New York University’s 80 Washington Square East Galleries current group exhibition, “All is well that begins well and has no end,” has that battle of the bands feel by offering a range of work by emerging artists. The show is co-curated by Jan Van Woensel, an independent curator, art critic, lecturer and film producer based in New York and Antwerp. Appointed as a Senior Studio Professor at NYU, Steinhardt School of Education, Van Woensel has been nominated for the 2007 Curatorial Fellowship at Art in General, New York. Other co-curators include artist Ernesto Burgos, a 2008 NYU Master’s Candidate, and Jonah Groeneboer, NYU Master’s graduate who currently shows at Bellwether Gallery.
Van Woensel, Burgos, and Groeneboer chose emerging artists who they found to be “working with the language of abstraction and seeking to expand and re-contextualize previous modernist notions of geometry.” Indeed, the work of artists such as Chris Duncan, Satoru Eguchi, collective Inverted Topology, Pepe Mar, and Michelle Hinebrook, whose work is shown above, continues to confront and challenge notions of geometry that have intrigued artists from Picasso to Sol Le Witt. Like artists before them, the participants in “All is well that begins well and has no end” use painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, and every possible amalgam of these disciplines to create new possibilities for future discourse in abstraction. Line, form, volume, and anything else takes shape as cardboard masses coded with arcane directions, amorphous constructions wrapped in silver packing tape, vinyl wall paintings that collapse into cylindrical rolls on the floor, stop-time video, and paintings that warp two-dimensionality.