No Lemons, No Melon
Curated by Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe
May 6 – June 3, 2006
A thing is symmetrical if there is something you can do to it so that after you have finished doing it, it looks the same as before.
Hermann Weyl, mathematician (1885-1955)
No Lemons, No Melon will include works by eleven established and emerging artists, including Lynda Benglis, Fritz Buehner, Jenny Dubnau, Robert MacDonald, John Monti, Bruce Pearson, Kay Rosen, James Siena, Shellburne Thurber, Anthony Viti, and Carrie Yamaoka.
In the precise mathematical sense, the modern definition of symmetry is immunity to change. For artists, symmetry’s potential for a kind of ultimate formal resolution is undeniably seductive. So too is the allure of making an object, or image that is seemingly immune to change. Does our own bilateral anatomy create an innate preference for the same? We wonder, considering both the desire for the perfection suggested by immunity, and the beauty that arises in the small failures toward that quest.
No Lemons, No Melon will look into the human attraction to symmetry through painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and video, a range of media that simultaneously reiterates and confounds our desire for mirroring and perfection.
Curators Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe are Brooklyn-based artists. Moyer’s paintings have been included in recent exhibitions at Samson Projects (Boston), Participant (New York) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Pepe’s installations and drawings have been included in exhibitions at Rowland Contemporary (Chicago), Kemper Museum (Kansas City) and the Jersey City Museum. She is represented by Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY.