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Book Release & Exhibition: Enrico Natali at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 8, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

Publication Corresponds with Joseph Bellows Gallery ongoing Exhibition
Detroit 1968
Thorough December 21, 2013

In this the artist's second show a the Joseph Bellows Gallery we pause to look back. In spring of 2012 Bellows exhibited new explorations by Enrico Natali, but these early images of Detroit have acted like a fine wine that has developed character with age. These works have had time to accumulate history and develop intrigue. In Detroit 1968 we enjoy both the perspective of a foundational moment in the artist's career, but also engage layers of history around a city that today is again making headlines.

These works predate the financial collapse of the Motor City, but still trace back to difficult past. Taken just one year after the race riots these images are potent and revealing. There seems to be both tension and calm in the black and white prints, and looking at them over 40 years later we still find a freshness to the frames, the figures, and the socio-cultural climate revealed. So much has changed, so much has stayed the same. The normal goings on of any metropolis are recorded by Natali in images of sporting events, workers, executives, and students. All of the work has an immediacy and an intimacy that connect us to the work and the subjects. We feel rooted and take note of the open exchange between ourselves and the subjects. It is what the work reveals as a whole that gives it the most strength. Images of high-schoolers on their way to prom or ladies decked out in gowns and firs on their way to the Shriner's Convention make us think that times are good and living is easy, while a conflicting story is told in works like East side Detroit family of parents and four children overcrowding their living room couch or Spectators at a public demonstration of three men in suits with what we presume to be a going out of business discount sign hung in the storefront window behind them. The whole body of work moves together to reveal layers of lifestyle, and the promise of the American Dream seems disparate in a city that once promised so much hope for industry and growth of a middle class.

Today these images strike some of the same chords but with deeper resonance as we know what time has brought to Detroit. Perhaps, as we see these works and the city anew, we may start to think on an even bigger scale and envision Detroit as parallel to a greater national experience.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery

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Book Signing & Special Edition Print: Rinko Kawauchi at Galerie Priska Pasquer

Posted By Administration, Friday, December 6, 2013
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013


Exhibition through March 8

Book Signing: Saturday, December 7
12:00 - 2:00 pm

Special Edition Print Offered to Young Art Collectors

Rinko Kawauchi's new series, Ametsuchi, explores how mankind relates to time; the word itself translates from Japanese as "heaven" and "earth."

Kawauchi's Vast colored landscapes depict the traditional, controlled burning of farmland, and demonstrate the destructive yet rejuvenating power of fire. The series of fire pictures are littered with abstract and calm images of stellar constellations and religious rituals. These works conjure up a connection between the past and the present, the spiritual world and reality, between Heaven and Earth.

About the Artist:
Born in 1972, Rinko Kawauchi is regarded as one of the most important female [IW1] contemporary Japanese artists. Having lived for some time in New York, she has since returned to Tokyo. When studying at the Seian Junior College of Art and Design, she discovered photography as a means of expression. To date, she has published 16 photo books, including "Illuminance" (2011), which focused on transforming ephemeral elements of everyday life into something breathtakingly new.

Her works have been shown in individual exhibitions all over the world, including in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Gallery at Hermès, New York, in the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art and in the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art in Paris.

About the Young Art Collectors Print:
RINKO KAWAUCHI | Untitled, from the series "Ametsuchi", 2013
c-print, 31,2 x 40 cm
edition 1.000, signed by the artist
49 EUR

For more information on the exhibition, signing & special print offering, please contact Galerie Priska Pasquer

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Artist's Reception & Book Signing: Julie Cockburn at Yossi Milo Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013
Slight Exposure

