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How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away
April 5–May 3, 2014
James Hoff is an artist and publisher who lives and works in New York. He works across diverse formats including the artists’ book, live performance, writing, painting, sculpture, and sound art. Guided by both his editorial practice and archival impulses, Hoff employs minor histories as source material, which are then re-worked or re-contextualized, forging new relations that reflect on contemporary practice or further compound, expand, or expose the underlying history.
Hoff has recently participated in exhibitions at: MoMA, New York; VI,VII, Oslo, Norway; TEAM Gallery, New York; IMO, Copenhagen, Denmark; Air de Paris, Paris, France; LUMA Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland; and Publication Studio Vancouver. Hoff co-founded the non-profit art organization Primary Information with Miriam Katzeff in 2006.
How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away is guest curated by Kathy Slade and marks the second of a series of exhibitions and projects comprising The Troubled Pastoral. The series, conceived of by Mark Lanctôt and Jonathan Middleton, takes on a broad set of themes including pessimism, psychedelia, altered states and drug use, black comedy, science-fiction dystopia, class struggle (within the context of an increasingly marginal or absent middle class), the industrialization of food production, the ragged edge of suburbia, and various forms of visual, aural, or perceptual interference, including smoke, static, and electro-magnetic radiation.