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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Interplanetary Harmonies, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Interplanetary Harmonies, 2021
Hand-blown, cut, polished, and mirrored glass; low-iron mirror and two-way mirror; electric light; walnut frame
26 3/4 x 53 1/4 x 19 3/8 in.
67.9 x 135.3 x 49.2 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY Mirror (The Library), 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
Mirror (The Library), 2021
White oak marquetry, ink, mirror polish, painted frame
69 x 36 x 2 1/2 in (framed)
175.3 x 91.4 x 6.3 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY Mirror (The Library), 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
Mirror (The Library), 2021

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Cosmic Rays, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Cosmic Rays, 2021
Hand-blown, cut, polished, and mirrored glass; low-iron mirror and two-way mirror; electric light; walnut frame
23 3/4 x 27 7/8 x 21 1/4 in
60.3 x 70.8 x 54 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Cosmic Rays, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Cosmic Rays, 2021

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Elements, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Elements, 2021
Hand-blown, cut, polished, and mirrored glass; low-iron mirror and two-way mirror; electric light; walnut frame
26 1/4 x 35 x 22 1/2 in
66.7 x 88.9 x 57.1 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY, From the Library of Elements, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY

From the Library of Elements, 2021

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY Map of the Library/Map of the Universe, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
Map of the Library/Map of the Universe, 2021
Intaglio with pochoir
22 1/16 x 26 3/8" (Unframed)
23 5/16 x 27 5/8” (Framed)
Edition of 12 + 2 AP

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY Mirror (The Universe), 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
Mirror (The Universe), 2021
White oak marquetry, blue dye, mirror polish, painted frame
34 1/2 x 69 x 2 1/2 in (framed)
87.6 x 175.3 x 6.3 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY Mirror (The Universe), 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
Mirror (The Universe), 2021
 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Seeds, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Seeds, 2021
Hand-blown, cut, polished, and mirrored glass; low-iron mirror and two-way mirror; electric light; walnut frame
25 3/4 x 40 3/4 x 19 3/4 in
65.4 x 103.5 x 50.2 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Seeds, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Seeds, 2021

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Elliptical Motion, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Elliptical Motion, 2021
Hand-blown, cut, polished, and mirrored glass; low-iron mirror and two-way mirror; electric light; walnut frame
24 1/4 x 28 x 20 1/2 in
61.6 x 71.1 x 52.1 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Elliptical Motion, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Elliptical Motion, 2021
 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Atmospheres, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Atmospheres, 2021
Hand-blown, cut, polished, and mirrored glass; low-iron mirror and two-way mirror; electric light; walnut frame
24 7/8 x 28 3/4 x 20 5/8 in
63 x 73 x 52.4 cm

 

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JOSIAH MCELHENY From the Library of Atmospheres, 2021

JOSIAH MCELHENY
From the Library of Atmospheres, 2021

 

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JEFF PREISS and JOSIAH MCELHENY

JEFF PREISS and JOSIAH MCELHENY
Portrait of a Library, 2021
Four-channel film installation, wooden frames, two-way mirror, projection paint, video monitors, video projectors, sound system
3 hours looped (color, sound)
Frame dimensions: 24 1/4 x 29 1/2 in (61.6 x 74.9 cm)
Edition of 1 + 1 AP

 

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Press Release

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James Cohan is pleased to present Libraries, an exhibition of new work by Josiah McElheny that will be featured alongside a collaborative film by the artist and filmmaker Jeff Preiss, on view from April 17 through June 12 at 291 Grand Street. This is McElheny’s second solo exhibition at James Cohan. Appointments are recommended but not required.

 

To book an appointment to visit the exhibition in person, please click here. 

 

To explore the exhibition in our Viewing Room, please click here

 

In Libraries, McElheny continues his ongoing investigation of ways that concepts of “the infinite” have been translated throughout history into images, and how these pictorial structures connect to societal values of diversity, individuality and interconnectedness. The formal and conceptual beginnings of this exhibition are found in the vast, hexagonal library described by Jorge Luis Borges in his famous short story The Library of Babel. For McElheny, this exhibition’s interpretation of Borges’ library is a response, in part, to recent concerns about the fragmentation of information within contexts such as education and politics. He suggests, “Maybe it’s not that truth is malleable, but rather it’s that knowledge is expandable. And there are also so many kinds of knowledge, new types that we have never even looked for—that’s where possibility lies.”

 

For this exhibition, McElheny has altered the existing architecture of the Lower East Side gallery to echo the hexagonal structures described by Borges. Installed across the walls within the space are six elegant, glazed wood frames that each provide a window into interior, mirrored spaces that create an effect of limitless expansiveness “behind and beyond” the surface of the wall. 

 

Libraries is accompanied by audio recordings of Jorge Luis Borges’ "The Library of Babel," read for you by author and translator Susan Bernofsky, and also of Borges’ poem "Mirrors," read by poet Pamela Sneed.

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