Tauba Auerbach, BREYER P-ORRIDGE, Dietmar Busse, Matt Connors, Frank Haines, Elisabeth Kley, Lovid, Shona Macdonald, Lucas Samaras, Timothy Wyllie, Dustin Yellin

Affective Care
300 West 72 Street #1D
New York NY 10023

June 14 – September 7 2019


New Discretions is proud to present FREE ASSOCIATION, a group show in a clinic.

On March 5, 2019, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first truly new medication for major depression in decades. The drug is a nasal spray called esketamine, derived from ketamine—an anesthetic that has made waves for its surprising antidepressant effect. 

John Krystal, MD, chief psychiatrist at Yale Medicine and one of the pioneers of ketamine research in the country, calls ketamine “the anti-medication” medication. “With most medications, like valium, the anti-anxiety effect you get only lasts when it is in your system. When the valium goes away, you can get rebound anxiety. When you take ketamine, it triggers reactions in your cortex that enable brain connections to regrow. It’s the reaction to ketamine, not the presence of ketamine in the body that constitutes its effects.”* 

This group show celebrates this medical achievement. A handful of artists were asked to offer pieces for the exhibition. These works were then matched quickly with partner pieces, in the same manner as psychologists use the word association game. On display is the result.

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* Jennifer Chenmarch , How New Ketamine Drug Helps with Depression, yalemedicine.org, 2019.

Agathe Snow / Marianne Vitale

Elaine de Kooning House
East Hampton NY


August 24 – August 31
2pm – 6pm daily (or by appointment)

Agathe Snow/ Marianne Vitale

“Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common binocular (two-eyed) vision disorder in which the eyes do not work at near easily. An eye teaming problem in which the eyes have a strong tendency to drift outward when reading or doing close work (exophoria at near). If the eyes do drift out, the person is likely to have double vision.”  —mayoclinic.org


Over the years, Snow and Vitale have individually and then in fits of their fanciful collaborations created bold, provocative, confrontational via playful, end-of-days-as-in-end-of-daze-ish work, work that celebrates a reckoning.

Here and now, with an invitation for a residency at Elaine de Kooning House this August, they are determined to take as their premise the notion that double vision is something to be achieved and deployed, not feared, at least when collaborating: that the anxiety impelled by intimate connection merging with radical defection can be something to play with and strive towards. They surmise it’s what constitutes reciprocity; embracing the awkwardness.

Elaine becomes exercise. The house, exorcised. It’s structural guts, hair and skin inspiring studio drawings, self- portraiture in watercolors, a basement tit bar serving smokey clams atop leftover John Chambermaid bumpers, and rear view mirrors spinning sunlight from a garden deck climbing with witch hazel.Not much has changed for women artists since 9th street women and maybe nothing much will happen unless we reconcile and play with souls of the past and carry them ahead.

Snow and Vitale demonstrate that life can be a gas if we desist from worshiping false foundations, so why not rub up against ghosts for inspiration. After successful masturbation, your eyes will adjust.


Agathe Snow (b. 1976, Corsica, France) lives and works in Long Island, NY. She has shown nationally at the New Museum, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Snow has also achieved international recognition, exhibiting at several prestigious institutions, such as Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; and Saatchi Gallery, London, UK. Snow’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London, UK; the Zabludowitz Collection; and in the Dikeou Collection, Denver, CO.

Marianne Vitale (b. 1973) graduated from the School of Visual Arts, NYC (1996). Recent projects include solo exhibitions at INVISIBLE-EXPORTS (2018); Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2017); Venus, Los Angeles (2016); Karma, New York (2015); The Contemporary Austin, Texas (2013); works featured on Chelsea’s High Line, New York (2014); and large-scale commissions for Frieze NY and Performa NY (2013). Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, White Columns, the Brooklyn Museum, Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco Art Institute, the Aldrich Museum; and international venues such as Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria; Le Confort Moderne, France; Tensta Konsthall, Sweden; UKS, Norway; and Contemporary Art Center of Vilnius, Lithuania. Most recently her work was included by Neville Wakefield at Luma Foundation (Gstaad), and well as a permanent municipal sculpture In Savenay, France.


ELAINE DE KOONING HOUSE. In 1975, Elaine de Kooning reconciled with her husband Willem and purchased the house on Alewive Brook Road. She added the studio three years later and created her last important bodies of work — the Cave Walls and Cave Paintings (1985-88). She also painted the portrait of the Brazilian soccer player Pele, Motown mogul Barry Gordy, and many others at this time.

After her death, the sculptor John Chamberlain owned the property, followed by the painter Richmond Burton. Since 2011, the Elaine de Kooning House has hosted events, exhibitions, and informal artist residencies with the artists Charles Andresen, Aaron Aujla, Katherine Bernhardt, Lizzi Bougatsos, Joe Bradley, Jessie Dunahoo, Chris Duncan, Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe, Mike Goodlett, Sedrick Huckaby, Kim “Mudman” Jones, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Laura and Rachel Lancaster, Sadie Laska, Jose Lerma, Liz Markus, Adam Marnie, Katherine McMahon, Scott and Tyson Reeder, John Riepenhoff, Kambel Smith, Celeste Dupy-Spencer, Jerry “The Marble Faun” Torre, Michael Williams, and Anke Weyer.


1a: individual choices or judgments left the decision to his discretion
b: power of free decisions or latitudes of choice within certain legal bounds reached the age of discretion
2: the qualities of having or showing discernment or good judgment : the qualities of being discreet : CIRCUMSPECTION especially : cautious reserve in speech
3: abilities to make responsible decisions
4: the result of separating or distinguishing