Domestic QT and The Spatial Anomalies
December 12, 2020–January 17, 2021 / von ammon co / Washington, DC
von ammon co is pleased to announce its next project, Domestic QT and The Spatial Anomalies by Baltimore-based collaborative duo Wickerham & Lomax. This project marks the duo’s most ambitious project for a commercial gallery to date, and follows several major projects for museums and nonprofits in the region.
Wickerham and Lomax’s project primarily involves the generation and indexing of a torrent of content with a nexus peculiar to the duo’s mutual lived experience as simultaneously intimate and global bodies. The resulting multimedia image-objects become precarious and reactive containers of this swarm-like index, with each sign forming covalent bonds with those around it. A glossary of the exhibition’s particular cloud of signs accompanies this press release (see attachment); the title of the exhibition, Domestic QT and The Spatial Anomalies is less an umbrella beneath which these runaway signs gather, but rather a gravitational field around which they buzz. As one can likely deduce, this exhibition concerns the domestic sphere and how the COVID-19 virus has demented the flows, directions and patterning of the quotidian: wolves and vampires at the door, the queering of sexual boundaries, the haunted inanimate object, the tail wagging the dog.
The exhibition will consist of over a dozen new large-scale works, including seven printed acrylic panels suspended within rakish, jungle-gym-like metal scaffolds. Printed on both sides and riddled with cutaway shapes, these new works resemble holiday advent calendars whose visual lexis depicts a hallucinatory, non-Newtonian home interior wherein family pets and furniture trade appendages freely and the dialectics of the household—intimate vs. public, guileless vs. dirty, protected vs. exposed—invert themselves freely like deep sea creatures. A new series of paintings will surround these assemblages, which will further attempt to contain the duo’s QT (quarantine) fugue state—with the picture plane full of extrusions, attachments, plug-ins and portals, as if in the middle of a machinic transformation or a system-wide breakdown.
Domestic QT and The Spatial Anomalies will be open from Saturday 12 December 2020 until Sunday 17 January 2021. An opening reception will be held for the artists on Saturday, 12 December from 4-8pm. von ammon co is a contemporary art gallery located in Georgetown, Washington DC which was founded by Todd von Ammon in 2019. This exhibition is the gallery’s eighth project and its first with Wickerham and Lomax.
Read: Washington Post – “A towering exhibit offers a new definition of domestic life,” by Mark Jenkins