LAST WASH AT MIDNIGHT – ADVERTISEMENT
Chelsea Nader, Jaejoon Jang, Nicholas Oh and Jamie Martinez
Curated by Jamie Martinez at HOME Gallery
February 20 – March 14, 2021
Opening night February 20th from 6 – 8:30 pm
The Border Project Space along with Home gallery is pleased to present “Last Wash at Midnight — Advertisement”, featuring works by Chelsea Nader, Jaejoon Jang, Nicholas Oh and Jamie Martinez.
The Border recently opened a laundromat exhibition at its 56 Bogart location called Last Wash at Midnight, where things don’t appear as they seem, but things, once unseen, begin to appear. Business has been slow and for that reason, The Border Project Space is collaborating with HOME GALLERY, located at 291 Grand street in Lower Manhattan, to promote our laundromat in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Night Shift Worker (artist): Chelsea Nader’s distorted laundry machine considers the relationship between mothers and caretakers and the emotional and lonely toll of domestic practices. The conveniences that laundry machines provide resemble works that women traditionally perform–acts we all take for granted and often disregard as menial. The fatigued form of Nader’s sculpture is exhausted: “they are squeezed, rusted, leaking and used up,” that is until they break.
Night Shift Worker (artist): Jaejoon Jang’s works are poetic in their simplicity yet profound in their subtle obscurities. Although hoodies are a common sight, Jang’s contortion, with the inclusion of a stark white face made out is menacing—floating as though a phantom—but simultaneously humorous, as he uses a tortilla for the face. His treatment of objects is delicate and slight, yet, similarly to artists’ use of readymades in the 20th century, his works transcend our understanding of the familiar. Jang challenges our connection to items that have fixed purposes, which, in turn, questions the designated meanings they have in society.
Night Shift Worker (artist): By laborious methods of 3D scanning, casting and mold-making, Nicholas Oh’s head, with dripping paint and hanging upside down, questions and confronts the relationship between racial identity and skin color. Contending with his Korean heritage, he uses his sculptures to scrutinize the conflicting parallels of cultural incongruences and systemic oppression.
Manager (curator and artist): Jamie Martinez’s creative direction for the advertisement of the Laundromat is an alternative approach to enticing new clients. His piece, “Metamorphosing into an Owl” refers to the Native American symbol of an owl—the first being to see death as it arrives: “I will rely on him the most to warn me so I am ready for my journey.”