ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/show en-us 40 Jessica Rohrer - P.P.O.W Gallery - May 28th - June 27th <p>Jessica Rohrer</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Bloomfield</em></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>May 28 &ndash; June 27, 2015</p> <p>Opening Reception: Thursday, May 28, 6-8pm</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>P&middot;P&middot;O&middot;W</strong>&nbsp;is pleased to present <em>Bloomfield, </em>our fourth exhibition with&nbsp;artist Jessica Rohrer. This exhibition continues Rohrer&rsquo;s decade long project of depicting the homes and neighborhoods in which she has lived; from Wisconsin to Brooklyn to New Jersey. <em>Bloomfield</em> is comprised of twenty three new paintings and eighteen works on paper of interior settings, street scenes and garden views of her domestic&nbsp;suburban life derived from her immediate surroundings. Each exhibition, or chapter of her life, reflects her journey as she travels a road familiar to many. Rohrer tells a tale that is at first glance a picture book story of domesticity but upon closer look is ridden with a palpable sense of heightened anxiety.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Rohrer&rsquo;s stylistic approach combines elements of traditional miniature paintings with photorealism. &nbsp;Her obsessive freehand rendering, seemingly photographic but hand painted from life and self-taken photographs, allude to the works of Jan van Eyck, Vermeer and other old masters whose technique challenge our credulity. The compositions of each painting also hint at more contemporary artists such as Thomas Demand and Jeff Wall, whose photographic re-enactments are realistic but disturbing in their &ldquo;slightly off&rdquo; feeling.&nbsp; Pop artists are also brought to mind in relation to Rohrer&rsquo;s depiction of mundane and branded objects; stacks of books, toys, shelves of spices, craft boxes, cabinet doors and potted plants. Rohrer weaves through art history while accomplishing her seemingly humble biographical project.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Carefully manipulating each scene by emptying them of figures and detritus, Rohrer creates a sense of sanitized orderliness. Odd perspectives and tight cropping add to the anxious and ominous tone. Her precisely staged and meticulously painted&nbsp;vignettes balance that which is omitted and that which is rendered in painstaking detail. In this exhibit Rohrer ventures further afield than her own home, giving a glimpse of rooftops and neighbors&rsquo; yards which seem eerily similar to her own.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Jessica Rohrer</strong> (b. 1974) in Wisconsin.&nbsp;She graduated from Northwestern University (1996) and the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and received her M.F.A. in painting from the Yale University School of Art (2001). She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in the United States. She lives in New Jersey, with her husband and two young daughters.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Tue, 26 May 2015 19:08:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Jazz-minh Moore - Claire Oliver Gallery - June 18th - July 31st <p>Being in the middle of nowhere&nbsp;with nowhere to be, untraceable, unreachable and between destinations, I felt a Freedom that I can't remember experiencing since childhood. The internal landscape of complex, disconnected, multi-channel psychic space&nbsp;was swallowed up by the whole, still, silent clarity of the desert.</p> <p>Staring at the exoskeleton of an abandoned bus left rusting into the eternal sand, I'm&nbsp;surprisingly left with a sense of Peace. When all hope has drained out, so too have the requisite stresses and anxieties.</p> <p>Jazz-minh Moore&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 17:23:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Frederick Sommer - Bruce Silverstein Gallery - June 11th - July 31st <p><strong>Frederick Sommer: Glue Drawings</strong></p> <p><strong>June 11 &ndash; July 31, 2015</strong></p> <p><strong>Opening Reception: Thursday, June 11th, 6-8 pm</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Bruce Silverstein is pleased to present an exhibition of Frederick Sommer&rsquo;s glue color drawings from the 1930s-50s.</p> <p>Celebrated for his achievements in photography, Sommer worked in a variety of media including painting, drawing and collage. Concurrent with the most fruitful decades of his photographic work, Sommer experimented with creating &ldquo;glue color drawings&rdquo; on the black interleaving sheets between photographic film, later progressing to traditional drawing paper.&nbsp; Sommer added colored pigments to hide-glue, and applied it to paper with either a brush or nib.&nbsp; The works selected for this exhibition indicate the artist&rsquo;s broad stylistic range and vast creativity.&nbsp; Some drawings are figurative, some are patterned with hard lines, and others are impulsive, created with fluid strokes.&nbsp; Sommer explored the boundaries of abstraction and representation, as well as challenged himself via these formal exercises in color relationship, line, and compositional space.&nbsp; He noted, &ldquo;Learning reorients life and activity. I improved over the years by not doing the same thing every day. If I saw something interesting, I would study it; I like the help of many things.&rdquo;</p> <p>Keith F. Davis in <em>The Art of Frederick Sommer</em> (Yale, 2005) summarizes, &ldquo;Sommer&rsquo;s rapid growth as an artist in the 1930s and 1940s was a direct result of his own energy and ambition&hellip;[Sommer&rsquo;s] richly varied creations have been breaking &lsquo;habits of mind&rsquo; for generations, prodding and enticing viewers towards previously unknown worlds&hellip;.an extraordinary model of the aesthetic mind &ndash; an image, at once, of exploration, imagination, and integration.&rdquo;</p> <p>The uniting feature of these drawings and all of Sommer&rsquo;s images is his openness to the viewer&rsquo;s interpretation of formal relationships and pictorial structure, through which he sought to challenge the &ldquo;logic of nature and mind.&rdquo; For Sommer, the act of drawing addressed the most fundamental problems of perception and representation, and as with his photographs and paintings, he sought to transform, unfold, and expand potential meanings of objects and forms.</p> <p>Born in 1905 in Angri, Italy, Sommer was raised in Rio de Janeiro, and exposed to art, nature and landscape architecture at an early age. He completed his studies at Cornell University, graduating with a Masters of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture. In his late 20s, Sommer took a trip to Switzerland for health reasons and began his explorations in multiple artistic disciplines.