ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Ralph Fasanella - American Folk Art Museum - Lincoln Square - September 2nd 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM <p>Ralph Fasanella (1914&ndash;1997) celebrated the common man and tackled complex issues of postwar America in colorful, socially minded paintings. This exhibition celebrates the one hundredth anniversary of the artist&rsquo;s birth and brings together key works from a career spanning fifty-two years. Fasanella was born in the Bronx and grew up in working-class neighborhoods of New York; he became a tireless advocate for laborers&rsquo; rights, first as a union organizer and later as a painter.<br /><br />This major exhibition includes a selection of artworks from the American Folk Art Museum&rsquo;s collection, which holds more than one hundred paintings and drawings by the artist. The Estate of Ralph Fasanella gifted many of these objects to the museum over the years, in addition to the artist&rsquo;s notebooks, sketches, correspondence, personal records, photographs, publications, and films, which were donated in 2009 and 2013.<br /><br /><em>Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget</em>&nbsp;is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Tania and Tom Evans, Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. American Folk Art Fund, and Paula and Peter Lunder. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum&rsquo;s traveling exhibition program,<em>Treasures to Go.</em></p> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:39:01 +0000 Adam Shecter - Eleven Rivington (Chrystie Street) - September 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Eleven Rivington is pleased to present its third solo exhibition by NY artist Adam Shecter, on view at its 195 Chrystie Street location from September 2 &ndash; October 5, 2014.&nbsp; The exhibition, titled New Year, features a 26-minute panoramic animation that runs the length of the entire gallery space. New Year combines hand drawn imagery, 3D animation, and digital video with an original soundtrack by the artist. Actor Sean Maher (Firefly, Green Arrow, Much Ado About Nothing) provides narration.</p> <p>New Year is a visually rich depiction of city life that fuses science fiction with the domestic. Through omniscient narration, Shecter's hybrid of personal journal and animated science fiction follows the lives of a gay married couple, a melancholy astronaut, and two wild dogs living in a reality not quite our own. The combination of fantasy and realism connects to the work's exploration of false memory, the vivid recollection of events that may or may not have occurred. In doing so, Shecter has created landscapes and characters that populate a city like New York, but in an unspecified reality and time. &nbsp;</p> <p>New Year employs an experimental narrative technique, pairing twelve continuously scrolling sequences with meditative panoramas in an ultra-wide aspect ratio. Like a graphic novel, the film employs a variety of styles, creating visual and narrative counterpoint between atmospheric sequences, sci-fi set pieces, and observations of daily life.</p> <p>Adam Shecter was born in Dallas, TX in 1976 and currently lives and works in New York.&nbsp; Shecter was educated at McGill University, Montreal and Bank Street College of Education, NY; he attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2006.&nbsp; He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow in Film and Video, and was selected for the Drawing Center&rsquo;s inaugural Open Sessions Program. He has had solo exhibitions and screenings at St. Ann&rsquo;s Warehouse Experimental Puppet Lab, Brooklyn; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany; and Konstforeningen Aura, Sweden, among others.&nbsp; Shecter was included in the 2012 Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art, NY.&nbsp; His work has been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out magazine, among others.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:57:35 +0000 Douglas Melini - Eleven Rivington (Rivington Street) - September 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Eleven Rivington is delighted to present the new work of New York artist Douglas Melini at its 11 Rivington Street location, on view from September 2 &ndash; October 5, 2014.&nbsp; The exhibition will feature recent acrylic and oil abstract paintings in artist-made frames.