Exhibition Dates: December 12 - January 25, 2014

Reception & Book Signing:
Thursday, December 12

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Visual enhancement of found images is British artist Julie Cockburn's method of choice. A sculptor by training, Cockburn's treats found images as more than prints but as objects. Mementos- family snapshots, portraits, and landscapes are collected from antique shops, antique stores, and internet sites and enhanced by a fine and meticulous hand. These images inherently come charged with forgotten stories and lost personal history but are reinvented by Cockburn and infused with new meaning. Through embellishment or concealment new suggested narratives unfold. Because her technique is so laborious and detail oriented we are seduced by both the imperfection of the image and perfection of the modification. It is in the space between we as viewers can reinvent and trace the path the artist did in exploring these images through interaction and mark-making. While lost can not be found that is not the aim of the work- wonder and invention is more at the core. The dialogue Cockburn had in producing the work and her choices in alteration translates to the viewer as curiosity. We desire to linger and discern. At times we effort to reconstruct a kaleidoscoped visage or to imagine the faces behind embroidered veils and in others playful shapes are simply magical elements woven into the existing image. In these we float on lightness and drift into our own memories. 

Julie Cockburn has exhibited her work throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. The artist received a B.A. in sculpture from the Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London and studied at Chelsea College of Art, London. Cockburn was born in 1966 in London, England where she currently lives and works. This exhibition marks the artist's first solo exhibition in the Untied States. Signed copies of Cockburn's monograph Conversations (2012), published by Tycoon Books, will be available at the signing reception on December 12.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery

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Gallery Talk: Peter Ireland at McNamara Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013

The Prose of Poetry

Saturday, November 30, 2013

4:00 pm

Exhibition Opening of Available Light: imagining more than we see 
to follow Ireland's remarks

Exhibition Dates: November 30 - January 26, 2014

Artist, writer, and curator, Peter Ireland to discuss the works included in the group show Available Light: imagining more than we see. The exhibition is an extensive reflection on the element that makes the foundations of the media possible- light. Included in the show are works by Laurence Aberhart, Mark Adams [image above], Fiona Amundsen, Wayne Barrar, Richard Barraud [Estate], Andrew Beck, Peter Black, Rhondda Bosworth, Joyce Campbell, Ben Cauchi, Richard Collins, Lisa Crowley, Hayden Fritchley, Frank Hofmann [Estate], Nikolai Kokx, Adrienne Martyn, Anne Noble, Max Oettli, Fiona Pardington, Trent Parke [Australia], Peter Peryer, Steve Rood, Andrew Ross, Haruhiko Sameshima, Justine Varga [Australia], and Len Wesney.

Together work by these artists explores the power of light in an image and the way we respond to place based on its qualities. Light can elevate and transform, open and expose space, but its compliment, shadow also has powerful effects on the sentiments within an image. Darkness can obscure and add drama by rendering subjects mysterious. Then there are techniques that thanks to technology can go beyond human site; night-vision, infrared and ultraviolet light capture more than the eye can see to expand the limitations of visibility, perception, and the photographic media. This exhibition explores all of these territories and can be remotely experienced through a downloadable pdf catalogue.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit McNamara Gallery

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Artist's Opening Reception: Matthew Brandt at M+B Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 22, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013
Stars, Dust, Bubble Wrap

Exhibition Dates: December 14 - January 18, 2014

Artist's Opening Reception:
Saturday, December 14

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Any exhibition that lists velvet, acid, bubble wrap, dust, cocaine, H, aluminum, light, nebulae, cyan hair dye, magenta hair dye, yellow hair dye, black hair dye, Hollywood gaps, stripes, torsos, and friends among the materials involved is sure to be interesting. Stars, Dust, Bubble Wrap is Matthew Brandt's second solo show with M+B Gallery and the Hollywood-based artist explores his city as both a landscape and a construct.

The very fabric of Brandt's work engages the stereotypical tropes of the star-studded city Hollywood. Even hearing the name we imagine it in gleaming lights, but the work transforms into everything we don't expect, but probably should. Brandt's works depict starry night skies that are typically obliterated by Hollywood's lights composed with swirls of cocaine on black velvet; decades-old pictures of controversially demolished Los Angeles architectural gems pigmented with the dust from their modern day replacements; striped shirt-wearing torsos that have been burned onto fields of pristine white silk velvet; and abstracted gaps between the letters of the Hollywood sign that glow in hair dye and bubble wrap. 

For more information on the exhibition, please visit M+B Gallery

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