Endnotes at The Chimney NYC

In a warehouse-dense corner of east Williamsburg, between techy start-ups and under multi-story murals, art space The Chimney NYC is quietly celebrating their third anniversary with Endnotes, a show that brings together 12 artists, displaying their works along with books that have been influential in their lives and pieces. The show is as wonderfully surprising as the building, a stand alone box with a garage door on one side and a chimney stack rising above it. Suspended from the high ceilings, white dividers immerse visitors in the art and creates a path to wander through. Sculptural pieces sit on the three white bookcase/platform/seating structures designed by architect Tomaz Capobianco, which at their bases also contain the books selected by artists for the show.

Footprints on the structures show where visitors have climbed up to sit and thumb through the books on display, from short illustrated books on motherhood to thick tomes written in farsi to books on mushrooms and fungi. The exhibition is an invitation and a challenge: sit with this work and sit with the inspiration, look at all of the threads that have woven together to affect this creation. Take longer than you might normally spend in a gallery, and look beyond the short description already provided to change or deepen your understanding.

A person’s library, I have always thought, is the most intimate way to get to know another person. Here, the artists themselves are on display alongside their work, the curtain pulled back to reveal some of the machinations of their minds at work. The interplay of the books and the work intensifies the feeling that The Chimney is really its own self contained universe; home to a process, not a presentation. There is also overlap and conversation between the artists. Themes of language, cross cultural understandings (or misunderstandings), and even the Nevada test site for nuclear weapons are picked up by multiple artists in different iterations, more facets to already-multidimensional works.

If you’re looking for a break in New York, I can’t recommend The Chimney’s Endnotes more strongly. It will be open until the 24th, with performances from two artists on the 23rd and 24th.

Endnotes features work by Autumn Ahn, Setare Arashloo, Shahrzad Changalvaee, Kiran Chandra, Lizzy de Vita, Juliette Dumas, Andrew Erdos, Riitta Ikonen, Sara Mejia Kriendler, Yasue Maetake, Matt Taber, and Gian Maria Tosatti. It is curated by Clara Darrason and Jennifer Houdrouge

Saturday June 23 at 4PM
we were there just a few days  
A performance by Autumn Ahn   
By using Gertrude Stein’s non-linear poems as a resource for investigating today’s techno-poetry, Ahn will extract elements from Stein’s "meditations" and recite them as new abstractions. The work revisits the inner spaces of the psyche. It investigates the poetic in the disruption of language and rationality, as well as the fragmented reception of the multimedia environment. Understanding nuances in memory and its abandonment of linear time, this performance is a montage of internal and external responses to the viscosity of the mind's map and its malleability, becoming a site-specific gesture to the physical need for communication. 

Sunday June 24 at 4PM
Still Points
A performance by Lizzy de Vita   
In this performance work, five individuals merge the collective voices of over 30 different authors creating a meandering journey into points thought-to-be-known and surely-unknown. At times the voices converse as though in conversation, yet this dialogue can at any point be subsumed by waves of sound and emotion. The performance is based on Lizzy De Vita's first publication, Crow's Nest, currently on view in Endnotes.

The Chimney NYC is an exhibition and performance venue promoting multidisciplinary and international artists. Founded in June 2015, the gallery is run by Clara Darrason and Jennifer Houdrouge.  Located in the heart of Brooklyn’s creative scene, The Chimney plays on the rawness of its industrial architecture. All works are commissioned to interact with the space, creating immersive environments and interactions with the viewers. // @thechimney_nyc //202 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Lizzy Cheshire