ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Islip Art Museum - June 28th - September 13th Thu, 28 May 2015 21:22:58 +0000 - Islip Art Museum - June 28th - September 13th Thu, 28 May 2015 21:18:20 +0000 Elaine Buckholtz - Sasha Wolf Gallery - June 3rd - July 12th <p style="text-align: justify;">Elaine Buckholtz has been working with aspects of moving light for the past 30 years. This exhibition focuses on light sculpture, video installation and manipulated video stills. The works produced for this show are made up of two different, yet related, ways of working.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Firstly, the manipulated video stills&mdash;or photographic prints&mdash;from the artist&rsquo;s experimentation with iconic works from art history. In the artist&rsquo;s process, Buckholtz tears out images from art history books,takes the excised images and spins them on a contraption of her own design. She then films these pieces in motion while shaking the camera and the footage results in abstracted lines and patterns. The finished prints are video stills of these spun artworks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Adding another layer to this process, Buckholtz also projects video of the spinning pieces on to prints of the video stills. These meditative, quiet pieces are the result of still images with their slow-motion counterpart video projected on to the extracted prints. The two video projections pieces in the show are formatted in the aspect ratio of two important moments in film history. The first of these, &ldquo;Middlesticks,&rdquo; is a 1:1 (or square) format&mdash;the format of &Eacute;tienne-Jules Marey&rsquo;s films, one of the earliest forms of recorded moving image. (Marey&rsquo;s Chronophotographe recorded the famous images proving cats always land on their feet). The second, &ldquo;Spinning Night in Living Color,&rdquo; uses the iconic Cinemascope format (anywhere from 2.66:1 to 2.35:1), a format at once familiar and nostalgic (see &ldquo;East of Eden&rdquo;, and &rdquo;The Inn of The Sixth Happiness&rdquo;). These pieces address not only the history of painting (through source material of images from textbooks), but also the history of cinema (through format and the use of moving image). Through these pieces, the act of painting is reconsidered and leapfrogs from planar painting (second dimension) to time-based media (the fourth dimension).</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For Buckholtz, who is also known for her longstanding career as a light installation artist and lighting designer for performance, this body of work sits in a context of distilling the variables involved with lighting a 3D space for time-based performance into a gallery setting. The cohesive connectors between these practices are motion, light, time, and an interest in harnessing these elements in an art-historical context.</p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:49:02 +0000 Matthias Merdan - Viridian Artists - June 9th - June 27th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Chelsea: Viridian Artists</strong> is pleased to present &ldquo;SILLY SCULPTURE&rdquo;, &nbsp;an exhibition of new sculpture and prints by MATTHIAS MERDAN opening June 9th and continuing through June 27th with a reception on Thursday, May 21st, 6-8PM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">These days we often wonder how the discipline of visual arts could still have a perceivable chance of making an impact. Has art reached the end of its evolutionary possibilities? Is it stagnated in its existing forms?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist Matthias Merdan&rsquo;s answer is &ldquo;Silly Sculptures&rdquo;. These slightly larger than life sculptures of figures bring together what the artist calls the &ldquo;five futilities or &ldquo;irrelevances&rdquo;. The artist has carefully contemplated their actions, gesticulations, positioning, colors and outfits as unified contradictions, so that the sculptures radiate absurdity and clumsiness.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The &ldquo;actions&rdquo; of the Silly Sculptures are characterized by everyday banality, unfettered by pathos, purity and compulsions. Their actions are not the gesticulations of heroes but instead they stand shakily and illogically. Their colors too are inconsistent. Using chalk, lacquer, oil, acrylic and adhesive tape, the artist wants to prevent any suspicion that he is creating a cohesive design and deliberately leaves his traces of fingerprints and wipes. It&rsquo;s as if Merdan is attempting to provoke us to conduct comparisons &nbsp;with the possible and to reorganize our knowledge.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Accessories of hats and gasmasks are more than just additional visual attributes, but serve as a metaphor for the extreme distance he has traveled from the mind, tradition and world of the beholder.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Merdan&rsquo;s sculptures are mobile, changeable, and anatomically adjustable, responding to space as well as to situations. With the sculpture are prints and photos of their passing poses. With these highly expressive, but dissonant works, Merdan aims to bend the common clich&eacute;s of aesthetics in an effort to bet on the inexhaustible potential of the visual arts. With these creations, he seizes the innovative opportunity and evolutionary possibilities inherent in sculpture and consequently creates a novel form of expression.