This week’s artists take things apart to put them back together.
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1. In drawing from the urban storefront and its familiar yet overlooked signage, Brice Bischoff’s installation of photographic and architectural structures, videos and fiberglass sculptures considers how the experience of place is shaped by way of light, reflection and architecture at Cirrus Gallery
2. Jason Middlebrook’s signature towering “Plank” paintings are geometric abstractions painted directly onto internally cut trunks from the local mill in Hudson New York. Middlebrook’s signature patterning weds the geometry of modern abstraction with the lines of wood grain to “create a tension between something organic and something man-made.” at Gallery 16
3. WILDSCAPES examines two distinguished artistic approaches to depictions of nature, with a focus on ecological (dis)balance between the natural and the man made world. By utilizing different materials, aesthetic approaches and iconographies, Ivan Stojakovic and Paula Winokur deliver compelling takes on wilderness and its fragility and/or pertinence within contemporary cultural context. They reinvent the notion of the sublime, dwell on the ways both nature and culture are fabricated, contemplate on their coexistence and clashes, and call for reflection on the existential and ecological issues of our times at Christian Duvernois Gallery
4. Arman’s Accumulations features around forty historical sculptures produced between 1960 and 1964. In his quest to construct an ‘archaeology of the present’, Arman created an artistic language that had a deep-reaching effect on contemporary art. The Accumulations explore the loss of individual identity and the neutralization of human interactions by consumer society, the violence of abundance and the aesthetics of rubbish at Galerie Daniel Templon
5. Extending and intensifying the method of image making (and unmaking) that he has employed for a decade, John Sparagana has spent the last two years deep in the comics, with very serious results. His most ambitious and accomplished work to date, the Themesong Variation works, which are technically cut paper collage of 1/8-inch squares mixed and laid down onto Dibond aluminum, open a whole new universe of potential for image intervention and reinvention at Corbett vs. Dempsey
6. Roddy Wildeman sees beauty in distressed and damaged surfaces and works solely with materials fitting that description. The two main focuses of Wildeman’s work are historic preservation and sustainability. He collects wood from a majority of buildings that are over one-hundred years old and have a legacy of sentimental value attached to them.Everything that enters his studio gets incorporated into a phase of his process and his studio functions at a 100% sustainable level. Committed to his social responsibility to reuse and recycle, Wildeman views his practice as an effort to preserve our environment at Jonathan Levine Gallery