Aaron Gemmill Logo #2 for P!, 2012
“Nothing in our solar system is truly unlimited, of course; no expansion can go on forever; but an exponential growth of wealth can be considered rationally if we can find the environment in which that growth can proceed for many hundreds of years …” —Gerard K. O’Neill, The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space, 1977
The second exhibition at P!, Possibility 02: Growth, speaks to the myth of unchecked expansion through varying modes of inhabitation. Over its seven week duration, the exhibition will transform periodically, spurred by the ongoing accumulation of works by different participants. A microcosm for the outpacing rhythm of urban development, the arrival of each new work dislodges the previous ones and redefines the space. This serialized installation and re-configuration activates a scarce resource — space itself — allowing the works to function as distinct and potentially oppositional bodies, each filling the architectural volume in turn. As an experiment in proliferation, Possibility 02: Growth speculates on how displacement and cohabitation upset conventional models of exhibition and the social relations they reflect.
Each participant and new work will be announced in succession on a weekly basis.
The first piece, Provopoli (Wem gehört die Stadt) (2012) by Aaron Gemmill, opens 6 November 2012. A 10 ft diameter globe, Provopoli will be inflated in the entrance of P! to the point of obstruction. This work will remain on view and migrate throughout the space over the course of the exhibition. Aaron Gemmill lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He is an MFA candidate at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.