Sights

get excited: Josephine Meckseper, Josiah McElheny, Rob Carter

This week I’m looking forward to:

Josephine Meckseper The Complete History of Postcontemporary Art, 2005. Courtesy the Artist, New York, and VG Bild-Kunst.

Josephine Meckseper The Complete History of Postcontemporary Art, 2005. Courtesy the Artist, New York, and VG Bild-Kunst. Source: Sculpture-Center.org.

Monday, April 9, 7PM
Subjective Histories of Sculpture: Josephine Meckseper
SculptureCenter
44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, Queens

Citing specific works, bodies of work, texts, or even personal anecdotes taken from inside and outside cultural production, and inside and outside art, these subjective, incomplete, partial, or otherwise eclectic histories question assumptions and propose alternative methods for understanding sculpture’s evolving strategies.

Josiah McElheny, Island Universe (installation view), 2009. Courtesy the artist, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, and Andrea Rosen Gallery,  New York. Photo: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid © Josiah McElheny. Source: publicartfund.org.

Josiah McElheny, Island Universe (installation view), 2009. Courtesy the artist, Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Photo: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid © Josiah McElheny. Source: publicartfund.org.

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm
Public Art Fund Talks at The New School: Josiah McElheny
The New School, John Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues, NYC

McElheny is whip-smart and I expect nothing less than to be blown away.

Public Art Fund is pleased to present a talk by Josiah McElheny, an American artist whose multifaceted artistic practice has incorporated decorative and functional traditions of glass, as well as research, writing, and curating to explore materiality and its relationship to the ways in which we see and experience objects. Often using narratives inspired by the histories of art, design, and glass as points of departure, McElheny has created massive sculptures of shining chrome and transparent glass that layer myriad references as diverse as twentieth-century fashion, modernist design, sixteenth-century Italian painting, and even the Big Bang theory.

Rob Carter. Faith in a Seed, 2012. Image courtesy the artist. Source: ArtinGeneral.org.

Rob Carter. Faith in a Seed, 2012. Image courtesy the artist. Source: ArtinGeneral.org.

Opening: Friday, April 13, 6-8pm
Exhibition: April 13–June 23, 2012
Rob Carter: Faith in a Seed
Art in General

79 Walker Street (just off Canal and Broadway), NYC

I helped to build out this show, and I’m very excited to see how the installation and videos have come, quite literally, to life.

Faith in A Seed intertwines the languages of science and history into a living sculptural form. Rob Carter’s installation centers on the houses and gardens of three men of the 19th century. Miniature replicas of Charles Darwin’s Down House, Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden, and Sir John Bennet Lawes’ Rothamsted Manor are the centerpieces of a large-scale triangular garden.

Viewers are invited to witness Carter’s controlled but fragile ecosystem in three distinct ways: time-based video projections, peepholes cut into the sides of the garden, as well as from an elevated viewing platform.

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Sights

Agenda: Lordy Rodriguez @ Hosfelt, Art in General

I’m looking forward to two openings for old and new friends this week.


March 25 – April 30, 2011
Lordy Rodriguez: The Map Is Not the Territory
Reception: Thursday March 24, 4-6pm
Hosfelt Gallery, 531 W 36th Street (b/10 & 11th), New York, NY 10018
A · C · E · 1 · 2 · 3 · 7 · 9

In “The Map Is Not the Territory,” Filipino-American artist Lordy Rodriguez presents three bodies of new work, comprised of more than 400 drawings. This, his fourth exhibition with Hosfelt Gallery and his first one-person show in Hosfelt Gallery’s New York space, is the most ambitious exhibition of his career.

I know Lordy from the San Francisco art scene. He’s hilarious and giving, and his drawings are wonderfully colorful and beautifully executed. His shows are often dense with pattern and sheer production. Have a look.

March 25 – May 7, 2011
Emily Roysdon: Positions
Ioana Nemes: Times Colliding
Marie Jager: l’heure bleue
STUDIO SM

Opening: March 25, 6-8pm
Art in General, 79 Walker Street (just off Canal @ Broadway), New York, NY 10013
A · C · E · N · R · Q · J · Z · 1 · 6

I’ve been helping out with these shows the past few weeks, and I’m really impressed with Art in General and the artists’ forthcoming exhibitions. First, Art in General is dedicated to exhibiting and commissioning new work, so they’re a non-profit alternative art space that functions much like an ICA. And as I’ve been seeing the galleries come together, the shows look really interesting and clean and thought-provoking. The first-floor project space will house publications and more by a Swedish design team that collaborates with Roysdon and other artists. In the elevator will be a audio-visual project about birdsong and silence. The sixth floor galleries will feature solo exhibitions by Emily Roysdon (who recently exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum’s MATRIX Program, and was interviewed by Patricia Maloney for Bad at Sports), and Ioanna Nemes, whose works feature diaristic, psychological snapshots that I’m really interested in. I’m completely onboard with the fantastic curatorial work of Andrea Hickey and Courtenay Finn.

Please come by and see for yourself.

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