An Art in General New Commission
April 19–May 31, 2014
B: Did you know that this would happen?
A: No- but i suspected something would happen.
B: What gave you that feeling?
A: My belief. I had given myself to these things- these bags, these buildings, these cheap stories. I was a believer. There was no questioning what I had become, because I already was.
B: What were you?
A: A part of a whole. The body’s reflection. My family was the bag, the building and the stories.
B: I’m not sure I understand.
A: The things I acquired and exchanged. A transaction. An institution. The story that ends with my happiness. The story of this place. It was important for me to uphold my family’s traditions. How could I contribute? How could I matter?
B: How could you “matter”?
A: To do service to my family. To maintain our home. To keep the story going.
B: Kind of like a sequel.
A: More like an extension to a house. Everything needs support. Whether it is was a roman column in the past or a cinderblock now, I must uphold the canon. The pyramids wouldn’t exist without all those believers. I am the next roman column- the next page.
B: You “are”? Does this mean you are still a believer?
Art in General is pleased to present The Home of Tao Hsiao, an exhibition on new works by Alex Ito, running from April 19–May 31, 2014 in Art In General’s Storefront Project Space. Ito’s exhibition is an extension of Art in General’s 2013 New Commission with The Still House Group, supporting not only organization’s permanent studio roster of eight artists, but so too their network and community.
Alex Ito (b.1991) is an American artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Ito received his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in 2013, with a double minor in Art History and Cultural Studies. He was the Artist in Residence at the Still House Group (June–August 2013). Recently, Ito showed with Brendan Lynch in Single Image, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (2014) and was the subject of the solo exhibition, Victory, The Still House Group, Redhook, NY (2013). His work has also been shown in various group exhibitions, including Straight II DVD, 1632 Pennsylvania Ave. Miami, FL (2013); This is the Story of America: Everybody’s Doing What They Think They’re Supposed To Do, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (2013); Honk if you don’t exist, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY (2013); among others.
Image courtesy the artist
General Support of Art in General is provided by General Hardware Manufacturing Inc.; the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Greenwich Collection; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Agnes Gund; Select Equity Group Foundation; and by individuals. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The New Commissions Program is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Trust for Mutual Understanding; National Endowment for the Arts; Jerome Foundation; and the William Talbott Hillman Foundation. Support has also been provided by Commissioners’ Circle leaders Jeffery Larsen and Joseph Bolduc; Commissioners’ Circle supporters Sandra Ho and Jang Kim, and Cher Lewis, and Commissioners’ Circle members Roya Khadjavi-Heidari, Sean Johnson, Mary Lapides, Richard Massey, Leslie Ruff, Joyce Siegel, and Jeremy E. Steinke.
Additional special event support provided by ROOT[Drive-In].