25 June 2009

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Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland CA
Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta GA
Hudson Franklin, New York
Rowan Morrison Gallery, Oakland CA
Steven Barich, The Logic Stone, 2009

Steven Barich:
The Logic Stone and other new work

June 20th through July 18th, 2009

Rowan Morrison Gallery is proud to announce Steven Barich: The Logic Stone and other new work opening on June 20th, 2009

In his solo exhibition, Barich presents a new series consisting of graphite works on paper, mixed-media wall sculpture and short video. This series investigates the relationship between visual patterns, codes and text in the digital age. Barich blends organic shapes, ranging from abstractions to anonymous silhouettes, with geometric patterns and coded writing that creates an association between the natural and virtual worlds, blurring the boundaries of the two.

The work on display at Rowan Morrison Gallery is focused around one large-scale work (42 x 60 inches) and accompanied by a group of smaller 16 x 16 inch drawings, each related to Chinese Scholar's Rocks.. Historically, Chinese Scholar's Rocks were appreciated for their physical/visual representation of a spiritual concept of universal balance embodied in a unique natural object: the rock itself. However, most rocks were "improved" by human hands, a process known but hidden. The Logic Stone and other artworks adopt that process of manipulation via pattern and various manifestations of visual information, to arrange a modern form of balance between the natural form and digital or processed information.

Steven Barich holds an MFA from Mills College, and a BFA from California College of the Arts. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at The Compound Gallery (Oakland) and Animal Magnetism at The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. He has shown widely in the last decade at renowned local spaces like 21 Grand, StartSOMA, CELLspace, and Southern Exposure, in addition to spending time as an artist in residence in the Netherlands, and exhibiting throughout Europe. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Rowan Morrison Gallery is an artist-run exhibition space in Oakland, California. The gallery and art book publisher is owned and operated by Pete and Narangkar Glover, both graduates of California College of the Arts. The focus of Rowan Morrison Gallery is to exhibit artists whose work and ethics reflect critical thought in contemporary art. By offering solo exhibitions the artist is allowed to express a full body of work early in his/her career. The gallery features an eclectic selection of artist books, zines, paper goods and prints as an avenue for individuals to affordably, yet intellectually pursue art in any vein.

Steven Barich, The Logic Stone, 2009
42 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Rowan Morrison Gallery
330 40th Street (at Broadway)
Oakland, CA 94609
+1 510 384 5344

Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
Guerra de la Paz, Sealing the Deal, 2009

june 18 - august 8, 2009

peter belyi, justine cooper, guerra de la paz, leemour pelli, stephen j shanabrook

For the end of the season we present five artists who's work reflect on the passing year: Russian sculptor Peter Belyi reminisces unsentimentally about the fall of empires; Guerra De La Paz's Snake Charmer series recast the Power Tie as an emblem of submission and greed; conceptual artist Stephen J Shanabrook, known for his expression of beauty on the threshold of disaster, waterboard's two choir boys in chocolate; Leemour Pelli's paintings evoke the collapse of the human psyche; and Justine Cooper's fictitious drug "Havidol" - created for a disease she coined, Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder - markets desire for those not satisfied with a generic sense of well being.

Peter Belyi's Unecessary Alphabet are homemade signs which read Bread, Cheese, Wine and Vodka - plain and basic commodities. The objects are memorial plaques to history - simple-hearted Soviet era signs from a time of a total deficit of goods.

In response to the marketing and advertising tactics of the pharmaceutical industry Justine Cooper has created a fictional marketing campaign to launch her magic-bullet lifestyle pharmaceutical HAVIDOL® which treats Dysphoric Social Attention Consumption Deficit Anxiety Disorder. Presented in this exhibition are the TV commercials which tap into our collective desire and expectation that there is always room for improvement - while walking the line between poking fun at ourselves and wondering how to obtain a prescription. Cooper's work comments on our temperamental relationship to western medicine, built upon the idea of a malfunctioning body or mind, and the yearning to believe everyday life can be remedied.

