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Dan Herschlein
The Enthusiast
September 12 - October 25, 2015

Performance dates:
Saturday, September 12th at 7pm
Friday, September 18th at 3pm
Sunday, October 4th at 12pm
Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm

Press Release

2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast

This fall JTT is pleased to present an installation by New York based artist Dan Herschlein (b. Bayville, NY, 1989).

Fitting tightly within the walls of the gallery, Herschlein’s cutaway of a domestic space becomes a set in which the furniture has been intricately rigged together with a series of pulleys and ropes. A body made of plaster and outfitted in pants and a T-shirt suggests the artist’s double, laying motionless on a platform. Above the platform is a hole cut in the ceiling exactly the same size, implying the body may have descended from a room above. The same plaster that constructs the figure rounds the corners of a wooden converted icebox and the edges of the I-beams supporting the ceiling. A chair faces forward and a video camera set before the edge of the room is directed towards the scene. A montage of video footage plays in the viewfinder. Inspired by romantic immersive obsessions, such as those of Oskar Kokoschka, Morton Barlett and Count Carl von Cosel, Herschlein’s doll and interior make eerie caricatures of their originals.

Herschlein will enter this interior, engaging the series of pulleys and ropes to reveal their mechanism on Saturday, September 12th at 7pm; Friday, September 18th at 3pm; Sunday, October 4th at 12pm; and Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm. Accompanying the show is the second of a three volume artist’s book that features a text written by Herschlein as well as images of his plaster double throughout its construction in dimly lit environments. The narrative follows a voyeur looking in on an unnerving scene which mirrors Herschlein’s construction in the gallery.

The show is titled The Enthusiast after the hot air balloon attraction in Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Death on the Installment Plan, in which the tattered and outdated spectacle is pedaled tiredly around at the insistence of a deluded inventor, even after audiences’ interest has long since moved on.

2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, The Enthusiast, 2015
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, The Enthusiast, 2015 (detail)
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, From The Enthusiast, 2014/2015 (video still)
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, From The Enthusiast, 2014/2015 (video still)
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, From The Enthusiast, 2014/2015 (video still)
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, The Doll and One Other, 2015
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, Shade (Through a Hazy Hole), 2015
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, His Familiar, 2015
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, Shade (The Dangling Arms), 2015
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast
2015.09 Dan Herschlein : The Enthusiast, The Thing on the Doorstep, 2015