ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/show en-us 40 Group Show - Mass MOCA - May 28th - April 3rd, 2017 <h4 class="image-field" style="text-align: justify;">MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish remarks, &ldquo;a true state of wonder agitates, mesmerizes, and is almost forcible and shocking. It is a sudden intake of breath, a gaping mouth, a relinquishing of understanding.&rdquo; As commonly used, &ldquo;wonder&rdquo; is sometimes mistaken for curiosity, which centers on the practice of fact-finding and explanation. In&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder</em>, viewers experience a purer state of wonder, a state of being poised between knowing and not knowing, and defined by an experience of something truly new.</h4> <p style="text-align: justify;">Harnessing the&nbsp;idea&nbsp;of wonder as a thematic metaphor, the exhibition features both existing and new works by twenty-three international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/ visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-organized by Markonish and Columbus, Ohio-based artist Sean Foley,&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day</em>&nbsp;was inspired by a course that Foley taught at Ohio State University and a long-running conversation&nbsp;between the co-curators. The title for the exhibition was inspired by the writer Ray Bradbury, who often spoke of the need to retain a sense of wonder:&nbsp;&ldquo;You remain invested in your inner child by exploding every day. You don&rsquo;t worry about the future, you don&rsquo;t worry about the past&mdash;you just explode.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jonathan Allen&nbsp;(London, England) is an artist and writer whose work addresses the magic at play within late modernity. His work has been&nbsp;featured in many exhibitions, live projects, and publications, most recently at Tate Britain, Frankfurter Kunstverein, and David Risley Gallery. He is an associate curator at The Magic Circle Museum, London.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jonathanallen.info/" target="_blank">jonathanallen.info</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jen Bervin&nbsp;(Brooklyn, NY) is a visual artist and writer whose works combine text and textiles with conceptual elements and a minimalist&rsquo;s eye for the poetic and essential. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center, The Power Plant, The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, and others. Bervin is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jenbervin.com/" target="_blank">jenbervin.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Lucien Castaing-Taylor&nbsp;and&nbsp;V&eacute;r&eacute;na&nbsp;Paravel&nbsp;(Cambridge, MA) are filmmakers, artists, and anthropologists working at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Their work has been screened at the&nbsp;AFI, CPH:DOX, Locarno, New York, Toronto, and Viennale Film Festivals, and exhibited at London&rsquo;s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Centre Pompidou, and the Berlin Kunsthalle. Their 2012 film&nbsp;<em>Leviathan</em>&nbsp;was lauded by critics and won numerous film awards.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Jason de Haan&nbsp;(Calgary, Alberta) creates sculptures, drawings, and videos&nbsp;that recognize potential in various unconventional systems, objects, and sets of conditions. Often incorporating non-human forces, temporal shifts, and unforeseen outcomes, de Haan seeks spaces where the invisible, serendipitous, and residual reveal their contingencies. He is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto, ON.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jasondehaan.net/" target="_blank">jasondehaan.net</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tristan Duke&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) has a background in photography and has long been interested in optics, visual perception, and optical illusion. Through his work with the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Duke became involved in stereoscopic (3D) photography. Most recently he has been exploring laser holography, and hand-etched holograms.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dadabiti.org/tristan-duke" target="_blank">dadabiti.org/tristan-duke</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sharon Ellis&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) is a painter of&nbsp;timeless landscapes that highlight the interplay between a visible world and an equally present, invisible one. Ellis juxtaposes light and dark values, creating new sculptural forms coupled with deep spaces. Her subjects&mdash;taken from nature&mdash;are painstakingly rendered with multiple layers of transparent glazes, resulting in surfaces that are spacious and immaterial. Ellis is represented by Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tom Friedman&nbsp;(Easthampton, MA) makes extraordinary works that explore perception, logic, and possibility. His painstakingly rendered sculptures and works on paper inhabit the grey area between the ordinary and the monstrous, the infinitesimal and the infinite, the rational and the uncanny. His work is often deceptive, its handmade intricacy masked by a seemingly mass-produced or prefabricated appearance. Friedman is represented by Luhring Augustine, New York, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Christopher Gausby&nbsp;(New York, NY) is an artist, calligrapher, and writer who has reinvented the illuminated manuscript form to create book works meditating on philosophy and aesthetics. These works are in the collection of the New York Public Library and the Newberry Library, Chicago.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Hope Ginsburg&nbsp;(Richmond, VA) creates multidisciplinary works that take the form of live events that explore the images, objects, and spaces that they generate. Her pedagogical project,&nbsp;<em>Sponge</em>, is headquartered at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, where she is an associate professor. Her recent&nbsp;<em>Breathing on Land</em>&nbsp;project began at the Robert Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hopeginsburg.com/" target="_blank">hopeginsburg.