There is no there there
July 3rd - August 1st, 2008
Opening Thursday July 3rd, 7-9 pm
Curated by Benjamin Provo
There is no there there brings together six artists whose work embraces intangibility. Through a broad range of artistic methodologies including painting, sculpture, collage, assemblage and appropriation, these artists engage polarities of perception: presence/invisibility, conceptual/physical space.
Kathryn Andrews' recent works present site-specific stagings of found and crafted elements. In Sugarman's Coleman, leaning planks painted in primary colors are offset by appropriated and reframed images and texts. Through proximity and juxtaposition, Andrews' arrangements set off a flurry of pop and art historical references, proposing a new conceptual space for abstraction. Painter Luke Whitlatch's subtle, minimalist works, however, employ similar means to argue against the possibility of abstraction, calling up subliminal references to landscape, personal poetics and punk rock.
Lauren Luloff constructs explosive, vividly colored paintings from manipulated shreds of found fabrics and textiles. Reaching into three dimensional space, her de/reconstructed paintings reference narrative folk forms of banners, quilts, crests and flags. Similarly, Franklin Evans incorporates accumulated studio detritus into wall-based works which weave together elements of painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. Challenging formal logics of perception, Evans' recent works inhabit kaleidoscopic spaces in which overlapping geometries suggest incongruous worlds, unlocatable places in space and time.
New York based artist Keltie Ferris's abstract paintings play with notions of masking, landscape and negation, placing viewers in an ambiguous, highly associative realm of visual noise, reminiscent of the static between stations on the radio.
Jeremy Everett's multi-media works address primary dichotomies of human experience: sex and death, beauty and decay, chance and determination. In his most recent body of work, the artist has submerged pornographic magazines in a super-saturated mixture of water and laundry detergent. The resulting sculptures are a crystallized, frozen homage to temporal desire.
Each these artists works challenge the formal boundaries of painting and sculpture, conflating disparate practices to achieve surprising new forms.
Benjamin Provo is an independent curator based in New York. He was previously the co-director of Daniel Weinberg Gallery in Los Angeles, and now manages the studio of New York artist George Condo.
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