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mattias Merdan lives in Zurich, Switzerland and is presenting his first solo exhibit at Viridian. He has a Master of Philosophy and Theology from Bamberg University in Germany. In 2000, he did a residency in Nafpaktos, Greece to study iconography and from 2006-2011, he led international workshop in the manufacturing of carbon and fiberglass. He has been a professional sculptor since 2008.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">We look forward to your presence at the event of &ldquo;Silly Sculptures&rdquo;.</p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:45:52 +0000 Group Show - Team Gallery - Wooster St. - June 28th - July 31st Thu, 28 May 2015 15:39:04 +0000 Group Show - Team Gallery - Grand St - June 28th - July 31st Thu, 28 May 2015 15:38:51 +0000 Group Show - Stux + Haller - June 10th - July 17th Thu, 28 May 2015 15:36:17 +0000 Burk Uzzle - Steven Kasher Gallery - June 11th - July 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to announce a major exhibition, <em>Burk Uzzle: American Puzzles, </em>the first exhibition of the artist&rsquo;s work at the gallery. The exhibition features over 70 vintage black and white photographs of the American social landscape from the 1960s through the 2000s. Like the photographs of the New Topographics, Uzzle&rsquo;s work offers a formal simplification of the visual field with an emotionally complex rendering of American society. His puzzle-like images question&nbsp;and confront the tensions present in our individual and cultural psyches. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Uzzle&rsquo;s work utilizes nuanced compositions, quirky and obscure. They feature a poignant yet empathetic sense of irony. Uzzle say, &ldquo;These photographs are an appreciation of America. Their structure, like that of America itself, evokes a melody of movement and collage &ndash; not an explanation. These photographs represent moments selected, intuitively, which complete a form. They could be called gestures of the dialogue between optical reality and personal vision. Unlike documents, they play tag with layers of reality, both interior and exterior. America is like that, conditioning us to zig-zag and change with its constant, energetic barrage of many and various realities. But there is a melody in all the movement, and I can only feel it in America.&rdquo; </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Henri Cartier-Bresson advised Uzzle to study the Quattrocento painters which, as he says, erased his laser vision that riveted on a single headline moment and opened his eyes to the play of planes &ldquo;to head me into confusion, riot, and the camera&rsquo;s gluttony and the simultaneous distraction of the world.&rdquo; Alongside of his artistic work, Uzzle has produced some of the most recognizable images we have of Woodstock, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cambodian War.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in 1938 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Uzzle began working as a photographer at age 14. &nbsp;He became a staff photographer for the Raleigh <em>News &amp; Observer</em> at 17, and by 1957 was hired as a contract photographer for the Black Star Agency. In 1962, at age 23, he became the youngest photographer ever hired by LIFE magazine. In 1967, Uzzle became a member of Magnum Photos<em>, </em>the prestigious international cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. An active contributor to Magnum for over sixteen years, he was twice elected president. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Five monographs of the artist&rsquo;s work have been published; <em>Landscapes</em> (Magnum, 1967); <em>All</em> <em>American</em> (Aperture, 1985); <em>Progress Report on Civilization</em> (Chrysler Museum, 1992); <em>A Family Named Spot</em> (Five Ties, 2006); and his first book of color photographs <em>Just Add Water: Photographs by Burk Uzzle</em> (Five Ties, 2007). His work has been included in anthologies including <em>Master Photographs</em> (International Center of Photography, 1988); <em>Magnum: Fifty Years on the Front Line of History</em> (Grove Press, 1999); <em>The Great LIFE Photographers</em> (Bullfinch, 2004); <em>American: The Social Landscape from 1940 &ndash; 2006, Masterpieces of American Photography</em> (Damiani Editore, 2006); and <em>Rethinking Landscape</em>, (Taubman Museum of Art, 2008). </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Burk Uzzle&rsquo;s photographs are held in the permanent collections of numerous museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.;&nbsp; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Art Institute of Chicago; International Center of Photography, New York; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; and the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.</p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:32:24 +0000 Mister Finch - Steven Kasher Gallery - June 4th - July 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to announce <em>Mister Finch&rsquo;s Handmade Museum</em>. This is Mister Finch&rsquo;s debut gallery exhibition. Made from stained and painted cotton fabric tailored to dazzling effect, <em>Mister Finch&rsquo;s Handmade Museum </em>showcases over 50 new sculptures by the artist.