In the Private Eye

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Carlos Motta, SOA: Black and White Text (detail), from the series SOA, Black and White Tales 2006, Chalk On Board Dimensions Variable
In the Private Eye
Curated by: Yaelle Amir

315 West 33rd Street
Suite 9D
New York, NY 10001
January 18th, 2008 - February 29th, 2008
Opening: January 18th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6, Sun by appt

ISE Cultural Foundation is pleased to present In the Private Eye, a group exhibition curated by Yaelle Amir, and featuring works by theartists Nin Brudermann, Carlos Motta, Trevor Paglen, Dannielle Tegeder,Anna Von Mertens, and Amy Westpfahl.

These six artists continuously challenge the conventions of artistic practice, as they adopt an investigative approach to give form tomatters that are either inherently obscured or altogether overwrittenby time.  Aided by modern technology that affords them unlimited access to information—they seek to unearth truths that illuminate variousaspects of our current reality.

Doubling as researchers, scientists, historians, or detectives, theseartists are prompted by far-fetched clues and minuscule details buried in the vast and peculiar nature of our culture.  Over time, they amassbits of information, which enable them to construct a visual narrativethat bears both individual and collective implications.  By employing bold and unconventional methods, they ultimately broaden ourunderstanding of historical, cultural, and scientific issues.  Acelestial pattern, a desolate weapon-testing facility, a forgottencemetery, a deserted cabinet, a combat training school, and mysterious disappearances of individuals—have all led to the development of eachof the six comprehensive projects included in this exhibition.

With curiosity and motivation serving as the artists' catalyst to delve further into diverse realms, these works expose a history of a place,an object, or a life—thus making visible that which could haveotherwise remained permanently concealed.