Organized by David Norr, Chief Curator
Corin Hewitt’s performative installations use exhibition spaces as sites for production. Integrating process and display strategies, Hewitt offers viewers the simultaneous encounter of an artwork and the action that brought it to be. For his exhibition at MOCA Cleveland, Hewitt has designed a compressed space inside the gallery walls, allowing him to work in close proximity to viewers while remaining unseen. The Hedge is composed of an array of elements that will shift over the course of the exhibition: sculptures nestled between exposed studs; backdrops or "grounds" made with photographs of Hewitt’s studio; and vibrantly painted domestic objects integrated into both. Figurative and personal, these elements coalesce in the shallow depth of the walls, accumulating dense layers of images and materials in transformation.
Emphasizing the live and interdisciplinary nature of Hewitt’s practice, MOCA Cleveland will host a series of exhibition-related events. At the exhibition’s opening, Hewitt will be in public dialogue with Chief Curator David Norr. In February, renowned poets Anselm Berrigan, John Coletti, and Dana Ward will give readings that resonate with The Hedge. Hewitt’s video work House (2012) will debut in the Gund Commons, providing a deeper look at how the artist considers physical change through time-based media. In April, a round table will reflect on how The Hedge has unfolded. Speakers will include Hewitt, Norr, Assistant Curator Rose Bouthillier, and Tina Kukielski, Associate Curator of the 2013 Carnegie International. This event will include the launch and signing of the first comprehensive monograph on Hewitt’s work, produced by MOCA Cleveland and published by Mousse.
Corin Hewitt (1971, Burlington, VT) lives and works in Richmond, VA. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; and Western Bridge, Seattle. In 2011, he was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Fine Art. His work is represented by Laurel Gitlen, New York.
This exhibition is funded by Leadership Circle gifts supporting inaugural year programs and exhibitions.