APRIL 26 - JUNE 2, 2019

There is perhaps no clearer testimony to the loss of the public realm in the modern age than the almost complete loss of authentic concern with immortality, a loss somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous loss of the metaphysical concern with eternity.”
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

Zac Hacmon’s solo exhibition, UNBORN, is a site-specific installation for mh PROJECT nyc. The artist uses architecture as a mediator and aims to create a disorienting experience through reconstruction, blurring the boundaries between public and private spheres, questioning the role of society’s reliance on modular industrial objects.

The first work the viewer encounters when entering the space is the Capsule which is a part of an ongoing series of capsules that Hacmon has been developing for the past 3 years. This work invades and transforms the space, shifting what is known as the symmetry of the ‘White Cube’. It penetrates the walls and takes ownership of the space like a kind of autonomous space station, creating a private space within the public gallery. The viewers are kinesthetically guided to reconsider and reorient their physical engagement within the space in order to accommodate. The Capsule extends from an opening in the wall that Hacman created, connecting the sculpture to the room on the other side of the wall. The main light source comes from within the sculpture, reminiscent of an inaccessible intimate domestic place.

In the second sculpture Hacmon created a geometric structure that looks both familiar and unplaceable, concealed by 4x4 inch ceramic tiles. The sculpture’s bright red color suggests on one hand emergency and urgency and on the other playfulness. The unidentified form is equipped with two white stainless-steel grab bars, suggesting safety and security, as well as interaction. All these highly functional elements, that ultimately have no function, disrupts the objects affordances (a term introduced by the American psychologist James J. Gibson in 1966).

Zac Hacmon (b. Holon, Israel) is an artist based in New York. He has recently exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, LMAKgallery, Petach Tikva Museum of Art (Israel), Meet Factory Gallery (Czech Republic), and Artsonje Center (South Korea). Hacmon is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Program (LMCC). He has received the Rita Glasser Fellowship Award, the UJA-Federation of New York’s Rose Biller Endowment Fund Award, Unesco Aschberg Scholarship. Hacmon received an MFA from Hunter College and a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (Israel).

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with LMAKgallery, NY.