A Machinery for Living

Organized by Walead Beshty

July 2 - August 8, 2014

456 W 18th Street

Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce “A Machinery for Living,” a group exhibition organized by Walead Beshty, opening Wednesday, July 2nd, from 6:00 – 8:00PM. The exhibition will remain on view until August 8th 2014.

There must be no doubt about the dangerous essence of the everyday, nor about this uneasiness that seizes us each time that, by an unforeseeable leap, we stand back from it and, facing it, we discover that precisely nothing faces us: "What? " "Is this my everyday life? "Not only must one not doubt it, but one must not dread it; rather one ought to seek to recapture the secret destructive capacity that is in play in it, the corrosive force of human anonymity, the infinite wearing away.
- Maurice Blanchot

People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints—such people have a corpse in their mouth.
- Raoul Vaneigem

A house is not a machine á habiter. It is the shell of a man – his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation.
- Eileen Gray

We live, for the most part, in enclosed rooms.
- Paul Scheerbart

Walead Beshty (b. 1976, London, UK) is an artist and writer living and working in Los Angeles, and Associate Professor in the Graduate Art Department of Art Center College of Design.
Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For press inquiries, please contact Andrew Black at andrew@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.
456 W 18th Street New York NY 10011 Tel 212 680 9467 Fax 212 680 9473 info@petzel.com www.petzel.com

PARTICIPANTS
Atelier EB
Lewis Baltz
Thomas Barrow
Maurice Blanchot
Bassam Fellows
Claire Fontaine
Jay DeFeo
Nathalie Du Pasquier
Morgan Fisher
Dan Flavin
Rudi Gernreich
Liam Gillick
Liz Glynn
Eileen Gray
Jan Groover
Rachel Harrison
Larry Johnson
Craig Kauffman
Romain Kremer
Sharon Lockhart
Lee Lozano
Josiah McElheny
Lucy McKenzie
Helen Pashgian
Raymond Pettibon
Francis Picabia
Stephen Prina
Paul Scheerbart
Barbara T Smith
Dr. Dain L Tasker
Joaquim Tenreiro
Raoul Vaneigem
Kelley Walker
James Welling
Henry Wessel
Franz West
Christopher Williams


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    Atelier EB
    Look 3
    Manet - cream polo shirt buttoned up and tucked in to Shorty - silk shorts worn with a cream pair of plimsoles on feet and Piastre - necklace worn round neck, Cleo - white cap worn on head.

    Spring/Summer
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    Barbara T. Smith
    Upon the Completion of a Love Affair With a Machine Drawing
    1965-1966
    Xerox print
    11 x 14 inches, framed
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled
    c.1953-55
    Iron wire, brass wire, silver, clear plastic, brass beads and glass beads
    2 1/8 x 1 1/2 x 1/2 inches
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    Morgan Fisher
    Drawing for Pendant Pair Paintings (orthographic)
    2007
    Pencil and acrylic on paper
    3 works:
    18 x 24 inches each
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    Morgan Fisher
    Drawing for Pendant Pair Paintings (orthographic and oblique)
    2007
    Pencil and acrylic on paper
    3 works:
    18 x 24 inches each
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    Morgan Fisher
    Drawing for Pendant Pair Paintings (isometric)(two parts)
    2007
    Pencil and acrylic on paper
    3 works:
    18 x 24 inches each
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    Craig Kauffman
    Untitled
    1962
    Acrylic on paper
    11 x 8 3/4 inches
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    Craig Kauffman
    Untitled
    1962
    Acrylic on paper
    11 x 8 3/4 inches
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    Rachel Harrison
    *69
    2014
    Wood, polystyrene, cement, acrylic, shopping cart, copper telephone hula hoop, beer can, and toy gun
    84 x 38 1/2 x 42 1/2 inches
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    Raymond Pettibon
    No Title (My girlfriend's gun)
    1985
    Pen and ink on paper
    11 1/2 x 8 inches
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    Dr. Dain L. Tasker
    An X-Ray of Anthuriums
    c.1930
    Vintage gelatin silver print
    14.75 x 13 inches
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    Lewis Baltz
    NIP #49: North Wall, Steelcase, 1123 Warner Avenue, Tustin
    1974
    Vintage gelatin silver print
    8 x 10 inches
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    Lewis Baltz
    NIP #34: Milliken Road, between Gates and DuBridge Roads, looking East
    1974
    Vintage gelatin silver print
    14 x 17 inch Halbe frame
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    James Welling
    Hands #1
    1975
    Chromogenic exhibition print
    18 1/2 x 16 inches, framed
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled
    c.1953-55
    Galvanized steel wire, blackened steel wire and silver solder
    1 3/4 x 5/8 x 5/8 inches
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    Claire Fontaine
    Économie libidinale brickbat
    2010
    Brick, brick fragments, digital archival print and elastic band
    8 3/8 x 5 x 2 1/4 inches
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    Atelier EB
    Look 1
    Bonnie - Spanish Hat worn on top of Maggie - Grey funnel neck jumper (pulled over head like snood) with Checkers - silver necklace round neck and Grainne - Wool skirt (funnel neck tucked in to skirt) - please look at look book for image if you require to see the above. Addition Summer School in Ardenne - shawl draped over one shoulder.

