CONDO NEW YORK 2019
Nick Doyle: No Vacany at 56 Henry
Jun 27—Jul 26, 2019
For Condo New York 2019, Detroit gallery Reyes | Finn is pleased to present No Vacancy, an exhibition of new sculptural works by Nick Doyle, hosted by 56 Henry. Condo New York will be open June 27th, 12-8pm and June 28th, 12-6pm
The opening reception is Thursday, June 27, from 6-8PM.
Picture a motel room. An old phone is off the hook and alka seltzer tablets lay close to an “off” light switch. In No Vacancy, Doyle morphs this familiar interior, part of the fabric of the great American road trip, into a series of new sculptural wall works made of denim. Accompanying these works is a single sculpture from his series of “executive toys”: kinetic sculptures with suited men in moments of self-harm, examining the paths we took to get to an era of thievery and greed.
Doyle’s work celebrates and isolates common American objects, often using denim as the prime material. His decision to work with the fabric is partly because its history is compounded by the myth of American made. Denim is, as the old cotton ad says, the "fabric of our lives.” He reminds us, though, that the origins of denim, its raw materials, are part of America’s original sin. Both indigo and cotton were early colonial commodities supporting American industries which were entirely dependent upon slave labor. This blinkered embrace by the hip of a wholly tainted material fits into Doyle’s thoughts on America’s schizophrenic relationship with its own identity.
Nick Doyle will have a solo exhibition at Reyes | Finn in January of 2020.