July 11th – August 16th, 2013

Longhouse Projects is very pleased to present Peripheral Prose, a group exhibition and comprised of Jessica Dickinson, Nathan Dilworth, and Max Warsh.

“A subject can be objective; an object can be subjective.”

For artists today, it appears time and personal space continues to get smaller, yet the (art) world continues to get larger.  This is both a metaphor and a reality.  Given the peculiar paradox inherent to this situation, as well as the continually expanding interconnectivity of the world in general, there has been an undeniable reconsideration of the blurring of art and life.  Perhaps art and life cannot ever truly coincide, as has been the belief of several past generations of artists, but there is nonetheless a prevalent tendency today to work in response to the moments where the two meet, fray, weave, and split.

Certainly, it is becoming increasingly necessary to ask what is ‘the work’ without succumbing to strict definitions.  Furthermore, asking the questions of how and why in order to discern the when and where of conception and execution is becoming more curious and complicated.

Is it truly possible for ‘the art’ to arrive on the periphery of thinking, of making?  Can the crux of a photograph be the walk to a bar or restaurant?  Can the essence of a painting be the mixing of the paints?  How does meaning shift and mold as it transfers from mind to hand to wall to floor?

These three artists attempt to ask these questions with their images/objects in both direct and indirect means.  The ideas and ensuing gestures oscillate in a malleable manner, ebbing and flowing between action and discourse, matter and material.  Eventually, a new question simultaneously voids and begets the others: Can these questions be answered?  Or rather: Do they need to be? 

Jessica Dickinson lives and works in New York, NY. She received a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1999.   James Fuentes LLC (New York) represents her with two solo exhibitions.  She will have an upcoming solo exhibition at Altman Siegel

Gallery (San Francisco, CA).  Recent group exhibitions include: Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection: Painting in the 2.5th Dimension, (London, UK); Sikkema Jenkins & Co (New York, NY); Lehman Maupin (New York, NY); Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Los Angeles, CA).

Nathan Dilworth lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.  He attended De Ateliers Studio Program (Amsterdam, NL) in 2007 and received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005.  He has had solo exhibitions at Picture Menu (Brooklyn, NY) and Launch F18 (New York, NY).  Recent group exhibitions include: New York Center for Art & Media Studies (New York, NY) and Art Current (Provincetown, MA).

Max Warsh lives and works in Queens, NY.  He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004.  He has had a solo exhibition at toomer labzda (New York, NY).  Recent group exhibitions include: Shoot the Lobster (New York, NY); Eli Ping (New York, NY) and SOFA (Austin, TX).  He is a co-founder and curator at Regina Rex (Queens, NY).