Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
Born 1970, Baltimore, Maryland. Lives and works in New York City.
If They Should Ask, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, The Common Guild, Glasgow
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, Studio Voltaire, London
Black Box: Sharon Hayes, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Artists for Studio Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London
Department of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota
I can call this progress to halt, LACE, Los Angeles
Change of State, Essex Street, New York
The Revolution Will Not Be Gray, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
Curators’ Series #9. Way of Living (curated by Arcadia Missa), David Roberts Art Foundation, London
Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?
In ‘Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?’, five PA speakers stand in a line, like a line of speaking bodies, projecting the five addresses that Sharon Hayes spoke from a busy street corner in New York City. Emerging from the corporate headquarters of UBS in midtown Manhattan, Hayes stood at the corner of 51st St and Avenue of the Americas, at lunchtime everyday for a work week, to speak to an anonymous lover.
Beginning ‘My dear lover’ or ‘my sweet lover,’ the texts Hayes spoke were addressed to an unnamed “you” who the speaker was separated from for some unexplained reason. Woven in between comments on and about personal longing and desire, were comments about politics, war and the trauma and dislocation of living in a moment of war.
By inserting ‘private correspondence’ into a scene of public speech, ‘Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love?’ provokes questions about the territory of the space of the ‘political’ and the ‘unspeakable’ as it relates to love, enforced normativity and the mythic notion of ‘free speech.’