numbers, patterns, movements and being
new installation by john ros
September 9 – October 29, 2022
Opening Reception | Friday, September 09, 7-9PM
Performance: collaborative performance with London-based artist, Tash Kahn. This event will be remote only and held over Zoom.
Thursday, September 22, 10-11AM
Artist in the Gallery: (during gallery hours) — Saturdays, 12-3PM
Film Screening: premier screening/discussion of collaborative film w/artist-film maker, Jeffrey Martín. This event will be remote only and held over Zoom.
Saturday, October 1st, 3-4PM
Artist Talk: in-depth look at studio practice and the production and meanings behind the new work. This event will be screened in-person at the gallery, but John will be presenting remotely over Zoom.
Saturday, October 22nd, 3-4PM
All times shown in Eastern Time, US
Stand4 Gallery and Community Art Center will host conceptual installation artist John Ros from August through October 2022. John will be an artist-in-residence from August 8th through September 3rd. During this time, they will bring their studio practice into the gallery in preparation for their subsequent exhibition which will open on September 9th.
John creates durational, site-responsive interventions that involve a process of taking up residence within a place to fully engage with the location, its surroundings and every element within it. This residency will offer John an opportunity to further engage with the space and construct a new responsive experience using materials and inspirations found in and around the gallery building and the surrounding neighborhood. Among other things, they will respond to the physical elements of the gallery itself, such as its architectural features, natural light, sound and natural flow.
The resulting exhibit, numbers, patterns, movements and being, will open on Friday, September 9th with a reception from 7-9PM and will be on view through October 29th, 2022. A catalogue with essays from curator Charlie Levine, and writer and interdisciplinary artist Anastacia-Reneé will accompany the exhibition along with several new and past print editions by the artist.
The exhibition title, borrowed from a poem by Juan Felipe Herrera and found in the book, Notes on the Assemblage (City Lights Publishers, 2015), reflects time and personal movement in a way that John uses ritual and performance within the studio practice. Through actions of assembling and disassembling, shifting, accumulating and rearranging material, John emphasizes subtle dynamics and possibilities — to create and reinforce subtle tensions through activated elements. These aspects come together as a way of understanding ourselves — but also as a way to uncover the silent in-between spaces and forgotten moments.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
John Ros is a queer, non-binary, Brooklyn-based installation artist. They are a first generation American, born in New York City, to Cuban and Québécois immigrants who are both classically trained musicians, turned educators. John earned an MFA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York and a BFA from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
John’s multiform, conceptual installations focus on ritual as performance, space/place, light, sound and time. John has exhibited internationally and their work can be found in collections throughout the world. They see teaching, curating and program development as extensions of their social practice which they have implemented in numerous projects over the last twenty-five years.
John is currently the director of studioELL, a space for radical education in studio art practice, which they founded in London, England in 2015. John is also the founding director and curator of intermission museum of art and is a guest director at Squareworks Laboratory. In addition to being a professor at studioELL, john is a lecturer in drawing, painting and sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts University and a lecturer in the first year program at Parsons School of Design, The New School.