May 3, 2014 - Art in General - Halsey Rodman
May 3, 2014

Halsey Rodman

Site for Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room, at High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Art in General.

Halsey Rodman
Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room

May 31, 2014–May 31, 2015, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California
September 5–November 21, 2015, Art in General, New York

Art in General
79 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013

www.artingeneral.org

Art in General is pleased to present Halsey Rodman’s Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum in the Room, a new commission in collaboration with High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, California.

Gradually / We Became Aware / Of a Hum In the Room presents a temporally distributed architectural structure conceived for two locations: the desert of High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, and Art in General’s sixth-floor gallery, in the heart of downtown New York City. The work begins in the desert as a triangular building divided into three identical rooms. Each room has a circular window looking out upon the landscape and contains a series of near-identical “fixtures”: a desk, a chair, and a shelf. The interior and fixtures are painted distinct colors according to the single descriptive text below.

I AM THINKING OF A REVERSE SUNSET THAT NEITHER OF US HAS EVER SEEN:

WHAT YOU SEE IN THE SKY OPPOSITE THE SUNSET. WHAT SURROUNDS THE PRISM IN THE DESERT IN THE FUTURE IS OUT OF REACH SO I WILL PULL THESE COLORS FROM THE AIR.

FOUR COLORS ABOVE THE TAN DESERT SCRUB IN THE GRAYING SKY FADE
TOWARDS THE LIGHT BLUE DUSK: DUSTY PURPLE, MAGENTA, FADING RED,
PEACH AND ON INTO THAT AIRLESS BLUE

THE FIFTH COLOR IS YELLOW: THE CONE OF A FLASHLIGHT IN A PITCH BLACK
ROOM

One year later the work will be dismantled, transported, and reassembled inside Art in General’s gallery, the previous exterior walls unfolded to become the interior. The three (formerly) exterior walls create a central, open triangular area and the interiors and walls of the rooms will be splayed out around the perimeter. All windows in the gallery are open, allowing the shifting light to filter in, clock-like, from the outside. The presence of the desert landscape is collapsed into the center of the inside-out structure, an exterior folded in upon itself. This inverted structure, now established as a zone of exchange, interpenetration, and blurring between interior and exterior, suggests a consensual, productive encounter of time and architecture.

Halsey Rodman (b. 1973) is an American artist living and working in New York. Rodman received his BA from the College of Creative Studies at the University of Santa Barbara in 1995 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Rodman has been the subject of solo exhibitions including The Birds, Guild & Greyshkul, New York (2008); The Navigator’s Quarters Must Not Be Disturbed, Guild & Greyshkul, New York (2006); The Minded Swarm, LACE, Los Angeles (in collaboration with Kathleen Johnson, Andy Alexander, and Jennifer Lane) (2005); among others. His work has been exhibited in numerous group exhibitions including Scene/Seen, Recent Acquisitons from the Luckman Fine Arts Complex Permanent Collection, 1979–2006, Luckman Fine Arts Gallery, CSULA (2008); NeoIntegrity, curated by Keith Mayerson, Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2007); The Line of Time and the Plane of Now, curated by Jacob Dyrenforth, Ohad Meromi, and Halsey Rodman, Harris Lieberman, New York (2007); among others. His work has been the subject of articles in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Brooklyn Rail, TimeOut New York, and The L Magazine, among others.

Founded in 2002, High Desert Test Sites is a nonprofit organization that pays tribute to inspirational figures in its surrounding community and generates dialogue and reciprocal exchange with international contemporary artists and critical thinkers whose practices transcend traditional art world formats. Over the last 11 years, HDTS has endeavored to encourage experimental art that engages with the world at large. It supports and draws attention to independent projects that happen outside of the auspices of larger institutions and challenges artists and audiences to expand the definition of art to take on new areas of relevancy.

For media press release and more information, visit artingeneral.org or contact Maureen Sullivan at maureen [​at​] redartprojects.com.

General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Agnes Gund; Select Equity Group Foundation; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Sean Johnson, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Leslie Ruff, Joyce Siegel, and Jeremy E. Steinke.

Additional special event support provided by ROOT[Drive-In].

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