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30 Apr 2018

Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction

Knockdown Center

Reviewed by Heather Kapplow

We live internal lives that constantly bump up against the internal lives of others in a variety of ways and intensities, but we rarely examine the nuances of that bumping-up-against.

Bass does this for us, articulating public and private spaces outside of the building. Inside, she offers tools, statistics, and strategies for measuring, not only interpersonal distance, but how we feel about it. What is too close for comfort? Where exactly (in a public bathroom, for example) are the boundaries between shared and personal? Peak moments of the show include Chapter Two: Things I've seen people do lately, eavesdroppings that say as much about the observer as the observed, and the acute A Glossary of Proximity Verbs, which lets us almost too close to the anguish of closeness.

Bass's stories about people and consciousness, wrapped around the Knockdown Center's rooms (and its cups at the center's bar), will also take the form of a book, due out this Fall on The Operating System press.

Exhibition Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction link
Start date 21 Apr 2018
End date 17 Jun 2018
Presenter Knockdown Center link
Venue 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, NY, USA map
Image Chloë Bass, photograph from The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Two: Things I’ve seen people do lately, 2015, courtesy of the artist

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