Sunday, 22 May 2016

The School | Jack Shainman Gallery

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY DURING INSTALLATION. EXHIBITION OPENS MAY 22, 2016.

A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions

Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to celebrate the second anniversary of The School with A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions, opening May 22, 2016.  Working across painting, photography, and sculpture, Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse, and Garnett Puett converge on the themes of transformation, environment, and remembrance.

Kahraman highlights the friction between memory and narrative through her personal history as an Iraqi émigré first to Europe and ultimately the United States.  New works here recall a recurring sonic theme in the artist's most taunting memories--the warning call of the siren.  Sound as a modality of power is well ingrained in military strategy, with long-range-acoustic-devises (LRAD speakers) transmitting localized, extremely high decibel noise, literally using sound as a weapon.  The violence of sound and the ways in which people resist it are at the heart of Strip Search (2016); acoustic foam pierces through women's bodies painted on the canvas' surface, transforming the painting itself into a sonically absorbent shield, while the linen references punctured flesh.

The reverberating desctruction of war is also integral to the work of Richard Mosse.  In the tradition of canonical landscape and documentary photography, Mosse captures unflinching beauty amidst fear and tragedy.  Three large panoramic photographs from Infra (2010-ongoing), the now-iconic body of work shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo in vivid Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued reconnaissance infrared film, anchor Mosse's exhibition which spans several major series.  Isolation and awe dominate these eerie vistas, yet their detail and sheer scale make them feel like otherworldly access points to a dislocated present.  Similarly, Airside (2007-2008) documents grounded, out-of-service planes, as well as mock-ups used for emergency training.  Breach (2009) focuses on former palaces of Saddam Hussein which served as temporary bases for U.S. military, while Nomads' (2009) subject is abandoned bullet hole-laden cars in Iraq.  Throughout all, the topography of conflict--the metal husks, deserted buildings, and lush, jungle landscapes--takes on strange afterlives as surreal monuments to continued anxiety and violence.

If Kahraman and Mosse investigate imagery and memory that emanate from specific locations and personal and collective experience, Dorion hones in on the understanding of space itself.  Composed of paintings made from photographs taken of interiors of The School, including the two unfinished classrooms in which it is presented, Dorion's installation points to the liminal area where painting, photography, and architecture intersect.  The paintings depict details of the exhibition space but stylistically hover between figuration and abstraction, in the process transforming into uncanny doubles of their surroundings.  Particular emphasis is given to representations of doors, windows, and screens, drawing attention to membranes of access, past the closed circuit of mimicry.  In this sense, the works are tied to their physical location while ethereally beyond it.

The precision of Dorion's exquisite surfaces is complimented by the organic abstraction of Garnett Puett's apisculptures, the result of delicate collaboration between artist, bees, and wax.  Puett first builds metal armatures which are then covered in beeswax.  Behind a glass enclosure, a colony diligently adds their contribution, building honeycomb over the artist's structure.  A tube runs from the case to the exterior of the building through which the tiny workers can fly in and out during their residency.  In process throughout the exhibition's duration, the works bare the marks of communal process, repetition, and harmonious symmetry.

While divergent in medium and subject matter, a tension between absence and presence unites Dorion, Kahraman, Mosse, and Puett.  Illusions to what is not explicitly there, yet haunts the viewer, permeate their work.  Taken as a whole, the four solo exhibitions hinge on what remains despite a change of place--what happens out of frame, in the annals of the mind long after devastation has occurred, just after the shutter clicks, or when the bees leave the confines of the gallery, inevitably to return and begin their labor anew.

Pierre Dorion was born in 1959 in Ottawa, Canada and now lives and works in Montreal.  In 2012, a major exhibition, Pierre Dorion, opened at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, spanning two decades of his career and was accompanied by a catalogue published by the museum featuring essays by Mark Lanctôt, David Deitcher, and Stephen Horne.  The exhibition subsequently traveled to Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where it was on view through May of 2013.




