ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Ithai Benjamin - Apexart - May 6th 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Described as &ldquo;<em>The Muppet Show</em>&nbsp;meets&nbsp;<em>Flight of the Concords</em>&rdquo; by&nbsp;<em>Theater is Easy</em>, Ithai Benjamin sits on a chair much like his digital automatons. Who&rsquo;s leading who?<br /><br />Recalling vaudeville ventriloquists and their dummies Benjamin and his robots, who are together known as <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Princes of Persuasion</a>, banter between songs as if they were jamming in their living room.&nbsp;<br /><br />The Princes of Persuasion will play a 30-minute set followed by a short talk by Benjamin about his puppetry practice.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong>Ithai Benjamin</strong>&nbsp;is a New York City based composer, performer and engineer. He makes dolls, puppets, robots, colorful instruments, and interactive installations and uses technology and animation to tell stories that are otherwise impossible to tell. His work has been published in&nbsp;<em>Make Magazine</em>&nbsp;and the book&nbsp;<em>Handmade Electronic Music</em>. His band of robotic puppets&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Princes of Persuasion</a>&nbsp;have performed at Exit Art, The Tank, 2010 New York Fringe Festival, Cameo Gallery, 92YTribeca, and more. Ithai teaches the class "Puppets and Performing Objects" at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.&nbsp;- See more at:</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:16:29 +0000 Avantika Bawa, Brent Birnbaum, Wyatt Burns, Stephanie Dinkins, Patrick Mohundro, Scott Rogers - NURTUREart Gallery - May 8th - May 29th <p>NURTUREart is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>What It Was</em>, curated by Project Curate with Adam Parker Smith, and featuring artists&nbsp;<strong>Avantika Bawa, Brent Birnbaum, Wyatt Burns, Stephanie Dinkins, Patrick Mohundro,</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Scott Rogers</strong>.</p> <p><em>What It Was</em>&nbsp;asks us to&nbsp;confront&nbsp;our&nbsp;pasts&nbsp;and explore&nbsp;the potential of alternate and plural futures. In&nbsp;predicting&nbsp;what role art will have in our&nbsp;own lives&nbsp;and the&nbsp;lives of others, we wonder:&nbsp;where will the&nbsp;future be?</p> <p>Part of NURTUREart&rsquo;s Education Program, Project Curate provides a class of students from Juan Morel Campos&nbsp;High School an opportunity to experience contemporary curatorial&nbsp;practices by working closely with a professional curator for the entire&nbsp;school year, culminating with an exhibition at NURTUREart Gallery.&nbsp;This year their mentor was artist and curator Adam Parker Smith.</p> <p>NURTUREart&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href=";id=c98a692729&amp;e=abf7db20f6" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Education Program</a>&nbsp;is&nbsp;dedicated to&nbsp;nurturing and enriching the next generation with its unique arts&nbsp;programs that connect practicing professional artists and curators&nbsp;with students and teachers.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 17:58:10 +0000 Dan Finsel - Ramiken Crucible - April 26th - May 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Dan Finsel is a hypothetical situation within a force field of sadness. His deepest concern is to completely deny himself any chance at self-expression. Finsel's discipline is complete personal humiliation. Finsel's production behavior follows a chiastic structure driven by his symmetrical interpretation of methods of presentational and representational acting. Finsel is method acting art, with art being action, and this action taken under the circumstances of being Dan Finsel, a device utterly removed from direct responsibility. If Finsel were to commit a crime while acting, he could not in good faith be found guilty, just as an actor in a film cannot be prosecuted for crimes committed onscreen. In anticipation of such an event, Finsel has applied to many state and federal prisons for studio residencies, but none have accepted him, because he is too pathetic. When Finsel urinates, he always sits down, but with a nice book. His bladder has been acting up due to an onset embodiment of Tycho Brahe, in which he held his urine for a full week prior to a studio visit with this gallery. For five years, Finsel left the art world and traveled to Florence, Italy, where he avoided public exhibitions and was an apprentice to a shoemaker. In 2015, Finsel returned, with the art world looking as sorry as ever, and Finsel ready to fit right in, azotemia notwithstanding.<br /><br /></p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:28:19 +0000 Rasheed Araeen - AICON GALLERY - New York - May 7th - June 6th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Aicon Gallery New York</strong>&nbsp;is delighted to invite you to the upcoming exhibition of the work of&nbsp;<strong>Rasheed Araeen</strong>, a pioneering artist and voice for non-Western interpretations of Minimalist and Conceptual art from the 1960s to the present.&nbsp;The exhibition spans Araeen's oeuvre from his beginnings to the present day and includes many of his earliest and most iconic sculptures as well as a group of increasingly complex visual constructions comprising his current practice.