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Reception: Friday, January 10, 5-8pm

DOCUMENT is pleased to present Bundle Umbra, Christopher Meerdo’s third exhibition at the gallery. Drawing from hacker and whistleblower file caches sourced on the dark web, the exhibition considers what is seen and remains invisible within international information systems.

Routed through 3D displacement mapping, segments of the archives take the form of thermoformed and perforated plastic collage works. Each function as a light emission panel through the artist’s use of custom electronics and electroluminescent paint.  

The work draws from secondary and idiosyncratic symbols, handwritten notes, tables, and graphics located within the archives. The source material emerges from various activities from the past 30 years. This includes documents from Chinese secret prisons, Fraternal Order of Police confidential contracts, papers seized from the US embassy takeover in Tehran in the late 1970’s, and recently revealed banking disclosures from the Cayman Islands, among others.  

Erin Jane Nelson

Erin Jane Nelson (b. 1989, Neenah, WI; lives in Atlanta, GA) received her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art in 2011. In May 2019, she opened her first institutional solo exhibition at Atlanta Contemporary. Her work has recently been exhibited in “Between the Waters” at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and “Photography Today: Public Private Relations” at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. She has had solo shows at DOCUMENT, Chicago (2015, 2017) and Hester, New York (2015) and was included in The Atlanta Biennial at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2016), and group exhibitions at Downs & Ross, New York (2017), Honor Fraser, Los Angeles (2016), Galerie Division, Montreal (2016), and Ellis King, Dublin (2015). She has contributed to publications including BURNAWAY, The Creative Independent, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and Art Papers, and has curated exhibitions at the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Contemporary.

Erin Jane Nelson Slurp, 2018, Resin, pigment, shells, and pigment prints on glazed stoneware, 21h x 21 1/2w x 1 5/8d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Silt sieve, 2018, Resin, pigment, shells, and pigment prints on glazed stoneware, 19h x 21 1/2w x 1 5/8d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Badderlocks, 2018, Resin, pigment, shells, and pigment prints on glazed stoneware, 18 1/2h x 13w x 1 5/8d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Chauvin Garden, 2018, Resin, pigment, shells, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 18 1/2h x 15 3/4w x 2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Ebos Landing, 2018, Resin, shells, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 11 1/2h x 13 1/2w x 1 3/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Fort Frederica, 2017, Resin, shells, enamel pin, pigment, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 18h x 13 1/2w x 2 3/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Frenier, 2017, Resin, pine cone, glass, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 10 3/4h x 11 3/4w x 3d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Isle de Jean Charles, 2018, Resin, pigment, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 17h x 12w x 3 1/2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Jekyll, 2017, Resin, pigment, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 21h x 15w x 3 1/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Kill Devil Hills, 2018, Resin, sea star, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 15 1/2h x 11w x 2 3/4d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Manchac, 2018, Resin, pigment, and pigment prints on glazed earthenware, 13 3/4h x 15 3/4w x 2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Ocracoke, 2017, Resin, pigment, sand, and pigment print on glazed earthenware, 17h x 14 1/2w x 2 1/2d in

Erin Jane Nelson, Whispering River, 2017, Resin, feather, and pigment prints on glazed, earthenware, 18h x 12 1/2w x 1 1/2d in

Barnumbiir thru the Wavelight, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Cotton, ink, and various fabrics, 46h x 44w in

Her Deepness Freyja, 2017 Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, various fabrics, moss, cellophane, aluminum, and styrofoam amaranth, 50h x 58w in

Epona Jane, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, ink, and various fabrics, 64h x 38w in

SeaPersephone, 2017 Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, various fabrics, aluminum, plastic wheat, and styrofoam amaranth, 65h x 55w in

Monsieur Xolotl, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Cotton, silk flowers, and various fabrics, 35h x 35w in

Jizo Feeler, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, various fabrics, aluminum, debris, and styrofoam amaranth, 88h x 75w in

Psychopompopolis (w/Jason Benson), 2017, Woven LED chandelier, digital audio, polyester rug, pigment on cotton, recycled foam and polyester batting

Raccoona Charon, 2017, Pigment print on Jacquard Organza and Cotton, 115h x 240w in

Stop Pollution, Eat Garbage, Inkjet on cotton, plastic, embroidered patch, grommets, Sudafed, cotton batting, and silk ribbon, 50 x 29 in, 2015

Monk Behind Bars, Inkjet on cotton, cotton, embroidered patches, wool batting, silk ribbon, garden lining fabric, grommets, 70 x 60 in, 2015

Poto ElleBelle, Silver Gelatin Print in Artist Frame, 20 x 16 in, 2014

Poto Lovevol, Silver Gelatin Print in Artist Frame, 20 x 16 in, 2014

Poto Glosh, Silver Gelatin Print in Artist Frame, 20 x 16 in, 2014

Chapter NY is pleased to announce שכינה (Shekinah), Erin Jane Nelson’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition will present her most recent series of fabric-wrapped panel works and ceramic vessels.

Nelson’s practice is grounded in photography sourced from her personal archive of found and original images. She works serially, with each project delving into new conceptual frameworks as far ranging as the cultural anxiety around climate change, the sentience of octopuses, and the science fiction of our present moment. Her photographic elements merge onto unexpected support structures, their multiple references engaging the nuanced anxiety, conflict, and humor of the present and immediate future.

For this exhibition, Nelson embraces her Southern Jewish heritage as subject matter. The title of the exhibition, Shekinah, a word from rabbinical literature that means the feminine attributes of God, a sense of place in the world, a dwelling, has been Nelson’s framework for spiritual seeking. Based on research and photographs made while studying Judaism over the last year, she incorporates Jewish symbolism and archival photographs into this new work alongside her ongoing photographic practice documenting the environmental collapse of her home region.

Along with ceramics, found textiles and collaged photographs typical of earlier bodies of work, Nelson uses natural dying techniques that impregnate her works with the colors and ghosts of plants and insects. Her seeping and decaying forms, mixed with personally relevant subject matter, are inspired by poet Joyelle McSweeney’s concept of the necropastoral, a political-aesthetic space in which human depredations converge with nature’s decay. Coupled with an idealism of religion’s ability to heal and give guidance for mourning, Nelson leaves room for moments of respite and purpose within a fraught world.

Raised in the American South, Erin Jane Nelson lives and works in Atlanta, GA. In 2011 she received her BFA from The Cooper Union. Recent solo exhibitions include: Her Deepness, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; Psychopompopolis, Document Gallery, Chicago; and Dylan, Hester, New York. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at La Galerie, centre d’art contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec, France; Deli Gallery, Brooklyn; Van Doren Waxter, New York; Capital Gallery, San Francisco; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her work is currently included in Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950-2019 at the Whitney, which has recently acquired the artist’s work. Nelson will also be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

EJN S Well 1 (2) website

Well 1, 2019
Found figurines, photographs, and resin on glazed stoneware
15 × 13 × 13 inches (38.10 × 33.02 × 33.02 cm)

Owner
Aron Gent
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Director
Sibylle Friche
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Cody Schlabaugh
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