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2015/04/14

JAMIE ISENSTEIN - PARA DRAMA AT ANDREW KREPS GALLERY NYC


Andrew Kreps
APRIL 2 - MAY 2, 2015
537 W 22 St #1, NEW YORK, NY 10011 

The Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Jamie Isenstein, entitled Para Drama. The works in the show explore Isenstein's continued interest in the mercurial nature of truth, illusion, the self, the body and performance as seen through the window of a haunted house.

In the lingo of the ghost hunters, the term para-drama is sometimes used to describe the annoyance created when some paranormal investigators enact fake spirit activity often for spectacle on television. But in this world where no one has scientific proof to backup their research, who can say what has been faked and what was not? The exasperation created by this problem has led to terrible infighting in the community, as different groups accuse each other of faking evidence and using claptrap gear. It is a slippery slope between believer and non believer when those who swear they saw a ghost have to use enchanting gear and theatrical conventions such as darkened lighting to convince others of their claim.

Isenstein has used the disorientation of the para-drama as a starting point for work in the exhibition. Much of the work in the show straddles this line between suspension of disbelief and attempts at a transparency and truth. In the sculpture/performance Mechanical Bed, 2015 the acts of leaving and coming are made apparent in the shifting of sheets and covers by an unseen actor. The bed appears to make and unmake itself as if a ghost sleeps here. The title refers to a famous 18th century automaton, the "Mechanical Turk" that apparently played chess with a human opponent. Eventually, it was revealed that a small chess master inside the case operated the figure. As with Mechanical Bed, 2015, the works in the exhibition also ruminate on the paradoxes of creating presence from absence, and vice versa. Ghost Clothes, 2014, represents the traditional Halloween costume - a hokey bed sheet with eyes cut in the center - suggesting a present figure is actually absent - or a white gallery wall so that it camouflages and disappears. Only the eyeholes remain like mask.

Like the protean body of a ghost, the work in this exhibition often suggests disembodied body parts that morph and change and take on lives of their own. In a corner of the gallery, gloved hands seem to cast a spell on an invisible subject sitting in a chair. Lying on pillows on the floor are harlequin masks that spew fire from their eyes or mouth like fire-eaters or deranged circus performers. And on the wall are a series of photographs of masks wearing masks. By putting on masks the support masks become anthropomorpized into faces so that these inanimate objects come alive. At the same time, the layering of nothingness becomes. Onions, 2015, is a sculpture of many masks layered over the hollow head of a mascot costume. The title of the work refers to a monologue in the Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt in which Peer peels away the layers of an onion as he examines the various roles he has played in his life. Eventually he comes to realize there is nothing substantial at the core.

Jamie Isenstein has had a solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and more recently at the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College in Portland. Her work was recently featured in Praftall Tramps at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. She has also exhibited her work at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, the Manchester International Festival, UK and Tate Liverpool UK.


2015/04/09

JOHN GIORNO - SPACE FORGETS YOU AT ELIZABETH DEE GALLERY NYC



Elizabeth Dee Gallery






John Giorno's first solo exhibition at Elizabeth Dee, SPACE
FORGETS YOU, is on view April 2 - May 9, 2015
545 West 20th Street 
New York, NY 10011


Elizabeth Dee is honored to present SPACE FORGETS YOU, a new exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper by John Giorno. The exhibition opens on Thursday, April 2nd with reception from 6-8pm, and continues through May 9th, 2015. To accompany the exhibition, Giorno will also perform at exhibition's final week on Friday May 8th at 6:30pm.

Giorno's explosive, visual and concrete works continue in a new series of rainbow paintings that occupy the front gallery. Works such as LIVING IN YOUR EYES, LIFE IS A KILLER, and I WANT TO CUM IN YOUR HEART coexist and resonate. The exhibit continues with two bodies of drawings, including THANX 4 COMING, GOD IS MANMADE and IT'S WORSE THAN I THOUGHT. The devoted rooms to each series manifest the range and depth of Giorno's creative production in painting, graphite and watercolor. The pulsating delivery of Giorno's reading style, with line breaks and repetition, dictate tempos within the exhibition and encourage reinvestigation of phrases.

