a film by
Seoul, South Korea
December 11 - 18, 2010
OPENING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 6 - 9 PM
B2 Project is proud to announce “Ball Today,” an exhibition consisting of a short film and a set of books by Nicholas Knight. The exhibition is the gallery debut of the new work, and it is also Knight’s first exhibition in South Korea.
BALL TODAY is a meditation on being at play, focusing on one summer of pick-up basketball at a public park in Queens, New York. The film depicts the subculture of this specific activity: the physicality, the language, the camaraderie, and the competition. While inside the park, there is a potent feeling that time itself is suspended; but naturally, this sense is betrayed by time's relentless passing-by.
To address this basic human anxiety—how to be present for our own experiences, even as they rush into the past—BALL TODAY presents this group of ball players with a photographic record of their time spent on the court. As they look at pictures of themselves, the moment of action gives way to the moment of reflection. Is it a worthwhile exchange, to slow down the rush of time with a photograph, even when that means sacrificing the moment itself?
To further consider this problem, the exhibition includes a set of 12 books. These slim volumes contain the text of the film, presented in the form of a screenplay; the covers are photographs taken during the summer. The books—edited, designed, formatted, printed, and arranged—expand the gulf between the direct experience and its capture within the codes of representation. What distortions inevitably find their way into the transcription? Yet memory itself demands this. As Emile Zola said, “You cannot claim to have seen something until you’ve seen a photograph of it.”
About the artist
Nicholas Knight is an artist living in New York City. His work has been exhibited internationally, at galleries and museums in the US, Canada, and Europe. He has had solo exhibitions at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa, Texas; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Ontario; and 65GRAND, Chicago, among others. Museum exhibitions include “Queens International 2004” at the Queens Museum of Art, New York; and “Double Bind / Stop Trying to Understand Me!” at the Villa Arson Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France. His solo exhibition "Declaimed" opens at 65GRAND in Chicago in January 2011.
"Full Court Press" by D. Styles and Fame Flow
(original song for the film)