&nbsp; Sommer died in 1999 at the age of 93 in Prescott, Arizona, where he and his wife Frances Sommer had lived since 1935. His legacy is maintained by the Frederick and Frances Sommer Foundation. Since 2010, Bruce Silverstein has organized two major retrospectives of his work.</p> <p>Sommer&rsquo;s works have been exhibited and collected by the world&rsquo;s most important institutions, among them: Art Institute of Chicago; Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson (founding artist); George Eastman House, Rochester; Institute of Design, Chicago; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Princeton University Art Museum; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.; and internationally at Maison Europeene de la Photographie, Paris; Tokyo Fuji Art Museum, Japan; Victoria and Albert Museum, London.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="right">Upcoming:</p> <p align="right">Mishka Henner</p> <p align="right">September 2015</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 16:46:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list De Wain Valentine - David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th - June 26th - August 7th <p style="text-align: justify;">David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works from the 1960s and 1970s by De Wain Valentine (b. 1936). A key member of what is often referred to as the Light and Space movement, Valentine is distinguished in particular by his in-depth understanding of synthetic materials and his ability to transform these industrial products into artworks that reveal his fascination with light, transparency, reflection, and surface. On view at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in New York, this exhibition will focus on the artist&rsquo;s pioneering achievements in polyester resin and present the key forms that he articulated and returned to during this period. The exhibition, which is organized in cooperation with the artist, will include a selection of works that fully demonstrates Valentine&rsquo;s range and virtuosity with his chosen material.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Valentine came to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, moving there from his native Colorado, where he was already an established sculptor, to teach a class in plastics technology at UCLA. He had begun working with plastics as early as the 1950s, but it was not until his arrival in the artistically fertile environment of Los Angeles that he started to utilize the material in a more expansive way.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Particularly influenced by the California landscape, Valentine has noted, &ldquo;All the work is about the sea and the sky. I would like to have some way&hellip;to cut out large chunks of ocean or sky and say, &lsquo;Here it is.&rsquo;&rdquo;1&nbsp;Despite his grand ambitions, Valentine was initially confronted with material limitations, as polyester resins at the time could not be poured in volumes that exceeded 50 pounds. Not willing to accept this restriction, he partnered with Hastings Plastics in 1966 to create a new polyester resin that could be cast in larger quantities. The resultant material, which is commercially known as Valentine MasKast Resin, not only allowed the artist to dramatically increase the scale of his work, but also continues today to have applications beyond the realm of art. Polyester resin, with its inherent ability to both contain and reflect light while delivering a luminous dimensionality, would from that point on form the foundation of Valentine&rsquo;s practice.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On view will be a number of Valentine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Columns,&rdquo; corporeally scaled sculptures cast in colored polyester resins that recede from a wider base up to a narrow tip. These works have a prismatic effect, both transmitting and refracting light, and thus capturing an optical sense of depth, space, and color. Executed in varying heights and widths, works such as&nbsp;<em>Column Yellow</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Column Lavender</em>&nbsp;(both 1968) engage the viewer on a phenomenological level.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A highlight of the exhibition will be Valentine&rsquo;s twin&nbsp;<em>Gray Columns</em>&nbsp;(1975-76), which each stand twelve feet tall and have never before been exhibited together in their intended configuration. Originally executed for Baxter Travenol Laboratories&rsquo; newly built&nbsp;corporate headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois, Valentine had conceived of two immense vertical columns standing side by side, but because of architectural modifications (the ceiling in the company&rsquo;s reception area was lowered at a late stage of construction), Valentine was forced to install the two slabs on their sides.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will additionally include a number of Valentine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Circles,&rdquo; a shape he began to experiment with in 1969. These works display not only the artist&rsquo;s mastery of geometrical form, but also highlight his command of color in sculptures like&nbsp;<em>Circle Blue Smoke Flow Blue</em>&nbsp;(1970), with its dappled blue-gray surface, and&nbsp;<em>Circle Gold-Rose</em>&nbsp;(1970), with its optically shifting hues. A room of these large-scale circles was installed in Valentine&rsquo;s 1970 solo presentation at the Pasadena Art Museum, known at that time as an important platform for young artistic talent. A selection of Valentine&rsquo;s smaller forms, such as rings, discs, and double pyramids, which make clear the theoretical basis of his practice, will also be on view.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This will be the first historical survey of Valentine&rsquo;s work in New York and his first solo presentation here in more than thirty years. This is the artist&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at David Zwirner.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">1&nbsp;De Wain Valentine, quoted in Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, eds.,&nbsp;<em>From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine&rsquo;s Gray Column</em>. Exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2011), p. 2.