</p> <p>Investigating the construction of his previous canvases, Douglas Melini takes a different approach to this new body of intimately scaled works. &nbsp;Concealed are the formally realized hardedge geometric spaces from his previous paintings and in place is a more organic accumulation of fluid marks. &nbsp;While traces of a grid system from the earlier works remain present, they serve as the ground for the act of a new painting, allowing diminutive triangles to co-mingle with accumulated brushstrokes and minute daubs of densely applied paint.</p> <p>Melini begins each canvas with several days of paint and color mixing, and then proceeds to construct a grid underpainting.&nbsp; During this time, the frame for the work is painted and prepared. &nbsp;After the ground and support are completed, the artist spends one full day from morning until evening executing a single painting, often without any breaks.&nbsp; Melini&rsquo;s practice is intuitive, and he employs palette knives and small brushes to create his marks. &nbsp;At the end of the day, the painting is deemed complete, with no further adjustments made. A single realized activity is completed, transforming the physical undertaking of one day&rsquo;s work into an aesthetic experience.&nbsp; The process is akin to On Kawara&rsquo;s date paintings, where the objective of each work records the act of the day; in Melini's case, the record of the workday manifests itself as a densely painted image rather than an unassuming date.&nbsp; The portrait size scale of these new paintings further captures the intimacy of the recorded act. &nbsp;</p> <p>Melini has used a framing device as a support for his work for the last several years. &nbsp;He views the frame as integral to the functionality of the work and is interested in both its formal as well as cultural significance. &nbsp;The structure of the frame and its color are both considered as part of the overall painting from the earliest stages of the work. &nbsp;Melini states: "The frame in my work functions in multiple ways.&nbsp; It suggests that the painting can be perceived as an interior, a space of depth. It also sets the painting off as an object, encouraging the viewer to read the work in many different ways.&rdquo;</p> <p>Douglas Melini (born 1972) was educated at CalArts, LA and University of Maryland, College Park; he currently lives and works in New York.&nbsp; Melini&rsquo;s previous solo exhibitions include Feature Inc., NY; The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica; and a <em>White Room</em> at White Columns, NY.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 01:02:07 +0000 PS3* - Y Gallery - September 2nd 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:19:06 +0000 Markus Linnenbrink - Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:46:09 +0000 Eric Wesley - Bortolami Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Bortolami is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by the Los Angeles-based artist Eric Wesley, on view from&nbsp;4 September to 4 October 2014. Please join us for an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, 4 September, from&nbsp;6 to 8 pm.<br /> <br /> An artist who often thematizes various rubrics of success and failure, Eric Wesley&rsquo;s newest works are large trompe-l'&oelig;il paintings that depict &ldquo;Daily Progress Status Reports.&rdquo; Each DPS is a blank form for assigning and evaluating the efficiency of a workday; broken up by the hours of the day (from&nbsp;10:00 am and 6:00 pm), it has space for delegating an assignment for each hour and a box to note whether or not these tasks have been finished satisfactorily. Wesley&rsquo;s paintings show these DPS worksheets after they have been &ldquo;completed&rdquo;: scribbled on, evaluated, crumpled up, stained, faded and folded. His painstaking painting technique contrasts extravagantly with the apathy and ennui which the marks on each form convey, making the exhibition a droll meditation on artistic labor and the constant demand to be productive.<br /> <br /> Eric Wesley (born 1973, Los Angeles) has had solo exhibitions in galleries internationally as well as at the MOCA, Los Angeles and Foundation Morra Greco, Naples, Italy. In 2015, he will have a large-scale exhibition at 365 Mission Road in Los Angeles. Wesley has participated in group shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France; Fundaci&oacute;n/Colecci&oacute;n, Jumex, Mexico; Museo d&rsquo;Arte, Benevento, Italy; The Prague Biennial in 2007; Institute of Contemporary Art, London; P.S.1, New York; and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is one of the founders of the Mountain School of Arts.