For "Plus One," Luhring Augustine invited nine of its artists to exhibit a single work, and asked each to pick another artist they admire who would also have one work included in the show. Textile artist and painter Christina Forrer chose sculptor Evan Holloway, for example, while Ragnar Kjartansson nominated fellow Icelander Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir. In this manner, “Plus One” honors the importance of community in an art practice, and serves as a welcome celebration of friendship after a year of isolation.
For his plus one, Salman Toor selected fellow painter Doron Langberg; the two are exhibiting portraits of one another, each carried out in their respective and recognizable styles. Elsewhere, Janine Antoni shows her milky white resin sculpture to return (2015) [pictured], in which a hand cradles a sacrum—the human bone at the end of our spine that would have connected us to our tails had we not evolved out of them. Antoni’s invitee, Guadalupe Maravilla, exhibits Ancestral Stomach 1 (2021), part of her sculptural series that explores the ways in which genetic trauma is carried across generations.
"Plus One" allows us to consider the ways in which the 18 exhibited artists create intentional dialogues across the contemporary and historical landscape. In this manner, these artists are looking to their colleagues of the present while also honoring the vast archive of personal and societal memories and associations that we all carry with us. The show serves as a reminder that friendship and community are sacred things—and may in fact be our most important legacies. —Wallace Ludel
Janine Antoni, to return, 2015. Polyurethane resin, 37 x 17 x 17 inches. © Janine Antoni; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.