53 Scott Ave, Fifth Floor
Brooklyn, NY  11237

Viewing Hours: 
Thursday–Sunday, 12–6 PM

International Objects is located on the Fifth Floor. If you have accessibility concerns, please email to schedule an appointment.


Local Objects


Introducing: International Objects. A platform dedicated to a central proposition: to diminish the categories that have kept art and design separate.

In its first exhibition, International Objects presents Local Objects, a field of works created by artists and designers who, with few exceptions, have produced their objects locally in the greater New York City area. In this exhibition, and in exhibitions to follow, we will provide evidence that within discourse, artists and designers work in parallel processes to produce objects that complicate the social structures and sign systems of their surrounding environments.

“I say then that the table as table is not animated, nor the clothes, nor the leather as leather, nor the glass as glass; but as natural things and composites they have within themselves matter and form. Let a thing be as small and diminutive as you like, it still possesses in itself a part of spiritual substance which, if it finds a suitable subject, becomes plant, becomes animal, and receives the members of one or other of the bodies that are commonly called animate; for spirit is found in all things and there is not the least corpuscle that doesn’t contain internally some portion that may become alive…
        Ergo, quidquid est, animal est. [Then whatever is, is an animal.]”

— Giordano Bruno. Cause, Principle and Unity. 1584.

Objects are never passive, even if that is how we treat them. Whether utilitarian or static, natural or artificial, material or immaterial, animate or inanimate; objects act and are acted upon in relation to their landscape, material, and mode of production. The human relationship to objects is complicated by a value system that exists outside of the object itself. Objects produced en masse can be experienced as unique; objects produced locally are overwhelmed by objects produced from a great distance. Muddled by mechanisms of control and desire, objects are set into motion on wheels of commerce and are consumed by the social organizations that represent them. This misrepresentation often obscures the object’s origin or reproduction to instead highlight a mythological value.

Detached from its ethos, the object is transformed into a sign. Artists and designers of all disciplines, through observation and method, manipulate these taxonomies. Objects can be deconstructed, transformed and recombined to create objects anew. Artists and designers labor to sustain an active engagement with their subjects. With an understanding of the ontological confusion between objects and the sign systems that mask them, artists and designers work to destabilize and exploit the mediating functions that govern all things.

A sample of Local Objects:

A chair, chiseled with the impression of upholstered fabric.
A table, with sculpted undulations resembling a current.
A chair, shaped as a towering cavern, a rubber hollow.
A bed, with an interior room.
An alabaster apartment, the mass of its contents as measured in stone.

International Objects presupposes that each object speaks metaphorically of all others. Connected by the landscape, all objects evoke a system greater than themselves.



Adam Henry
Al Freeman
Andrea McGinty
Andrew Erdos & Shawn Murrey
Andy Kincaid
Andy Ralph
Anne Eastman
B. Wurtz
Barnett Cohen
Ben Dowell
Bryce Kroll
Cait Porter
Carlos Rigau
Chang Sujung
Charlotte vander Borght
Chen Chen & Kai Williams
Chris Beeston
Chris Domenick
Christopher Aque
Claudine Arendt
Clynton Lowry
Daniel Boccato
Deville Cohen
Dmitri Hertz
Don Edler
Emily Janowick
Emily Mae Smith
Ficus Interfaith
Freddy Villalobos
Gerardo Ismael Madera
Grady Owens
Greg Carideo
Hugh Hayden
Ian L.C. Swordy
Ian Pedigo
Imaan Sattar
Isabel Rower
James Chrzan
Jason Murphy
Katarina Burin
Kristin Walsh
Korakrit Arunanondchai

Lia Lowenthal
Lily Stav Gildor
Loup Sarion
Lucia Love
Marc Hundley
Max Heiges
Max Lamb
Meredith James
Michael Joo
Michele Gabriele
Miles Huston
Minjae Kim
Myranda Gillies
Neal Hollinger
Nicholas Sullivan
Nick Irzyk
Nick van Woert
Nina Sarnelle
Olivia Drusin
Pam Lins & Halsey Rodman
Patrice Renee Washington
Patrick Carlin Mohundro
Quincy Langford
Philip Hinge
Raul De Lara
Ryan Lauderdale
Sam Cockrell
Savvy & Spolia
Scott Nadeau
Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels
Seung-Min Lee
Shaina Tabak
Shaun Krupa
Simone Bodmer-Turner
Taylor Baldwin
Thomas Barger
Trevor Ninos
Vladislav Markov
Wells Chandler
Wentrcek & Zebulon
Yasue Maetake
Zachary Besner

International Objects
53 Scott Ave, Fifth Floor
Brooklyn, NY   11237

Thursday–Sunday, 12–6 pm

or by appointment

+1 424-OBJECTS

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