Fat Head Balloon

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FAT HEAD BALLOON SELF-PORTRAIT, 1993 Studio Clothing, Latex, Air, Basketball Hoop 101 X 70 X 40in. (256.5 X 177.8 X 31.8 Cm) © Simon Preston Gallery
C3PO Bronze © Simon Preston Gallery
My Lights Video © Simon Preston Gallery
Exercising (Mein Doppelganger) © Simon Preston Gallery
Fat Head Balloon
Curated by: Simon Preston

301 Broome Sytreet
10002 New York
June 18th, 2008 - July 30th, 2008
Opening: June 18th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

212 431 1105
Wed-Sun 11-6
simon-preston, simon-preston-gallery, Tim-Hawkinson, Kara-Tanaka, Josh-Tonsfeldt, Michelle-Lopez, experimental, Art, art-gallery, lower-east-side, new-york


Simon Preston Gallery is pleased to present Fat Head Balloon Self-Portrait; Exercising for Exorcising (Mein Doppelganger); My Lights (Kokopelli); C3PO which opens to the public on Wednesday, June 18 and runs until Wednesday, July 30.

The central subject of Tim Hawkinson's work is often his own body, which he inflates, measures, weighs and animates. Eschewing conventional self-portraiture, Hawkinson uses his own physical form as a starting point for investigations into material, perception and time. His analytical, often humorous approach, is balanced by a suggestion of spirituality. The latex skin of Fat Head Balloon Self-Portrait provides the perfect metaphor for simultaneous protection and exposure.

C3PO by Michelle Lopez is from an ongoing series of sculptures that engage in popular culture, in this instance, the Star Wars legacy. Through the deployment of a science fiction narrative, C3PO stands as an empty relic discarded from pop-cultural memory. Deflated and incidental, the bronze sculpture engages with the transience of cultural iconicity.

During her studies at Goldsmiths College in London, Kara Tanaka undertook a year long series of performative actions in an attempt to stage the exorcism of her doppelganger. The series was divided into 3 parts: a studio performance, the development of a proposal for the re-working of doppelganger mythology, and the creation of a painting. Exercising for Exorcising (Mein Doppelganger) effectively became the visual history of the energies required for the removal of a doppelganger from her sentient being.

In the back gallery, Josh Tonsfeldt's film My Lights (Kokopelli) is accompanied by the soundtrack of a symphony by renowned composer David Amram. The visual registers of the ambiguous footage of an abandoned campsite, illuminated by the burning embers of a campfire and trance-like screen saver of a laptop computer are further expanded by a sculptural element producing ambiguous smoke rings.

Simon Preston Gallery is located at 301 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge Streets. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 6m. The nearest subway stops are Grand Street on the B/D lines and Delancey Street on the F/J/M/Z lines. For more information please contact or call the gallery on 212- 431-1105.

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