Hayv Kahraman was born in 1981 in Baghdad, Iraq, and resides in Los Angeles.  Her work is included in several public collections including the American Embassy, Baghdad; The Barjeet Art Foundation, Sharjah; MATHAF Museum of Modern Art, Doha; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and The Rubell Family Collection, Miami.  On October 8th, a solo exhibition of Kahraman's work opens at the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, on view through January 8, 2017.




Richard Mosse was born in 1980 in Ireland and is based in New York.  In 2013, Mosse represented Ireland in the 55th Venice Biennale with The Enclave, an immersive six-channel video installation that utilized 16mm infrared film, which subsequently has been exhibited at many institutions around the world including Fondazione Palazzo Srozzi, Italy (2014); The Photographer's Gallery, London (2014); Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014); FotoMuseum Antwerp (FoMu), Antwerp, Belgium (2014); Portland Museum of Art, Oregon (2015); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2015); and The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (2016).




Garnett Puett was born in 1959 in Hahira, Georgia and now lives in Hawaii.  Puett is a fourth generation beekeeper turned artist who studied in the MFA program at Pratt Institute, New York.  Public collections include Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Brooklyn Art Museum, New York; The Honolulu State Art Museum, Hawaii; MIT Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Mexico National Art Museum; and the Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri.




Concurrently on view is Radcliffe Bailey: Quest, at 513 West 20th Street and Shimon Attie: Facts on the Ground at 524 West 24th Street through June 2016.

The School is open by appointment only during installation.  This exhibition opens on Sunday, May 22, 2016.  For additional information and photographic material please contact the gallery at
http://www.jackshainman.com/school/

25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106
tel +1 518-758-1628  fax. +1 212-645-8316
Gallery hours:  Open by appointment only during installation.  After May 22, 2016, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment.

For more info about The School, email:  the school@jackshainman.com



Friday, 20 May 2016

MidnightRadio Compilation 64 Drops Today - May 20, 2016



Have a listen to the new MidnightRadio Compilation 64, featuring an eclectic mix of electronic music from musicians around the world.  Enjoy your free download and thanks for your continuing support!  Please check back soon for up and coming releases.





 https://midnightradio-compilation.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-radio-compilation-64

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Montreal Street Art - May 2016

I recently photographed these amazing artworks in and around the St-Laurent/Ste-Catherine Street area, as well as along Ste-Antoine Street West and under the Ville Marie Expressway, where I found a treasure-trove of street art just waiting for me.  All copyrights remain vested with their respective artist.
























Monday, 16 May 2016

MidnightRadio Compilation 63 - May 6, 2016








The MidnightRadio crew are always hard at work releasing new quality compilations for your listening and free downloading pleasure.  Please show your support by sharing MidnightRadio Compilation 63 with everyone you know!

https://midnightradio-compilation.bandcamp.com/album/midnight-radio-compilation-63

Sunday, 24 April 2016

My new Digital LP "Codified" on Bandcamp




My new digital LP "Codified" is now available on Bandcamp for purchase and your listening pleasure.  This album is a mix of darkwave, experimental electronica, short wave radio voice and vocoder.  I hope you enjoy it!  Thank you for your continuing support.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Digital Collector's 4-Song EP of Vava and Zilon (w/Alan Lord)'s Music as Featured in "Montréal New Wave"

Illustration © Zilon Lazer 2016. Protected by LA SODRAC.

https://vavavol.bandcamp.com/album/vava-vol-and-zilon-lazer-w-alan-lord-as-featured-in-the-movie-montr-al-new-wave

This digital collector’s 4-song EP is representative of our 80s music as featured in the feature documentary film “Montréal New Wave”, which premiered at Les Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois February 20th, 2016 and is premiering at select theatres in Montreal and Quebec City April 29th, 2016.  Many thanks to Zilon Lazer and Alan Lord for their collaboration on this project.  Thank you for listening.