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Harmony Hammond and Jennie C. Jones

Installation view: No Forms, Hill Art Foundation, 2022

Harmony Hammond and Jennie C. Jones included in the group exhibition No Forms curated by Margot Norton at Hill Art Foundation in New York.

The institution's press release follows:

"My [artworks] have neither object nor space nor line nor anything—no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form. You wouldn’t think of form by the ocean." –Agnes Martin, 1966

The Hill Art Foundation is pleased to announce No Forms, a group exhibition curated by Margot Norton, Allen and Lola Goldring Curator at the New Museum, New York. The exhibition brings together works across mediums by eighteen women and gender-nonconforming artists who grapple with the legacy of Minimalism, an artistic movement historically dominated by the voices of men. The title of the exhibition is taken from a quote by artist Agnes Martin, who was frequently referred to as a Minimalist, but never identified as one. While her works emphasize strategies associated with Minimalism such as geometry and repetition, they also embrace concepts of fluctuation and instability evidenced in the inherent imperfections of her hand-drawn lines.

No Forms combines important works from the Hill Collection with key loans. After identifying a core selection of artists from the Collection, many of whom are based in New York City, Norton invited additional voices to round out the grouping. A spirit of collegiality and dialogue animates the exhibition. Norton had previously collaborated with several of the included artists and consulted directly with many of them regarding the selection of their works in the show. No Forms is a direct outgrowth of these conversations.

The artists assembled consider the tension between form and formlessness and the inevitable glitches that arise in the attempt to create discrete, distinct objects. They operate within the cracks that result from such attempts, and exalt states of transformation and becoming. A complex materiality emerges from these works, which are often created in collaboration with natural substances such as stone and earth, as well as with manufactured ones, such as acoustic baffling felt and spray paint. In many pieces, the artists attempt to give form and pattern to that which is fleeting and ephemeral—air, sound, or movement—as they work between states of restraint and abandon, solidity and flux.

No Forms brings together works by artists across generations. It opens with two paintings by Agnes Martin, who serves as the central inspiration for the exhibition and an influence for many of the included artists. In the first room, Martin’s works are juxtaposed with pieces by Agnieszka Kurant and Michal Rovner, which engage with concepts of weightlessness, frequency, and motion through electromagnetic fields and LCD screens. In the main gallery, Tauba Auerbach, Sarah Crowner, N. Dash, Jennie C. Jones, and Dyani White Hawk play with and extend painterly strategies of monochromatism, texture, and repetition. Deeper into the Foundation space, Mika Tajima and Sam Moyer pivot to sculpture. Their works in glass and stone, respectively, explore ideas of holding, reciprocity, and entropy. Upstairs, Krista Clark presents drawings made specifically for this exhibition in which she cuts, threads, tears, and layers paper, creating palpable tension, and Maren Hassinger, Liz Glynn, and Ruby Sky Stiler consider themes of porousness and precarity in relationship to figures and vessels.

Rather than attempting a systematic reassessment of the legacy of Minimalism; No Forms operates as a proposition, highlighting multiple pathways that artists have charted through and against the movement of the 1960s and into the present.