106 Green is proud to present ‘Waiting in Line’, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn based artist Phoebe Berglund. The show will run from September 19th through October 18th. A performance will take place at the opening reception on Saturday September 19th from 6-8pm. Gallery hours are from 12-5 on Sundays.
Phoebe Berglund disassembles frames, paints them with thick slabs of paint in primary or secondary colors, and reconfigures them into less familiar shapes which she then combines with makeshift objects that serve as supports. These ‘reassemblies’ sit like urban ruins or unfinished architectures, framing empty landscapes, while making their own new landscapes. They hang low to the ground, waiting to be completed. At times these structures are accompanied by painted luxury items, like lipstick or stilettos, illuminating a sense of decadence in decay. Other structures fall into tiny mountains of rubble from construction sites and gardening soil, emphasizing the tension between cultural evolution and erosion.
The work brings to mind the humor and intellectual play of Yves Klein, through color, and the ease and irreverence with which Berglund reframes body, culture, art, nature and architecture.
During the opening, performers Jessica Cook, Ayano Elson, Nikima Jagudajev, Pedro Jiménez and Katrina Reid will follow a choreographed score through the space and use the frames as stages and the supports as props. Moving at a glacial pace and rotating from stage to stage, they will finish the lines of the frames and execute a series of actions that foreground the performance of waiting. The performers will spend unproductive time, doing something and making nothing, an analogue to the paradox of technology, which gives us more time to wait and more ways to wait.
The show will include two videos, Procession and Landscape. In them Berglund is dressed as a stage hand. She reaches for and pushes a multitude of objects, catalogued by color, through a video distortion filter in order to make them disappear. The set consists of a baroque gold frame in the background, a wheeled black office chair or skateboard in the foreground, which act as the vehicles used to push the objects out of the frame. The result is a continuous flow of commodities across the screen. They function almost as homemade commercials that result in dissolution of the object. The simplicity of the gesture is heightened through repetition, focus, and surreal optical effect.
Phoebe Berglund was born in Newport, Oregon and lives and works in NYC. She has a background in both visual art and dance and is currently employed as a window dresser. She earned her MFA from Hunter College in 2013. She is the recipient of the Leutz/Reidel Fellowship at the Universitat der Kunst in Berlin 2012 and the C12 Emerging Artist Award 2013 at Hunter College. Her work has been shown at Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, The Living Theater, Dixon Place Theater, Heliopolis Gallery, The Monthly.org and Hunter College’s Times Square Gallery.