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Laurent Grasso&nbsp;(Paris, France) has long been fascinated with the visual possibilities related to the science of electromagnetic energy, radio waves, and naturally occurring phenomena. He uses imagery culled from cinema and art history to create works in video, sculpture, painting, and drawing, which set up ambiguous juxtapositions of time and space. Grasso is represented by Sean Kelly, NY, and Galerie Perrotin, Paris.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laurentgrasso.com/" target="_blank">laurentgrasso.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pierre Huyghe&nbsp;(Paris, France) creates films, installations, and public events that blur the traditional distinction between fiction and reality, revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life. His playful work addresses complex social topics, such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems.&nbsp;Huyghe is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The&nbsp;Institute For Figuring&nbsp;(Los Angeles, CA) engages in science and making, steeped in the belief that ideas presented in abstract terms can often be embodied in physical activities. Founded in 2003 by twin sisters Margaret and Christine Wertheim, the IFF develops exhibits and programs for museums, galleries, colleges, and community groups internationally. The IFF&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Crochet Coral Reef</em>&nbsp;is one of the largest science+art projects in the world.&nbsp;<a href="http://theiff.org/" target="_blank">theiff.org</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nina Katchadourian&nbsp;(Brooklyn, New York) creates works in a wide variety of media including photography, sculpture, video, and sound, playing with notions of the everyday, humor, language, and nature.&nbsp;Most recently, she was part of the 2015 Venice Biennial, and Chronicle Books published&nbsp;<em>Sorted Books,&nbsp;</em>a celebration of a 20-year long project. Katchadourian is represented by Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/" target="_blank">ninakatchadourian.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Michael Light&nbsp;(San Francisco, CA) is a photographer focused on the environment and its relationship to contemporary American culture.&nbsp;He has published the archival works,&nbsp;<em>Full Moon</em>&nbsp;(1999), which used lunar geological survey imagery made by the Apollo astronauts to show the moon as a sublime desert, and&nbsp;<em>100 Suns&nbsp;</em>(2003), military photographs of&nbsp;U.S. atmospheric nuclear detonations from 1945 to 1962.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michaellight.net/" target="_blank">michaellight.net</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Charles Lindsay&nbsp;(New York, NY) is a multidisciplinary artist interested in technology, ecosystems, semiotics, and esoteric forms of humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and biotech equipment, videos, and photographs. Lindsay was the first artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.charleslindsay.com/" target="_blank">charleslindsay.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Megan and Murray McMillan&nbsp;(Providence, RI) have been collaborating since 2002. They&nbsp;make interdisciplinary projects that incorporate video, installation, performance, and photography. They often start their process by building large sets in their studio or on location. That set then becomes the stage for video and photographs with choreographed actors who activate the set in a filmed performance.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.meganandmurraymcmillan.com/" target="_blank">meganandmurraymcmillan.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ryan and Trevor Oakes&nbsp;(New York, NY) are twin brothers who have been engaged in a conversation about the nuances of vision since they were children. They explored their mutual fascination with vision throughout grade school and during college at Cooper Union&rsquo;s School of Art in New York City. Since graduating in 2004, they&rsquo;ve continued their dialogue with their jointly built artworks addressing human vision, light, perception, and the experience of space and depth.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Demetrius Oliver&nbsp;(New York, NY) uses prosaic objects such as teakettles, light bulbs, and umbrellas to evoke poetic associations between physical materials and abstract ideas. Both introspective and transformative, Oliver&rsquo;s practice investigates the cosmos from the vantage point of the studio and the gallery.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.demetriusoliver.com/" target="_blank">demetriusoliver.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dario Robleto&nbsp;(Houston, TX) is an artist whose multifaceted practice links careful research with romantic earnestness and conceptual precision with unorthodox fabrication. His sculptures, prints, and wall works combine esoteric materials and processes to explore forgotten, little-known, or as-yet unfamiliar corners of history, art, and science. Robleto has had over 30 solo exhibitions since 1997, most recently&nbsp;<em>The Boundary of Life Is Quietly Crossed</em>&nbsp;at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dariorobleto.com/" target="_blank">dariorobleto.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rachel Sussman&nbsp;(Brooklyn, NY) spent nearly a decade developing the critically acclaimed project<em>The Oldest Living Things in the World</em>, researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to photograph continuously living organisms that are over 2,000 years old. University of Chicago Press published the accompanying book in 2014. Sussman has exhibited her work internationally and received numerous awards including a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, and has spoken at TED, The Long Now Foundation, and UCLA, among others. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the SETI Institute.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rachelsussman.com/" target="_blank">rachelsussman.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Julianne Swartz&nbsp;(Kingston, NY) works with sound, kinetics, and a range of lo-tech materials to make sculpture, installations, and photographs. Often using optics, magnetism, and the concepts of space and time in her body of work, her installations invite attentive visitors to slow down and sharpen their senses. She is represented by Jos&eacute;e Bienvenu Gallery, NY, and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, AZ.