Slow Glass

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The Space Above the Ceiling, 2008
Slow Glass

107 Norfolk St.
10002 New York
June 29th, 2008 - August 3rd, 2008

east village/lower east side
Closed as of September 2016


Lisa Cooley happily presents Slow Glass an exhibition organized by Františka and Tim Gilman-Ševcík. The exhibition will feature work by Lizzie Hughes, Emma Kay, Heather Rowe, Mario Garcia Torres and Lawrence Weiner and will be on view from June 27th until August 3rd, 2008. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 27th, from 6 until 9 pm.

Slow Glass takes its theme from the titular substance, an invention of science fiction writer Bob Shaw described in his novel Light of Other Days (1968). Slow glass is a transparent material that tremendously slows down the speed of the light that passes through it, so that a piece that had looked out on a picturesque countryside setting, for example, could later be used to provide a view of the pastoral scene from a city apartment window. In Shaw's novel, slow glass plays a key role as evidence in a mystery by "recording" a criminal act.

The idea of delayed and/or distorted perception with which slow glass intersects is the guiding principle for the exhibition. Slow glass might be thought of as representing a mirror, an obstacle, a screen, an image, an eye, or a technological device as a form of interface with the world at large. A dynamic is implied between the implication of direct reception inherent to "standard" glass and the convoluted nature of the temporal distortion introduced by Shaw’s fictional conceit, and the work included will reflect on these possibilities in a variety of ways.

London-based artist Lizzie Hughes will present a study on the loss of meaning through multiple interpretations that are literally lost in translation. Emma Kay, also based in London, works out the limits of memory and perception to reflect on the past and the future. New York artist Heather Rowe's sculptural constructions heighten the perception of elements of psychology and memory embedded in architecture. Mexican artist Mario Garcia Torres studies how varying distances in time create new meanings. New York artist Lawrence Weiner uses language to create a simultaneous separation and cohesion.

A catalogue will be produced to accompany the exhibition — a catalogue launch event will be held mid-July, and a separate press release will be sent to announce the specific date and time of that event.

Františka and Tim Gilman-Ševcík are artists and critics based in New York and Prague. They have been contributing writers for Flash Art since 1999, and their writing on art and culture has also appeared in the Village Voice, Artnet, The Guardian, and other publications. They have organized exhibitions in Prague and New York, showing the work of Erwin Wurm, Jiri Kovanda, Maria Marshall, Mark Gonzales, Jan Mancuska, Ross Knight, Pavel Büchler, Christoph Büchel, and others. This will be the first exhibition they have organized for a commercial gallery.

The gallery is located at 34 Orchard Street between Hester and Canal in the Lower East Side of New York City. The closest subway is the East Broadway stop of the F line. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information or images, please email the gallery at or call 212-680-0564.