‘I Shall Tell Only What I Want to Tell’

Examining the symbolic and physical implications of space, I Shall Tell Only What I Want to Tell presents sculptural works by two contemporary artists, Jo Nigoghossian and Melissa McGill. 

The title takes inspiration from the writings of Charlie Chaplin, in which the filmmaker alludes to withholding information from his own autobiography. In an attempt to establish “a line of demarcation between oneself and the public,” Chaplin states “I shall tell only what I want to tell”—an invitation for the reader to fill Chaplin’s void with their own preconceptions and fantasies. 

While traditionally exhibitions ask the viewer to examine the significance of the material present, I Shall Tell Only What I Want to Tell inverts this experience—inviting the viewer to look at the works not from the perspective of the space they occupy, but from the absence they leave. 

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In Between The TwoII, 2016, artist Melissa McGill has mapped the negative space of Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne. Occupying the famous sculpture’s negative space with blown black glass, McGill’s choice of material points to the delicacy of presence, a stark departure from Bernini’s enduring marble. Accompanying the installation are McGill’s plans for the work, presented as a series of eight suites of drawings. 

In contrast, Jo Nigoghossian’s works burst with energetic chaos. Composed of steel, ceramic, and paint, the durability and force of the materials allow for no smooth curvature where the viewer can rest their eyes. Nigoghossian describes Day and With Marcel as “about leaving this planet and being able to have a full perspective on how incredible it is.”

Curated by Ysabel Pinyol Blasi, the exhibition will run through March 28, 2020 with additional programming to be announced.