</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:58:02 +0000 Sandra Koponen - Rush Arts Gallery - October 24th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:28:27 +0000 Sandra Koponen - Rush Arts Gallery - October 24th, 2013 - November 2nd, 2013 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:56:26 +0000 Matthew Jensen - Yancey Richardson Gallery - May 7th - June 20th Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:45:01 +0000 Darina Karpov - Pierogi - May 8th - June 7th <p><em>Ignis Fatuus</em>&nbsp;is an atmospheric, phosphorescent light seen by travelers at night, especially over swamps or marshes.&nbsp;It is said to recede if approached, drawing travelers away from the safe path.&nbsp;It was an object of inspiration for many artists and writers of the romantic era, such as Arnold B&ouml;cklin, Gustave Dor&eacute;, Goethe, as well as contemporary writers such as Cormac McCarthy, among others.</p> <p>&ldquo;I thought it was a great metaphor for having faith in the creative process. The mysterious numinous light (even if sometimes it feels foolish!) leads you off the predetermined path into unknown territory.&nbsp;My process is always open ended and speculative, so the work continually unfolds and shifts directions until a certain image forms out of complexity, out of the friction between different ways of drawing and imagining representation.&rdquo; (Karpov)</p> <p>Pierogi is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works on paper by Darina Karpov. Karpov works on both canvas and paper and often alternates between the two. After working on a series of paintings she prefers to return to paper in order to find renewal. This show is a kind of homage to her earlier work, expanding on some of the themes and techniques that she has touched on since 2007, and includes both large and small-scale drawings. This will be Karpov&rsquo;s fifth one-person exhibition with the gallery.</p> <p>As in her early work, there are many references to nature and the body. &ldquo;I try to refashion various elements from flora and fauna &ndash; shapes and forms that are fertile and vivacious, but also impermanent &ndash;&nbsp;at times mutating into something with darker associations.&rdquo; In this new work, Karpov has begun abstracting&nbsp;elements that have become internalized&nbsp;over the years: &nbsp;forms such as ropes,&nbsp;stringing&nbsp;tentacles, tree branches, crystals, vegetation, and organisms, revealing a more dramatic tension between spontaneity and control.</p> <p>In a reflection of her serendipitous creative process, Karpov often works in a panoramic format, or joins several sheets of paper to make diptychs, triptychs, et cetera. In this way, her work develops as a chain of events through time in a continuous sequence &ndash; cinematically, narratively &ndash; as she is often influenced by her passion for film and literature.&nbsp;For this exhibition, she will expand upon this idea by filling a long narrow vitrine in Gallery 2 with a selection of small format drawings, sketches, and collages, in an overlapping sequence.</p> <p>&ldquo;To me drawing forms out of the contact between pencil or brush and the surface of the paper. It&rsquo;s a&nbsp;continuous weaving of thought, images, fantasies, and dreams which&nbsp;seem to emerge out of a semi-conscious state, from some zone where human and animal, past and future, interior and exterior, are still undifferentiated and are part of the same fabric.&nbsp;This very essential activity helps me tap into my personal mythology, to discover stories and characters.&rdquo; (Karpov)</p> <p>Karpov has also begun incorporating text into her works. In some instances it is readable and comes from poetry, or what she happens to be listening to while working.&nbsp;However, in works such as&nbsp;&ldquo;Detours and Pitfalls&rdquo; and &ldquo;Geryon,&rdquo; she incorporates intentionally undecipherable writing &ndash;&nbsp;asemic writing &ndash; as she is&nbsp;grafting a kind of code or mantra, using letterforms as a structural element.</p> <p>Karpov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She studied fine art in St. Petersburg before moving to the United States where she received an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work is included in numerous permanent collections, has been exhibited widely, and has been included in such publications as &ldquo;Frozen Dreams: Contemporary Art from Russia&rdquo; (Thames &amp; Hudson). She is a recipient of Yaddo and MacDowell Residencies.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:19:45 +0000 Rivane Neuenschwander - Tanya Bonakdar Gallery - May 9th - June 20th Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:18:10 +0000 ORLAN, Halim Al Karim, Josef Fischnaller, Ruud Van Empel, Lydia Venieri - Stux + Haller - April 29th - June 6th <p style="text-align: justify;">STUX + HALLER is pleased to announce the opening of EYES ONLY, a group exhibition of photographs by Orlan,&nbsp;Halim Al Karim, Josef Fischnaller, Ruud Van Empel, and Lydia Venieri. These photographs stare back at us,&nbsp;serving as a permanent documentation of what might otherwise be classified memory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">EYES ONLY explores questions of sight, self, war, trauma, and memory. The five artists participating in this show&nbsp;fluently articulate the jarring and expressive impact of the gaze. These artists relay a varying spectrum of artistic&nbsp;messages, but they are all unflinching in their art. In their contrasts, we find the commonality of the gaze.