May 11 - June 16, 2013 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11th, 2 - 6 pm
The Red and the Black is the first of an ongoing series of projects that engage the commercial and pedagogical aspects of the art world. The name comes from Stendhal's book by the same name. In his novel, the colors refer to the two paths to power available to a lower class young man in post-revolutionary France. For the first time in its history, one could transcend one's social status by joining the military (the red) or the church (the black). In this series of projects G. T. Pellizzi transposes this analogy to the of career aspiring artists. The art world offers two paths to power: the commercial (galleries, auction houses, collectors etc), and the pedagogical (museums, schools, arts organizations, etc.). The relation between the two is complex and always fraught with contradictions. At the same time these projects experiment with new forms of abstraction, and new ways of generating form and surface. In this rendition of the Red and The Black, the works oscillate between painting, sculpture and real-estate.
Y Gallery is pleased to announce The Red and the Black, by G. T. Pellizzi. For this exhibition, G. T. has rebuilt the walls of the gallery and painted them Red, while covering the floor in black carpet. These walls will be for sale by the square foot throughout the duration of the exhibition. The public is welcome to choose whatever size and shape of wall space they like. Black oil paint will be used to delineate the perimeter of each piece that is sold. The price per square foot is determined by the market value of real estate in the Lower East Side, where the gallery is located. A record of each piece will also be drawn and certified in a book displayed in the space. One week before the exhibition closes, G. T. will begin the process of cutting out all the purchased pieces from the walls. The elements used for this exhibition, the black paint, the brushes, the rulers, the circular saw, the book where the pieces and purchasers are registered, will all be housed on a scorched black podium and bench situated at the center of the gallery.
G.T. Pellizzi (Giandomenico Tonatiuh Pellizzi) was born in 1978 in Tlayacapan, Mexico. He studied philosophy at St Johns College and is a graduate from The Channin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union. From 2001-2011, Pellizzi was involved in several collaborative art projects, with which he has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, PS1 Moma, Centre Pompidou, PAC Murcia, and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as well as various art galleries in New York, Zurich, Berlin and London. His first exhibition as a solo artist “Transitional” at Y Gallery in September 2011 was reviewed in ArtForum and The Brooklyn Rail. His work is currently on view at Jeu de Paume in Paris, and his work will also be included in forthcoming group exhibitions at L&M, Los Angeles, and El Museo del Barrio Biennial. Pellizzi lives between New York and Mexico.
This exhibition comes with the generous support of The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
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