Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 1 February 2013

TUAN LEE: Grazia (Project Room)
ESCOBAR-MORALES: Resurrection of Hun-Nal-Ye (New Media Room)

Opening Reception Friday, February 1, 2013 5-9 pm
February 1-23, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013, from 5 to 9 pm

Public Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The exhibit continues in his exploration of large-scale painting. A catalogue, KELLEY JOHNSON: NEW PAINTINGS, with new essays by Nicole Yen and Damon Freed, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Johnson’s artwork explores ways in which painting can be constructed, interested in his paintings as objects, and their ability to illustrate atmospheres and sensations. Found within Johnson’s works are juxtapositions of geometric lines and spontaneously blurred arcs, that evoke feelings of depth and vibration. The repetition of similar shapes creates a melodious rhythm within his pieces, and Johnson’s color choices amplify or mute the patterns made—swathes of emerald green interrupt muddy grays, dashes of hot pink race against black. Some moments within the artwork willfully declare their presence. Other moments whisper and glide by. Johnson carefully choses these attributes to show how his paintings operate as components of a language, rather than remain static canvases upon a wall.
Johnson’s upcoming exhibition, born in part from his Works on Paper Series in 2011, has the viewer weaving out of the canvases and into the environment. In some pieces, Johnson allows a few simple lines to extend off the edge; in others, he will paint the full surface. These choices emphasize the dialog between depiction and object—the brushstrokes pull the viewer out of the object, yet the depth of the painting reminds the viewer of the object itself.

In the Project Room, the gallery presents an exhibition titled “Grazia” by photographer Tuan Lee. In what is believed the first fashion magazine, La Dernière Mode from the 1870’s, we find a manifesto for fashion: "To teach beauty in everyday things is our concern, or a part of it, but even more a putting-to-use in the cause of delicate enjoyment of artists' visions." Art and fashion exist in separate constructed categories. Art, on the one hand, typically involves something valued as a lasting object. Fashion, on the other hand is ephemeral with an accelerated turnover of style. Tuan Lee’s current work focuses on merging these two forms of expression. His work shows that art may at times resemble fashion and fashion may look like art.

In the New Media Room, the gallery presents a single-channel video work titled “Resurrection of Hun-Nal-Ye” by Escobar-Morales. The 21-minutes video originated from a performance at the closing for RICH-OO-UH'L, RICH-OO-UH'L at Jolie Laide Gallery in Philadelphia.In the Resurrection of Hun-Nal-Ye (2011), Escobar-Morales perform a funerary ritual, referencing the mythical Mayan tale of the Hero Twins reviving their dead father, the Maize God. In their contemporary interpretation of this ancient story, Escobar-Morales simultaneously represent the body and the soul; the God/ Goddess and twin offspring, in both physical and technological forms using live performance and web based video projection.

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