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Frank (For Ang), Chantal Wnuk, 2014


Having a Coke With You: Claire Loder, Kim Westfall, Chantal Wnuk, and Nihura / curated by Angella d’Avignon

And the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint / You suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them.” - Frank O’Hara, Having a Coke With You, 1966

Helmuth Projects and Angella d’Avignon are pleased to present, Having a Coke With You, an exploration in contemporary abstraction with works by Claire Loder, Kim Westfall, Chantal Wnuk and Nihura. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 11th from 6pm to 11pm. 

Hailed as the glue of the New York School of Poets, Frank O’Hara was the “poet among painters” collaborating and living among the abstract expressionists in mid-century New York City. Despite a rigorous academic foundation, O’Hara rejected the notion that form is to be strictly adhered to, an idea that was emphasized explicitly in his time. 

Having a Coke With You is a selection of paintings and sculptures that emulate the method and style of O’Hara’s writing practice with specific focus on his poem “Having a Coke With You”. Themes include being in love, being alone, and dismissing academic standards in favor of intuitive methods. Incorporating dark humor and sentimental wit, Having a Coke With You includes work which is self-amused but not unserious. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication featuring images of the works in addition to curatorial text by Angella d’Avignon and Farrah Emami as well as essays by poets Junior Clemons and Jordan Karnes. 


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"I’ve always been interested in things that are made by people who don’t know what they’re doing. Like a song by the Shaggs, a film by the Kuchar brothers, or a house made of driftwood by a stoned but ambitious hippie: Something always happens when people get in over their heads. I like to put myself in this position on purpose. I might create an artificial constraint that always puts me back at square one, like “From now on I’m only going to make paintings using pasta,” or set myself a near-impossible task, like “I’m going to make a feature film in my spare time with no money.” - Scott Reeder, on Moon World