The Curatorial Research Lab at Winkleman Gallery presents Used Books, a group exhibition featuring work by Brent Birnbaum, Danielle Durchslag, Morgan Levy, and R. Justin Stewart. Organized by Ryan Frank.
Used Books is a group exhibition that combines works of art with books the artist feels had an impact on the artwork’s creation. Each artist in the show has installed one work on a wall, under which is a shelf containing books chosen by the artist that visitors to the gallery can view and read. While the books reveal an aspect of the artist’s private life, they also act as a catalyst for the viewer’s connection to the works of art, serving a similar function as an artist’s statement. Bringing together a small group of emerging artists working in a broad range of media, Used Books explores the exchange of ideas between visual and written forms of communication and converts the gallery space into a functional reading room.
Ryan Frank was recently an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project, where his work was shown in the exhibition “Bestiary” at Maxon Mills this past summer. He is the co-founder of Ad Nauseam Lyceum, a curatorial collective that organized a series of pop-up exhibitions in galleries and storefronts throughout New York City from 2006 to 2009. For the past year he has worked as the Collection Manager and Director of Education at The Granary, a private exhibition space located in Litchfield County, CT.