Wednesday, June 27, 2012

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Eric Leiser: Hologalactic @ All Things Project

269 Bleeker St.

All Things Project is pleased to present HOLOGALACTIC, a solo show by artist Eric Leiser in holographic painting. Curated by Susan Joyce (Fringe Exhibitions LA) and Samuel W. Kho. This summer exhibition runs concurrently with the New Museum’s Pictures from the Moon, Artists' Holograms 1969-2008.

While engaging Spinoza, Bachelard, Deleuze, and other thinkers, Leiser responds as an artist to the central contention that measured Time resists strict objectivity, that Time is understood as anthropocentric by definition. Additionally, the prescient, mid-twentieth century philosopher Henri Bergson specifically argues that Einstein’s Theory of Relativity fails to live up to its promise of a truer relativity, running counter to its own findings and blindly relying on old paradigms. In all this, the artist is looking for a lived understanding in which Bergson’s imagination can find true simultaneity alongside scientific evidence of a complex, multiversal world; an expansion of the photographic, the extra-dimensionality of HOLOGALACTIC as paintings and environmental installation facilitates this grand vision. Also included in the exhibition are a series of framed glass holograms and a newly created short animated film depicting laser light and defraction.

Eric Leiser is an artist, holographer, animator, filmmaker, and puppeteer, who studied at CalArts and is based in New York. His most recent solo exhibitions include Live With Animals in New York City, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Group exhibitions include Spencer Brownstone Gallery, Cabinet Magazine, Mass MOCA. Leiser's experimental films have shown at museums and festivals at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Thessaloniki Center of Contemporary Art (Greece) and ANNECY Film Festival (France). An installation at The Living Gallery in Brooklyn is being planned for Fall 2012. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gorky's Granddaughter: Thomas Nozkowski

Gorky's Granddaughter is a vlog that engages artists in the context of studio visits. Organized by artists Zach Keeting and Chris Joy, the other artists they interview are in different stages of their careers and have a range of practices. One of their recent visits is with painter Thomas Nozkowski.

If you recall, HKJBlog featured a video here of Tom a few months back that was filmed by his son, Casimir Nozkowski

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

That Sinking Sense of Wonder @ Southfirst

Jesse Bransford, "Dice Drawing"

60 N6th Street (b/t Wythe & Kent)
Brooklyn, NY

June 15 – July 22, 2012

Southfirst is proud to present "That Sinking Sense of Wonder," a group exhibition curated by Jesse Bransford. Artists are Afruz Amighi, Carl Baratta, Jennifer Cohen, Juliet Jacobson, Corinne Jones, Paul Laffoley, Gean Moreno, Adam Putnam, Max Razdow, Dan Torop; the exhibition also includes anonymous tantra drawings.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Amy Feldman: Dark Selects @ Blackston Gallery

In & Out, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, 75 x 80 in.

Amy FeldmanDark Selects

Blackston Gallery
29C Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002

Opening: Thursday, June 14th, 2012 6-8 PM

Blackston will be presenting Dark Selects, Brooklyn-based artist Amy Feldman's first solo exhibition of paintings in New York City. 

Stephen Westfall writes in the exhibition catalog:
There's a visual hit to our first encounter with an Amy Feldman painting, or better, a group of them. They telegraph their overall image structures across space like bold signage. Greenberg would have approved. Or, who knows? He might have found their traceries of the grotesque a bit icky: ok for Pollock, Louis, and Frankenthaler, maybe, but Feldman may just be a bit too cartoonal. For Greenberg, that meant Pop, "easy stuff" in his mind. But Feldman's stretched and pulled geometries hint at a darkness that her stark and high contrast figure/ground relationships don't dispel...her paintings know a lot, they have a lot of languages in them, and they let us know what they know with startling economy of means and a necessary theatrical grandeur.

Shawn Kuruneru: A White Hand Slowly Turning Green @ Ribordy Contemporary

Shawn Kuruneru: A White Hand Slowly Turning Green 

Ribordy Contemporary
Boulevard d'Yvoy 7b
CH - 1205 Geneva

Opening: June 21 from 6-9 PM

drawing is instinct
Instinct is nature
nature is shapes, dots and lines
repeated, flickering, disappearing,
twisted then, folding in upon itself
blossoming into new shapes.

One dot next to another
creates a black thread
into a blacker landscape,
hundreds of dots exploding out
tumbling endlessly through endless ink.
no longer certain where they end and begin.

drink in billions of actions.
the totality of the drawing,
observed from every point,
all in less time then it takes to draw a single breath.

Shawn Kuruneru's first solo exhibition in Europe, A White Hand Slowly Turning Green, takes its title from a sentence that describes nature consuming a man in the comic book The Saga of the Swamp Thing created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson written by Alan Moore in 1987. 

