Issue 28, December 2008, ArtReview Magazine
Green on Red Gallery, Dublin
5 September – 4 October, 2008
Review by Luke Clancy
Despite having one of the larger spaces of Dublin's commercial galleries, Green on Red gives its main space over to just one piece for Nigel Rolfe's latest work, a large-scale video projection, Dust Breeding (2008), which fills most of one wall of the darkened square room. The piece, then, is monumental, at least in that respect, sharing qualities with equally immense and imposing video pieces by Bill Viola and others competing in the arms race of impact.
On the screen, a few seconds of an action by Rolfe, filmed in medium close-up, is looped into a series of repetitions, though the experience of these loops-within-a-loop, given the tendency for attention to rove over different aspects of the image on each repetition, is that each varies minutely. Rolfe's bald head from a side view fills the wall, bulging veins running up the side of his cranium. He is motionless, though slow shivers and eddies in the facial muscles hint that this is not a still, just intense slow motion. Then the eyes flutter, and a look of what could be disgust or simply hesitation winks by as a stream of white powder begin to fall over the face.
If gravity is to be believed, rather than the evidence of the video screen, Rolfe is lying on his back, and the powder is falling from above. So it gathers, in his eye sockets, in the nostrils, the philtrum, on the lips, until it overflows. Then a small squall of dust slowly breaks into the air as Rolfe clears his nose and mouth.
Finally he must breathe, it seems (the petty irritations of corporeality!), and as he does, turns his face towards us. The skull is revealed as planetary, a landscape of crumbling craters and mountainous shadows. As the head turns towards the camera, powder around the eyes first bulges obscenely, then begins to crumble away, to reveal at last the gaze of the artist, bearing an expression that for the first time seems threatening, accusatory.
Rolfe has been active as a performance artist since the 1970s, more recently moving into photography and video, though nearly always trading in images relating to his performance work, or to specific objects used in his performances. And there are aspects of the performance here that might be termed macho, in an archaic kind of way – the artist's body the site of assault, the impact to create empathy and at the same time estrangement. Something akin, indeed, to a certain mood of human embodiment, something apart from natural history, and yet terribly subject. It is a piece that negates fashion, proving Rolfe to be working a vein that is not yet, despite everything, shot.
Read the review online: http://www.artreview.com/forum/topic/show?id=1474022%3ATopic%3A584098
Terry Adkins (MFA Graduate Faculty), Hunter Stabler (MFA '06), and Micah Danges (Photo staff) in exhibition at Pageant Gallery; Opening Dec. 12
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PAGEANT INVITES YOU TO JOIN US FOR THE ARTISTS RECEPTION 12.13.08, 7PM.
REGULAR GALLERY HOURS ARE FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY 12 - 8 PM.
Exhibition Opening: December 11th from 7-9pm at Moeller Snow Gallery
The Moeller Snow Gallery
8 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
For more information about the show: www.moellersnow.com
See more of Jamie's work: http://jamiegdiamond.com/
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Jackie will also have two new paintings in Miami during the Art Basel.Miami fair as a part of Aqua Art Miami:
Pentimenti Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in aqua art miami during the celebrated Art Basel.Miami.
December 3 - 7, 2008
42 NE 25th. St.
Miami Wynwood District
The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality
December 14, 2008 - February 7, 2009
Opening Sunday, December 14, 3-9 PM
Exit Art will be open to the public during work in progress of the Labyrinth beginning Tuesday, December 9, 2008.
In The Labyrinth Wall: From Mythology to Reality, 50 artists will respond to the turbulent times in which we live, the complex — and often confusing —financial, military, and cultural crises in America. Exit Art will be reconfigured into a labyrinth constructed of fifty 8’ x 8’ panels, each a response by an artist to the metaphor of the labyrinth. Each panel offers instructions on how to escape the issues we are confronted with. The labyrinth serves as a metaphor for the vexing, tangled problems that America, under a hopeful new presidential administration, must now navigate.
In Greek mythology, the labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed by Daedalus to hold the Minotaur for King Minos of Crete. The labyrinth was so serpentine and difficult to navigate that Daedalus himself could barely find his way out. Today, America seems to have found itself at the center of a metaphorical labyrinth. We’ve become so deeply trapped in an economic and political maze that our situation seems impossible to escape. The wall is also a representation of a political barrier, used for either fortification or segregation such as the Berlin Wall or Great Wall of China, or as a form of communication, such as the activities of Chinese Democracy activists in the late 70s on what became known as the ‘Democracy Wall.’
For more info about the show: http://www.exitart.org/site/pub/main/index.html
The B Sides
Curated by Edwin Ramoran
This group exhibition explores the dynamic relationship between house music and contemporary art. Artists are working in various media such as installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.
Exhibition Dates: Nov. 22, 2008- March 7, 2009
591 Broad Strett
Newark, NJ 07102-4403
See the website for the full schedule of programs surrounding this exhibition: www.aljira.org
Marjorie Van Cura's work has been reviewed for the exhibition "Together Forever" in NY Arts Magazine (Jan/Feb 2009).
Jill Smith writes:
"...Marjorie Van Cura’s charming and skillfully-executed multi-media abstract works on panel explore the notion of “relationships with the other” through the formal concerns of organization, pattern, and biomorphic design. Working in unusual media such as galkyd and oil, or carbon and oil, she mounts these delicately- rendered rice paper-paintings on panel.
These exquisite images bring to mind organic forms such as the skeleton, the fossil, and the shell, objects that function as remnants of once-living forms. Her entrancing Untitled 0208, for instance, an Op-Art graphic composition depicting a gray vertebrae-like pattern bordered by undulating white lines atop
a field of shimmering silvers and periwinkles, carefully straddles the boundary between abstraction and representation.
Alluding to both the mimetic mode of the image in the age of digital reproduction as well as the most archaic of biomorphic forms, Van Cura’s repeating patterns and color relationships produce optical effects that as she describes, “create a visually intense, visceral experience.”
Read the full review: www.nyartsmagazine.com
See more of Marjorie's work: www.marjorievancura.com
Opening Friday, Dec. 5th
Hours: December 6th and 7th, 12-4pm
through december 12th by appointment
227 N. Juniper St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(take broad to race st., right on race st., take left on juniper st.)
Artists: Alyssa Banks, Jestis Deuerlein, Mick Drolet, Travis Heck, Ian Hoffman, Trung Pham, Scott Stewart, Tennyson Tippy, and Young Yoon
Grand Small Works
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 5, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Dec 2 – 28, 2008
249 Arch Street
See more of Alex's work: http://www.alexpaik.com