Bill Brown, Amy Chan, Martin Esteves, Sabine Gruffat, Christopher Rose, Deborah Stratman

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Untitled from the "Defending the Frontier" series, 2007 Lambda Print 24" X 46" © Sabine Gruffat
Group Show, Future Yonder
Bill Brown, Amy Chan, Martin Esteves, Sabine Gruffat, Christopher Rose, Deborah Stratman

508 W. 26th St. #318
New York, NY 10001
June 28th, 2007 - August 3rd, 2007
Opening: June 28th, 2007 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tues-Sat 11am -6pm and by appointment

The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it.  Henceforth, it is the map that precedes the territory.  -Jean Baudrillard, "The Precession of the Simulacra"

As Americans, most of us today find ourselves encircled by either beltway traffic, gated communities, hi-tech security systems, or La-Z-Boy lounge furniture.  And yet we live in a country where all citizens are declared "free" and "liberty" is held to be one of our most cherished ideals.  Mapping such known sites as traffic jams, rural developments, cowboys, unattended ATMs, and natives, this exhibition plays with the pathos behind the American dream and reanimates the anomalies that have been produced by its marketing triumph.

The charged borderline between "civilized society" and "nature" inform the work and imaginative investigations of this group of contemporary artists.  Through the creative process of collage, many of these artists seize upon iconic elements from American culture and then recontextualize them into a strange future, revealing what lies uncannily underneath our familiar present.  In this upside-down world, where nature is a corporate resource and where views of spectacular landscapes turn toward office development sites, these artists stake their claims.

It is no wonder that our nostalgia for the Wild West is so remarkable today, since we live in a time when consumer purchasing power seems to be one of the last viable vestiges of a life of action.  Perhaps because we live in a moment when the last frontier has faded away to a blip on the screen, we are entering into another "new world." But this new world does not have geographical boundaries - it is a dream world where the past becomes the future, the future becomes the past, and the present is always negotiable. -Mary Billyou
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