Krautsourcing | S.E. Nash
The Kniznick gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition of Kansas City-based artist S.E. Nash. Krautsourcing is a socially engaged exhibition that continues the artist’s investigation into the collective and creative inventions of people and microbes. At the opening event for Krautsourcing, Nash will combine jars of fermented sauerkraut brought through an open call for participation. When tasting the resulting collective kraut, Nash asks us to consider our bodily entanglements with each other and the innumerable microbes in the ferment.
In his ongoing work with fermentation, Nash creates sculptural homages to fermented foods. The ferments are seen on display in concert with sculptures, and perceptual changes in the ferments are observed over time as part of the sculptures. The gaps between living and nonliving, active and static, art and nonart, are ontological questions that the work takes on.
For Krautsourcing, Nash constructs a series of sculptural and wall-based works that draw on the spaces of the kitchen and the science lab as extensions of the studio and sites of knowledge production. Krautsourcing generates a heterotopic space for working with microbes and for thinking through connections between the artist’s transgender experience, family history, fermentation, and microbial existence. In this space, all organisms and atoms produce knowledge and subvert subject positions by engaging in a perpetual dance that observes the observer observing.
November 14, 2019
S.E. Nash discusses his work and process in "Krautsourcing." During the reception, Nash combines jars of fermented sauerkraut brought through an open call for participation.