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we lay here for a while, our feelings running deep

Philomene Pirecki
Opening Sunday April 30th 6–9pm,

Until May 28th


Supplement is pleased to present we lay here for a while, our feelings running deep, a first New York solo exhibition for Philomene Pirecki, bringing together a set of new works on canvas, photographic prints, a sound installation, and video.

Pirecki’s work is characterized by its consistent examination of time and the way it relates to memory both physically and emotionally. Often looping back on itself, referring to or reusing older works, her practice deals with memory as an unstable state, the works acting as symbols for the process of remembering. Pirecki’s works embody a non-linear process of becoming, their various moments of exhibition and interpretation contributing to this turbulent identity.

We Lay Here for a While, the new video work on view, assembles fragments of footage along with text, audio and music, all produced by the artist. Many sequences involve semi opaque screens and visual interference, obfuscating or frustrating a clear view. The video moves across passages of light and dark, both visual and psychological. The body is absent in its entirety, instead present in vicarious traces and residual imprints. The film is periodically interrupted or haunted by shadows, vapour, after-images and retinal ghosts, abrupt sounds of breaking materials. Standing in as proxies for the body, the material memory of earplugs and memory foam is shown, recovering to their inert states. Short phrases appear on screen that refer to optical, psychological and sensory experience. Audio of the artist breathing, sudden gasps, slow in/exhales and a pumping heartbeat draw attention to biological time and emotional response that unfold over the duration of the video.

Pirecki’s new paintings use earlier paintings that were rejected and now put to new use. Unstretched, reversed, and restretched, the paintings have been partly cut away into forms that trace the contours of the shadows Pirecki’s body cast onto the canvas. These are combined with newly painted elements based on spectrograms of the artist's breath, the invisible rendered visible. The canvases are also interrupted by the haptic presence of casts of the artist’s fingers, breaking through the canvas, reaching through and forward.

At the center of the gallery is an audio work using samples of the artist’s heartbeat—both a biological timekeeper and an emotional measure—in various states of emotion, activity, and rest. Installed inside a bench that functions as a resonating cavity, the piece plays at low frequencies and the work’s heavy sonic physicality is felt more than heard.

The Image Persistence series begins with a digital image of an artwork no longer in Pirecki’s possession. The image is photographed directly from her computer screen with all the attendant dust, grime, pixelation, and reflections. This gesture erases the distance between originals and their copies, posing questions about the fidelity of reproductions, how something physically absent can be accessed and made present again. An artwork simultaneously recalled and remade, with all the persistence of memory.


Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

Installation view

We Lay Here For a While, 2017 single channel video 10:32 mins

We Lay Here For a While, 2017 single channel video 10:32 mins

We Lay Here For a While, 2017 single channel video 10:32 mins

Image Persistence (Reflecting 1, 6th Generation, 2008-2012), 2017
Dye sublimation print on aluminium, 70 x 56 x 3cm

Image Persistence (Reflecting 1, 9th Generation, 2008-2013), 2017
Dye sublimation print on aluminium, 70 x 56 x 3cm

Energy Transfer 2008-2017 (forceful exhale), 2017
Oil and acrylic paint on canvas, plaster, 61 x 55.5 x 6cm

Energy Transfer, 2010-2017 (slow gentle exhale), 2017
Oil and acrylic paint on canvas, plaster, 61 x 55.5 x 7.5cm

To flow together like water, 2016
Framed UV print onto glass, blind debossed print on paper, c- type photograph, photochromic paint, foam earplugs, hair-bands, chewing gum, 61.5 x 53.5 x 3.7 cm