99¢ Plus Gallery is pleased to present FEELINGS ON STANDING, a solo exhibition of works by Kylie White.
Steel can be the only material for these sculptures, as it is made by man from earth and fire, formed to replace the stone columns of antiquity, which replaced tree trunks before them. It is often difficult to see the forest for the trees in a world in which industrial landscapes are ubiquitous, and even gratuitous, but in the details of building, are embedded existential truths. One goes on making things, not for the sake of use, but for the sake of meaning.
Kylie White, (b. 1989) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and sites one of her major accomplishments as having watched every episode of How It's Made, twice. A group of sculptures, four columns. We stand, and we stand things up. It is the physical manifestation of the human posture to construct things.
These forms, with the implication that they bear weight, also bear a resemblance to the columns of steel-framed structures, highways, and train stations, the spaces that frame our modern life. Through thismimetic gesture of working within industrially standardized construction methods, these sculptures speak to the act of building in itself. They were designed on a scale which was the absolute maximum that could be managed by one individual, at the limit of their physical means. This single human effort isan acclamation of the impulse to build that has exceeded utility to become our species' legacy.