Monthly Archives: December 2011

Friday December 30, 2011

“Ruins in Reverse” at Room East, NYC

Ruins in Reverse Group exhibition.

Ethan Breckenridge / David Brooks / Zipora Fried / Emily Henretta / Wyatt Kahn / Zak Kitnick / Erik Lindman / David Scanavino / Erin Shirreff / Nick Van Woert

“Inspired by the multifarious output of Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark, this first exhibition at the gallery celebrates the destructive nature of entropy”

January 8th- March 4th, 2012

41 Orchard Street, NYC, NY 10002

Friday December 30, 2011

“Soft Op” at Modern Collections, London

Modern Collections
Soft Op:

13th Jan – 25th Feb 2012

Proposing a unifying term for a group of artists active primarily in New York, Soft OP outlines historical precedents for the optical and material experimentation of artists such as Anna Betbeze, Jacob Kassay, Erik Lindman, and Ned Vena. The artists combine optical patterning and sleight of eye with an alchemical alteration of materials, making what should be hard, resilient and impenetrable over into permeable visual membranes.

The categorization Soft OP describes predominantly abstract artworks that perform through manufactured material or optical transformation. Employing a chance driven, trace focused archiving of sensation or occurrence the works exhibit a highly phenomenological nature. Generally executing in series the artists of Soft OP are adroit manipulators of repetition, displacement, illusion, and combination.

In works most signature to Soft OP material transformations occur and surfaces perform extraordinary tricks – flat canvases distort, fold or twist and lines cut through grounds to reveal a second skin. Surfaces appear soft, somehow alive and active, with layers below to be excavated and revealed. Alternatively, this soft surface calcifies, turning chemical and reflective. Where representational-narrative images occur they fade into an endless expansive void. Each painting is an objective world unto itself, not a ground or plane for the projection of an identifiable image. The exhibition comprises a multi-generational view of these techniques and strategies.

Tuesday December 27, 2011

“Into The Surface” at Brand New Gallery, Milan

Into The Surface
Aaron Bobrow, Heather Cook, Alex Dordoy, Andrew Gbur, David Hominal, Leo Gabin , Erik Lindman, Nazafarin Lotfi, Joseph Montgomery, Oscar Murillo, N.Dash, Ben Schumacher, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Dan Shaw-Town, Nick Van Woert, Ned Vena, Phil Wagner, Lisa Williamson

January 12, 2012 – February 23, 2012