Guerra De La Paz's work is composed from appropriated clothing. The term, 'Power Tie', surfaced in the 1980's as stakes and earnings rose to uncontrollable heights. The Power Tie projected a certain level of success by defining one's place in the hierarchy of the corporate world; as well as expressing wealth and influence amongst the wearer's contemporaries - a sign of membership and professional expectation among the business elite. The figures are faceless entities like the powerful institutions they represent. Their ties transform into vipers, insinuating the treachery behind their alliance as they suspiciously guard themselves from each other.

Leemour Pelli aims at exploring fundamental aspects of human experience, both real and imagined. Though the work consists of single figures or couples, larger issues concerning the break down or malfunctioning of human relations and humanity itself are invoked.. A general failure at connection is evident. Indeed, the work is about fundamental collapse: of contemporary social conventions, perceptions, relationships, and individuals' internal and exterior worlds. The theme of susceptibility and proclivity for bad and uncertain manifestations seems to abound in Pelli's works.

Stephen J Shanabrook's Waterboarding is the peaceful song of a pair of choir boys turned into a silent scream. Shanabrook mixes an array of materials - from chocolate to various melted plastic objects. Shanabrook gives a new and often disturbing meaning to substances otherwise associated with comfort and happiness.
Guerra de la Paz, Sealing the Deal, 2009
found garments, mannequin forms, steel, concrete
Courtesy of Danyal Mahmood Gallery, New York

Daneyal Mahmood Gallery
511 West 25th Street 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
+1 212 675 2966

Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta GA

Harrison Haynes, Disruptive Patterns #39, 2008

Brian Dettmer, Katy Clove and Harrison Haynes

Exhibition runs June 19 - August 1, 2009

In my picture atlas...I can only get a handle on the flood of pictures by creating order since there are no individual pictures at all anymore.
-Gerhard Richter

SALTWORKS is pleased to present our summer exhibition, A Flood of Pictures, a group show organized in collaboration with Branch Gallery. A Flood of Pictures assembles the work of three visual artists who explore narratives derived from found and generated imagery. Methodically accumulating then re-defining their materials, the artists discover new meanings from found books, stumbled upon snap-shots and staged photos. Patterns emerge and environments take shape and are energized. A Flood of Pictures investigates the artists' processes in achieving re-contextualized meaning and transformed intent out of a flood of imagery.

Brian Dettmer (Atlanta, GA) unearths the art and hidden narratives buried within the pages of what is often considered a dying medium - that of the hardcover book. Dettmer methodically carves into encyclopedias, medical journals and maps, creating sculpture that communicates through form, image and the written word. Text becomes visual poetry, the typographic elements taking on patterns as if in a landscape, while imagery is revealed as artistry. Imposing a clean, contemporary aesthetic onto these once dismissed relics of a by-gone era, Dettmer expands the role of the book as a "trophy of intellect" by creating objets d'arts as he explores their content, redirecting their relevance and unveiling the beauty within the covers.

Katy Clove (Durham, NC) expresses feminine identity and desire through intricate papercut silhouettes, depicting dream-like characters in animated states of play and duress. Clove draws narratives and gestures from hundreds of staged photographs of live figures, selecting the most 'ripe' images, which simultaneously capture both the theatricality and authenticity of a character. Clove's Untitled Frieze creates a procession of these characters, each struggling with their own dramas, while melding into one larger saga. Certain figures are singled out in Clove's Totems, as guardians of the cast. As a companion to the work, Clove has created an installation of lace-weight crocheted silk loosely based on Indra's Net, derived from the Buddhist concept that all phenomena are intimately connected.

