No Customs – SAMA Tower, Abu Dhabi

No Customs - SAMA Tower, Abu Dhabi

No Customs
SAMA Tower, Abu Dhabi
November 4-27, 2010
opening reception: Thursday Nov  4,  7-9 pm
curated by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
an exhibition of transmissible ideas with:

Vito Acconci, Jason Robert Bell & Marni Kotak, Torsten Z. Burns, Jennifer Dalton & Susan Hamburger, Anthony Discenza, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson, Bill Durgin, Tara Fracalossi, David Grubbs, Sara Hubbs, Thomas Lail, Michael Mandiberg, MTAA, Marisa Olson, Jonathan Schipper, Mark Tribe, Karen Yasinsky

A common art-making strategy when one enters into new territory is to listen, to ask, and to wait. As newcomers to Abu Dhabi, we considered this strategy, but then rejected it.  Instead of waiting to receive information, we begin our sojourn in the Emirates by making an offer.  In curating this show, No Customs, held in our remarkably gallery like living space, we offer the work of artists connected to us from our home community of New York City.  When they asked what life is like here, we answered we didn’t yet know.  We told them to send what they could send via email, via instructions, via concept. We told them to send it fast.  So then, what we have is a show called No Customs. This title is a double entendre. Practically, since no objects have been mailed, we were not slowed by the expense of shipping and the delays of customs.  Metaphorically, the show is not about tradition or interpretation, but rather about mapping and transcription.   How does form map onto landscape? How does it transform landscape? How do you demarcate space for contemplation, for understanding, for revolution? What happens to the body when its image occupies this demarcated space? – Jennifer and Kevin McCoy