Editor’s Note: Meryl Murman is presenting the work, The Aesthetics of Garbage–which is an ongoing research laboratory for projects that scavenge, explore and reflect on discarded ideas. Curated by FLOCK and lasting the duration of Prospect 4, artists Ann Glaviano, Nick Shamblott, Caitlin Adams, Milo Daemgen, and Meryl Murman will engage with each other, collaborating artists and the public in critical conversations and experiments that respond to cultural artifacts, lost causes, abandoned plans, and forgotten ideas through various media. Opening night is Monday, November 26 and the show runs until February 17.
“Every beginning is cheerful; the threshold is the place of expectation,” Goethe once noted. At any given performance, audiences are typically good-natured and generous at the start, eager for their expectations to be met. Beginnings are easy. Then comes that certain moment in a piece when one feels the audience swing — whether into disappointment, delight, contemplation, or bewilderment. It happens in the bat of an eye. Derek Brueckner’s “Collaborative Studio” exploits and extends this moment at the threshold.