The Weight of the Temporary

The Weight of the Temporary
August 9 – 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, August 9th 6-8 pm
SONIC MUD Performance: Wednesday, August 21st 6pm


NARS Foundation is pleased to present The Weight of the Temporary, a group exhibition curated by Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen, with works by Yasmeen Abdallah, Keren Anavy, Niamul Bari, Frank Born, Jade Chan, Lauren Cohen, Julia Elsas, Lauren Gidwitz, Kathie Halfin, Emma Yi, Tenaya Izu, Daniel Jay Genova, Tadasuke Jinno, Sydney M. King, Abigail Levine, Ioana Manolache, Caitlyn McLaughlin, Robert Melzmuf, Elizabeth Moran, Joshua Nierodzinski, Xavier Alexander Petromelis, Jelena Prljević, Andrew Schwartz, Liza Sokolovskaya and Elena Soterakis.
The exhibition, presented at both the Main Gallery and Project Space, brings together the work of 25 artists whose work is inspired by ideas of consumption, climate change, relationships with family and loved ones, childhood experiences, traditions, womanhood, feminisms, death, even religion and its contemporary value, in an effort to explore human adaptation both to and through changing conditions, and living through the heaviness of a moment.


The play on words in this exhibition’s title is reminiscent of Octavio Paz’s ideas in his book The Grammarian Monkey, where he speaks about fixity as a momentary quality and attempts to define what it means “to go to an end.” Paz plays incessantly with language and describes life as an ongoing search, a constant tug between movement and stillness, between the present and the headspace, between the specific goals in life and the uncertainty of the next instant. Similarly, the pieces that have come together in this exhibition remain tied by a continuous blending of the self with the other, the self with the outside, the self with a home, the self with history, the self with language, the self in movement, the self with nature, the self with itself, the self within itself.


As part of this exhibition, on Wednesday, August 21st 6pm, Julia Elsas will be performing SONIC MUD at NARS’ Main Gallery with Kenny Wollesen, Kirk Knuffke and Mike Irwin.

Start Date

January 19, 09-A

End Date

January 19, 23-A


06:00 PM - 05:00 PM


201 46TH St. 4th FLOOR

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