artists & participants
“It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.” The Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The summer show at Grimm Rosenfeld, NY uses the ideas of prescience, relatedness, insecurity, conspiracy and disappearance found in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story The Yellow Wallpaper, as cues for bringing together work by six accomplished young artists: Ronnie Bass, Katarina Burin, Damien Cadio, Jim Gaylord, Terry Haggerty, and Michelle Lopez.
Michelle Lopez often focuses on moments of transformation, disfigurement, and convergence between technology and the natural. For this exhibition, Lopez presents “Old Man”?"a precarious assemblage of aluminum walker, driftwood, wheels and a hat in which the absence of a human body serves to heighten the strangeness of the prosthetics and garments with which we hybridize ourselves.
In the work of Ronnie Bass, characters are subjected to trials in the workplace, the public sphere, and in the space of the mind where they are confronted with the larger forces of Modernity and History. For the exhibition, Bass will present “Boat Adventure” a video installation in a boat, in which the singer of a haunting song contemplates the relationship of two people, and how air and time can be defeated.
Terry Haggerty’s work functions at the juncture of art history, technological history and surface. Using forms from technologies of manufacturing, like air vents, Venetian blinds and shoelaces, Haggerty inserts content into a tradition of abstract painting that refuses it. In so doing, Haggerty’s abstract painting diminishes the importance of the abstract painter from “genius” to portraitist of memory, form and color.
Swathed in a crepuscular atmosphere, French painter and video artist Damien Cadio’s creatures and ghostly scenarios are captured in the middle of arcane narratives. Cadio’s painting which depicts a figure in front of a graffiti-covered wall, head wrapped in a patterned fabric and gag stuffed in its mouth is shown here. The blindness and muteness of this figure is so extreme that the wall behind it has more to say than it does.
Katarina Burin’s exhaustive research has been concentrated on the early 20th century flowering of ideologically charged groups of makers, writers and thinkers. In her most recent work, Burin meditates on the work of reclusive designer and architect Eileen Gray. In 1922 Gray opened a showroom for her work in Paris called “Galerie Jean Désert” (Gallery of the Deserted John) after its non-existent “male” owner.
In his most recent paintings, Jim Gaylord isolates moments of destruction from the “Final Destination” film series in which people die in unusual and often grisly situations. Drawing on a tradition of epic painting, these works literally abstract the narrative moment, combining meticulous figuration with obscure forms which are both familiar but unrecognizable. The result is uncanny explosions.
I AM NOT HERE. THIS ISN´T HAPPENING
mit Ronnie Bass, Katarina Burin, Damien Cadio, Jim Gaylord, Terry Haggerty, Michelle Lopez