Rirkrit Tiravanija & Tomas Vu
July 28 - August 29, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday July 28, 6pm to 8pm
Summer hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm
Josée Bienvenu is pleased to present good news., an exhibition of international artists working on and off paper to deconstruct and reconfigure information. With the daily deluge of bad news at our fingertips, we become disoriented in our distanced yet simultaneously intimate sense of connectedness to the world.
Based in Sao Paulo, Ricardo Alcaide interested in the social aspects of architecture and design. His interest in geometric abstraction, modernist constructions, and dynamics in urban centers allow him to juxtapose the poetic and the political. In his Intrusion series, Alcaide hinders the pictorial and symbolic reality of luxurious spaces by introducing a foreign element to pages of design magazines.
Based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Ashour presents international newspapers that have been altered by communication officials, as well as new sanded collages made during his recent residency at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in Connecticut. Ashour’s gestures add another layer of obscurity, questioning the power of the image as a means to convey underlying ideology.
Argentine American artist Ernesto Caivano lives and works in New York. He presents a panoramic work and abstract drawings that form part of a post-anthropocentric narrative titled After the Woods. Caivano's intricate drawings take their cues from cosmology, mythology, philosophy, romantic poetry, science fiction, Japanese printmaking and fractal geometry.
Darío Escobar lives and works in Guatemala City. He presents a new series of graphite and cinnabar clay compositions. His work is characterized by the revitalization of materials charged with historical and symbolic meaning, reexamining Western art history and aesthetics from a Guatemalan perspective.
Fernanda Fragateiro lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. Her works are characterized by a keen interest in re-thinking and probing modernist practices. Fragateiro frequently employs the method of repurposing already-existing and symbolically layered material, such as second-hand books and magazines, in order to fashion complex yet delicate work that is criss-crossed by an intricate web of inner references to art theory and architectural history.
Singaporean-born artist Simryn Gill was educated in India and the UK, and now lives and works in Sydney and Malaysia. Included in this exhibition are the studies of her Let Go, Let's Go series of collage drawings on paper, presented at the Australian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Several of her works involve erasing or excising the printed word in a microcosmic struggle with authority as embodied by canonical texts.
Anne Lindberg’s works tap a non-verbal physiological landscape of body and space, provoking emotional, visceral and perceptual responses. She works with an expanded definition of drawing languages that reside between abstraction and metaphor. Her graphite drawings are optical, sensual and metaphysically charged.
Ukrainian American artist Yuri Masnyj lives and works in New York. Masnyj's drawings focus on the aesthetic of historical avant-garde, in particularly Russian Constructivism, combining elements inspired by graphic design, architecture, and the art-historical past. Commenting on the ways that the avant-garde has filtered into the mainstream, tempering its utopian spirit, Masnyj's work alludes to the institutionalization and domestication of these once-radical forms.
Born in Phoenix, Julianne Swartz lives and works in upstate New York. Her sculpture Stability Study (bowl), explores negative space and the interface between outside and inside. Her work encourages a quizzical reconsideration of our relationship to our body and our surroundings, a metaphoric investigation of the limitations, fragility and endurance of the body, and the weight of human relationships.
Born in Okinawa, Japan, Yuken Teruya lives and works in New York. Teruya manipulates everyday objects, transforming their meanings to reflect on contemporary society and culture, creating micro universes that pertain to broader concerns. Teruya’s Minding My Own Business series features old New York Times newspapers that have been meticulously sliced open to sprout delicate plant life, adding a nuanced narrative to dismal front page news that seldom gives attention to ecological matters.
Rirkrit Tiravanija and Thomas Vu collaborate on a series titled Green Go Home, it is part myth, part misunderstanding and part imagination. Tiravanija extends from the notion of relational aesthetics, and Vu's work plays with the roles of man and machine and the waning boundary between the two.
Adam Winner is an American artist based in Brooklyn. Made with dense layers of oil on paper, Winner’s sculptural paintings expose their own accidents and mistakes, laying bare the edges and seams. Exploring imperfect gestures and the manifestation of internal conflict, his drawings are imbued with a sense of self-doubt, yet with confident control over the materials.