May 5 - June 16, 2013 Opening reception: Sunday, May 5, 6 to 8pm
--- Tsarina Katarina, fetch the tuning fork for Clover’s twittering machine. From where I transcend as this manger’s manager, a proper script morphs twins as badgered duplicate, batty cinemaddicts, prickling neckbraces. Speaking insectually, freckly Shawnique may borrow your legs and you her arms, drawing upon truncated centipede haunting walls that encircle the garden that belongs to the vicar of vicariousness.
--- Ya, ya. Truly trivial, but trivially true, too.
--- Please step forward. C’mere! C’mon. Feel right at home.
--- Thanks, but my trusty rifle’s a trifle rusty. Thump desire. Sunshine, so tickled when Hapsburg snow melted. Shy eyes lie. Ree and Tomas bow their heads, now braver than any war world apart. Kiss bonded, mind and heart weaving silken shrapnel.
--- Attendez! Close your yap! Show some respect! Through corridors fire ants wriggle and sashay through the U.S. of A., a story line that hammers vital organs into teasing shrugs after the annunciatory blue angel smoke releases. Far behind the braided ropes please linger.
- Charles H. Lynch
On Stellar Rays is pleased to present the gallery’s second solo exhibition of Maria Petschnig, including two videos, wall objects and a large-scale immersive installation. Petschnig’s work frequently deals with the intimate, confronting taboos and dominant ideals surrounding gender and sex. By subjugating her own body to the eyes of the camera and the public, Petschnig implicates the spectator in the construction of narrative and character, often going beyond comfortable social conventions.
In the first video, Petschsniggle, the artist engages her twin sister in a sequence of bizarre games, intimate scenarios and child-like interactions. The video was primarily filmed in the attic of their childhood home in Austria and in a summer cottage in Greece. Fraught with unresolved dreamlike narratives and psychosexual tensions, the video has a surreal and hallucinatory atmosphere.
A second video, Vasistas, uses green screen technology to superimpose Petschnig role-playing different personae into suggestive settings – taken from Petschnig’s photo archive of odd and intimate snapshot pictures. The artist is engaged in various undefined activities. The contrast between private and flagrant, familiar and strange, isolates the performer and hints at a fantastic escapism from reality.
In an adjacent space are textile objects made from mattresses and other found materials, leaning against or hanging from wooden panel walls. Presented alogside the videos, they complete Petschnig's carefully constructed interior installation. Please contact:
On Stellar Rays 133 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002 212.598.3012 firstname.lastname@example.org