NEW YORK, NY - MILES McENERY GALLERY is thrilled to announce HOME & AWAY: Selections from Common Practice, organized by John Dennis, Dan Peterson, and Carlos Rolón. The exhibition opens 4 August and will remain on view until 27 August at 520 West 21st Street.
HOME & AWAY is a window into the lesser known meeting point between contemporary art and basketball. These words are most notably found on scoreboards at sporting events around the world, where opposing groups of people come together in one shared space. Light coloured jerseys denote the 'home' team while the 'away' team typically adorns a darker shade, reinforcing an obvious divide. By repositioning these words, we present them in the context of unity, togetherness, and detach them from ideas incidental to competition.
For artists, 'home' and 'away' might also be defined as the safe haven of a studio or creative space, while many ball players consider the park, gym, or backyard hoop their place of solace. In this context, HOME & AWAY serves to offer refuge and sanctuary.
The exhibition draws influence directly from the pages of Common Practice: Basketball and Contemporary Art–the first comprehensive, illustrated publication to pinpoint the relationship between art and basketball.
HOME & AWAY explores themes of identity, culture, displacement, and sheer love through the lens of basketball-related artwork. It features the works of fourteen multidisciplinary artists who have utilised basketball iconography at certain points throughout the course of their practice Through various mediums, these works give rise to a new discourse, deepening the connection between two of the world's most loved and celebrated conventions.
Press release courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery.