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Weak Link

  • AUTOMAT 319 North 11th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 (map)

Weak Link

Opening Reception: February 1, 2019, 7PM-10PM
Exhibition Dates: February 1-23, 2019
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 2PM-6PM and by appointment

Fields Harrington
Ahmed Hasan
Danielle Kovalski Monsonego
Fred Schmidt-Arenales

Curated by Ginny Duncan and Tausif Noor

Connections between individuals and among groups are continually being tested. But what might it mean to interrogate connection as an issue in itself? Through video, sculpture, photography, and installation, the four artists in this exhibition examine how ideas that are now accepted as constructed—including science, race, family, and history—are scaffolded by linkages both secure and fragile.

Weak Link leans into the value of precarious connections and their attendant possibilities. As the tenuous connection that often determines the strength of a system or structure, the weak link can function as a site of generative potential. We’re interested in the ability of weak links to highlight flaws and failures within structures held up by faith, and the contingency of structures on the ideas and people who form them.

At the same time, this exhibition is an attempt to show our own hand. The group show is a format in which connection can be contested: decisions may be formally sound, or theoretically valid; they may be arbitrary, or personally motivated. They may hold water, or they may fail. In embracing the weak link, we offer the potential for connections to be fluid, rather than deterministic, and by doing so, we hope to expand our understandings of what it means to simply be together.

Weak Link is the twelfth exhibition in the Incubation Series, a student-led initiative that fosters new ways of making, exhibiting, and seeing art. Founded in 2015, the Series began as a collaboration between students in the Fine Arts and History of Art graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania, and has expanded to a wider community of scholars and practitioners in Philadelphia. The Series encourages creative collaboration across individual graduate programs and universities, and showcases the work of MFA students while allowing graduate students the opportunity to explore and expand their curatorial practices. The Incubation Series team produces exhibitions and programs hosted by galleries and art spaces throughout the wider Philadelphia community in order to build relationships and cultivate connections between artists, curators, students, and the public.

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Image: Danielle Kovalski Monsonego, Mark No. 2. From the series: I miss you, 2016, C-Print

Earlier Event: February 1
Later Event: February 2
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