Harrison Haynes (Durham, NC) investigates the ephemerality of experience through photo-collages constructed out of a personal photography archive, amassed over several years and taken during travels with his band, Les Savy Fav. Haynes' work is inspired by Gerhard Richter's encyclopedic work Atlas, an ongoing project of 5,000 images in which individual photographs no longer existed yet the overall landscape contained morsels of desire and inspiration. Haynes discovered a new trajectory in his photographic work emerged when viewing the pieces not as momentos or objects with a fixed meaning, but rather as elements of new creations yet to be actualized. The result is a freshly constructed universe, enveloped by empty spaces activated by anticipation and informed by a matrix of landscapes and objects of varying familiarity.

SALTWORKS is a cutting-edge contemporary art gallery based in Atlanta, GA. Established in 2002, the gallery recently relocated to Atlanta's Westside Arts District. SALTWORKS features artwork by emerging to mid-career artists, both local and international, with an emphasis on conceptually-strong, visually interesting works.

Established in 2003, Branch Gallery was a contemporary art space in Durham, NC committed to promoting the work of local, national, and international emerging and mid-career artists. Since its inception Branch Gallery served as a laboratory for the arts in the Southeast, seeking to present work which pushed the boundaries of visual art practice. Branch closed its doors in March 2009, after presenting over 50 group and solo exhibitions.

Harrison Haynes, Disruptive Patterns #39, 2008
Photo-collage on paper
22 x 30 inches
Courtesy of Saltworks, Atlanta, GA and Branch Gallery, Durham, NC
Saltworks Gallery
664 11th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
+1 404-876-8000

Hudson Franklin, New York
Fawn Krieger, Case Study 63, 2008
Embedded: Alice Konitz, Fawn Krieger, Jamisen Ogg

18 June 2009 to 24 July 2009

Hudson Franklin is pleased to present "Embedded",  a group exhibition featuring the work of Alice Könitz, Fawn Krieger, and Jamisen Ogg.

These three artists embed forms associated with modernist architecture and design as well as Minimalism into their sculptures and works on paper. Each artist has subsumed the modernist vocabulary, and in varying degrees of transparency, each artwork in the exhibition investigates the ubiquity and precedents of that language. Jamisen Ogg's "Associate (bench)" is a handmade replica of a George Nelson bench altered to include an appendage: a custom-shaped canvas painted with his signature drippy CMYK palette. Similarly, in Fawn Krieger's "Case Study 63", the foundational shapes of a Case Study house design are surmounted by a concrete rock formation. In other works, the modernist embed is more suggested, as in Alice Könitz's Untitled (3 pieces), which subtly relies on a modernist grid as its skeleton. The artists in Embedded create objects with a lingering sense of utopia that supply perceptual shifts while building within an assimilated vocabulary.

Alice Könitz (Los Angeles, CA) was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. She received her M.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts after graduating from the Academy Düsseldorf, Germany, as a Master Student. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Suzanne Vielmetter Projects Los Angeles and Berlin; University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach; and at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. This fall, she will take part in a two-person exhibition with Arthur Ou at LAXART in Los Angeles.

Fawn Krieger (New York, NY) received an M.F.A. in 2004 from Bard College. Her most recent solo project, "COMPANY," began at Art In General, New York, in 2007 and continues in the recently published catalogue "Fawn Krieger: COMPANY." This fall, she will be working on a commissioned project at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, and her work will be included in a group exhibition at the Lambretto Art Project, Milan, Italy.

Jamisen Ogg (New York, NY) studied printmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, receiving his M.F.A. in 2004. His recent exhibitions include "I Don't Believe You" at Roots & Culture, Chicago, IL, and "One Loses One's Classics" at White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO. His first solo exhibition with Hudson Franklin was reviewed in Artforum last October.

Fawn Krieger, Case Study 63, 2008
wood, plexyglass, concrete, fabric, chickenwire, silicone, lightbulb + fixture
30 x 37 x 28 in
76 x 94 x 71 cm
Courtesy of the artist and Hudson Franklin, New York
Hudson Franklin
508 West 26th Street, #318
New York, NY 10001
+1 212-741-1189
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