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
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.
NEW YORK – April 22, 2011 – CHRISTINA RAY is pleased to present Ricochet, the gallery’s second solo exhibition for Valencia, Spain-based artist Roberto Mollá. A new series of paintings, marking the first major presentation in the US of the artist's works on canvas, will be exhibited alongside large-scale drawings on graph paper. The exhibition opens on May 12th and runs through June 12th. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 7–9pm at CHRISTINA RAY, located at 30 Grand Street, New York.
Mollá's vibrant and lyrical lines express his constant search for the perfect balance between organic and geometric forms. In a new body of work, Mollá pushes his dynamic structures to the extreme in abstract, geometric compositions with a tightly limited color palette of grey and black. Of major influence for the artist in this series is early 20th century American graphic designer Edward McKnight Kauffer, best known for his posters for the London Underground. Mollá's clusters of intersecting triangles, inspired by Kauffer, operate as abstract explosions or, as the artist describes them, "vorticist blasts."
Roberto Mollá. Dear Kauffer (1 & 2). 2011
Mollá deftly remixes historical iconography in his work to create a style uniquely his own. Sharp, futuristic lines cut straight through playfully narrative shapes and forms reminiscent of classic cartoon characters, taking on curves as they warp the picture plane. In an article for Whitewall Magazine, writer Lily Alexander illuminated this concept of warping in the artist's work: “Time is flexible in Mollá’s work, and different time periods and styles exist simultaneously. We enter the graph as a multi-dimensional world – which allows our minds to grasp what time might look like if it is layered rather than linear, or how space might appear if dimensions existed one upon the other.”
Mollá's stylistic endeavor creates a polarizing effect - an almost magnetic push-pull sensibility. As artist Shepard Fairey, a collector of Mollá's work, has written, “the tension between all these elements is fascinating. At a glance they are graphically powerful, but then they also have this meticulous subtlety which is just beautiful.”
For the artist, "Paradoxically the drawing process has been more playful because I worked on most of the drawings without a previous sketch, drawing lines automatically, lines that collide and ricochet off the paper's edge. The collection also includes six small acrylic paintings - this is also a change of medium from my usual oils and I see the work becoming more flat and matte. So the work as a whole is a kind of ricochet, or change of direction."â€¨
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 12, 7–9pm
Exhibition Dates: May 12–June 12, 2011
Location: 30 Grand Street, Ground Floor . Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm
Directions: A/C/E to Canal Street or 1 to Canal Street; gallery is located between Thompson Street and 6th Avenue.
Roberto Mollá. Katsura. 2011