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.julianneswartz.com/" target="_blank">julianneswartz.com</a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Chris Taylor&nbsp;(Providence, RI) exploits the friction generated within a material and process that is a production of convention, tradition, and history. Particularly examining glass, Taylor has learned to blow it upside down and also reproduced a 16th-century Venetian goblet, whose technique was lost for over 500&nbsp;years, which he planted next to the original in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fred Tomaselli&nbsp;(New York, NY) draws upon art historical sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions to create works that explode with mesmerizing patterns through the layering of resin, pharmaceuticals, and organic materials. More recently he has been transforming the front page of&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;with gouache and collage. For&nbsp;<em>Explode Every Day,</em>&nbsp;Tomaselli shows an historic sculptural work from the late 1980s. He is represented by James Cohan Gallery, NY.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">About the Catalog<br />Accompanying the exhibition will be a comprehensive catalog that will, for the first time, gather contributors from diverse fields to investigate this elusive topic and unite them through contemporary art.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The book will consist of essays on the history of wonder; wonder and psychology; and literature, science, and unusual natural and paranormal phenomena; as well as in-depth artist interviews and special artist projects. Contributors to the catalogue include: Lawrence Weschler (author of creative nonfiction), Kay Redfield Jamison (clinical psychologist and author), Maria Popova (writer and blogger at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.brainpickings.org/" target="_blank">brainpickings.org</a>), Barbara Maria Stafford (art historian), Jill Tarter (astronomer and former director of the Center for SETI Research), Robin Ince (comedian and co-host of BBC radio&rsquo;s The Infinite Monkey Cage), Stefan Sagmeister (graphic designer), Mary Ruefle (poet), Sam Green (filmmaker of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://measureofthings.com/" target="_blank">The Measure of All Things</a></em>), Steve Holmes (curator), and the exhibition curators. The catalog will be edited by Markonish and co-published by Prestel.</p> <p class="sponsor-field" style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Artist&rsquo;s Resource Trust, with additional support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 17:31:59 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Yasumasa Morimura - National Museum of Art, Osaka - April 5th - June 19th <p style="text-align: justify;">At The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Yasumasa Morimura, one of Japan's preeminent contemporary artists, presents his first large-scale solo exhibition ever to be held in his hometown of Osaka. The exhibition will consist of 132 works. There will be 50 new works, including Morimura's first full-length video piece, with a running time of approximately 70 minutes, never-before-shown works, and important works from the past.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in Osaka in 1951, the internationally active artist Yasumasa Morimura is still based in his hometown. Since his work&nbsp;<em>Portrait (Van Gogh)</em>&nbsp;was widely acclaimed at a group show titled&nbsp;<em>Smile with Radical Will</em>, which held at a Kyoto's Galerie 16 in 1985, Morimura has devoted himself to creating self-portraits in which he dresses up as protagonists from famous masterpieces, film actresses, and notable historical figures from the 20th century.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition might be described as a comprehensive survey of art history based on the self-portraits Morimura has created. The first part contains highly acclaimed works from the past such as the artist's early effort&nbsp;<em>Portrait (Van Gogh)</em>, the&nbsp;<em>Rembrandt Room</em>&nbsp;series (1994), an exploration of the mind of the 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, and&nbsp;<em>An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Flower Tondo)</em>&nbsp;(2001), a festive series displaying Morimura's unique artistic perspective that deals with the loves and death of Frida Kahlo, one of the leading Mexican painters of the 20th century. It also includes new works in which Morimura transforms himself into Leonardo da Vinci, D&uuml;rer, Caravaggio, Le Brun, Magritte, Dali, and for the first time in 30 years, van Gogh. This group of works provides insight into the artists who revealed themselves in self-portraits, Morimura's interpretation of these works, and his critical view of self-portraits in Western art history since the age of Leonardo. Morimura also resurrects the humanity and rich creativity of Shunsuke Masumoto, Shigeru Aoki, Tetsugoro Yorozu, and Kaita Murayama, who were pioneers in Japanese modern art, and recreating contemporary self-portraits of figures such as Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The second part of the exhibition features a video work specially produced for this exhibition. In collaboration with the budding video artist Hikaru Fujii, Morimura has created his first full-length video work, with a total running time of approximately 70 minutes. Here, the artists depicted in the self-portraits in the first part of the exhibition appear alongside Morimura himself, encouraging a variety of unique interpretations of the self.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to approximately 110 self-portraits, the exhibition includes portraits of the artist as a child. Morimura's personal history, leading up to his first encounter with art history, overlaps with art history, captured from a critical perspective through his own appearances in the works, to create an exhibition that serves as a wide-ranging retrospective of the artist's career.</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:20:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list Stephanie Lüning, Moe Matsuhashi, Lisa Pahlke, Johanna Rüggen, Daniel Rode, Sabine Schober, Benjamin Stölzel - Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden - May 28th - July 8th Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:40:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ew/Events/list