gallery, Julie Mehretu divided her new paintings into two categories: that which she made before the pandemic—and that which she produced while on lockdown. Her starting point? The Book of Revelations, obviously.

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    Dec 19th

    Judy Chicago’s opulent and monumental banners, shown for the first time in the U.S. at this solo show at Jeffrey Deitch’s gallery, engage in a feminist world-building—but can also be read as rhetorical, or even fatalistic.

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    Feb 20th 2021

    In this solo exhibition of Frank Auerbach’s portraits and landscapes from the last fifty years, favored sitters and landscapes are revisited with the artist’s signature impasto strokes and belabored canvases.

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    Jan 16th 2021

    Featuring work from between 1988 and 1991, “Cartoon Jokes” is the first show dedicated to the large-scale silkscreens appropriating New Yorker cartoons from the high art chieftain of low American culture, Richard Prince.

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    Dec 19th

    The 91-year-old painter, sculptor, filmmaker, and installation artist Ida Applebroog continues her body of appropriative work in a series of avian portraits teeming with pertinent political symbolism.

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    Dec 16th

    “Total Running Time,” a site-specific amalgam of video projections, lightboxes, and photo collage on layers of transparency on paper by Jibade-Khalil Huffman, pushes the idea of performance to and even past its limit, a condition required of Black athletes, celebrities, and artists.

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    Nov 29th

    In "Hold the Horizon Close," works by sculptor Paul Gabrielli, the art duo collective LoVid, and multidisciplnary Agathe Snow medidate on the metaphorical boundlessess of where sky meets Earth.

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    Jan 16th 2021

    Sarah Crowner’s third exhibition with Casey Kaplan presents a kinetic new group of large-scale color field paintings.

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    Dec 20th

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    Dec 19th

    Shazia Sikander’s inaugural exhibition with Sean Kelly Gallery engages a variety of media to make sense out of interrelated global forces, from capitalism and the climate crisis to politics and the relativity of power.