Comprised of drawings, paintings, projections, prints, a repair manual, and a transformed 1985 Nissan Pulsar NX among other things, “Passenger” is a large-scale installation dealing with how we construct language and fiction and the apparently real and imaginary spaces we travel through doing so. It is about what happens when language evades us and it is about how we maneuver through both not knowing and the obstacle of pre-determined orders. Taking the 1985 Nissan Pulsar NX and its repair manual as its point of departure, “Passenger” uses the schematic of the manual and diagram to create a new sort of guide that is as much about fixing as it is about “un-fixing” and releasing what we do not see, what occurs in the voids and gaps. Things are things and things are what they are. But things are also full of different histories—their own, ours, no one’s, future, forgotten—and are never just what they are.
Anthony Hawley has been the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, Arte Studio Ginistrelle (Italy), and Art Farm. Solo exhibitions include Dolphin Gallery, Kansas City (2012) and the Museum of Nebraska Art (2012). He is also the author of two books of poems and several chapbooks. He was educated at Columbia University and the MFA Art Practice Program at the School of Visual Arts.