</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:40:47 +0000 Scott King - Bortolami Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Bortolami is pleased to present&nbsp;<em>Totem Motif</em>, an&nbsp;exhibition of recent work by Scott King which originated&nbsp;this past May&nbsp;at Between Bridges, Berlin, and will be recreated at Bortolami. The first variant of the exhibition featured four works that interrogate the utility of public sculpture&mdash;with all of the romanticism, optimism, and naivete that it can entail. This iteration of&nbsp;<em>Totem Motif&nbsp;</em>will include a new sculpture,&nbsp;<em>Infinite Monument</em>, which exists in several sections, infinitely expandable and infinitely monumental.<br /> <br /> Scott King was born in Goole, East Yorkshire, England, 1969. He lives and works in London. In the 1990s he worked as Art Director of&nbsp;<em>i-D</em>&nbsp;magazine and later as Creative Director of&nbsp;<em>Sleazenation</em>&nbsp;magazine. As a graphic designer&nbsp;he has collaborated with such iconic figures as Malcolm McLaren, the Pet Shop Boys, Michael Clark and Suicide. King&rsquo;s work has been exhibited worldwide as such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Barbican, London.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:44:37 +0000 Nagib Nahas - Bowery Gallery - September 4th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:56:55 +0000 Jennifer Reeves - BravinLee Programs - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>BravinLee programs is both pleased and saddened to open its season with Place, a selection of paintings, photographs and drawings by Jennifer Wynne Reeves.</p> <p>Jennifer Reeves life was cut too short when she succumbed to brain cancer on June 22nd at the age of 51. Reeves is known for creating a body of paintings, drawings and photographs that speak to and confront formalist and humanist dilemmas. But beyond her reputation and achievements in the art world, Reeves enjoyed a considerable fan-base as a result of her astonishing Facebook presence where she chronicled and interwove her art and diaristic prose, living her life out loud, inviting her followers to take pieces of her and receive inspiration.</p> <p>For better or worse Reeves was a painter's painter. While she achieved a great measure of commercial success in her too abbreviated life, Reeves was best known and respected by artists who recognized her powerful skills of blending painterly style and manipulating materials in an alarmingly appealing way, avoiding the pitfalls that push abstraction against representation. Reeves was able to mine life's deeper underlying enigmatic and elusive narratives and emotions by the taming of opposites. Combining color-field, minimalism, narrative painting, process art and expressionism, Reeves rejected low thread count, muted, mock solemnity.</p> <p>In addition to her paintings, it will feature her hand-painted set-up photographs in which she set placed sculptural forms evocative of the figure against the backdrop of actual landscape space.<br /> The exhibition is an invitation to have a conversation about Reeves legacy and we hope that in time, it will lead to a museum survey to explore her art and writing.</p> <p>Reeves enjoyed solo exhibitions at Art &amp; Public in Geneva, Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome, The Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, and Max Protetch and Ramis Barquet in NYC. Her most recent solo show was at BravinLee programs in 2013. Reeves was also celebrated for her writing. She produced a graphic novel, The Anyway Ember in 2008 and Soul Bolt a book of her set-up photography and prose in 2012. In 2012 she was selected as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.</p> <p>There will be a celebration of the life of Jennifer Wynne Reeves Saturday September 6th, 11am St. Mark's Church in the Bowery 131 East 10th Street, NYC</p> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:51:03 +0000 Shirley Steele - Ceres Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:08:50 +0000 Roman Opalka - Dominique Lévy Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Beginning September 4, 2014, Dominique L&eacute;vy gallery will pay tribute to Roman Opalka&rsquo;s unique art of body and soul with&nbsp;<strong>Roman Opalka: Painting&nbsp;</strong><strong><em>&infin;</em></strong>.&nbsp;The exhibition provides an overview of Opalka&rsquo;s career, revealing his &oelig;uvre to be a grand metaphor for human existence and a deceptively restrained expression of the artist&rsquo;s vitality and passion in the face of an unstoppable evaporation. &ldquo;Time as we live it and as we create it embodies our progressive disappearance,&rdquo; Opalka wrote in a 1987 essay. &ldquo;We are at the same time alive and in the face of death &mdash; that is the mystery of all living beings.