July 10 - August 6, 2014 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery
Curated by Thyrza Nichols Goodeve and Jacquelyn Strycker
The exhibition takes its name from a Buddhist teaching of Ajahn Chah, as explained by Mark Epstein in Psychotherapy without the Self:
Do you see this glass? I love this glass. It holds the water admirably. When I tap it, it has a lovely ring. When the sun shines on it, it reflects the light beautifully. But when the wind blows and the glass falls off the shelf and breaks or if my elbow hits it and it falls to the ground I say of course. But when I know that the glass is already broken, every minute with it is precious.
Appreciate the present. Take joy in the transition. JD Raenbeau’s works document his alter persona, Cordelia Fagonard’s, return to his childhood bedroom, where she role plays with My Little Pony dolls. Samuel Nichols’ Tuff Rabbit is an abstract portrait of his uncle, Jo “Butch” Satmary, a professional drag racer, and his childhood hero, who he later learned was arrested on drug charges. Unnatural History, Bryan Moore’s series of drawings and sculptures, portrays historical giants of conventional history, including presidents, statesmen and dinosaurs, each of who have met untimely deaths—assassinations and extinctions.
Already Broken: The Personal That Is Not Ours includes work by Callie Barker, Kristen Bisson, Hovey Brock, Tina Chavera, Amy Dolan, Quinn Dukes, JD Raenbeau, Alexandra Hammond, Unnur Leifsdottir, Brandi Martin, Bryan Moore, Samuel Nichols, Lou Woods and Pippi Zornoza.