The focus of the exhibition are three large scale comic panel collages made up of 27 drawings sourced from action comics such as X-MEN: the Phalanx, The Creech and AKIRA, are done in homage to influences on the artists' formative years. The selection of comic panels is akin to a reader who underlines sentences and quotes that resonates to him. The drawings are arranged to imitate a single comic page storyboard and meant to be read from left to right starting from the top. The result is a non-linear story that conveys a melodramatic rush of energy, angst and youth; with formal associations to Dada poster collages and Pop art gestures.

The abstract drawings in the show are done by hand using ink pens to make dots that cover large areas of the canvas. The works are highly detailed monochromatic abstract expressionist drawings that explore the nature of mark making. Kuruneru describes the works as: "...a way to understand the core of drawing. Drawing is about origins. When you have an idea in your head you extract it by writing, sketching and scribbling it out. The first mark making gesture comes from uncertainty and chance which is what I find most interesting and exciting in all art." The dot drawing series is entitled Virgin as way to discuss obsession with the unexplored while also insinuating a body-centric aspect to the work.

Ernesto Burgos: the tone was a synthesis of all the voices they had ever heard @ Kate Werble Gallery

ERNESTO BURGOSthe tone was a synthesis of all the voices they had ever heard
Kate Werble Gallery
83 Vandam Street 

New York, NY 10013
Opening: Friday, June 22, 6-8 PM

the tone was a synthesis of all the voices they had ever heard, Ernesto Burgos’ first solo exhibition in New York at first reframes and disrupts the spatial configuration of the gallery. His new sculptures reflect social unease through flipped and deconstructed forms, colors and materials.
 A destablized metaphor of destroyed object for society is literalized by an upended and destroyed sofa. The sofa, a symbol of domestic calm and sedentary life, is physically interrupted, destroyed and repurposed into something new and unknown.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Art Review Summer Issue: Silvershed

Silvershed, as seen on the cover of Art Review's summer issue.

"It’s a new golden age for New York salons, with groups popping up all over the city (and particularly in Brooklyn), in settings ranging from temporary to humble to spectacular; Agnieszka Gratza examines the phenomenon. Martin Herbert assesses the work of Tino Sehgal and finds ‘the most radical, far-reaching, beautifully generous art programme’ of the artist's generation, while Jennifer Uleman recalls her heady time as an interpreter in Sehgal’s This Progress. Plus Brian Dillon on the ‘present future’ in art; an interview with sci-fi writer China Miéville; and Tom Sachs’s mission to Mars." - Art Review

P.S. - Hope you remember this picture of Patrick Meagher . . .

Letters Not About Love @ Regina Rex

Letters Not About Love: EJ Hauser, Nancy Haynes, and Sarah Peters

Regina Rex @ 17-17 Troutman, #329 / Queens, NY 11385

Opening: Saturday, June 9th, 2012, 7-10 PM

“You are the city I live in; you are the name of the month and the day.”

Victor Shklovsky, a Russian poet living in exile in Berlin, fell in love with Alya. He wrote her numerous letters per day; the single constraint she imposed was that he must not write about love. He wrote about mourning, nationhood, exile, dreams, his wardrobe, history, banal activities but never about love. The predetermined constraint-- the forbidden subject of these letters-- is the very core that holds them together and binds them into a narrative. Even as the unspoken subject permeates each word, it is the absence of the said, the not-saying, that makes a cohesive statement. It is the purposeful avoidance that leads to directness.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

No Vex/ Night Gallery/ Ivette's Bar

"Pull Up Those PIIGS"

Martha Rosler in collaboration with the cartoonist Josh Neufeld. On the façade of Auguststrasse 10, in Berlin-Mitte, Rosler and Neufeld take up the theme of the Euro-crisis in the form of a political caricature transferred to a large-scale banner. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Opening: Holly Zausner: A Small Criminal Enterprise @ POSTMASTERS

Holly Zausner: A Small Criminal Enterprise
459 W. 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

Opening: Thursday, June 21st, 6-8 PM

Postmasters is pleased to announce A Small Criminal Enterprise, its first exhibition with Holly Zausner. For this one-person show Zausner transforms her 16mm film Unseen, made for the Bode-Museum in Germany, into a series of photo based collages. These multi-scale works foreground her ongoing interest in film and its relationship to various media.

In Josiah McElheny’s text from Bomb Magazine (#105, 2008) he describes Zausner’s collage work as “a pastiche of her memories of passing through the world- as we all do- with two selves: her own and her double. The mind, imagining it is alone, constantly rediscovers its companion, the body.” 

Holly Zausner has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the United States including solo exhibitions at the Neue Nationalgalerie and the Bode-Museum, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, and Sculpture Center, NY. She has been a recipient the DAAD grant in Germany and a NYFA fellowship. She has a forthcoming solo exhibition at Loock Galerie in Berlin for 2013.  She resides in New York, NY and Berlin, Germany.

The Ice Machine and Swift @ FAMILY BUSINESS

THE ICE MACHINE AND SWIFT will perform during the opening of: 

A project by Alice Conconi and Elena Tavecchia
520 West 21st Street, New York

Opening: Monday, June 4, 7:30 PM concert by The Ice Machine and Swift 

More information about The Ice Machine and Swift is here and here.