“How Many Miles to Babylon,” curated by Peter Frank will be the inaugural exhibition commemorating the long-awaited re-opening of the grand gallery space. “How Many Miles” will be on view December 17, 2015 through February 17th, 2016. There will be an opening reception on December 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The artists in the exhibition include Chris de Boschnek, Marc Dennis, Jedd Garet, and Geraldine Neuwirth from New York and Fatemeh Burnes, F. Scott Hess, Heather Gwen Martin, and Lezley Saar from Los Angeles.
“How Many Miles to Babylon" acknowledges painting as a touchstone of vitality in America’s two largest art centers, Frank observes. “The history of painting and the history of experimentation reflect in the work of these eight artists, based at opposite ends of the country but united in their devotion to an obdurate and magical medium.”
Frank views the opportunity provided him by the C24 Gallery to realize this show “as a way of celebrating independent thinking and quirky mindsets while honoring tradition – or, rather, traditions.” The art in How Many Miles to Babylon ranges from hyper-realism to non-objective abstraction, narrative figuration to painting-as-object, surrealist space to digital capture.
“Is there a New York school of painting anymore, or a Los Angeles school?” muses Frank. “There are certainly eddies of like-minded activity occurring in both places, but in the age of accessibility, of cyber-connections and frequent flying, the art world has arguably become one immense cosmopolitan network. There is, for better or worse, no zone of ignorance, only pockets of avoidance. These eight artists do not work in a vacuum, but, as mature talents, they each know what it is they need to paint.”
ROSEGALLERY is pleased to present the second installment of Her First Meteorite. A selection of process based photographs that feature the work of seven artists: Dirk Braeckman, James Gallagher, Melinda Gibson, Ken Graves, Yoko Kanayama, Summer Mann Sebastian Riemer, accompanied by a selection of Civil War tintypes. The exhibition will be on view from 12 December 2015 through 13 February 2016.
From experimenting with light sensitive, unconventional photographic papers, to repurposing salvaged negatives, the use of secondary processes within Her First Meteorite, Volume II, challenges the boundaries of the medium of photography. By allowing the works to enter the world of the surreal, this exhibition invites the viewer to question the identity of the visuals presented.
Through the use of experimental paper based images, pigment prints and temporal processes, Dirk Braeckman, James Gallagher, Sebastian Riemer, and the Civil War tintypes, utilize photographic abstraction to call attention to the dynamism of the human identity. While Gallagher, Riemer and the tintypes apply a traditional portrait image, the temporal component intrinsic to the tintype process, as well as the application of pigment and collage to the image, mirrors Braeckman’s time sensitive light processes. Through exploring time intensive, alternate uses of the medium’s essential components, Braeckman, Gallagher, Riemer and the tintypes work together to create an active and layered human narrative.
By stepping outside traditional processes to rediscover the photographic medium, Melinda Gibson, Kenneth Graves, Yoko Kanayama, and Summer Mann, utilize secondary processes and photographic collage in order to blur the boundaries of self-identity and complicate the understanding of contemporary cultures. By focusing on the use of details and multiple layers within the photographic process, Gibson, Graves, Kanayama and Mann bring to light the socio-cultural narratives within the historical and contemporary urban landscape.
While revealing the processes behind its creation, Her First Meteorite, Volume II, works to deconstruct and complicate the universal “truth” of the photograph and challenge traditional forms of representation.