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The eyes are both windows and shutters to the soul. In observing each other and ourselves, the eyes allow us to&nbsp;construct the photographic storyline of our past and present. We visualize the future while witnessing the present.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Optical perception immediately becomes memory. How we perceive warps what we see and how we remember.&nbsp;EYES ONLY features work by Orlan from her Re-Figuration / Self-Hybridization Pre-Columbian series. Her foray&nbsp;into the infinite permutations of the self is an enduring feminist commentary on rituals and expectations of&nbsp;beautification. Halim al Karim isolates the eyes to expose the stark reality of the devastating wars in the Middle&nbsp;East, pushing the viewer to empathize and reflect upon the witnesses of tragedy. Josef Fischnaller playfully&nbsp;recycles historical portraiture, photographing the present looking into the past, making us smile in recognition of this&nbsp;continuum. Ruud Van Empel digitally paints with photographs often creating composite adolescents with the eyes&nbsp;of many, allowing us to observe an invented psychosocial humanity, critiquing representations of adolescence,&nbsp;race, and gender. Lydia Venieri harnesses the reflective eye itself to reveal the lingering effects of trauma and&nbsp;calamity upon the societal psyche, resurrecting images of tragedy that the world might rather enshroud in secrecy.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The eyes in these photographs are piercing, calming, deceptive, unnerving, and revelatory. Each of these artists&nbsp;utilize the gaze to strip away farce and force the viewer to confront the subject, creating art FOR THE EYES ONLY&nbsp;of those who wish to travel between the world and the mind, to delve into the societal secrets held within the gaze.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:15:35 +0000 Linda Stojak - Stux + Haller - April 29th - June 6th <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>STUX + HALLER </em>is pleased to announce the opening of <strong><em>LINDA STOJAK: Waiting for a Moment, </em></strong>her 16th solo exhibition with Stephen Haller and her first at the new STUX + HALLER 24 West 57th Street gallery space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Guggenheim Award-winning artist <strong>Linda Stojak</strong>ʼs paintings are intrinsically characterized by their disquieting grace.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stojakʼs women deal with issues of power and identity. Her sensually gestural technique creates a surface that is at once velvet and stone, a translation of portraiture into conceptual expressions of form and transience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the words of critic Michael Amy: &ldquo;Her figures offer a remarkable evocation of our very lives." He goes on to say that Stojakʼs paintings give &ldquo;the illusion of almost intangible flesh, as open as a wound.&rdquo; He described the &ldquo;flesh-like surfaces of her pictures&rdquo; as &ldquo;rich epidermises filled with the history of their own generation.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stojakʼs work consists most frequently of a solitary figure emerging from a contrasting ground, a field of relentless palette-knife-wide strokes of oil paint obsessively worked and reworked until the brushstroke itself becomes the search for meaning. Her paintings have been called &ldquo;psychological self-portraits.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One is aware of a history in these suggestions of portraits by Stojak - a history of "all that flesh is heir to." Yet it is a captivating sense of dignity, power, and a profound presence that make Stojakʼs figures so riveting in their solitude, protected and nurtured by the empty space they inhabit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Famed for the obsessive reworking of her canvases, Stojak is a less prolific painter. She endlessly engages with each image, working and reworking, adding and erasing, translating her emotional stages using the brush and paint as her conduit to ensnare one moment in time. Stux + Haller is proud to present this remarkable selection of Linda Stojak's work.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:12:33 +0000 Candida Höfer - Sean Kelly Gallery - May 8th - June 20th <p style="text-align: justify;">Sean Kelly is delighted to announce&nbsp;<em>From Düsseldorf,</em>&nbsp;a solo exhibition of recent work by prominent German photographer Candida Höfer. This will be Höfer&rsquo;s first exhibition with the gallery and her first exhibition in New York since 2013. An opening reception will take place on Thursday May 7 from 6:00 to 8:00pm, the artist will be present.