    Fall/Winter 2011
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    Joaquim Tenreiro
    Coffee Table
    1947
    Caviona wood and glass
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    Francis Picabia
    291 Magazine (no.5/6)
    July/August 1915
    17 5/16 x 11 1/4 inches each
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    Francis Picabia
    291 Magazine (no.5/6)
    July/August 1915
    17 5/16 x 11 1/4 inches each
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    Barbara T. Smith
    Pink
    1965-1966
    Xerox print
    41 x 60 inches, framed
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled
    c.1953-55
    Silver, silver wire and brass beads
    7/8 x 1 3/4 x 1/2 inches
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    Lee Lozano
    No title
    No date
    Graphite on paper
    8 1/2 x 10 3/8 inches
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    Barbara T. Smith
    Clocks
    1965-1966
    Xerox print
    14 x 17 inches, framed
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    Barbara T. Smith
    Time Warp
    1965-1966
    Xerox print
    14 x 17 inches, framed
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    Josiah Mcelheny
    Models for an abstract body (after Delaunay and Malevich)
    2012
    Patinated cold-roll steel, cedar wood, low iron glass, hand blown and carved glass
    65 3/8 x 24 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - S. Sunbeam, Albuquerque, NM
    1977
    Gelatin silver print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - Dan Andrews
    1977
    Gelatin Silver Print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - Gun Club Road - So.Wall
    1978
    Gelatin silver print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - L. Baltz, Sausalito
    1977
    Gelatin silver print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - Dan Andrews
    1977
    Gelatin Silver Print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - B. Hahn
    1977
    Gelatin Silver Print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - Gun Club Road - So.Wall
    1978
    Gelatin silver print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - (TFB) Homage to Rietvold
    1977
    Gelatin Silver Print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Thomas Barrow
    F/T/S Libraries - DD (Toronto)
    n. 1976, p.1977
    Gelatin silver print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled
    1979
    Color photocopy
    14 x 8 1/2 inches
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled (Jewelry series)
    1978
    Graphite, charcoal and acrylic on paper
    14 x 11 inches
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled (Jewelry series)
    1977
    Graphite and acrylic on paper
    29 x 23 1/4 inches
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    Jan Groover
    Untitled
    1982
    Vintage gelatin-silver print
    5 x 6 inches
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    Lewis Baltz
    NIP #14: Foundation Construction, Many Warehouses, 2892 Kelvin, Irvine
    1974
    Vintage gelatin silver print
    8 x 10 inches
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    Lewis Baltz
    NIP #33: Barranca Road, between Von Karmaan and Milliken Roads, looking Southwest
    1974
    Vintage gelatin silver print
    14 x 17 inch Halbe frame
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    Claire Fontaine
    La societe du spectacle brickbat
    2006
    Bricks and brick fragments, laser impression, rubber band
    7 x 4 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches
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    Atelier EB
    Look 4
    Gres - long sleeved cross over t-shirt tucked into Wave - high waisted elasticated skirt. Swiss - braclet worn wound wrist. Carine - navy leather bag worn on one shoulder and Ost End Girls cap on head. Black pair of plimsoles worn on feet.
    Spring/Summer
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    Atelier EB
    Look 2
    Liz - round neck tobacco jumper worn with Phillipa - tobacco trousers worn under two tone Zurich - Mackintosh with Tugendhat bonnet on head. With McEachan - running dog patterned scarf loosely draped round neck.
    Fall/Winter
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    Barbara T. Smith
    Atlas of Human Anatomy
    1965 - 1966
    Xerox sculpture
    12 x 14 x 3 inches
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    Jan Groover
    Untitled
    1983
    Vintage platinum-palladium print
    11 x 14 inches
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    Jan Groover
    Untitled
    1990
    Vintage platinum-palladium print
    10 x 8 inches
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    Jan Groover
    Untitled
    1990
    Vintage platinum-palladium print
    10 x 8 inches
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    Helen Pashgian
    Untitled (green with acrylic insert)
    2014
    Resin and acrylic
    7 inches diameter
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    Rudi Gernreich
    Designs for Unisex Bathing Suits
    Photograph, newsprint
    10.312 x 7.875 inches
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    Rudi Gernreich
    Design for Child's Bathing Suit
    1970
    Photograph
    10 x 8.125 inches
