Nicole Klagsbrun

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by Charlie Schultz
If this show had a motion it would be centripetal, and the energy generator would be the lithesome red-headed vixen Cameron Parsons (1922-1995), poet, mystic, actress, artist, whose ink drawings are like observations of other dimensions. Curators Amanda Friedman and Taylor Trabulus picked up on the exploratory impulse in Cameron’s practice and looked for connections in the contemporary landscape. The ten artists they chose may not be oriented to the same occult-compass that guided Cameron, but each is an enigmatic practitioner, a seeker of transformation whose art works tend towards expressions... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 8/6/12

Exercise Becomes Ritual

by Hannah Daly
Each crowd that enters the video installation performance piece occupying Nicole Klagsbrun Projects space reacts in different ways. As they walk through the door, past the front windows of the ground floor space, and into the pseudo-laboratory that makes up the collaborative work by Mika Rottenberg and Jon Kessler, a number of reactions occur. Some people sit, anxiously anticipating a performance in the traditional sense, prepared to stay seated on the skinny wooden benches for the thirty-seven minute run of the piece. Others mill about, poking around the bizarre machinery, taking stock of the... [more]
Posted by Hannah Daly on 11/6/11

Body Language

by Aldrin Valdez
The New York City subway is a strange mechanism that collapses distance and time. A train moves through a tunnel, most often beneath the city, carrying people who are more or less stationary; it hurtles in darkness at intense speeds, so that its passengers can emerge elsewhere above ground.  The act of drawing—the process of making marks on a surface—also complicates spatial and temporal realities. Through the hand, a thought becomes corporeal, transforming the flatness of paper into the optical space of a picture. The manual gesture can mirror the eye’s movement, or vice versa; or it can be in total... [more]
Posted by Aldrin Valdez on 9/25/11

The Glass

by Charlie Schultz
A thirsty man in a lounge chair once asked, “if you throw an empty glass into a swimming pool, is it still an empty glass?” He was an artist, and what he was getting at was the question of content. Posed slightly differently, if you make an artwork with random and/or largely unconsidered subject matter but concentrate heavily on the process of making the work, will the work be devoid of content? The Los Angles based artist, Patrick Jackson, just opened a solo exhibition at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery called Tchotchke Stacks and it presents that very conundrum. Jackson, who was trained as... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 9/12/10

Anne Daems' Parsley and Pearls

At first glance, Anne Daems’ exhibition at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery looks almost like a group show. Three grainy photographs are hung immediately to the left of the entrance; they each depict a single, young, attractive person on the streets of New York, from Daems’ series 72 girls (and some boys) that could be models. Then, rather abruptly, is a long stretch of works from Scribbles for Drawings Make New Drawings. These look a lot like someone photographed the pen scratch pads at art supply stores, and in fact they are prints of Daems’ color-test doodles. Interspersed wit... [more]
Posted by Trong Gia Nguyen on 6/29/08

A Look at Rashid Johnson

by Charlie Schultz
When the podium has been overturned and forgotten and the pupils have all grown old with understanding, the bell of the classroom will become a bird’s nest and the rest will fade into shades of history. So goes the story of Rashid Johnson’s solo exhibition, The Dead Lecturer, at Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery. Johnson’s work—a combination of mirrors, wood, wax, black soap, shea butter, steel, and other ‘found objects’—at first seems as if it has been excavated from an experimental classroom at the Black Mountain School, so weird and poetic it is. In t... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 3/9/08