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>De Wain Valentine</strong>&nbsp;was born in 1936 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He received both a BFA (1958) and an MFA (1960) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and in 1958 he attended the prestigious Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in Connecticut. He has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1980) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1981). Important early solo exhibitions were held at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles (1968); Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich (1969); Pasadena Art Museum (1970); Long Beach Museum (1971); La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (1971); Galleries Denise Rene, New York (1973); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1979); and PS1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York (1981). More recent solo exhibitions include the J. Paul Getty Museum (2011); Colorado State University Art Museum, Fort Collins (2012); and the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens (2012). Valentine&rsquo;s work has also been included in a number of important group exhibitions that served to introduce the Light and Space artists to a national audience, including&nbsp;<em>Annual Sculpture Exhibition</em>, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1966, 1968, 1970);&nbsp;<em>Sculpture Of The 60&rsquo;s</em>, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1967);&nbsp;<em>Plastic Presence</em>, Jewish Museum, New York, Milwaukee Art Center, and San Francisco Art Museum (1969);&nbsp;<em>The Industrial Edge</em>, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1969); and, more recently,&nbsp;<em>Primary Atmospheres: Works From California 1960-1970</em>, David Zwirner, New York (2010);&nbsp;<em>Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents In L.A. Painting And Sculpture, 1950-1970,</em>&nbsp;J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and&nbsp;<em>Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface</em>, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2011).&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Valentine&rsquo;s work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico; Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Palo Alto; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; Honolulu Museum of Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Center; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Ł&oacute;d &acute;z, Poland; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, University of Utah, Logan; Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; San Diego Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Valentine lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Sun, 24 May 2015 10:40:52 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list De Wain Valentine - David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th - June 26th - August 7th <p style="text-align: justify;">David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of works from the 1960s and 1970s by De Wain Valentine (b. 1936). A key member of what is often referred to as the Light and Space movement, Valentine is distinguished in particular by his in-depth understanding of synthetic materials and his ability to transform these industrial products into artworks that reveal his fascination with light, transparency, reflection, and surface. On view at 525 and 533 West 19th Street in New York, this exhibition will focus on the artist&rsquo;s pioneering achievements in polyester resin and present the key forms that he articulated and returned to during this period. The exhibition, which is organized in cooperation with the artist, will include a selection of works that fully demonstrates Valentine&rsquo;s range and virtuosity with his chosen material.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Valentine came to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, moving there from his native Colorado, where he was already an established sculptor, to teach a class in plastics technology at UCLA. He had begun working with plastics as early as the 1950s, but it was not until his arrival in the artistically fertile environment of Los Angeles that he started to utilize the material in a more expansive way.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Particularly influenced by the California landscape, Valentine has noted, &ldquo;All the work is about the sea and the sky. I would like to have some way&hellip;to cut out large chunks of ocean or sky and say, &lsquo;Here it is.&rsquo;&rdquo;1&nbsp;Despite his grand ambitions, Valentine was initially confronted with material limitations, as polyester resins at the time could not be poured in volumes that exceeded 50 pounds. Not willing to accept this restriction, he partnered with Hastings Plastics in 1966 to create a new polyester resin that could be cast in larger quantities. The resultant material, which is commercially known as Valentine MasKast Resin, not only allowed the artist to dramatically increase the scale of his work, but also continues today to have applications beyond the realm of art. Polyester resin, with its inherent ability to both contain and reflect light while delivering a luminous dimensionality, would from that point on form the foundation of Valentine&rsquo;s practice.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On view will be a number of Valentine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Columns,&rdquo; corporeally scaled sculptures cast in colored polyester resins that recede from a wider base up to a narrow tip. These works have a prismatic effect, both transmitting and refracting light, and thus capturing an optical sense of depth, space, and color. Executed in varying heights and widths, works such as&nbsp;<em>Column Yellow</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Column Lavender</em>&nbsp;(both 1968) engage the viewer on a phenomenological level.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A highlight of the exhibition will be Valentine&rsquo;s twin&nbsp;<em>Gray Columns</em>&nbsp;(1975-76), which each stand twelve feet tall and have never before been exhibited together in their intended configuration. Originally executed for Baxter Travenol Laboratories&rsquo; newly built&nbsp;corporate headquarters in Deerfield, Illinois, Valentine had conceived of two immense vertical columns standing side by side, but because of architectural modifications (the ceiling in the company&rsquo;s reception area was lowered at a late stage of construction), Valentine was forced to install the two slabs on their sides.