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Interior Scroll or What I Did on My Vacation

July 24 - August 31, 2021

Ray Johnson, Claude Picasso in His Bear Feet, 1978
Ray Johnson, Claude Picasso in His Bear Feet, 1978

Opening Saturday July 24th
S&S Corner Shop Gallery
11 Fort Pond Blvd, Springs, NY

Taking its title from both the extraordinary Carolee Schneemann performance that was first staged in a gallery in East Hampton on August 29, 1975 as part of Joan Semmel and Joyce Kozloff’s feminist exhibition entitled Women Here and Now and a series of happenings organized by Allan Kaprow in 1967 throughout the Hamptons for CBS’s historic news program Eye on New York, Soft Network’s summer project gathers artwork, ephemera, performance and a moving-image program from a group of intergenerational artists in a sprawling, visual poem on mediation and re-mediation.

Organized as a searching scroll of performance-related material, this project considers the fractured boundary between private and public as an endless performance of self, sometimes for no one and sometimes for many. Artists depicting other artists, their own personages, or correspondence reflective of one’s community and performance residuals convey the crucial role of both conversation and the record left after.

Presenting this project at the Stanley & Sons store in the historic Art Building in the Springs, a space that once housed a darkroom and photo residency, is important to the organizers as it tempers the mythologized narrative of this specific East End location as mainly a center of mid-20th-century painting and favors its rich collaborative history instead. The show is specifically situated during the summer months in a location associated as much with recreation as with art-making to propose an expansive view of performance for the camera or the page and looks at the complicated, yet integral role archival actions take in preserving fleeting, corporeal based work as well as artist networks.

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Soft Network at Stanley and Sons
The Art Building
Springs, NY