March 11th - August 15th, 2020
Magenta Plains is pleased to announce The Composition of Decomposition, Jennifer Bolande’s first solo exhibition in New York since 2008. Through sculpture, photographs, and photo-reliefs the works on view consider news and history, stacking and excavating, composition and decomposition.
The exhibition articulates new developments in Bolande’s decades-long engagement with the delineations between the flatness and transitory nature of images and the presentness of dimensional space. This body of work began with a picture Bolande came across in The New York Times of a group 14th century plague victims whose remains had been excavated from a London cemetery. Gradually yellowing in her archive, this image of decomposing bones launched Bolande on a six-year inquiry into newspapers as shapers of meaning.
For the sculpture Image Tomb, Bolande cut through an aging stack of newspapers dating 2013-2015, creating an excavation site of its own and a final resting place for the image of the skeletons. The removed core produced the chance pairings seen in the photographic diptychs on view and the film titled The Composition of Decomposition. In contrast, two white sculptures cast from stacked newspapers titled Ghost Columns solidify an otherwise transient form, while alluding to the narrow architecture of newspaper columns. A group of photographs record the changing patterns of light as well as happenstance constellations of pushpins on empty bulletin boards. A series of blue pigmented photo-reliefs extrude this light into physical form.