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will additionally include a number of Valentine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Circles,&rdquo; a shape he began to experiment with in 1969. These works display not only the artist&rsquo;s mastery of geometrical form, but also highlight his command of color in sculptures like&nbsp;<em>Circle Blue Smoke Flow Blue</em>&nbsp;(1970), with its dappled blue-gray surface, and&nbsp;<em>Circle Gold-Rose</em>&nbsp;(1970), with its optically shifting hues. A room of these large-scale circles was installed in Valentine&rsquo;s 1970 solo presentation at the Pasadena Art Museum, known at that time as an important platform for young artistic talent. A selection of Valentine&rsquo;s smaller forms, such as rings, discs, and double pyramids, which make clear the theoretical basis of his practice, will also be on view.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This will be the first historical survey of Valentine&rsquo;s work in New York and his first solo presentation here in more than thirty years. This is the artist&rsquo;s first solo exhibition at David Zwirner.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">1&nbsp;De Wain Valentine, quoted in Tom Learner, Rachel Rivenc, and Emma Richardson, eds.,&nbsp;<em>From Start to Finish: De Wain Valentine&rsquo;s Gray Column</em>. Exh. cat. (Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 2011), p. 2.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>De Wain Valentine</strong>&nbsp;was born in 1936 in Fort Collins, Colorado. He received both a BFA (1958) and an MFA (1960) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and in 1958 he attended the prestigious Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in Connecticut. He has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1980) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1981). Important early solo exhibitions were held at Ace Gallery, Los Angeles (1968); Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich (1969); Pasadena Art Museum (1970); Long Beach Museum (1971); La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (1971); Galleries Denise Rene, New York (1973); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1979); and PS1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York (1981). More recent solo exhibitions include the J. Paul Getty Museum (2011); Colorado State University Art Museum, Fort Collins (2012); and the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens (2012). Valentine&rsquo;s work has also been included in a number of important group exhibitions that served to introduce the Light and Space artists to a national audience, including&nbsp;<em>Annual Sculpture Exhibition</em>, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1966, 1968, 1970);&nbsp;<em>Sculpture Of The 60&rsquo;s</em>, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1967);&nbsp;<em>Plastic Presence</em>, Jewish Museum, New York, Milwaukee Art Center, and San Francisco Art Museum (1969);&nbsp;<em>The Industrial Edge</em>, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (1969); and, more recently,&nbsp;<em>Primary Atmospheres: Works From California 1960-1970</em>, David Zwirner, New York (2010);&nbsp;<em>Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents In L.A. Painting And Sculpture, 1950-1970,</em>&nbsp;J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and&nbsp;<em>Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface</em>, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2011).&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Valentine&rsquo;s work can be found in numerous public and private collections, including Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, New Mexico; Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Palo Alto; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; Honolulu Museum of Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Center; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Ł&oacute;d &acute;z, Poland; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, University of Utah, Logan; Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; San Diego Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Valentine lives and works in Los Angeles.</p> Sun, 24 May 2015 10:40:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Sam McKinniss - Joe Sheftel Gallery - May 31st - July 2nd <p>Joe Sheftel Gallery is pleased to present <em>Black Leather Sectional</em>, Sam McKinniss&rsquo;s first solo exhibition with the gallery and New York solo debut. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, May 31, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be on view through July 2, 2015.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Black Leather Sectional</em> is comprised of one large sectional sofa and ten new paintings inspired by themes of murder, revenge, teenage passion, lust and cartoon ghosts.</p> <p>McKinniss uses a non-linear approach to fashion new romantic narratives. He is constantly photographing people and scenes from his daily life to generate material for portraits or figurative paintings. McKinniss augments this active photographic practice with obsessive Internet searching, erratic quests for overlooked or outdated icons - cultural items that will attract and maintain his manic gaze. While painting, McKinniss mimics a wide array of classical, imagist, abstract and expressionist techniques. Any stylistic precedent deemed relevant to a given narrative is cherry-picked from art history and freely subsumed to his oeuvre.</p> <p>&nbsp;For <em>Black Leather Sectional</em>, McKinniss creates a context wherein a devious Cupid, Donatello&rsquo;s <em>David</em>, Alicia Silverstone&rsquo;s Batgirl, downtown It-Girl Hari Nef, as well as the infamous Chardon, Ohio High School shooter T.J. Lane all vie simultaneously for attention. As he translates each image from this provocative range of references into paintings, style and mannerism bind willful incongruity into an unexpected whole. Meta-narratives of connectivity creep in between pictures to form a promiscuous network of relatedness and desire.</p> <p>&nbsp;<em>Black Leather Sectional</em> also includes one non-figural work from McKinniss&rsquo;s ongoing series of paintings featuring a familiar cartoon ghost motif. In <em>Ghosts (orange and green)</em>, phantoms appear to move wildly across an aggressive field of colorful abstract-expressionist brushwork. These ghosts attend <em>Black Leather Sectional </em>to revel in spurious affectation, playing tricks on sex, death, joy and unrest.</p> <p>Sam McKinniss (b. 1985) has a BFA from Hartford Art School and a MFA from NYU Steinhardt, which he received in 2013. His work has been featured in several group shows in New York and elsewhere.