New Catalogue:This is a Present From a Small, Distant World
1/16/2015 - 2/28/2015

Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present This is a Present from a Small, Distant World by New Catalogue, a collaboration between artists Luke Batten and Jonathan Sadler. In their second solo exhibition at the gallery, New Catalogue creates a multimedia project inspired by the phonographic Golden Record sent into outer space in 1977 on the NASA Voyager spacecraft. Astronomer Carl Sagan, along with several artists and scientists, designed the original Golden Record to communicate the story of Earth and human experience to extraterrestrial life. The exhibition title is taken from a letter written by United States President Jimmy Carter, sent along with the Golden Record, which New Catalogue has interpreted as a marker of human endeavor, exploration, and experimentation.

Centering around sixteen black and white images of seemingly quotidien objects, the project presents a rationalization of the abstract and constantly mediated human experience. As both an homage and challenge to Carl Saganís phonographic record of sunsets, 55 different languages, and various songs performed by humans, whales, and birds, New Catalogue has adapted the wonderful possibility of sending fragments of humanity into space in order to investigate memory, identity, and emotion. Here heavily enigmatic images evoke a human narrative defined by subjective perspectives and reflections.

Working in collaboration with composer Judd Greenstein, violist Nadia Sirota, musician Son Lux, and designers Neil Donnelly and Mary Voorhees Meehan, New Catalogue produced the record In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves, commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012, to accompany the photographs. Both timeless and time-capsuled, New Catalogueís immersive project highlights the pragmatic yet nuanced relations between human thought and perception within a contemporary culture heavily inundated by visual imagery, sound, and intended meaning. In creating a space to question, dream, and discuss our relationship with the celestial unknown, New Catalogue's exhibition sparks self-reflectivity and a moment to contemplate our impact and place in the present.*

*Record produced by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition This is a Present from a Small, Distant World: New Catalogue + Judd Greenstein, June 9, 2012 through October 7, 2012. Musical composition commissioned by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, Arizona.
Group Exhibition
1/16/2015 - 2/28/2015

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