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Roman Opalka: Painting&nbsp;</strong><strong><em>&infin;</em></strong>&nbsp;will present a key group of paintings (each titled&nbsp;<em>D&eacute;tails</em>) from&nbsp;<em>1965 / 1 &ndash;&nbsp;</em><strong><em>&infin;</em></strong>, complemented by a selection of the artist&rsquo;s related&nbsp;<em>Self-Portraits</em>&nbsp;photographs and audio recordings in which Opalka intones, in his native Polish, the numbers he is painting. The exhibition will also present antecedents to&nbsp;<em>1965 / 1 &ndash;&nbsp;</em><strong><em>&infin;.&nbsp;</em></strong>Two rare&nbsp;<em>Chronomes</em>paintings of 1963 will be on view, as will the entire series of Opalka&rsquo;s ten&nbsp;<em>Etude sur le Mouvement</em>&nbsp;works on paper from 1959-60.&nbsp; These works will be shown together with the&nbsp;<em>Details&nbsp;</em>for the first time in the United States.</p> <p>The exhibition&nbsp;will remain on view through October 18<sup>th&nbsp;</sup>and is accompanied by a catalogue featuring a text by curator and art historian Lorand Hegyi, a close friend of the artist; an essay by independent curator and historian Charles Wylie; an original text by French poet Jacques Roubaud; and a conversation between Marie-Madeleine Opalka, the artist&rsquo;s widow, and Fran&ccedil;ois Barr&eacute;, a close friend, that serves as a narrative chronology.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About the Artist</strong></p> <p>Roman Opalka was born on August 27, 1931, to Polish &eacute;migr&eacute;s in Hocquincourt, in northern France. The family returned to Poland in 1935, only to be deported to Germany after the Nazi invasion. After being liberated by the United States Army, they returned to Poland, where Roman studied lithography at a graphics school before enrolling in the School of Art and Design in Lodz. He later earned a degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and began experimenting with abstract and monochrome paintings, which he called&nbsp;<em>Chronomes</em>. In 1970 he gave up all other painting but his 1965/1 -&nbsp;<strong><em>&infin;</em></strong>&nbsp;series, begun in 1965.</p> <p>In 1977 Roman Opalka moved to France, settling at Teill&eacute;, near Le Mans. He took French citizenship in 1985, and in 2009 he was named Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and of Letters).</p> <p>Opalka died in Chieti, Italy, in August 2011.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:42:59 +0000 Gene Shaw - Dorian Grey Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Dover Publications, Inc. (, is celebrating the release of the beautiful new Calla Edition hardcover, Journeyman: Eric Clapton &mdash; A Photographic Narrative by Gene Shaw, with an exhibit at New York City&rsquo;s Dorian Grey Gallery from September 4th to the 14th.<br />&nbsp;<br /> For over five decades, Eric Clapton has ranked among rock&rsquo;s premiere guitarists &mdash; and since the early 1980s, famed music photographer Gene Shaw has been capturing great moments from Slowhand&rsquo;s electrifying career. Now, coinciding with the Hall of Famer&rsquo;s upcoming 70th birthday, <em>Journeyman: Eric Clapton &mdash; A Photographic Narrative</em> delivers more than 150 of Shaw&rsquo;s high-quality color and black-and-white photographs, offering a front-row perspective on many magical musical events from Clapton&rsquo;s later career. Highlights include the legendary performance at the 1983 ARMS benefit; the star-studded 1992 show with Elton John at Shea Stadium; the long awaited 2005 Cream reunions at the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden; several appearances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; and the current Crossroads Guitar Festivals. Shaw provides an insider&rsquo;s perspective to each concert, offering an abundance of insightful commentary as well as complete set lists and band lineups.<br />&nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;There are quite a few books on Eric Clapton available, but Journeyman definitely stands out from the pack,&rdquo; says Mr. Shaw, whose acclaimed photography has appeared in Vogue, Rolling Stone, Time, People, and various books and museums. &ldquo;Appromimately 75% of the photographs have never been published before and I was able to capture rare and intimate moments between Eric and his fellow musicians not seen anywhere else. These artists include some of the biggest names in the business, so there are also exclusive images of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Joe Cocker, Keith Richards, Albert Collins, Bob Dylan, and other superstars.