Some say the soul is made of wind at Downs & Ross

Artists: Justin Chance, Christopher Culver, Liz Magor, Holt Quentel, Douglas Watt

Exhibition title: Some say the soul is made of wind

Venue: Downs & Ross, New York, US

Date: May 29 – July 3, 2021

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Some say the soul is made of wind inaugurates Downs & Ross’s Tribeca apartment gallery, situated within its founders’ home on Reade Street. Attuned to perforations between public and private space, the exhibition is grounded in considerations of security, secrecy, and disappearance. The presentation comprises fifteen works created between 1988 and 2021 by Justin Chance, Christopher Culver, Liz Magor, Holt Quentel, and Douglas Watt. It derives its title from a line of Lisa Robertson’s 2009 poem “First Horizontal Spontaneous Restaurant.” Please contact the gallery to request a private appointment.

Justin Chance, Hver dag, 2021, Dyed and piled wool, portable twin window fan and cooling unit, masking tape, Kleenex, tea, 11 1/2 × 33 × 3 inches / 29,2 × 83,8 × 7,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artists and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Large Fence, 2021, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 42 × 24 inches / 106,7 × 61 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Large Fence, 2021 (detail), Charcoal and pastel on paper, 42 × 24 inches / 106,7 × 61 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artists and Downs & Ross, New York

Liz Magor, Hosiery (Tangerine), 2015, Silicone rubber, glassine, nylon stockings, 5 × 16 × 14 1/2 inches / 12,7 × 40,6 × 36,8 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Douglas Watt, Punching Bag/Counter Weight, 2019, Nylon, eyelets, lentils, organza, string, thread, eyelet screws, necklace chain, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artists and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Large Fence, 2021, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 42 × 24 inches / 106,7 × 61 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Holt Quentel, Steel Grate #3, 1988, Latex, steel grate, 104 × 94 inches / 264,2 × 238,8 cm”, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Holt Quentel, Steel Grate #3, 1988, Latex, steel grate, 104 × 94 inches / 264,2 × 238,8 cm”, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Holt Quentel, Steel Grate #3, 1988 (detail), Latex, steel grate, 104 × 94 inches / 264,2 × 238,8 cm”, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Green Room, 2021, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 20 × 14 inches / 50,8 × 35,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Green Room, 2021 (detail), Charcoal and pastel on paper, 20 × 14 inches / 50,8 × 35,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Douglas Watt, Clinic, 2019, Foamcore, textured spray paint, stir sticks, carpet, paper, cue cards, plasticine, coloured pencil, health & community information cards, metal mesh, leather, tule, inkjet prints, window screen, clothing tag, acrylic, beads, sequins, vinyl shelf lining, lycra micromesh, string, pencil, popsicle sticks, hot glue, vinyl tube, wire, 40 1/2 × 23 1/4 × 3 1/8 inches / 103 × 59 × 8 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Douglas Watt, Clinic, 2019, Foamcore, textured spray paint, stir sticks, carpet, paper, cue cards, plasticine, coloured pencil, health & community information cards, metal mesh, leather, tule, inkjet prints, window screen, clothing tag, acrylic, beads, sequins, vinyl shelf lining, lycra micromesh, string, pencil, popsicle sticks, hot glue, vinyl tube, wire, 40 1/2 × 23 1/4 × 3 1/8 inches / 103 × 59 × 8 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Douglas Watt, Clinic, 2019 (detail), Foamcore, textured spray paint, stir sticks, carpet, paper, cue cards, plasticine, coloured pencil, health & community information cards, metal mesh, leather, tule, inkjet prints, window screen, clothing tag, acrylic, beads, sequins, vinyl shelf lining, lycra micromesh, string, pencil, popsicle sticks, hot glue, vinyl tube, wire, 40 1/2 × 23 1/4 × 3 1/8 inches / 103 × 59 × 8 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Douglas Watt, Clinic, 2019 (detail), Foamcore, textured spray paint, stir sticks, carpet, paper, cue cards, plasticine, coloured pencil, health & community information cards, metal mesh, leather, tule, inkjet prints, window screen, clothing tag, acrylic, beads, sequins, vinyl shelf lining, lycra micromesh, string, pencil, popsicle sticks, hot glue, vinyl tube, wire, 40 1/2 × 23 1/4 × 3 1/8 inches / 103 × 59 × 8 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Chair, 2021, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 12 × 9 inches / 30,5 × 22,9 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Chair, 2021 (detail), Charcoal and pastel on paper, 12 × 9 inches / 30,5 × 22,9 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Justin Chance, Hver dag, 2021, Dyed and piled wool, portable twin window fan and cooling unit, masking tape, Kleenex, tea, 11 1/2 × 33 × 3 inches / 29,2 × 83,8 × 7,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Justin Chance, Hver dag, 2021, Dyed and piled wool, portable twin window fan and cooling unit, masking tape, Kleenex, tea, 11 1/2 × 33 × 3 inches / 29,2 × 83,8 × 7,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artists and Downs & Ross, New York

Justin Chance, Rose for an Opposing Wall 1, 2015-6, Quilted wet and needle felted wool, silk, cotton, dye, 48 × 27 inches / 121,9 × 68,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Justin Chance, Rose for an Opposing Wall 1, 2015-6, Quilted wet and needle felted wool, silk, cotton, dye, 48 × 27 inches / 121,9 × 68,6 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artists and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Red Room with Bottles 80, 2021, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 30 × 22 inches / 76,2 × 55,9 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Christopher Culver, Red Room with Bottles 80, 2021, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 30 × 22 inches / 76,2 × 55,9 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Left: Christopher Culver, Red Room with Bottles 80, 2021. Charcoal and pastel on paper, 30 × 22 inches / 76,2 × 55,9 cm. Right: Holt Quentel, Three White Plastic Side Chairs, Eiffel Tower Base, Eames for Herman Miller / Red Yellow Blue Polka Dot Clear Plastic Chairs, 1990. Chairs under clear plastic liners, 31 × 60 × 20 inches / 78,7 × 152,4 × 50,8 cm, Courtesy of the artists and Downs & Ross, New York

Exhibition View: Some say the soul is made of wind, 2021, Downs & Ross Reade Street, New York, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Liz Magor, Mosbrook, 2019, Silicone rubber, textiles, twine, 72 × 8 inches / 182,9 × 20,3 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Liz Magor, Mosbrook, 2019 (detail), Silicone rubber, textiles, twine, 72 × 8 inches / 182,9 × 20,3 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Liz Magor, Aljean, 2019, Silicone rubber, textiles, twine, 66 × 8 inches / 167,6 × 20,3 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Liz Magor, Aljean, 2019 (detail), Silicone rubber, textiles, twine, 66 × 8 inches / 167,6 × 20,3 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Downs & Ross, New York