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Dave Hardy makes complex sculp tures from poor materials. His works are made out of furniture foam and pen cils\, wooden sticks\, glass and sometimes even pretzels. In one piece\, a glass plate rests on one lonely roll of masking tape. And in another\, thic k slabs of foam lay gently upon each other to create &ldquo\;soft monum ent&ldquo\; (2014). One is tempted to understand the works as light an d witty\, to see them as a humorist expansion of minimalism with a pinch of trash art. Sometimes their composition appears constructivist &ndash\; the work &bdquo\;pretzel tower&ldquo\; (2014) seems to resonate again st El Lissitzky&rsquo\;s sketch for a Lenin monument from 1920. And those z ig-zag glass forms\, do they not mimic the shape of Brancusi&rsquo\;s &bdqu o\;Endless column&ldquo\;?

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A t the end of the day though\, Hardy&rsquo\;s objects are precisely not abou t the surface and external apparition of things. They perform the material& rsquo\;s inner qualities. The glass cuts sharply\, the pencil sticks painfu lly and the foam bends softly. Hardy&rsquo\;s works are beautiful monuments to visceral\, daring constructions almost at the point of in-balance\, abo ut to tip over like a house of cards. As such\, they are probably not only sculptural visualizations of the material&rsquo\;s specificities\, but mayb e just as much\, and most intriguingly\, a psychological diagram of their s culptor. \;

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Dave Hardys works has been recently shown in a sol o exhibition at Churner and Churner and a group exhibition at Bortolami in New York. Previous solo and group exhibitions by Dave Hardy include PS1/MoM A\, New York\, Bronx Museum of the Arts\, New York\, Jack Hanley Gallery\, New York and the Socrates Sculpture Park\, New York.

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COMPLEX RELATIONSHIPS

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Jens Heller \;&\; Megan Stroech

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OPENING: \;November 20\, 2014\, 6&ndash\;9pm

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Duration:& nbsp\;November 21\, 2014 &ndash\; January 17\, 2015

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Artist Talk | B agel Brunch: \;Dezember 14\, 2014\, 12am &ndash\; 4pm

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ROCKELMANN&\; is pleased to present &lsquo\;Complex Relationships &rsquo\;\, a duo exhibition showing the abstract relationship between the w orks of Jens Heller and Megan Stroech.

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The work of Jens Heller&rsqu o\;s photo-realistic paintings obviously contrast Megan Stroech&rsquo\;s te xtured arrangements. One is restricted to the flat\, framed surface of the canvas mounted classically on the wall. It is clear they have taken painsta king concentration and time to produce and show figurative images that we c an automatically relate to. The other has no defined edge and uses the wall itself\, sliding off into the gallery space and onto the floor. With only the occasional recognition of one or two elements\, the appear as random fo rmations of materials that have been discarded and lost their initial value .

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Yet despite these very clear differences\, they compliment each o ther. Stroech&rsquo\;s work is abstract in the obvious sense. Taking low-gr ade\, readily available materials that have their shapes obscured or transf ormed\, they are arranged into unfamiliar compositions. The everyday is arr anged to a point where we have no narrative\, no point of reference\, and t he works are then left to their own devices and become a relationship of co lour\, form and surface.

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Heller&rsquo\;s work has\, at first a clea r connection to us. Through his acute realism the painted surface describes the textures of the surfaces in what seems to be a real space. But from th en on we are lost in their absurdity. Who are these people or characters? W hat are their relationship with one another? What is the meaning in symboli sm that appears to dominate the images? They leave us lost and wandering in an abstract reality.

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&lsquo\;Together I feel that Jens Heller&rsqu o\;s work and my own make for an interesting dialogue on multiple levels. H eller&rsquo\;s paintings incorporate highly rendered visual texture\, using sheen and reflective surfaces\, allowing the viewer moments of pleasure an d intrigue. Concurrently\, in my work there is often a play between visual and actual texture where manipulating each material becomes very important. In each of our works\, shifts in scale can serve as a point of departure f or the viewer\, providing clues for a larger narrative. Odd pairings often produce a sense of humor or absurdity\; Heller&rsquo\;s with the use of toy characters and smiley face motifs and mine with collaging pool floats and brightly colored carpet. While our work is inherently different\, Heller an d I utilize many of the same visual strategies and elements of play\, creat ing seemingly simple\, but ultimately complex relationships for the viewer to investigate.&rsquo\;

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Megan Stroech\, 2014

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Join us for th e opening of &lsquo\;Complex Relationships&rsquo\; on Thursday 20th Novembe r from 6pm to 9pm. For more information please \;contact \;Lee n Horsford at \;leen@rockelmann-and.com.

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