ONE OF THESE THINGS TWICE :: NIAD GROUP EXHIBITION
One of These Things Twice features work from artists Norma Cole, Heather Copus, Matthew Pawlowski, Wayne Smith, and Danny Thach. On the occasion of the exhibition, and in the tradition of 2nd floor projects publications, an edition will be produced with Jackie Im.
The language-based works in this exhibition outline themes and relationships that operate out of strategies marked by place — spatial and temporal, with structures of narrative ambiguity in a variety of media. Some works cohere in an orchestrated cacophony, immersive, as if standing beside and eavesdropping the crowd, or the singular message in a bottle. These artists utilize ritual mark-making, letterforms, actions that document doppelgangers, fantasy, fandom, pop culture, identity, in consumption and appropriation. Various sources include newspaper or obscure magazines, highway signs (systematic interventions), and logos — “the readymade” that juxtapose and perhaps resonates at times in content, color, or other formal considerations. One might suggest that the work introduces communal actions (world building), which involve characters in different roles that are more or less fixed, and architectural spaces holding specific characteristics under surveillance. The works emphasize symbolism, interactivity, and communal function, circling around what may be a point of departure, or narratives of another order.