“This End the Sun” is a collaborative exhibition by artists Maryam Hoseini, Rindon Johnson, and Jordan Strafer, created specifically for the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery.
Maryam Hoseini, Rindon Johnson, and Jordan Strafer, This End the Sun, 2021. Digital image, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artists
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As a starting point for their collaboration, the artists cowrote a text reflecting on ideas of interrelation and the changeable qualities of time, told from the perspective of a collective “we.”
The artists write:
How is time altered on the way down? Are we free as we are? Are we in any degree bound by our appetites? Are we at all in bondage to the opinion of our neighbors, to the customs and notions of the society, however harmful or absurd? Can we see things as they are, as they should be?
No ground here! We got altered on the way down. 1: broken horizon, 0: binary reversal. Do we tell stories as they are, as they should be? (Why the same over and over again?)
Inspired by the view through the Lobby Gallery skylights, the artists have designed a computer program that performs a prediction, constructing an ongoing speculative simulation of the sky overhead as it maneuvers between day and night. As with the title of the exhibition, the artists consider ideas of perspective in representation, probing the desire to control, frame, and capture. In addition to the projection, the exhibition includes new paintings by Hoseini, stone furniture by Johnson, and a video by Strafer, all of which were created specifically for this presentation.
This exhibition is curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator.
Maryam Hoseini (b. 1988, Tehran, Iran) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from Sooreh Art University in Tehran, Iran in 2012 and MFA degrees from Bard College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, both in 2016. Hoseini’s recent solo and two-person exhibitions include “After You,” Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2020); “Yes Sky,” Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2020); “Body Armor,” MoMA P.S.1, New York (2018); and “Of Strangers and Parrots,” Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York (2017). She has participated in group exhibitions at Ca’ del Duca, Venice (2019); 56 Henry, New York (2019); Arts Club, London (2019); Galerie Isa, Mumbai (2019); Union League Club of Chicago (2016); the Munich Cultural Center at Pasinger Fabrik (2014); and others. In 2019, Hoseini co-curated “She Models for Her” as part of the inaugural “Open Call” exhibition at the Shed, New York. She has an upcoming solo exhibition at Deborah Schamoni Gallery, Munich, Germany (2021).
Rindon Johnson (b. 1990, San Francisco, CA, United States) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He received his BFA from New York University in 2012 and his MFA from Bard College in 2018. Johnson’s recent solo exhibitions include “Law of Large Numbers: Our Bodies,” Sculpture Center, New York (2021) and “Circumscribe,” the Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany (2019). Johnson has participated in group exhibitions at SculptureCenter, New York (2019); Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2019); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2019); FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2018); Rhizome, online (2017); National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2017); Haus der elektronischen Künste, Basel, Switzerland (2017); and SALTS, Basel, Switzerland (2016). Johnson has participated in numerous performances and readings, and has published essays, poems, and four books: The Law of Large Numbers: Black Sonic Abyss (2021), Shade the King (2017), Meet in the Corner (2017), and Nobody Sleeps Better Than White People (2016). He will also be included in the upcoming Future Generation Art Prize in Kiev, Ukraine (2021), and Venice, Italy (2022).
Jordan Strafer (b. 1990, Miami, FL, United States) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the New School, in 2016 and her MFA from Bard College in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions at Red Tracy, Copenhagen, Denmark (2020); Housing, New York (2020); and SculptureCenter, New York (2020). In 2020–21 she presented a web-based project, No Bag, for Participant Inc’s online platform, Participant After Dark. In 2021, she will be included in a group exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Germany. Her first solo exhibition will be at Participant Inc, New York, in 2022.