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303 GALLERY 21st STREET: Ceal Floyer - 18 Apr 2009 to 4 July 2009

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18 Apr 2009 to 4 July 2009
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Artists in this exhibition: Ceal Floyer

Ceal Floyer
April 18 - July 2009

303 Gallery is proud to present our second exhibition of new work by Ceal Floyer, in which she continues to break down the semiotics of everyday signals, particularly as they are expressed through the ambiguities of language. Often suffused with a distinctly wry sense of humor, Floyer’s works are one step left of centre, with the dialectical tension inherent in commonplace representation being teased into revelatory notional compositions.

In “Scale,” Floyer exploits the dual meanings of the title itself, verb and noun, as speakers serially mounted to conjure escalating steps play the sound of footsteps ascending and descending. The footsteps scale the speakers, while the speakers play back a new kind of “scale” - liminal rather than musical. The unclad simplicity of the installation, with the speakers acting as cold, perfect channels of delivery physically turned on their sides, typifies the figurative turning, re-examining and combining of the heretofore unremarkable stimuli with which the world bombards us.

Polemically similar is “Ink on Paper”, in which various pens and markers are held to individual sheets of paper until their ink runs dry. The ink traces perfect circles with varying densities and temperatures of color as each pen purges its contents. The perfectly synthesized utility of two everyday objects is rerouted through a new pragmatic system, resulting in a different kind of purity - one that was implied by the figure of speech referenced in the piece’s title. In this way, Floyer’s practice continues to reveal the mystical potential that is always already present in the objects that surround us.

Ceal Floyer has currently a solo exhibition at Paris’ Palais de Tokyo as part of the project “Gakona.” Later this year, she will have a solo retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Musei dArte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples; Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; and the Swiss Institute, New York. She will be included in the 53rd International Venice Biennale this summer, and has participated in group shows in the past year at Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel,; De Ateliers, Amsterdam; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Statens Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark; and the Turin Triennial. Floyer lives and works in Berlin.


With construction complete at its 547 West 21st Street space, 303 Gallery is pleased to announce a consolidation of our spaces and a new building phase at its permanent home on 21st Street.

The sprawling space at 21st Street will have a new addition, with work beginning on a 2nd floor. The additional space will afford an opportunity for special artist projects and events, and a focus on unique and pointed exhibitions. The gallery will operate out of its dual spaces through summer 2009, with Ceal Floyer exhibiting new work at 21st Street and Stephen Shore’s black and white photographs at 525 West 22nd Street.

303 Gallery was first established by owner and director Lisa Spellman in 1984. The gallery name references its original address and Alfred Stieglitz’s artists-collaborative located in Room 303 of his own gallery. In 1996 303 Gallery was among the first galleries to move to Chelsea, opening first at 525 West 22nd Street; and opening at 547 West 21st Street in 2008.

The fall / winter program at 21st Street is as follows:

September 2009 Hans-Peter Feldmann
October 2009 Nick Mauss
December 2009 Tim Gardner
January 2010 Inka Essenhigh
March 2010 Mike Nelson
May 2010 Karel Funk

303 Gallery represents the work of Doug Aitken, Laylah Ali, Valentin Carron, Anne Chu, Thomas Demand, Inka Essenhigh, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ceal Floyer, Karel Funk, Maureen Gallace, Tim Gardner, Rodney Graham, Mary Heilmann, Jeppe Hein, Karen Kilimnik, Florian Maier-Aichen, Nick Mauss, Mike Nelson, Kristin Oppenheim, Djordje Ozbolt, Eva Rothschild, Collier Schorr, Stephen Shore, David Thorpe, and Jane and Louise Wilson.

303 Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. For further information please visit us at or contact Lisa Spellman or Mari Spirito

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