Two commissioned installations mounted within Essex Street Market in disparate vendor stalls
Artists Alliance Inc. is very pleased to present Vois-tu-pas … que je brûle? (do you not see… a pair of commissioned installations in two disparate vendor stalls in the Essex Street Market on view throughout the month of May, 2015. Both Ettun and Robbins work between sculpture, video and performance. They make objects that testify to the desire for the thing, for the body, and for the fetish. Their material perspectives are both playful and jarring, filled with curiosity and yet also clearly interested in how to picture the potential for violence. In this sense, they are also trying to picture trauma, or the absence that extreme shock inscribes in the mind. The title and the referent for this project are lifted from the final passage in Cathy Caruth’s book, Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative and History. The pair of commissions was also conceived in response to a space (the Essex Street Market) that feels saturated with absence, loss, and history simultaneously.
This project is a commission of Artists Alliance Inc, with support from the New York City Economic Development Corp, Essex Street Market and the Lower East Side BID. Presented in celebration of the Essex Street Market’s 75th Anniversary and in collaboration with Lower East Side History Month.
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 2 from 5-7pm
Exhibition Dates: May 2 – May 31, 2015
Viewing Hours: M-Sa 8a-7p, Su 10a-6p
Location: 120 Essex Street NY, NY 10002