The I pledge Allegiance group show is on at New York’s On Stellar Rays, opening February 28 and running to April 3.
Curated by Elisa R. Linn and Lennart Wolff’s km temporaer curatorial project, the exhibition takes it title from poet, art critic and poet Rene Ricard‘s 1981 essay on the East Village gallery scene ‘The Pledge of Allegiance’. The press release features an excerpt that refers to a certain ‘Artist Zero’ in conversation over ‘Marchesa de X’, a writer at “the nexus of creative forces” yet largely unrecognised.
The parallels between this text and the art world of the past still resonates with the global political climate of the present, as the 30-year-old essay references individualism, a “conspiracy of excellence” and war:
“We are living in a time of war: war remembered, war actual, and war anticipated. The sense of the moment has led us to the encampment where deserters from all armies are burning the small fires of discourse.”
The show features works by Jason Benson, Kerstin Brätsch, Debo Eilers, Nic Xedro, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Dani Leder, Jonas Lipps, Caroline Mesquita, Keegan Monaghan, Nolan Simon and Dylan Spaysky, as well as music by fellow contributors Tobias Spichtig and Theresa Patzsche at the opening.
See the On Stellar Rays website for details.**