&rdquo; <br />&nbsp;<br /> But the photos are just a part of the total package. &ldquo;Through my vivid recollections of each show, Journeyman not only captures one of the greatest performers in rock history, it also chronicles my personal growth as a photographer,&rdquo; Mr. Shaw continues. &ldquo;As my confidence and skills grew, Eric&rsquo;s career blossomed in unexpected ways. He turned to the past for fresh inspiration, as the smash Unplugged album revisited classic hits in an acoustic setting. Plus, recordings like Riding With the King and Me and Mr. Johnson powerfully demonstrated the impact such blues greats as B. B. King and Robert Johnson had on his guitar playing and songwriting.&rdquo;<br />&nbsp;<br /> A few of the author&rsquo;s rock-and-roll friends contributed to the book, including the popular Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis, who won a &ldquo;Best Album Notes&rdquo; Grammy&reg; for Clapton&rsquo;s 1988 &ldquo;Crossroads&rdquo; boxed set. &ldquo;Along with documenting the deeply personal story of photographer Gene Shaw&rsquo;s abiding admiration for Eric Clapton, this book provides the valuable service of offering a visual history of the wonderful work the guitarist has done during his time,&rdquo; says Mr. DeCurtis in his Introduction. &ldquo;As with so many people who successfully chose recovery, Clapton has enjoyed many richly productive years as a result.&rdquo; Plus, artist John &ldquo;Crash&rdquo; Matos, the designer of some of Clapton&rsquo;s signature guitars, adds a Foreword. &ldquo;As I went through many of Gene&rsquo;s photographs, I could see that they were not just shot by a fan, or by someone looking for a payday&hellip; it went much deeper,&rdquo; states Mr. Matos. &ldquo;His work was about capturing a moment not only on stage, but in his own life, and how the photos became parallel to his own walk.&rdquo; <br />&nbsp;<br /> Running from September 4th to the 14th at the Dorian Grey Gallery, &ldquo;Journeyman: Eric Clapton &mdash; Photographs by Gene Shaw,&rdquo; will feature dozens of never-before-seen images from the book, which will be presented to the general public for the very first time. The Opening Reception takes place on September 4th from 6 to 9 PM. Gene Shaw and Anthony DeCurtis will attend along with various industry insiders: musicians, photographers, and others. Additionally, Mr. Shaw will conduct a book signing at the gallery on September 10th from 5 to 8 PM. The Dorian Grey Gallery is located at 437 East 9th Street at Avenue A, New York, NY, 10009.</p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:57:07 +0000 Adam Handler - Fred Torres Gallery - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Reminiscent of Basquiat's use of strong organic scribbles, vibrant colors, and iconography, Handler carves his own path with his contemporary faux-na&iuml;f style, distilling people and animals to their core.&nbsp;<br /><br />From his joyous, eye-popping large canvases to smaller monochromatic works, Handler reaches an emotional universality through his exploration of images associated with childhood.</p> <p>Adam D. Handler, (1986) was born in Queens NY and grew up on Long Island. As a young child and adolescent, he spent countless hours at his grandparents framing factory in New York City. There, his passion for the art grew and it became inevitable that he too would discover the many possibilities of art. As a college student, Handler studied Life Drawing in Italy and went on to graduate from Purchase College with a major in Art History. He has also studied craft design with Jorge Nieves and printing color photography with Debra Mesa-Pelly. Handler set up his studio in Long Island City, NY; Handler was attracted to its industrial ambience. Handler has exhibited his work in New York City, Greenwich CT, Canada, and Texas. Adam has no plans of slowing down and continues to create new series of works, which include sculpture, painting and drawing</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:54:54 +0000 Group Show - IPCNY International Print Center New York - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>nternational Print Center New York presents&nbsp;<strong><em>Artist's Artists:&nbsp;James Siena, Josh Smith, and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints,</em></strong>&nbsp;on view July 21 - October 15, 2014 in its gallery at 508 West 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Street, 5th Floor.