&nbsp;</p> <p>For press inquiries and images, please contact the gallery at mail@joesheftelgallery.com.</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 18:46:42 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Françoise Grossen - Blum & Poe | New York - June 4th - August 15th <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Blum &amp; Poe announces a survey exhibition of sculpture by Swiss-born artist Fran&ccedil;oise&nbsp;Grossen. On view will be works from 1967-1991 including&nbsp;<em>Cygne</em>&nbsp;(1967), loaned from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and originally shown in the groundbreaking 1969 exhibition&nbsp;<em>Wall Hangings</em>&nbsp;at the Museum of Modern Art. This is Grossen's first solo-presentation with Blum &amp; Poe and her first survey in the United States.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;" align="justify">Emerging in the late 1960s alongside contemporaries such as Eva Hesse, Sheila Hicks, and Lenore Tawney, Grossen sought to relinquish the traditional tools and methods of textile and fiber art, instead utilizing a free-hand braiding and knotting technique allowing for greater freedom and spontaneity in her process.&nbsp;Works appear simultaneously weightless and weighted, both masculine and feminine, all the while reinforcing their objecthood.&nbsp;</div> <blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">Grossen's knotted and plaited rope sculptures eschew the four edges that delimited traditional tapestry, and boldly enter the third dimension by hanging from the ceiling or unfolding directly onto the floor. Grossen pushes beyond this initial rupture with the rectangle and the wall to explore the weight of her material and its response to gravity, an investigation that aligns her art with broader artistic debates taking place in New York and elsewhere. (Jenelle Porter,<em>Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present</em>&nbsp;[Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2014], 198)&nbsp;</p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">Having studied architecture and later textile design at Kunstgewerbeschule Basel and at UCLA with Bernard Kester in the 1960s, Grossen became keenly aware of her ability to&nbsp;bring fiber sculpture into unexpected and experimental realms (hanging from the ceiling, draped on the ground or over pedestals, floating in bodies of water).Grossen's interest in the weight and physical composition of her chosen material is evident in her earliest hanging manila rope sculptures,&nbsp;<em>Study for Embarcadero</em>&nbsp;(1970) and&nbsp;<em>Sisyphe</em>&nbsp;(1974), as well as in later hand-painted and dyed&nbsp;<em>Metamorphosis</em>&nbsp;(1987-1990) works. Humble materials, drawn from nature and&nbsp;manipulated in the studio,&nbsp;are coaxed into elegantly intertwined and draping forms, elevating the utilitarian to something extraordinary.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Fran&ccedil;oise&nbsp;Grossen (b. 1943 in Neuch&acirc;tel, Switzerland) lives and works in New York City. Recent group exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Fiber: Sculpture 1960-Present</em>, which was held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and traveled to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH and the&nbsp;Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA&nbsp;(2014-2015). Her work is in international public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institution, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC; and the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.<span style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 23 May 2015 18:21:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list - Rochester Contemporary Art Center - June 6th - July 12th <p>6x6x2015<br />June 6 - July 12, 2015<br /><br />Global Online Preview Begins: Now Live!<br />In Gallery Preview (no purchasing): June 1-5, 1-9pm<br />Opening Party &amp; Artwork Sale: June 6, 4-10pm (admission: $10)<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; 7:30pm raffle for buyer position 1-20<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; 8:00pm purchasing open for all other buyers<br />Global Online Purchasing Begins: June 9 at 10am<br />Artwork Purchase Price: $20 each<br />Sold Out Artists&rsquo; Names Revealed Online: July 3<br />Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 12-15, 12-8pm<br /><br />Support Contemporary Art<br />Rochester Contemporary Art Center's (RoCo), international small art phenomenon returns for the 8th year! Help us once again to build an incredible exhibition of thousands of artworks made and donated by celebrities, international &amp; local artists, designers, college students, youths, and YOU. <br /><br />Join Artists from Around the World<br />Each artwork must be 6x6 square inches (15cm) or mounted to a 6x6 board, signed only on the back, and exhibited anonymously. All entries will be accepted and exhibited in the gallery and online. All artworks will also be offered for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artist names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks will remain on display through July 12, 2015. Sold Out artists' names will be revealed next to their work online on July 3. Artists may enter up to 4 artworks of any medium (2D or 3D) and there is no fee to enter. Thank you for your participation!<br /><br />6x6 Returns for the 8th Year<br />Last years exhibition included over 6,700 artworks from 65 different countries and every US State! Past international artists contributors include Philip Glass, Jerry Uelsmann, Carl Chiarenza, Nathan Lyons, Joan Lyons, John Pfahl, Bill Viola, Dexter Dalwood, Wendell Castle, and many more. Past celebrity artists include Thich Nhat Hahn, Louise Slaughter, and Andrea Barrett among others. &nbsp;<br /><br />Questions: For more information and an informative list of FAQ&rsquo;s visit our website: www.roco6x6.org</p> Sat, 23 May 2015 16:27:42 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Dieter Kuhn, Norbert Masal, Cindy Millin, Scott Reeds - FiveMyles - June 6th - June 28th <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">This exhibition highlights four artists whose work is informed by their particular use of color.