A Working Model of the World ~ at The New School



Model of a Model of the Spread of Ignorance, Ian Burns. Image courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne. Photo: Ian Burns Image via workingmodeloftheworld.com

The exhibition ‘A Working Model of the World’ opened today at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center of The New School.

A Working Model of the World explores the human impulse to model. It asks how we use models to contemplate, experiment, invent and teach. The exhibition emphasizes ‘model’ as a verb, showing that modelling is an activity that unifies all human beings – from children rolling dough to ecologists predicting rising sea-levels.”

The Upington 25 ‘Matchstick Boat’ c.1990. Courtesy Andrea Durbach. Photo: Museum of Australian Democracy Image via workingmodeloftheworld.com

The artists in the exhibition, from Australia, New Zealand and the United States, examine the practical and symbolic work that models perform and the small worlds that models create, inviting a conversation between different forms of material thinking.  Featured artists are Brook Andrew, Corinne May Botz, Ian Burns, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Kate Dunn, David Eastwood, caraballo-farman, Emily Floyd, Andrea Fraser and Jeff Preiss, Glen Hayward, Jo Law, Palle Nielsen, Kenzee Patterson, Sascha Pohflepp & Chris Woebken, Karolina Sobecka, and jackie sumell.

Curated by Dr. Lizzie Muller (UNSW Art & Design) and Holly Williams (The Curators’ Department). Developed and Presented in partnership with UNSW Galleries, Sydney, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and The Curators’ Department, Sydney.

A Working Model of the World will be on view through December 13, 2017, located at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 2 West 13th Street.