</p> <p>A reception will be held at&nbsp;IPCNY&nbsp;on Thursday, September 4th, 6-8 pm.</p> <p><em><strong>Artist&rsquo;s Artists</strong></em>&nbsp;consists of sixty-four prints and books from the personal collections of three contemporary artists who incorporate printmaking into their artistic practice.&nbsp; Work dating from 1949 to 2013 is included, from antique maps to traditional lithography, intaglio, and silkscreen, along with prints by Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Antoni T&agrave;pies, Christopher Wool, among others.&nbsp; The exhibition reflects the expanse of interests among the three lenders as well as the artistic influences that connect them.&nbsp;</p> <p>From the collection of James Siena, prints by: Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Carpenter, Bruce Conner, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Steve DiBenedetto, Jane Dickson, Jim Flora, Bill Jensen, Jasper Johns, Cati Laporte, Chris Martin, Katia Santiba&ntilde;ez, Charles Seliger, Frank Stella, Antoni T&agrave;pies, and a selection of antique typewriters.<br /><br />From the collection of Josh Smith, prints by: Rita Ackerman, Bernard Buffet, Charline von Heyl, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, Bruce Nauman, Robert Rauschenberg, Pierre Soulages, Aaron Wilson and Tim Dooley (Midwest Pressed), Christopher Wool, and a selection of hand-made books by Josh Smith.<br /><br />From the collection of Charline von Heyl, prints by: Jean (Hans) Arp, Bernard Buffet, Fernand Leger, Conrad Marca-Relli, Josh Smith, Endre Szasz, and H.C. Westermann.</p> <p>Gretchen L. Wagner has previously held the position of Curator of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri as well as Assistant Curator in the Department of Prints and Illustrated Books at The Museum of Modern Art. She has contributed to numerous publications including Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art; Dada in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art; and MoMA P.S.1&rsquo;s Greater New York 2005.</p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 01:08:32 +0000 DALeast - Jonathan LeVine Gallery - 557C West 23rd - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present <strong><em>The Laten Photon</em></strong>, new works by Chinese-born, South African-based artist <strong>DALeast</strong> in what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist will paint a series of public murals and release a new print edition at 5pm on Thursday 9/4 available in person, at 557C West 23rd Street. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Works in <em>The Laten Photon</em> are acrylic and ink on linen, some are tea-stained creating a textured background. In what has become his signature style, DALeast paints human and animal figures using a swirling vortex of organic black lines with white highlights. His use of predominately neutral colors makes the compositions airy and light, yet they are simultaneously overflowing with energy due to the ribbon-like fibers that comprise his subjects. Inspired by the way the material and spiritual world revolves, the artist paints nature and its inhabitants as existing in an environment of endless motion.<br /> <br /> The concept behind <em>The Laten Photon</em> is inspired by quantum physics. The photon is an elementary particle that stimulates vision, when its structure is composed of dark matter, that causes atoms to collide and particles transform. We perceive these microscopic collisions as light. Converting invisible energy into a detectable entity, DALeast&rsquo;s menagerie of subjects soar and hunt while fragments of their movements trail closely behind, like a shadow.<br /> <br /> There is a palpable spiritual element in DALeast&rsquo;s representation of the animal kingdom. It is undistinguishable whether his creatures are unraveling or coming into being, which in the artists words, <em>&ldquo;aligns with my interest in blurring the distinctions of duality that exist in the universe of our mind.&rdquo;</em> Day and night, human and beast, chaos and control are all paradoxes brought into question through DALeast&rsquo;s sweeping imagery.