&nbsp;Cindy Millin's paintings are nearly three-dimensional works with&nbsp;layers upon layers of sculpted paint that reveal splashes of bright colors on plain backgrounds;&nbsp;Dieter Kuhn in a&nbsp;more contained approach uses a vibrant palette to outline imaginary maps and mysterious scenes, at times joyful or mysterious; Norbert Masal's sculptures are equilibrist constructions&nbsp;&nbsp;where a metallic structures are often gently wrapped in colorful shapes; Scott Reeds, though a complex process involving the hand-bending of iron sheets and the bathing of the work in acrylic gesso, creates delightful wall sculptures that flash with their shiny and fluorescent colors.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</span></p> Sat, 23 May 2015 01:46:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Bradley Theodore and Antoine Verglas - ACA Galleries, Est 1932 - June 11th - July 31st <p align="center"><strong>RAW BEAUTY</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Bradley Theodore and Antoine Verglas</strong></p> <p align="center">June 11 through July 31, 2015</p> <p align="center"><span style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><strong>New York, NY -&nbsp;</strong>ACA Galleries is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, <strong><em>RAW BEAUTY: Bradley Theodore and Antoine Verglas</em></strong><em>,</em> on view June 11 through July 31, 2015.&nbsp; The focus of the exhibition is a collaborative series between celebrated artist Bradley Theodore and renowned photographer Antoine Verglas that combines the excitement of street art with the sensuality of fashion photography.&nbsp; The canvasses for the project are internationally acclaimed models painted by Theodore and then captured on camera by Verglas.&nbsp; In addition to the collaboration series the exhibition at ACA Galleries will feature individual paintings by Theodore and photographs by Verglas.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Fashion models wear beauty everyday, what better canvas for art in its purest form than the human body.&nbsp; I teamed up with my friend Antoine Verglas, whose work I respect greatly, to combine our worlds and create an exhibit that highlights both my painting and his photography in a way that is unique and provocative.</em></p> <p><em>-</em> Bradley Theodore</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>When Bradley and I decided to work on this project we wanted to bring art to life and then capture that moment in photos.&nbsp; This was the perfect way to do that.&nbsp; We used fashion models to create a living piece of art that can be captured in that moment with movement changing the piece with each pose.&nbsp; Bradley&rsquo;s creations were genius and the models were stunning and a pleasure to work with.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="right">- Antoine Verglas</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>When I was asked to be part of this project I jumped at the chance. &nbsp;I have worked with Antoine before and I am a great admirer of Bradley's art.&nbsp; It was an amazing experience to be able to project Bradley's art, with my body, in a variety of emotional poses for Antoine photography.</em></p> <p style="text-align: left;" align="right"><em>-</em> Hana Nitsche, supermodel</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Born on the island of Turks &amp; Caicos,&nbsp;<strong>Bradley Theodore</strong>&nbsp; lives in New York City and has become an integrated part of the art scene.&nbsp; Dedicated to making his art accessible for all to see in the streets of international cities like New York, London, Los Angeles, Oslo and Paris, his iconic subjects, painted in bright colors, have become his signature style. A documentary film on Theodore&rsquo;s life and art is currently being produced by ASSEMBLY9 and will be released later this year.&nbsp; Theodore will also be participating in the exhibition program for <em>FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life</em> at the Bronx Botanical Garden on view May 16 through November 1, 2015.</p> <p>Born in Paris, <strong>Antoine Verglas</strong>&nbsp;is a New York City based photographer who gained popular acclaim for his uninhibited documentary-style fashion photographs of celebrities and supermodels including Halle Berry, Naomi Campbell,&nbsp;Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, Angelina Jolie, Claudia Schiffer&nbsp;and Stephanie Seymour, among others.&nbsp; His photography has appeared in major publications including <em>Elle</em>, <em>Harper&rsquo;s Bazaar</em>, <em>Esquire</em>, <em>GQ</em>, <em>Maxim</em>, <em>Sports Illustrated</em> and <em>Vogue</em>, among others.&nbsp; Verglas has published two books of his photography: <em>SHOWGIRL (2011)</em> and <em>Untitled (2013).</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 18:57:26 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Davide Zucco - NURTUREart Gallery - June 5th - July 11th <p dir="ltr">NURTUREart is delighted to announce <em>Deep Time</em>, Davide Zucco&rsquo;s first New York solo exhibition, opening on the occasion of Bushwick Open Studios. In Zucco&rsquo;s most recent body of work, metal surfaces transition from tarnished to polished, flowing over structurally rigorous, symbolic drawing and composition. Sweeping gestural inserts, striated by finely detailed plumes, are inspired by the kaleidoscopic patterns found in petrified wood.</p> <p>Where lush, prehistoric forests used to be, thickets of splintered matter reveal a psychedelically colorful core. Inside, millions of years accumulate in dense, layered abstraction. Roughly treated surfaces suggest aggressiveness and violence, contrasting with the subtle lines and delicate structures defining Zucco&rsquo;s unique vocabulary of archetypical shapes and symbols.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mining collective subconscious cosmologies, Zucco&rsquo;s use of industrial materials connect the impossibly remote moods of crystallized prehistoric time to the historically tangible decay of urban ruins. His works foreground autonomous, never ending processes of creative destruction, energy flows permeating life in a timeless continuity, transcending the historical forms of human expression; from the petrified forest to the Acropolis.</p> <p dir="ltr">+++</p> <p>Davide Zucco (Belluno, Italy) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain; Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy; and Mogadishni, Aarhus, Denmark. Zucco's work has been featured in group exhibitions at Scaramouche, New York; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; ARCOS, Benevento, Italy; State Institute of Sofia, Bulgaria; Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico; Jaus, Los Angeles; and Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. He is the recipient of residencies at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Process Space, New York; ISCP, New York; Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:35:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Eva Moll, Uta Brauser - Queens Museum of Art - May 21st, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Thu, 21 May 2015 13:22:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Douglas Paulson, Heidi Neilson - The Boiler (Pierogi) - May 29th - June 20th <p><em>The Menu for Mars Kitchen</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join the Menu for Mars Supper Club as we pioneer a menu for the Red Planet.