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One is the Loneliest Number
Apr 21–Aug 7, 2011
One is the Loneliest Number
One is the loneliest number presents emerging artist duos based in Philadelphia and elsewhere that work in a variety of media—from graphic design to video to sculpture—highlighting a collective mode that has historical precedents but is also increasingly present in contemporary practice. This spectrum of approaches to art-making extends beyond materials and into the collaborative methods artists have developed in their ongoing partnerships. This exhibition features the five collaboratives Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth; Davis, Cherubini; Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib; Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi; and Megawords. One is the loneliest number is on view in ICA’s second floor-gallery, mezzanine, and adjacent staff kitchen.
As friends (Ajemian and Bismuth; Davis, Cherubini; Megawords) or couples (Hironaka and Suib; Mauss and Okiishi), each artist pair has learned to work together over the years in an ever-evolving practice. Sometimes this process has been an organic extension of a relationship already established, a conversation that began to manifest in objects or speculative projects. Other pairs found the process of working together to be a negotiation, one that came to require less effort or compromise over time, but that continues to develop with each new project or piece.
"ICA acknowledges generous sponsorship from Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson for
the exhibition publication. ICA is grateful to the following members of our Leadership
Circle for helping fund this exhibition: Alec Rubin & Phillip Chambers; Kirk Kirkpatrick
& John Wind; Jim Fulton & Eric Rymshaw; Noreen & Ahmar Ahmad; Artvest Partners LLC;
Ellen & Stephen B. Burbank; Thomas Callan & Martin McNamara; Emily Chen & Christopher
Carrera; Anthony B. Creamer III; Cecile & Christopher DAmelio; Nancy A. DereneSeltzer;
Fleisher/Ollman Gallery; Jennifer Rice & Michael Forman; Chinita & Michael Hard,
Jr.; Jennifer & John Klein; Mary D. & Stephen L. Kurtz; Eve M. Lateiner; Gabriele
W. Lee; Alexandra Heyman & Grayson Nash; Maja Paumgarten Parker & John Forbes Parker;
Marguerite Rodgers Ltd.; Allison & Neil L. Rubler; Cindy Shaffran & Gary Schwartz;
Annette Seidenglanz & Charles Bowes; Amor H. Towles; Van Beuren Charitable Foundation;
Jane S. Wagman; Karen & Howard J. Weiner; Myles Kelly and Richard Wilson; Vardina
and Yoram Wind; Jesse T. Amoroso; Gabrielle & Matthew Canno; Trina E. Gordon; Guy
French LLC; William R. Peelle III; Stephanie Roach; Worth Art Advisory.
ICA is also grateful for the support of the Arthur M. Cohen & Daryl R. Otte Fund
and the Babette & Harvey Snyder Fund. Additional funding has been provided by The
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the
Arts, a state agency; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the
Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of
Pennsylvania. ICA acknowledges Le Meridien Philadelphia as our official Unlock Art™
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