seven @ SEVEN 2
MAMIE HOLST (FEATURE INC) • FABIAN MARCACCIO (BRAVINLEE Programs) • KIM JONES (PIEROGI) • DAVID DIAO (POSTMASTERS) • HUNTER REYNOLDS (P•P•O•W) • YOKO INOUE (MOMENTA ART) • BRUCE PEARSON (RONALD FELDMAN FINE ARTS)
Expanding its model of a collaborative platform for presenting and experiencing contemporary art, SEVEN will hold its second New York area exhibition in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at The Boiler, opening May 10, 2013. Launched in 2010 by seven galleries from New York and London, SEVEN is a unique initiative committed to presenting artworks on their own terms and providing an intimate, personal way to engage the viewer. Since its inception, SEVEN has evolved by inviting new galleries and guests in both independent and institutional locations. SEVEN was recently invited to exhibit within the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum. Participating galleries in seven @ SEVEN 2 are Feature Inc., BravinLee programs, Pierogi, Postmasters, P•P•O•W, Momenta Art, and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, five of which are original participants.
Seven @ SEVEN 2 will present the work of one artist from each of the participating galleries and will feature installations, paintings and sculptures in a co-curated, dynamic presentation. This emphasis on cooperation rather than competition is a founding principle of SEVEN that truly puts the art viewing experience ahead of all other considerations.
Entry to seven @ SEVEN is free. The opening reception is Friday, May 10th from 6 – 9 pm in conjunction with Williamsburg 2nd Friday.
Below is a preview of highlighted artists:
Feature Inc. will present paintings by Mamie Holst. Holst distances her subject matter with the use of a limited palette of black, white, and gray. This helps the paintings close down on notions of illustration and, as well, expand out into diagrams. In the midst of all that, there are moments in the paintings that open the door to science fiction. Yet this is countered with a big breath of non-fiction as much of her imagery is gleaned from her experiences with Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, and is so noted in the titles. The heavier textures, which are the most recent development in the work, bring a funkier and more eccentric expressiveness to the table that allows this work to feel more urgent, personal, and singular. Mamie Holst began exhibiting with Feature Inc. in 2000, and has had four one-person exhibitions with the gallery. Born in Gainesville, FL, she has a MFA from School of Visual Arts (1987) and currently lives and works in Fort Myers, FL.
BravinLee programs will present Table, by Fabian Marcaccio. Marcaccio’s structural canvas work integrates photography, painting and sculpture. The Table-top contains items likely to be present on a table in a secret interrogation chamber. The essential cruelty of the evil premise is explored obliquely through the cluttered banality of an inquisitor’s work surface. The table is illuminated by a single light bulb hanging down from the Boiler’s 30 foot ceiling. The creepy beauty and black-box brutality of The Boiler’s interior amplifies the subject matter of Table existing in a clandestine and horrific chamber. Fabian Marcaccio recently had one person shows at CAAM in the Canary Islands, The Museum Lehmbruck, in Duisburg, Germany, The Kunstmuseen and the Museum Haus Esters, both in Krefeld, Germany. In conjunction with the Krefeld exhibitions, a book on Marcaccio’s rope paintings titled Some USA Stories was published, edited by Martin Hentschel.
Momenta Art will present a selection of work from Yoko Inoue’s Mandala Flea Market Mutants: Pop Protocol and the Seven Transformations of Good-luck National Defense Cats (Smack Mellon, Brooklyn 2012). This takes the form of a multi-disciplinary installation that affects and aestheticizes the appearances and mechanics of a marketplace, materially consisting of excessive accumulations of banal objects, commoditized sacred figures, or good luck icons that are individually hand cast and manipulated in porcelain and stoneware. Inoue is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the commoditization of cultural values and assimilation and identity issues in the form of installation and public intervention performance art. Originally from Kyoto, Japan, Inoue earned an MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Rubin Museum, Momenta Art and Art in General in New York and at other international and national venues.
Pierogi will present the most recent in Kim Jones’ ongoing war drawing series, a five by ten foot graphite on oilcloth work. Jones became known early on for his performance persona, ‘Mudman,’ and could be seen walking the streets of Los Angeles and Venice, CA during the 1970s, and then New York City and New York’s subway system during the 1980s, and most recently in 2012. Throughout this time he was also developing drawings and paintings on paper. His works on paper, some consisting of intricate graphite drawings involving ‘X’ and ‘O’ figures and erasures indicating movement of different forces are referred to as ‘war drawings.’ Over the years, Jones has developed a language of materials and marks: sticks, mud, twine, rats, and ‘X’ and ‘O’ symbols. Jones’ work was the subject of a comprehensive traveling retrospective, Mudman: The Odyssey of Kim Jones, and was included in numerous Pacific Standard Time exhibitions in the LA area in 2012, and has been included in exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The New Museum (NYC), among others.
Postmasters Gallery will present Glissement (1984) — a large painting by David Diao from his seminal series based on the image of Malevich's installation in "0,10" exhibition in Petrograd (1915). Bold, yet painterly, following the Constructivists' palette of black, red and white, Glissement was a key painting in Diao's first show with Postmasters in 1985 in the East Village. It marked his return to painting after a five-year hiatus. It has not been exhibited in the US since. For over 40 years Diao has nurtured a practice which looks critically at painting and its history. He questions how value is assigned to art and artists, and often implicates himself in the contradictions of this process.
P·P·O·W will present Hunter Reynolds’ photo-weaving We Die in the Streets, 2011, and Mummification Performance Skin, 2000. For over twenty years Reynolds has been using photography, performance and installation to express his experience as an HIV positive gay man. His work addresses issues of gender, identity, socio-politics, sexual histories, mourning, loss, survival, hope and healing. We Die in the Streets is part of Reynolds’ Survival AIDS series, which is comprised of photographic grid-collages of scanned newspaper clippings that Reynolds began collecting between 1989 and 1993. A reference to Reynolds’ Mummification performances can be seen in the center of this composition and also on the floor of the installation. The ‘skins’ are made from layers of plastic and brightly colored tape, cut away and reconfigured as prevailing reminders of the many re-embodiments of the artist over time.
Hunter Reynolds was born in 1959 in Rochester, Minnesota. His work is held in private and public collections including the Yale University Art Gallery, The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Addison Gallery of American Art. The Fales Library and Special Collections/New York University currently maintains the archives of Hunter Reynolds for its Downtown Collection.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts will present works by Bruce Pearson. The paintings in the Encyclopedia Series are "made up of hundreds of irregularly shaped, diversely colored tesserae that blanket the surface of the painting. […] No color is repeated within the painting. The overlaid elements include the phrase of the title (a kind of found poem Pearson assembled by underlining phrases in a newspaper story)" and images taken from various 18th and 19th century iconographic encyclopedias. (from a review by Raphael Rubinstein, Art in America, Nov. 2003)
Bruce Pearson is an artist living in New York. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum, among others. He will be having an upcoming show at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in the fall of this year.
Friday, May 10 (opening): 6-9 pm
Saturday – Sunday May 11-12 : 12-6 pm
Thursday – Sunday May 16-19: 12-6 pm
Thursday – Sunday May 23-26: 12-6 pm
Thursday – Sunday May 30-June 2: 12-6pm
Thursday – Sunday June 7-9: 12-6pm