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Bureau is pleased to announce the gallery's first solo exhib ition by London-based artist Vivienne Griffin. The exhibition\, The Me Song for Now Here\, will open on March 3 at Bureau's Henry Street spac e and will run through April 7 2013.

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Working in diverse media\, Gri ffin's practice has many points of convergence. Text-based pieces morph fro m drawing to sculpture to sound\; typographic forms give way to geometric a bstraction. Found detritus and used objects mingle with the permanence of m ineral solidity. Bleak words are funny\, and transform into ambiguous faces \, which give way to romantic portraits of female idols. Griffin's practice \, by virtue of its willful heterogeneity\, is a complex study of subjectiv ity\, pain and dark humor.

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The form of the letter 'i' recurs in muc h of Griffin's work and is featured in one of the artist's new black marble sculptures. The simple\, solid and iconic form – an 'i' with its spherical dot taken perhaps by gravity\, resting beside its rectangular post – sits somewhere between an alphabetical character and its component platonic soli ds. The linguistic implications in the English language of this letter conf ront the viewer: our first person subject standing in space\, slightly comp romised. The small 'i' is paired with a larger marble\; a rectilinear colum n with a zig-zag break at its center. Based on a Soviet-era Lithuanian monu ment\, the break in the column's continuity inscribes an unspoken act of de fiance and dissonance into the form. These simplified black solids suggest a broad\, linguistic possibility for geometric sculpture.

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The small sampling of text-drawings around the room reinforce a dual-reading\, where phrases read as jokes and laments and the depiction of letters describes a pure architecture. Painted with black India ink and utilizing a bold\, san s serif simplicity\, her drawings contribute to a kind of cogent semantic l andscape which sets the stage of the gallery.

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Sound and light perme ate the installation. Faint shadows rove and sound-scapes fill the room wit h sonic experiments\, including Griffin's robotic version of English playwr ight Sarah Kane's devastating final work\, 4:48 Psychosis. Griffin 's frank rendition of Kane's piece offsets its severe treatment of depressi on\, anger and isolation. Griffin's overall deadpan style with text\, geome try and found objects alike shows an unusual ability to treat her material both with seriousness and levity. We find ourselves laughing at the saddest passages and feeling empty at the suggestion of beauty. The installation o ffers an entrance into Griffins formal languages and the interplay between disparate systems of form and meaning.

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Vivienne Griffin (b. 1975\, Dublin\, lives and works in London England) received her MFA in 2009 from H unter College\, supported by a Fulbright scholarship and received her BFA a t Crawford College\, Cork Ireland in 2004. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in London and New York including Bureau's inaugural grou p show in 2010\, Solid State. She regularly collaborates with arti st Cian McConn\, most recently for his solo project Open Close Thing at Tintype Gallery\, London as well as in performance at the Chisenhale Studios\, London with Kaspars Groshevs.

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