Five holes All smiles

The Shared Patio

Vincent was on the shared patio. I'll tell you about this patio. It is shared. If you look at it you will think it is only Helena and Vincent's patio, because it begins at their back door and there is a fence around it. But when I moved in the landlord said that it was the patio for both the downstairs units, A and B. I'm in B. He said, Don't be shy about using it, because you pay just as much rent as they do. What I don't know for sure is if he told Vincent and Helena that it is a shared patio. I have tried to demonstrate ownership by occasionally leaving something over there, like my shoes, or one time I left an Easter flag. I also try to spend exactly the same amount of time on the patio as they do. That way I know that we are each getting our value. Every time I see them out there, I put a little mark on my calendar. Then the next time the patio is empty, I go sit on it. Then I cross off the mark. Sometimes I lag behind and I have to sit out there a lot toward the end of the month, to catch up.

-Excerpt from The Shared Patio, a short story by Miranda July

The Shared Patio is an ongoing conversation of the territorial struggle that exists for contemporary painters. Today's cultural space is completely saturated by the image. Aesthetics permeates all aspects of culture, rendering aesthetic autonomy and consequently, the notion of a singular medium, obsolete. Leeza Meksin, Alex Ebstein, Max Warsh, Michael Assiff, Graham Hamilton, Cecilia Salama, and Jamie Felton each sample imagery from their own past work as well as historical references , and through an individual series of material processes both physical and digital, liberate these paintings of their image-identity. Like crossing a mark off a calendar, they manage to work through the joys and annoyances of a quotidian battle.