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Menu for Mars Supper Club will construct an analog Mars kitchen to investigate the future of food on Mars. From May 29 &ndash; June 20, the Menu for Mars Kitchen and surrounding habitat will be open to the public, and visitors are invited, alongside special guests, to cook using Mars-feasible ingredients. Dishes will be documented, sampled, evaluated, and vacuum-packed. At the exhibition&rsquo;s end, the prototype dishes and a summary of findings will be sent to NASA to augment their preparations for colonizing Mars.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Kitchen will also test off-Earth cultivation of edible plants and mushrooms, food preservation, and related topics through a series of workshop and events, a calendar of which will be updated regularly here (below) and at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kitchen.menu4mars.net/habitat-schedule/" rel="nofollow">www.menu4mars.net</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the last year, Menu for Mars Supper Club met monthly with guest experts over dinner to consider how the circumstances on Mars would affect colonists&rsquo; food&mdash;and their physical, cultural, and psychological needs. The Menu for Mars Kitchen culminates these discussions and related research. Come and join in the experiment in imagining the future!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Heidi Neilson</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Douglas Paulson</strong>&nbsp;are the exhibition and Menu for Mars initiative&nbsp;organizers.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Ward Shelley</strong>&nbsp;will&nbsp;design&nbsp;the kitchen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Marco Castro</strong>&nbsp;will&nbsp;design the greenhouse and will lead a workshop.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Tattfoo Tan</strong>&nbsp;will&nbsp;design a dehydrating station and will lead the &ldquo;make your own food bars for Mars&rdquo; workshop.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Gil Lopez</strong>&nbsp;will&nbsp;design and&nbsp;edible mushroom growhouse and will lead &ldquo;make yogurt from powdered milk,&rdquo; composting, and mushroom cultivating workshops.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>John Roach</strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>Will Owen</strong>&nbsp;will provide soundtracks.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Programs and scheduled cookery</strong><strong>&nbsp;&mdash;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>29 May: 7-9pm</strong><br /><em>Opening Reception</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>30 May: &nbsp;4pm</strong><br /><em>Sian Proctor,&nbsp;<strong>Mars on Earth: Living in a Mars Simulation</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Did you know that there are people on Earth living in Mars simulations? For the past few years NASA has funded Mars simulations on the big island of Hawaii. The project is called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS). The crew consists of six individuals from around the world and simulations can last from four months to one year. Dr. Sian Proctor was a crew member for HI-SEAS Mission 1 which focused on food strategies for long duration space flight.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">SIAN PROCTOR BIO: [Sian Proctor is a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout her adult life she has pushed herself to take on new challenges and to learn &nbsp;new things. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education. Both her masters and doctorate research involved the use of technology to understand how individuals learn. She teaches both hybrid and online geology classes, and has traveled and taught around the world. She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, was on the Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony, was the Education Outreach Officer on the 4-month NASA funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation 2013 Mission, and this past year was a 2014 PolarTREC teacher doing climate change research in Barrow, Alaska. Sian&rsquo;s amazing career has been a direct result of her love of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). &nbsp;She also enjoys traveling, playing sports, photography, and cooking.]</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>31 May: 4pm</strong><br /><em>Planetary Society Meetup</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join The New York Chapter of the Planetary Society&rsquo;s &nbsp;Meetup to prototype recipes for Mars. The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman to inspire and involve the world&rsquo;s public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education. But can they cook?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>DATE to be determined&nbsp;(June 4-7)<br /></strong><em>Will Owen</em><br /><em><strong>ARES RADIO 1</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The atmosphere on Mars is made of different gases than Earth&rsquo;s atmosphere. The quality of sound, as it travels through the air, will be different due to the variant density of molecules. Will Owen will perform and DJ along with percussionist Matthias Borello live over Skype using filters and Equalizers to mimic how audio will sound on Mars.