<br /><br />On view for the first time in the United States, the photographs presented in this exhibition were all taken in Düsseldorf, Germany &mdash; the city where Höfer first studied photography under Bernd and Hilla Becher and which, to this day, remains an important influence on her work. In the mid 70s, Höfer and her peers at the exalted Kunstakademie, known as The Düsseldorf School of Photography, created one of the most remarkable artistic movements in Germany since the Bauhaus. In the years following, Höfer has continued to photograph Düsseldorf with a fresh eye, revealing an entirely new, and unexpected, minimalist direction in her work.<br /><br />Alongside the meticulously composed, large-scale, color images of interiors for which Höfer is known, the exhibition presents photographs from the artist&rsquo;s remarkable new body of work. Höfer&rsquo;s latest compositions focus primarily on architectural detail and structure, color and form, utilizing extreme angles and close-ups to interrogate abstract forms. These fascinating new images juxtaposed against the Baroque churches, Rococo halls, and Modern opera houses, quintessentially representative of Höfer&rsquo;s oeuvre, create an exciting visual dialogue that explores the past, present, and future of both the city and the artist.<br /><br />Höfer's internationally recognized work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalles in Basel and in Berne, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Louvre in Paris, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Museum Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf and, most recently, at the Kunstmuseum Luzerne. Her work has also appeared in group exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Power Plant, Toronto; Kusthaus Bregenz; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; and Documenta XI, Kassel. Höfer represented Germany at the 2003 Venice Biennale. Her photographs are in major public and private collections worldwide.<br /><br /><em>Candida Höfer: Düsseldorf,</em>&nbsp;a monograph published by Richter | Fey Verlag in collaboration with the Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, will be available at the gallery during the exhibition.</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:05:53 +0000 D Randall Blythe - Sacred Gallery NYC - May 2nd - May 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist Statement:<br />I am consistently compelled to shoot photographs when presented with two very different subjects and/or situations: 1) humans (including myself) in a heightened emotional state, and 2) natural landscapes which instill a feeling of calm within me. Neither are static things created in a studio setting; both are organically occurring "movements" (people are in a constant stage of change, and even landscapes differ in appearance from second to second with light, wind, waves, etc.). I merely capture these movements when the opportunity arises. My shooting methods for these two types of photographs are polar opposites; quick and spontaneous for human subjects, slow and meticulous for landscapes. As a writer and musician I create with specific intent-- I wish to clearly convey some point I deem important or strong emotion I am feeling with my words and songs. My approach to photography is very different-- the act of photographing is a striving for balance within me, an attempt to learn to be a bit more objective about the world and my place within it. Camera in hand, I train myself to mentally and emotionally slow down, step outside an unfolding situation, and capture the actuality of it without injecting my own very subjective views of what it should be. While I edit my photos to suit my personal aesthetic (I primarily enjoy black and white images), the meaning of these photos becomes apparent to me only in hindsight-- I did not create them, I just took the time to notice and capture what was already there.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Richmond, Virginia, resident D. Randall Blythe is the singer of the internationally renowned band lamb of god, the author of the forthcoming memoir Dark Days (to be published July 2015 by Perseus/DaCapo books in the USA, and Random House in the UK and associated territories), is a music critic at the highly acclaimed&nbsp;<a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a>, has acted in movies filmed in America and Asia, and periodically composes music for the Richmond Ballet..</p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:47:29 +0000 Pam Ader, Winn Rea, Myra Eastman, Harriet Goldstein - Phoenix Gallery - April 29th - May 23rd Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:22:14 +0000 Leehyun Kim - Phoenix Gallery - April 29th - May 23rd <p style="text-align: justify;">Walking on the street in a city lets you see people who are likely to be emotionless as if all four seasons are frozen and just cold. There is no truth in people's eyes. We have lost our genuine emotional expressions and have allowed ourselves to become more artificial because we want to protect ourselves while living in an ambiguous and unpredictable life. I miss the real faces hidden under those emotionless or covered faces. So I paint the face, which may have disappeared and again appeared, dimly vanished as I blink my eyes..&nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:21:58 +0000 Keith Edmier - Petzel Gallery - May 9th - June 20th Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:14:47 +0000