EVAN GRUZIS *Alpha Wave*
DUVE Berlin presents:
Opening: Friday, March 09, 2012. 19-21.30
March 09 - April 20, 2012
DUVE Berlin is pleased to present Alpha Wave, the third solo exhibition of new works on paper and video by Brooklyn based artist Evan Gruzis.
When the eyes are closed, before reaching somnolence, the brain experiences some of its strongest signals – Alpha Waves. In this exhibition, Evan Gruzis focuses on the the conflation of this physio-meditative state and the subliminal aesthetic that it achieves. The oscillation between full awareness and unconsciousness is the point of departure for Gruzis’ Alpha Wave.
Gruzis develops his limited palate that derives from the spectrum of after images and retinal static. This group of work contains no earth tones and appears based in the synthetic, but is inspired by the reds, blues and aquas that occur during oculo-palpebral movement. Gruzis's watercolors, some his largest to date, focus on rhythmic stripe patterns and numerous transparent washes, manipulating subtle chromatic shifts to achieve what he calls "harmonics" of color. The depth of Gruzis's trademark pastoral washes are flattened to that of an eyelid -- emphasizing abstraction within his oeuvre.
In his new video work, Television, Gruzis toys with our anticipatory response to attach representational imagery to the ambient light of screen media. By reflecting a video of randomized LED flashes against a wall, the viewer is faced with his or her own assumptions about the content of the video. Observed directly, the video is discovered to be abstract and the conflict of reality versus the subconscious expectation is conceptually foregrounded.
Gruzis’s work finds the heightened brain activity and meditative state that is the Alpha Wave.
Evan Gruzis (b. 1979) is from Milwaukee, WI and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College in 2008. He has exhibited around the world in solo exhibtions at Deitch Projects (2008), DUVE Berlin (2008, 2010),Andreas Melas Presents in Athens (2010) and SAKS Gallery, Geneva (2011), Nicole Klagsbrun (2011), The Hole - Kathy Grayson (2011). He has been in group exhibitions at The Swiss Institute, NYC; Max Wigram, London; The Deste Foundation, Athens; The Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; MACRO Museum, Rome; Galleria Pedro Cera, Lisbon; and many other notable institutions. His work is in the collection of, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Deste Foundation, The Hort Family Collection, Dakis Joannou, Artist Pension Trust, David Zwirner collection, and many other notable private collections.
*Alpha Wave* opens on March 9th and is running until April 20, 2012 at DUVE Berlin (Invalidenstr. 90, 10115, Berlin) Gallery opening hours : Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 6pm, Saturday from 12 to 6pm and by appointment. For further information please contact us at 030-77 902 302 or per email at : firstname.lastname@example.org
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