&nbsp; The exhibition is a cabinet of curiosities housing specimens both pretty and poisonous from the wondrous world of Mister Finch. The exhibition immerses the viewer in slightly subversive wonderland where poetry awakens from decay. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over-sized toadstools and fungus sculptures take inspiration from bonsai trees, antique naturalist specimens, and the colors and textures of Japanese netsuke. They grow out of wooden bases sourced from vintage lamps, furniture legs and wooden bowls. They mimic the natural positions of fungi found in the wild and in the imagination.&nbsp; A display case, appointed as one might find in a 19<sup>th</sup> century apothecary, showcases a collection of tightly stitched birds. These intensely detailed pieces, battered and frail, are a quiet but poignant reminder of life&rsquo;s cycle. A collection of huge and plump spiders, the largest ever created by the artist, sit in stark contrast to the minutely delicate works held in display cases. These enormous creatures, the largest over 5 feet tall, are ready to pounce at any moment, some hanging down from a single thread, shifting from peaceful to malevolent. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mister Finch writes, &ldquo;Folklore is so beautifully rich in fabulous stories and warnings and never ceases to be at the heart of what I make: shape-shifting witches, moon-gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path. Velvet curtains from and old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have, storytelling creatures for people who are also a little lost, found and forgotten. I want to inject a bit of old-fashioned magic back into the world.&rdquo; </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mister Finch is a master puppeteer, a silent but omniscient presence in an imagined narrative, who quietly coaxes us into his work and his world. Justine Hand, editor of Remodelista, notes: &nbsp;&ldquo;In Finch&rsquo;s <em>commedia dell&rsquo;arte</em> the characters do not wish to make you stand outside their central drama&hellip;Captured by their wit, personality and pluck there seems nothing else to do but engage these creatures in a dialogue. As the conversation progresses, Finch&rsquo;s creations begin to inhabit our own story, adopting aspects of our nature, and we relate to them all the more.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the last several years, Mister Finch has amassed an eclectic mix of upcycled and new materials: discarded wire, steel, and wood, vintage tablecloths, antique silverware and rescued cottons. From these he creates his woodland creatures. British folklore and the life cycles of insects and flowers are literally and figuratively woven together in his stuffed sculptures. Though he has no formal training of any kind, his mastery of the needle can be seen in intricate details of his impeccably hand-sewn menagerie. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A textile artist from Leeds, England, Mister Finch began his career as a jewelry designer. After leaving the fashion world, he devoted himself to working exclusively with textiles. After garnering a cult following on Etsy, he installed his debut exhibition, <em>Cinder Embers</em>, in November 2014 at the Anthropologie flagship on Kings Road in London. His first book, <em>Mister Finch: Living in a Fairytale World</em>, was published by Glitterati in 2014.</p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:32:14 +0000 Andra Ursuta - Ramiken Crucible - June 7th - July 12th Thu, 28 May 2015 15:22:14 +0000 Group Show - Robin Rice Gallery - June 24th - September 6th <p style="text-align: justify;">The Robin Rice Gallery is pleased to present the annual <em>Summertime Salon</em>, a photographic exhibition featuring the works of the gallery artists as well as a few newcomers. This year's show opening reception will be held on Wednesday, June 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The show will run through September 6, 2015.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When one thinks of the summertime, a million different smells, sights, sounds, and memories manifest. Each year, Rice curates a summertime salon show that captures this multiplicity, displaying a diversity of styles, themes, nuances, and artist techniques. For 2015, Rice has brought together the works of 51 artists mosaicking the walls of the gallery walls from floor to ceiling with nearly a hundred photographs, their various sizes, color schemes and subject matter expertly laid out to fit together like the pieces of an eclectic puzzle.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Rice's installation design is carefully orchestrated so that the individual pieces work off each other. "This is my favorite exhibit even though it takes months to curate and a week to install. It is my curatorial showcase. Visitors always linger longer than any other show; there is something for everyone. I love the moment when the viewer is first drawn to an image," says Rice. "Sometimes it's indefinable; a moment when the viewer not only shares but also reconnects to an experience remembered."</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The invitational image, <em>1952 Vincent Black Shadow</em> by Bill Phelps takes its title from the bike famed for its record-breaking speeds. Within the faded sepia-toned pallet the striking figure of a bikini-wearing woman is stretched horizontally, as if flying, upon this legendary motorcycle. She is juxtaposed against a background of silos shrouded in fog. She appears as if the force of the motorcycle has streamlined her body backwards. Yet in this frozen moment the motorcycle remains stationary upon a tabletop.