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Watchlist Artist: Fay Ku

Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Fay Ku: Asa Nisa Masa. Ku stages mythic tableaus of transformation and tension performed by young women (and the occasional boy). The refinement and subtlety of Ku’s technique offer an arresting contrast to the raw psychological charge of the scenes she depicts. Ku is inspired by what she calls the “residues” of human culture. “Problematic relationships and issues of socialization are central themes in my work: stories, myths and things witnessed inspire me,” Ku says. “I never have any pre-conceived notion of what the work will look... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 6/14/13
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After Dark

by Kate Skelly
Asa nisa masa, a phrase from Fellini’s 8½, is an incantation recalled from the childhood of the film’s protagonist, Guido. In the film we see a young Guido utter the phrase repeatedly while wildly jumping and flapping his arms in the hopes of summoning a painting on his bedroom wall to come to life. The current exhibition on view at Eight Modern gallery by Fay Ku owes its title to Guido’s memorable hymn. When you remove the second syllable of each word in the phrase asa nisa masa, what is left is the word “anima”, a word used by Carl Jung to describe the personification of repressed female cha... [more]
Posted by Kate Skelly on 6/28/13
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Watchlist Artist: David X Levine

Eight Modern is pleased to announce a solo exhibition titled 'David X Levine: Drawings' on view till 24th of Nov. 2012. In his last exhibition at Eight Modern in 2010, Levine presented work that paid tribute to the popular music and musicians that he loved. Levine’s most recent work flirts with the conventions of minimalism. His rounded edges have been sharpened and new colors clash or flash in fluorescents. However, though the artist has embraced the rectangle and the right angle, his work has not lost its characteristic playfulness and sensuality. Levine’s medium is colored pencil on paper. U... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/23/12
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Watchlist Artist: Rebecca Shore

Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Rebecca Shore: All in One from 30th Mar. till 5th May 2012 . This is the artist’s first show with the gallery. Shore’s art is driven by systems, not because of an unusually systematic process – she adeptly moves between methods and mediums – but because of her interest in organization, the attribution of meaning, and the visual connections and relationships between forms. Shore has assembled a wide-ranging compilation of silhouettes and “shape quotations” of varying degrees of ambiguity and tantalizing familiarity. An a... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/27/12
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Outside the Realm

One of the hallmarks of Nancy Youdelman’s work is its honest, personal accessibility, which gives her mixed media sculptures and reliefs a captivating, self-sufficient beauty. But while Youdelman, who teaches art at Fresno State, intently and modestly continues to hone her craft, the art world has begun to focus renewed attention on her significant contributions to the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Youdelman was recently included in the 2009 exhibition and catalogue A Studio of Their Own: The Legacy of the Fresno Feminist Experiment. In 1970 Judy Chicago led fifteen students (includi... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/14/11
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Solo Show

Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Bart Johnson: The Truth Hurts. Bart Johnson compares his working habits to Camus’s Sisyphus endlessly rolling his rock up a hill. Often sly or humorous in expression, with a certain playfulness and eroticism, the  Albuquerque-area artist’s drawings and ceramics would seem to refute the grinding laboriousness implied by the metaphor; however Johnson’s diligence and all-encompassing engagement with art and the creative process cannot be denied. A lifelong student of art history with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth and a MFA from Th... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/23/11
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An Albuquerque Sisyphus

Bart Johnson compares his working habits to Camus’s Sisyphus endlessly rolling his rock up a hill. Often sly or humorous in expression, with a certain playfulness and eroticism, the  Albuquerque-area artist’s drawings and ceramics would seem to refute the grinding laboriousness implied by the metaphor; however Johnson’s diligence and all-encompassing engagement with art and the creative process cannot be denied. A lifelong student of art history with a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth and a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson makes short shrift of his significant formal education, n... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/23/11
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Erik Benson

Erik Benson's contemporary landscape paintings are simultaneously dystopian and romantic, exhibiting a discerning intelligence and graphic punch. He works with acrylic paint, which he spreads in thin layers on a glass table to dry before using an X-Acto knife to cut it into shapes. Benson peels off these decal-like pieces and collages them into the picture, building up the surface of the canvas into a low-relief in a process that mirrors the constructed nature of the buildings and urban sites that he depicts. The artist explains "I am interested in the mimetic relationshi... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/10/11
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David X Levine

Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, David X Levine: She Kept Her Heart Parked on a Hill. Inspired by popular music of the 20th century, Levine works with colored pencils, building up fields of intensely saturated color with millions of pencil strokes and buffing the surfaces to a smooth, waxy finish. The dimensions of these labor-intensive drawings range from six to 70 inches. Levine’s playful and expressive forms have an anthropomorphic quality, occupying an ambiguous space between the figurative and the purely abstract or, as one reviewer stat... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/20/10
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Katherine Lee

Katherine Lee's second solo show at Eight Modern, following last year's exhibition of her "Brazil Series" paintings, reflects a significant change in the work of the versatile 25-year-old artist. The 31 drawings that comprise Animal Violence and Topless Women Eating Jam represent a significant departure from her painted works, not only in medium and style but in subject matter as well. The studied mastery of her craft, the freshness of approach and the iconoclastic attitude towards artistic tropes that g ave the unpeopled environments of Lee's Exterior paintings such affective... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/1/10
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Jason Salavon

Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition with Jason Salavon.   This will be the artist’s first show at Eight Modern. One of the leading practitioners of computer-based art, Salavon uses software of his own design to capture and transfigure data and images drawn from popular culture, art history and contemporary lived experience. The resulting videos and photographic prints often obscure the distinctiveness of their sources while revealing the visual architecture and conventions that unite them. “I’m just performing a pretty heartless mathematical operation on a... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 6/28/10
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Works in Mixed-media

        Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Lance Letscher: The Perfect Machine. Letscher harvests defaced textbooks, children’s readers, vintage album covers, magazine clippings, handwritten notes, recipe cards, business ledgers, and other bits of found paper from closeout bins, yard sales and the dumpster behind a nearby used book and record store in his native Austin.  In his studio, the artist winnows through and organizes these odds and ends, cuts them into strips and shapes and then pieces together the scraps of paper into remarkable collages. Lets... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/4/10
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Fay Ku: Playing with Fish

    Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming show, Fay Ku: Double Entendre. The exhibition, which will feature a number of new works on paper, coincides with the artist’s invitation to create a print at the University of New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute. During her residency, Ku will collaborate with Tamarind’s master printers to produce a limited-edition lithograph, a proof of which will be on display during the artist’s show at Eight Modern. “I think my work will lend itself quite well to printmaking” Ku says. “I wish more people who liked my work could have it, so it makes my work mor... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/30/09