X: The Multiples Exhibition



Glowlab announces X: The Multiples Exhibition including works by Lynnette Astaire, Beka Goedde, Emily Henretta, Heather L. Johnson, David Kesting, Brian Leo, Roberto Mollá, Marisa Olson, Lucas Price, Mark Price, Sal Randolph, Matt Small and Lee Walton.

Contact: Glowlab Director, Christina Ray
Phone: 718.388.5911 . Email: info@glowlab.com
Exhibition dates: July 30–August 30, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 30. 7–9pm
Admission: free
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Sunday. 12-6pm
Location: 30 Grand Street between Thompson St. and 6th Ave.

Glowlab is pleased to present the group show X: The Multiples Exhibition, bringing together thirteen artists producing works linked via their mode of production. The artists included have published, screen-printed, photographed, performed and sculpted pieces that are identical either in manufacture or concept. The show’s title refers not only to the mathematical function of multiplication, but also to the crossing of aesthetic, commercial and conceptual boundaries when art is made in multiples.

Lynnette Astaire, David Kesting and Roberto Mollá present limited edition publications: 25 to Life, Utopia Parkway and Kelly Look at the Stars respectively. Astaire’s work is informed by her childhood experiences and shaped by her background in commercial photography resulting in a provocative mix of symbolism, self-study and cultural reference. David Kesting is a Brooklyn-based artist whose minimal yet intensively expressive line works on paper reflect a keen interest in the tensions and vulnerabilities of human relationships. Mollá’s work draws on a variety of cultures to depict a strange and beautiful “floating” world reminiscent of the ukiyo-e genre of Japanese paintings and prints.

Beka Goedde’s new sculptures of tiny dwellings give the show a different dimension. The pieces are not identical in their final form, rather in the concept and the raw media of their production. Goedde, interested in movement via decay, continuation and perception, describes the sculptures as a drawing that shifts through multiplicity and time. Conversely, Marisa Olson’s sculptures are seemingly identical but rely on the viewer’s interaction to reveal their distinctions. Olson reclaims cassette tapes, paints them gold, and presents them as sculptures that should be valued as Time Capsules rather than discarded as defunct technology. Heather L. Johnson’s constant relocations as a child and current travels inform her work that records memory, distance, and identity by way of intricate mapping. Brooklyn-based Sal Randolph produces independent art projects involving internet-mediated gift economies, social architectures and one-on-one interactions. Lee Walton is a performance artist interested in circumstance and social interaction whose photographic edition Hiding Behind Objects blends humor as it questions the reality of a given scene. Brian Leo, referring to his prolific process as a “garbage parade” of paintings, addresses culture, politics and American identity.

Several of the artists in the show will exhibit screen-printed works, a medium defined by its means of multiplication. Mark Price of the Philadelphia collective Space 1026, offers new works manipulated to mirror each other by inversing processes during production. Emily Henretta screen-prints images on garments dealing with the intersection of built and natural environment. By wearing these images a further investigation of the idea of inhabitation takes place. Two artists affiliated with London-based print collective Black Rat Press, Lucas Price and Matt Small, will exhibit with Glowlab for the first time. Lucas Price is a prolific street artist whose paintings and prints are self-reflective and intimate. Matt Small’s portraits of marginalized members of society force the viewer to reconsider prejudices.

The long, slow days of summer provide the perfect opportunity to spend time among the subtle distinctions that evidence the artist’s hand in seemingly identical pieces. X: The Multiples Exhibition opens at Glowlab with a reception for the artists on Thursday, July 30th and remains on view through August 30th.




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Dear Kauffer / Galería Nuble



Dear Kauffer, segunda exposición individual de Roberto Mollá en la galería Nuble, es una serie de dibujos y pinturas que sitúa al artista en el permanecer dividido del que hablaba el fundador del Vorticismo Wyndham Lewis.

«Primero luchamos en un lado, luego en el otro, pero siempre por la MISMA causa»

Los trabajos de Roberto Mollá parecen compartir el deseo, tantas veces expresado por Pessoa, de ser siempre el mismo y otro. O la infatigable voluntad de Picabia de ser absolutamente infiel a cualquier estilo. De este modo, estudiando y citando autores tan diversos como Utamaro, el biólogo alemán Ernst Haeckel o, como en este caso, el pintor e ilustrador americano Edward McKnight Kauffer, el trabajo de Mollá encuentra estímulo en la confrontación de estéticas dispares elaborando unas pinturas que se engendran en el fango de todas las pinturas precedentes. O como dice Vila-Matas citando a Julien Gracq: «no hay escritores sin inserción en una cadena de escritores ininterrumpida».


Roberto Mollá. MCKNIGHTMARE 1 y 2. 2011
Acrílico sobre lienzo montado en tabla
33 x 24 cm


Mollá supo de la existencia de Kauffer leyendo la correspondencia de Wyndham Lewis. Kauffer, que formó parte consecutivamente de los movimientos cubista y vorticista, cuestionó la separación entre alta y baja cultura e introdujo el lenguaje de las vanguardias en la publicidad. La insistencia de Kauffer en relacionar formas abstractas con imágenes figurativas (en su caso productos comerciales) coincide con el interés de Mollá por crear tensiones entre elementos de distinta naturaleza. Como ha escrito el artista Shepard Fairey, coleccionista del trabajo de Mollá, a propósito de sus dibujos, «la tensión entre todos esos elementos es fascinante. De inmediato se ve que son gráficamente impactantes, pero también que tienen esa meticulosa sutileza que es simplemente bella». Esa confrontación de estilos diferentes, tan característica en Kauffer, encuentra eco en algunos de los trabajos que se presentan en esta exposición. Es el caso de The enemy wants to know what you know, revisión del cartel del mismo título que Kauffer realizó durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial para la firma de sombreros Stetson.

Dear Kauffer confirma el nuevo cambio de dirección en el trabajo de Mollá que ya se apuntaba en Ricochet (literalmente: cambio de trayectoria), su última exposición individual en Nueva York. En aquella ocasión comenzaron a verse las primeras explosiones vorticistas que ocupan ahora el grupo de trabajos realizados específicamente para esta muestra.
Fecha de inauguración: 15 de Octubre de 2011
Hora de inauguración: 20:00

Galería Nuble
Daoíz y Velarde, 26
39003 Santander
Tel.: 942 313 745


Roberto Mollá. The enemy wants to know what you know (keep it under your Stetson). 2011
Lápiz, tinta, marcador y gouache sobre papel milimetrado
58 x 41 cm




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