The Secret Life of Objects

Curated by Barbara Ess and organized by Peggy Ahwesh
Barbara Ess, Dan Graham, Daniella Dooling, Glenn Branca, Heidi Schlatter, Laura Battle, Les LeVeque, Maximilian Goldfarb, Mieko Meguro, Radio/Guitar


Opening reception: Saturday, September 18 from 3pm–6pm

September 7–October 9 2021

Press Release Selected Press

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Mieko Meguro, Shopping Bags, 2019, Paper bags from Dan's drug store C.O. Bigelow; burned with Japanese incense, 14.25h x 20.25w x 2.13d in.

Mieko Meguro, Shopping Bags, 2019, Paper bags from Dan's drug store C.O. Bigelow; burned with Japanese incense, 14.25h x 20.25w x 2.13d in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Laura Battle, Cathedral, 2019, Ink on antique paper, 40h x 17w in. (Left) and Ledger Drawing, 2018, Ink on antique paper, 26h x 8w in. (Right)

Laura Battle, Cathedral, 2019, Ink on antique paper, 40h x 17w in. (Left) and Ledger Drawing, 2018, Ink on antique paper, 26h x 8w in. (Right)

Barbara Ess, Keep Out, 2017, Suitcase, framed photographs, beware signs, mirror, security camera, etc., Dimensions variable.

Barbara Ess, Keep Out, 2017, Suitcase, framed photographs, beware signs, mirror, security camera, etc., Dimensions variable.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Les LeVeque, Recycling/Upcycled/Feedback #1, 2020, Preserved dried flowers, CCTV camera, flexible camera mount, electric motor, used flat screen
television, spray paint, wires, electrical tape, live video signal, 31h x 29w x 21d in.

Les LeVeque, Recycling/Upcycled/Feedback #1, 2020, Preserved dried flowers, CCTV camera, flexible camera mount, electric motor, used flat screen
television, spray paint, wires, electrical tape, live video signal, 31h x 29w x 21d in.

Daniella Dooling, Mixtape (Bruce Springsteen and Prince for Charles), 2017, Tape cassette in resin, 12h x 12w x 1d in. (Left) and Mixtape (John Coltrane for Jack), 2017, Tape cassette in resin, 12h x 12w x 1d in.

Daniella Dooling, Mixtape (Bruce Springsteen and Prince for Charles), 2017, Tape cassette in resin, 12h x 12w x 1d in. (Left) and Mixtape (John Coltrane for Jack), 2017, Tape cassette in resin, 12h x 12w x 1d in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Dan Graham, One Puzzle, 1966, Plastic and paper, 2h x 2w in.

Dan Graham, One Puzzle, 1966, Plastic and paper, 2h x 2w in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Glenn Branca, Untitled (to Barbara), c. 1980s, Ink on paper, 11h x 8.50w in. (Left) and Untitled (w/love), c. 1980s, Ink on paper, 11h x 8.50w in.

Glenn Branca, Untitled (to Barbara), c. 1980s, Ink on paper, 11h x 8.50w in. (Left) and Untitled (w/love), c. 1980s, Ink on paper, 11h x 8.50w in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Barbara Ess, The Moon and Its Aura [Remote Series], 2011, Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum, 24h x 32w in.

Barbara Ess, The Moon and Its Aura [Remote Series], 2011, Archival pigment print mounted on aluminum, 24h x 32w in.

Maximilian Goldfarb, Transmitter: Small Object Array (Table I), 2021, Various handmade and fabricated objects on display table made of printed plastic connectors,, wood spans, hardware, plexi, 30h x 24w x 30d in.

Maximilian Goldfarb, Transmitter: Small Object Array (Table I), 2021, Various handmade and fabricated objects on display table made of printed plastic connectors,, wood spans, hardware, plexi, 30h x 24w x 30d in.

Daniella Dooling, Realistic Weather Radio, 2019, Realistic weather radio embedded in resin, 6h x 8.50w x 2.25d in.

Daniella Dooling, Realistic Weather Radio, 2019, Realistic weather radio embedded in resin, 6h x 8.50w x 2.25d in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Heidi Schlatter, Boom / Bust, 2013/ 2021, Steel, automotive enamel, archival ink on DiBond, Each barrier 36h x 40w x 2d in.

Heidi Schlatter, Boom / Bust, 2013/ 2021, Steel, automotive enamel, archival ink on DiBond, Each barrier 36h x 40w x 2d in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Laura Battle, Stairs and Ladders, 2021, Glazed stoneware, Dimensions variable.

Laura Battle, Stairs and Ladders, 2021, Glazed stoneware, Dimensions variable.

Mieko Meguro, Shopping Bags December 2013, 2013, Paper bags from Dan's drug store C.O. Bigelow; burned with Japanese incense 15.25h x 19.25w x 1.50d in.

Mieko Meguro, Shopping Bags December 2013, 2013, Paper bags from Dan's drug store C.O. Bigelow; burned with Japanese incense 15.25h x 19.25w x 1.50d in.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Installation view, The Secret Life of Objects, Magenta Plains, New York, NY 2021.

Maximilian Goldfarb, Transmitter: Small Object Array (Table II), 2021, Various handmade and fabricated objects on display table made of printed plastic connectors,, wood spans, hardware, plexi, 30h x 24w x 30d in.

Maximilian Goldfarb, Transmitter: Small Object Array (Table II), 2021, Various handmade and fabricated objects on display table made of printed plastic connectors,, wood spans, hardware, plexi, 30h x 24w x 30d in.

Laura Battle, Untitled, 2018, Ink on antique paper, 8h x 20.50w in.

Laura Battle, Untitled, 2018, Ink on antique paper, 8h x 20.50w in.

Laura Battle, Untitled, 2019, Ink on antique paper, 26h x 26w in.

Laura Battle, Untitled, 2019, Ink on antique paper, 26h x 26w in.

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