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>5 June: &nbsp;4-6pm</strong><br /><em>Gil Lopez</em><br /><em><strong>Workshop &ndash; Yogurt making and mushroom tour</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A workshop experimenting with making yogurt from powdered milk, followed by a tour of the Kitchen&rsquo;s fungus facilities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>6 June: &nbsp;3-4pm<br /></strong><em>Tattfoo Tan</em><br /><em><strong>Workshop&nbsp;</strong>&ndash;&nbsp;<strong>Drying food and pemmican variation</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A workshop on making a Mars-version of Pemmican &ndash; a concentrated mixture of fat and protein invented by the native peoples of North America and widely adopted as a high-energy food by Europeans involved in the fur trade and later by Arctic and Antarctic explorers, such as Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>7 June: &nbsp;4pm<br /></strong><em>Anna Dabney, David Grainger &amp; Guest</em><br /><em><strong>Lahpet Thote / Pickled Tea Leaf Salad Workshop</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Laphet</em>&nbsp;is a pickled or fermented tea leaf native to Burma. Customarily eaten as a salad (&ldquo;thote&rdquo;) or frequently mixed with rice, Laphet serves important medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Despite recent softening of U.S. trade policy, members of the Burmese community in the US continue to rely on friends and family to shuttle Laphet and other traditional ingredients from Burma. Ingredients vary regionally and often include: Pickled tea leaf, peanut oil, garlic, channa dal, dried butter beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, dried shrimp, green chilis, fish sauce, lime juice (or dried equivalent) tomato, cabbage, fried beetle larva.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>13 June: &nbsp;3pm<br /></strong><em>Heather Kapplow &amp; Thalia Zedek</em><br /><em><strong>Jiminy Mac &amp; Cheese</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Taste test the future of and old favorite &ndash; this entr&eacute;e is a cricket-enhanced, Mars-pantry-friendly take on Mac &amp; Cheese.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>13 June: &nbsp;5pm<br /></strong><em>Heather Kapplow &amp; Thalia Zedek</em><br /><em><strong>Miracle Fruit Tasting, featuring the Astronaut Reviver cocktail</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Miracle fruit&rdquo; temporarily alters a person&rsquo;s flavor perception, which might be a nice change for Mars colonists. Participants will sample various Menu for Mars Kitchen pantry items before and after miracle fruit application, and note how the results could be applied to Mars cuisine. The Astronaut Reviver cocktail is a pervasive-hydrogen-peroxide-taste-busting elixir adapted from a Corpse Reviver for Mars-pantry suitability.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>14 June: &nbsp;4pm<br /></strong><em>Lindsay Iserman</em><br /><em><strong>Artificial Sunshine: Citric Acid in Mars cooking</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Discussion of the uses of citric acid in flavoring and preservation of food. Demo and tasting of a Citric acid based Mars cocktail.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>20 June: &nbsp;4pm<br /></strong><em><strong>Cook-off conclusion, and NASA mailing</strong></em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Participants will be invited to polish off all the ingredients in the pantry and feast. &nbsp;Awards will be given to the most remarkable dishes. &nbsp;All dishes from the duration of the kitchen will be packed and prepared to be shipped to NASA.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Menu for Mars Supper Club is a Flux Factory educational initiative.</p> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:28:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Elijah Burgher - Zieher Smith & Horton - May 26th - June 20th <p>The gallery is pleased to present the New York solo debut of Chicago-based artist Elijah Burgher. The exhibitionentitled Bachelors features a series of seven colored pencil portraits, several large-scale paintings on dropcloths, and a group of unique pressure prints. An essay entitled Gay Death Cult by Allan Doyle will accompanythe exhibition.</p> <p>Continuing his exploration of the intersections between desire, fantasy, and daily life, the artist employs ideas from magick and the occult to address sexuality, sub-cultural formation, and the history of abstraction. A central idea in Burgher's work is that of a "sigil" &ndash; an emblem to which magical power is imputed. By recombining the letters of a written wish into a new symbol, Burgher&rsquo;s pictures, or sigils, literally encode desire while embodying it abstractly through shape, color, and composition. The resulting abstract forms combine solar, anal, mechanical and sexual elements in constellations or diagrams that serve as ritual artifacts, devotional tools, and Gnostic riddles.</p> <p>This most recent series, relating to an imaginary cult alternately called Bachelors of the Dawn (BotD) and Children of the Black Sun (CotBS), focuses on portraits of the cult members and the symbols used by the cult that relate esoterically to their philosophy or world-view. The artist states; "The figure of the bachelor is crucial, embodying a refusal to marry and repeat the structures of the nuclear family and the patterns of personhood it perpetuates.</p> <p>As Doyle observes: Burgher&rsquo;s nudes exhibit a rigidity that seems equal parts neoclassical statue and rigor mortis. Standing or lying in hermetic spaces lit by an even, sourceless fluorescence, they do nothing. Their lack of affect heightens their physical presence. With their cool flesh, stiff comportment, and slightly averted gazes, the Bachelors appear as purely external beings, devoid of interiority. They withhold nothing. Made available to our gaze, they signal an awareness of the viewer&rsquo;s presence without capitulating their self-possession. What are we to make of them? Like the sigils that surround them, the Bachelors frustrate instincts. Despite their display of skin, they resist appropriation for erotic fantasy.</p> <p>Elijah Burgher (b. 1978, Kingston, NY) lives and works in Chicago, IL. He received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. He was recently a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Fire Island Artist Residency. The artist was featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial (selected by Anthony Elms), the 2014 Gwangju Biennial (as part of AA Bronson's "House of Shame"), The Nothing That Is at the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, North Carolina, and The Temptation of AA Bronson at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, among others. His work has been discussed in the New York Times, Art in America, ArtReview, Artforum.com and was included in VITAMIN D2, the hardcover survey of contemporary drawing. The artist is also represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL.</p> Wed, 20 May 2015 18:09:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Group Show - Y Gallery - May 15th - June 28th Wed, 20 May 2015 09:40:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list Frida Kahlo - Throckmorton Fine Art - May 21st - September 12th Wed, 20 May 2015 09:35:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ny/Events/list