This week I went to the MOMA to see the new exhibitions that were put up since I have been living in Chicago for the past year. As I took in all the new exhibitions I came across the work of Sharon Hayes. I was very struck by her text pieces in the exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets/ Heaps of Language which is on view from May 6 to August 27 2012. Her pieces were scattered across this exhibition space in a way that made you have to explore the space to find. I really enjoyed this aspect of the exhibition, I thought it was very well curated. While exploring a room containing an installation by Karl Holmqvist, I discovered yet another well hidden Sharon Hayes Piece hung very close to the ground. I found these almost love poems or journal entries and their political undertones to have a big impact in this exhibition though they were quite hidden. After looking into her work I was interested to find that much of her work is performance based, she executes many mediums with great skill and master.
A quote from her piece May 1st really struck me. “I have neither thy enemy or you to sleep with. I come home to my quiet bedroom and their is nothing there but an indescribable fear of the future” This statement hits home to many young people in America today. I was struck with the honesty in her work and the way she played with the uncomfortable nature of the audience viewing these private statements.