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>ABOUT THE ARTIST </strong><br /> <strong>DALeast </strong>was born in 1984 in Wuhan, China and is currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. He studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began making art in public spaces in 2004. His murals can be found around the world including the U.S., Switzerland, Namibia, France, Israel, Australia and China. In October 2014, DALeast will paint a large-scale mural in Berlin on the fa&ccedil;ade of Urban Nation, a museum scheduled to open during the summer of 2015, which will exhibit artists who enrich urban spaces. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:43:30 +0000 Lily van der Stokker - Koenig & Clinton - September 4th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Koenig &amp; Clinton is pleased to announce&nbsp;<em>Huh</em>, Lily van der Stokker's second solo exhibition with the Gallery, in which the artist celebrates defiance and embellishment in both subject and form, with all new works-all pink. At its core,&nbsp;<em>Huh</em>&nbsp;presents a greater discussion about beauty, femininity, and optimism to which the ugly, the cheap, and the vacant are tethered.</p> <p>In the artist's words,&nbsp;"<em>Huh&nbsp;</em>is about stupidity, paint and the body, the baby, the flesh; about roundness, closeness and is girly, sweet, decorative, cheap, and about pleasure and color. It is about the ground, the beginning, Zen and nothing, the monochrome."</p> <p><em>Huh</em>&nbsp;holds a mirror to art world clich&eacute;s and power structures, and laughs about them. Affixed to the Gallery's wall, a pink-and-purple retail sign advertises:&nbsp;<em>only yelling older women in here/nothing to sell</em>.&nbsp;Just opposite, van der Stokker's vast acrylic wall paintings engulf the main gallery space. Initially inspired by the artist's own floral-patterned pajama pants, handwritten speech bubbles&nbsp;are adorned with curlicues, puffy clouds, and floral motifs. These charming blob-like texts comment on their own situation in the exhibition:&nbsp;<em>very nice to lie&nbsp;</em><em>here together</em>;&nbsp;<em>lovely to be next to you</em>;&nbsp;<em>we are the same</em>.</p> <p>Sculptural objects expand the wall paintings' reach into three dimensions, while custom-made&nbsp;furniture invokes interior d&eacute;cor, a nod to feminine beautification and domestic coziness. At the center of the Gallery, the eponymous freestanding sculpture is covered in doodles, and appears to be spilling over with goopy paint; textual quips such as&nbsp;<em>oopy, ucky,</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>uffy, puffy</em>&nbsp;seem to ooze out from underneath. Just behind it, a large wooden panel is decorated with flowers and several small shelves, each one cradling a roll of toilet paper. In the lower-left corner, the object's title:<em>Nothing</em>.</p> <p><em>Huh&nbsp;</em>plays on the tension between viewers' assumptions and the reality present in van der Stokker's expansive pink installation, challenging conventional ideas of girlishness, enthusiasm, and ornament. "The reputation of pink is one of low intellect," notes van der Stokker. "For me, nothing and pink represent a comfort zone, a return to the womb, to the mother, to sleep, to the bed; a world without ambition or hierarchy; the ground. Here, pink is a world of pleasure, of goals unreached, a world without urgency or pressure<em>.</em>"</p> <p>Exuberantly striving toward the comfort of decorative flatness,&nbsp;<em>Huh&nbsp;</em>stakes out an antithetical position to 'bad boy art', and encourages the viewer to question the anatomy of substance, meaning, and above all, seriousness.</p> <p><em>Lily van der Stokker has exhibited extensively in both Europe and the U.S. In January 2015, van der Stokker's installation will be on view in the Hammer Museum's Wilshire Lobby, Los Angeles. Her most recent exhibitions include&nbsp;</em>Sorry, Same Wall Painting<em>&nbsp;at The New Museum, New York;</em>Terrible&nbsp;<em>at the Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam;&nbsp;</em>To The Wall&nbsp;<em>with David Shrigley at the Aspen Art Museum; and&nbsp;</em>Plug In #52&nbsp;<em>with Jim Iserman at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindoven. She is the subject&nbsp;</em>of It Doesn't Mean Anything, But It Looks Good<em>, published on the occasion of her exhibition&nbsp;</em>No Big Deal Thing<em>at the Tate St. Ives in Cornwall. Van der Stokker has been commissioned to produce numerous public works, including&nbsp;</em>Kalm nou maar...(Don't Worry)<em>, Rotterdam (2013);&nbsp;</em>Celestial Teapot<em>, Utrecht, Netherlands (2013), and&nbsp;</em>The Pink Building<em>, Hannover (2000). The artist lives and works in New York City and Amsterdam.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 23:24:59 +0000