PERRY RUBENSTEIN GALLERY 527 WEST 23 STREET ANNOUNCES
SHRED Curated by Carlo McCormick
July 1 – August 27, 2010 Opening reception: Thursday July 1, 2010, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Perry Rubenstein Gallery announces SHRED, an exhibition curated by Carlo McCormick, an independent curator and senior editor of Paper magazine, which will feature collage-based works from a diverse group of artists, some who have pioneered collage as fine art and others who are expanding upon the subversive flavor inherent to the medium. Featured are works in myriad media—from simple layered assemblages of newsprint on paper to lively video animations made from cutout paper silhouettes.
The exhibition will include works by Bruce Conner, a prominent member of the Beat community; California-native, Jess, whose oeuvre includes collages based on alchemy, religion and comic strips; downtown darling Dash Snow; Gee Vaucher, who is central to punk visual culture; and Jack Walls, whose self-portraits incorporate photographic imagery taken by his long-time partner Robert Mapplethorpe.
Provocative new works that were specifically created for the exhibition will be included by artists such as: the collective FAILE (represented by Perry Rubenstein) who will show a ripped painting featuring brand new iconography; Shepard Fairey; Leo Fitzpatrick; Mark Flood; Erik Foss; Swoon; and, Judith Supine. Also to be shown are a finely cut paper collage by Brian Douglas (Elbow-Toe) that resembles intricate painting, while Shelter Serra will present three-dimensional work—red roses cast in white silicone. Video works by Martha Colburn, Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Bec Stupac will be featured, with Stupac premiering a new piece.
SHRED is curated by Carlo McCormick, a prominent New York City-based author, curator, critic and champion of the downtown art scene. McCormick has authored numerous books, monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and culture, including The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984 published by Princeton University Press which he coauthored. He has lectured and taught extensively at universities and colleges around the United States. His writing has appeared in Aperture, Art in America, Art News, Artforum, Camera Austria, High Times, Paper, Spin, Tokion, Vice and countless other magazines. He has curated exhibitions for the Bronx Museum of Art, New York University, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Woodstock Center for Photography.
An opening reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, July 1st from 6:00–8:00PM and SHRED will be on view through Friday, August 27th, 2010. A small catalogue brochure with an essay by McCormick will accompany the exhibition.
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Post by jamesreeve5 on Jun 25, 2010 19:20:10 GMT 1
Silky, thanks for this heads up. There are a number of artists I am not very happy to see in the lineup, but overall I find this show to be intriguing on multiple levels.
I am particularly interested in shows like this that attempt to combine members of the urban art genre with people outside of it. Obviously people like Kathy Grayson have made a bit of a niche market out of this, but I'll also admit that the separation between the two worlds is more fluid in the US than it is in the UK (you have Mr. Laz to blame for that).
This show however, seems to be suffering an identity crisis of sorts (with the PR declaring the show to be loosely collage based). There just seems to be too much it is trying to focus on at once: urban art, an examination of punk aesthetic, and ... Bruce Conner and Jack Walls (artists who I can only mildly aesthetically relate to Mark Flood). I obviously haven't seen the works in the show yet, but if I myself were the curator, this show would be sliced into two separate shows, and a couple of artists would be added and dropped.
1. Raymond Pettibon: He has been doing collage now for the past few years. Plus, I would love to see Pettibon, Vaucher, and Flood in one show. Couldn't the gallery find any Pettibons to put in this show?
2. Robert Heinecken: Another great artist that would allow artists like Jack Walls and Bruce Conners to feel as though they fit in a bit better.
3. Leigh LeDare: Again, an artist whose collages would do a great job of bridging the gap between the older artists and the younger ones.
4. Justin Lieberman: Assemblage type sculptural work that would parallel Swoon and Bruce Conner.
5. Wes Lang: His work just seems to fit with nearly everyone they've listed.
1. Elbow Toe: To have him in the same show as Swoon is reductive. Swoon is better at roughly the same game.
2. Shepard Fairey: I am only dropping you because the PR says you will be contributing "new work" to the show. If you were contributing one of your earlier pieces you would have made my cut.
3. Shelter Serra: I like the work, but it doesn't seem to fit with the rest of the artists (Justin Lieberman fits better)
4. Bec Stupak: (or Stupac if you follow the press release): Sort of like Assume Vivid Astro Focus the bigger the better with regards to her art. To try and fit her video work in will just crowd everything. I would rather see her polaroids.
...yeah not the greatest Snow. Someone trying to unload it?
Yeah Carlo McCormick is real hit or miss. This feels like some of the artists pieces will be forced to try and work together, has the potential to look like a plate of messy leftovers. But I'll wait and see how it all holds together.
the obama guy does not belong. he is not a collage artist. he just collages the background of his pieces. big difference.
Are you with the collage usage police? ;D
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I don't think this is necessarily a survey of collage so I'm not sure that Jacques Villegle really fits either. But then again, I don't think I really know what the show is about anyway (other than an attempt to contextualize their represented artists, Faile, outside of the urban art genre).
Chief, don't know what to make of your review. The "it was what it was" comments confuse me. Care to elaborate?
>>>I don't think I really know what the show is about anyway (other than an attempt to contextualize their represented artists, Faile, outside of the urban art genre).
I don't see how this show is giving a perspective to faile outside of the urban genre. I wouldn't get Carlo Mccormick involved if that was the idea. I don't think the show is doing faile any favors, the other way around. It's ok, although its not the greatest piece ever by them. I didn't see in person but from the pics I thought the Fairey was not very strong. Some of the other work might look good on its own, but it really feels like a standard summer show. (no theme, rhyme or reason) just a number of 'urban' artists who happen to use collage?
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