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    Rudi Gernreich
    Designs for Caftans and Unisex Bathing Suits
    1970
    Photograph, newsprint
    8 x 11 inches
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    Lucy McKenzie
    Project for a Nazi Living Room
    2012
    4 drawings: pencil, ink, aquarelle on paper
    25.39 x 42.32 inches
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    Lucy McKenzie
    Project for Nazi Decor
    2012
    3 drawings: pencil, colored pencil, ink, aquarelle on paper
    29.92 x 11.61 inches
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    Lucy McKenzie
    Project for an Objectivist Hallway
    2012
    4 drawings: pencil, colored pencil, aquarelle on paper
    39.37 x 23.23 inches
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    James Welling
    Untitled
    1975
    (2014 reconstruction of lost 1975 original)
    Rusted coat hangers
    Dimensions variable
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    Craig Kauffman
    Untitled
    1963-1998
    Acrylic on canvas
    98 x 72 inches
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    Jay DeFeo
    Untitled
    c.1953-55
    Wood and brass wire
    2 3/4 x 1 1/2 x 1/4 inches
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    Liz Glynn
    Smuggled Fragments from Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza/Giza) (3 cigarettes, baby food, garlic, perfume, lemon, and Viagara)
    2012
    Cast lead
    Dimensions variable
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    Kelley Walker
    Pioneer PL-518 Series (I Hate the Capitalist System)
    2014
    Pantone and four-color process silkscreen with acrylic ink on MDF, latex painted pedestal
    27 x 24 x 24 inches
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    Larry Johnson
    Untitled (Landscape)
    1998
    Color photograph
    24 1/8 x 32 7/8 inches, framed
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    Atelier EB
    Fade to Gres
    2014
    Cashmere, lambswool
    36 x 73 inches
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    Liam Gillick
    Pinboard Project (Corn)
    2013
    Chipboard, dyed jute, wood, screws, printed Ingres paper, various papers
    39.5 x 39.5 inches
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    Liam Gillick
    Pinboard Project (Blue Gray)
    2013
    Chipboard, dyed jute, wood, screws, printed Ingres paper, various papers
    39.5 x 39.5 inches
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    Nathalie Du Pasquier
    Untitled
    2009
    Ink pen on paper
    19.69 x 27.56 inches
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    Nathalie Du Pasquier
    Untitled
    2009
    Ink pen on paper
    19.69 x 27.56 inches
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    Nathalie Du Pasquier
    Untitled
    2009
    Ink pen on paper
    19.69 x 27.56 inches
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    Larry Johnson
    Untitled (Meters)
    2007
    Color photograph
    49 3/4 x 66 inches
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    Jan Groover
    Untitled
    1990
    Vintage platinum-palladium
    10 x 8 inches
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    Jan Groover
    Untitled
    1990
    Vintage platinum-palladium print
    8 x 10 inches
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    Henry Wessel
    Night Walk No. 55
    1998
    Gelatin silver print
    17 7/8 x 12 1/8 inches
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    Henry Wessel
    Night Walk No. 39
    1995
    Gelatin silver print
    17 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches
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    Stephen Prina
    A photograph, the principal source of illumination of which is work by Dan Flavin, I
    1992
    Cibachrome print (unique), rag board, lacquer-rubbed maple, acrylic, screen-print on acrylic
    62 x 85 3/4 inches
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    Stephen Prina
    A photograph, the principal source of illumination of which is work by Dan Flavin, II
    1992
    Cibachrome print (unique), rag board, lacquer-rubbed maple, acrylic, screen-print on acrylic
    61 3/4 x 84 3/4 inches
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    Dan Flavin
    Untitled (Monument for V. Tatlin)
    1967
    Cool white fluorescent light
    96 x 24 x 4 1/4 inches
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    Henry Wessel
    Night Walk No. 28
    1995
    Gelatin silver print
    12 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches
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    Raymond Pettibon
    No Title (That dead dog)
    1984
    Pen and ink on paper
    10.25 x 14.5 inches
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    Josiah McElheny
    Models for an abstract body (after Courrèges)
    2012
    Patinated cold-roll steel, cedar wood, low iron glass, hand blown and carved glass
    65 3/8 x 24 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches
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    Josiah McElheny
    Models for an abstract body (after Stepanova)
    2012
    Patinated cold-roll steel, cedar wood, low iron glass, hand blown and carved glass
    65 3/8 x 30 1/2 x 19 9/16 inches