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From Phelps' photograph you gain entrŽe into a world of evocative images that invite you to while away the afternoon. At once modern and sentimental, playful and reflective, the exhibition is an expression of the aesthetic cultivated by the gallery for the last 25 years. It is both an opportunity to display the artists Rice has nurtured for decades, as well as a chance to invite newcomers into the gallery space. </p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:17:41 +0000 Wilder Alison, Ana Cardoso, Mae Fatto, Lucas Knipscher, Blaze Lamper, Annabeth Marks, Adele Röder, Emi Winter, Yoni Zonszein - Rachel Uffner Gallery - June 7th - July 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">WOMAN LOOKING AT A VASE OF FLOWERS<br /> <br /> It was as if thunder took form upon<br /> The piano, that time: the time when the crude<br /> And jealous grandeurs of sun and sky<br /> Scattered themselves in the garden, like<br /> The wind dissolving into birds,<br /> The clouds becoming braided girls.<br /> It was like the sea poured out again<br /> In east wind beating the shutters at night.<br /> <br /> Hoot, little owl within her, how<br /> High blue became particular<br /> In the leaf and bud and how the red,<br /> Flicked into pieces, points of air,<br /> Became--how the central, essential red<br /> Escaped its large abstraction, became,<br /> First, summer, then a lesser time,<br /> Then the sides of peaches, of dusky pears.<br /> <br /> Hoot how the inhuman colors fell<br /> Into place beside her, where she was,<br /> Like human conciliations, more like<br /> A profounder reconciling, an act,<br /> An affirmation free from doubt.<br /> The crude and jealous formlessness<br /> Became the form and the fragrance of things<br /> Without clairvoyance, close to her.<br /> <br /> Wallace Stevens, 1937</p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:15:16 +0000 Luke Murphy - Postmasters - June 6th - July 11th Thu, 28 May 2015 15:10:48 +0000 Ada Karczmarczyk - Postmasters - June 6th - July 11th Thu, 28 May 2015 15:10:39 +0000 EDDO STERN - Postmasters - June 6th - July 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Postmasters Gallery is pleased to present a monumental installation of Eddo Stern's video game. <br /> <em>Vietnam Romance</em>, recreates and interrogates the fictionalized history of the Vietnam War and its culturally commodified remains through a mash-up of cultural artifacts drawn primarily from Hollywood film culture as well as war literature, comic books, popular music, collectable war memorabilia, and adventure tourist packages. <br /><br /> <em>Vietnam Romance</em> is a tour of nostalgia for romantics and Deathmatch veterans pitting tourists vs. adventurers, history vs. its fantasies, and games vs. cinema. Film critic Ed Halter, described a film version of the project as exploring <em>"a peculiarly American memory-trip, one in which the legacy of a gruesome war has become indistinguishable from pleasurable, if mythic-tragic, entertainments."</em> <br /><br /> At Postmasters, the project is presented as a multiscreen projection-mapped installation. The presentation alternates between a computer generated panoramic tour through a Fantastical Vietnam created on the fly from online data scraped from tourist information sites, google maps, Ebay war memorabilia listings, top of the charts music archives, and a Vietnam movie database of characters, actors and extras. In the gallery, <em>Vietnam Romance</em> can be experienced either as a playable computer game or as a generative animation. The imagery in the game is created entirely from Eddo Stern's watercolor paintings processed into 3D models. <br /><br /> The game includes these playable vignettes:<br /> Scene 1: FORTUNATE SON<br /> Scene 2: MOJAVE<br /> Scene 3: APACHE<br /> Scene 4: IN COUNTRY<br /> Scene 5 : THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING<br /> Scene 6: THE TRACKS OF MY TEARS<br /> Scene 7: THE DEER HUNTER<br /> Scene 8: THE LUNCH LADY<br /> Scene 9: HO-CHI-MINH TO HANOI<br /> <br /><br /> <strong>SPECIAL EVENT: Sunday June 7 - Live show at Babycastles <br /></strong> In conjunction with the show, on Sunday June 7, 8:00-11:00pm a one-night-only live dinner-theatre-game-performance will be presented at Babycastles gallery-arcade. The show will involve acting and live improv, multiplayer gameplay, tournaments, dinner, music, collectable cards, dancing, and stage sets. Featuring Lucas Near-Verbrugghe in person as Viet Rom Agent and cooking by Thu Tran (of IFC's Food Party). <br />Limited spots available, for more information and ticketing: <a href="" target="_window"> </a></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Vietnam Romance was created by Eddo Stern with thanks to Vietnam Romance development team members: Steven Amrhein (jack-of-all(!)-trades), Nicholas Crockett (much code), Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (acting), Louis Pham (vietnamese translation) and Jessica Hutchins (co-writing).</em></p> Thu, 28 May 2015 15:10:32 +0000 John Phillip Abbott, Beth Campbell, Kathryn Refi, Ken Weathersby - Pierogi - June 12th - July 12th Thu, 28 May 2015 15:07:13 +0000