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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