Many of the texts employed in Giorno's new works were originally sourced from poetry that the artist has written, or lines that never made themselves into a final poem. The clarity of the word's visual impact hangs in the air and penetrates the mind. Giorno's history with concrete poetry techniques date back to his first visual works in the late 1960's. The culmination of his practice today, can arguably be traced back to his first series, when Giorno was exploring the audio and visual perception of words on a field. This interest led to collaborations and sound recordings that further defined Giorno's live performances.

Giorno is an artistic innovator who has been defying assumptions of poet, performer, political activist, Tibetan Buddhist, and visual artist since he emerged upon the New York art scene in the late 1950's. He is one of the most actively producing and performing artists of his generation. In the 1960's, noticing that poetry readings were curiously lacking in audio capability, Giorno began collaborating with innovators at the forefront of electronic audio technology. He began producing multi-media, multi-sensory events concurrent with Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable. He worked with Bob Rauschenberg in Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T) in 1966, and with Bob Moog in 1967-68. His breakthroughs in this area include Dial-A-Poem, which was first exhibited in 1968 at the Architectural Society of New York, and was additionally exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art's Information exhibition in 1970.

For more about John Giorno's latest solo exhibition please click HERE.

2015/03/29

CURATED BY IT'S NICE THAT - GRAPHIC DESIGN BY ANNIE ATKINS (UK)


Grand Budapest Hotel






When Wes Anderson set about creating the extraordinary detailed world of The Grand Budapest Hotel, he called on Annie Atkins. The Welsh graphic designer has carved out a niche for herself working on TV dramas and feature films from The Tudors to Steven Spielberg's upcoming Cold War thriller.

Annie went to Film School in Dublin after her design degree and the combination of these experiences prepared her perfectly for life on set. But Budapest was especially immersive, as she created everything from stamps to signage escape maps to cake boxes.

Annie joins lain Tait, Scott King, Mike Alderson, Blommers Schumm, Hjalti Karlsson, Anna Lomax, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Charlotte Heal and Haw- Iin's Jacob Klein and Nathan Cowen

Curated by It's Nice That

Get your tickets here.


2015/03/25

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2015/02/27

JOYCE PENSATO AT PETZEL GALLERY NYC



Petzel Gallery
Homer Simpson by Joyce Pensato


















Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce castaway, a solo
exhibition by New York based artist Joyce Pensato. This is her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

For this exhibition, Pensato will present a new series of paintings and drawings, as well as premiere digital c-prints of her studio taken by the artist and predominantly comprised of collages on her studio walls.

The paintings and drawings will reprise her cast of familiar cartoon and comic book characters, including Batman, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Homer Simpson, among others. In the new paintings we see he continued exploration of sporadic leaps into color, especially gold and copper, which represent a departure from what has historically been a strictly black and white painting palette. Whereas colorful pastels have surfaced in Pensato's charcoal drawings over the years, the introduction of color in her paintings is a more recent development and denotes an additional layer within, simultaneously erased and darkened by the profuse and continual saturation of the canvas.
c-prints
c-prints by Joyce Pensato


The digital c-prints, exhibited for the very first time to the public, are of the artist's Brooklyn studio walls, showing juxtapositions of collages that inform her practice and surround her daily working conditions. Historically, Pensato has imported these various collages and other ephemera-figurines and stuffed animals - into the gallery space to an assemblage effect. However on this occasion these objects will be left behind, allowing the photographs to occupy the same two-dimensional spaces of those of her paintings and drawings. Through these old and new mediums, Pensato continues her baleful transmutation of American cartoon culture - employing her fast, assured, and gestural hand to shed light on the arguable darkness lurking within our familiar Pop iconography.

Joyce Pensato was born in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to live and work. Her touring solo show, i Killed Kenny, was first shown at the Santa Monica Museum of Art (2013) and then traveled to the Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Empire State, curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Sir Norman Rosenthal, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2013); Interior Visions: Selections from the Collection by Alex Katz at the Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville (2012); and A Painting Show at The Speed Museum of Art, Louisville (2011). Pensato's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; SFMoMa, San Francisco; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Dallas Museum of Art; St Louis Art Museum and the FRAC des Pays de la Loire. She has won numerous awards including the Robert de Niro, Sr Prize (2013), the Award of Merit Medal for Painting, given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2012), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1997) and the Guggenheim Fellowship (1996). 

Petzel Gallery is located at 456 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM.