Banks Violette February 12 - April 17 Opens February 11, 6-8 pm
Gladstone Gallery, in collaboration with Team Gallery, is pleased to announce a new installation by Banks Violette. Violette’s work ranges from haunting yet exquisitely rendered graphite drawings to sculptural installations composed of cast salt, light, and sound. Throughout his practice, he plumbs the simultaneous degradation and accretion of meaning through the process of mythology, often embodied in forms strongly associated with sub-cultural communities, personal memorials, or historical obscurities. The black and white spectacle of his stark compositions belies the uneasy and fraught allusions of appropriated images and forms reconstructed as vessels of oblivion.
For this new installation, Violette continues to mine a rich art historical terrain in which the materials and forms associated with Minimal and Conceptual Art become reactivated as theatrical platforms of performative decay. He pairs a large chandelier composed of multiple fluorescent tubes with a black wall that seems to buckle and melt against the reflection of the light. Both aspects of the installation recall the monochromatic tone and the use of replaceable industrial materials common to Minimalist and Conceptual sculptors such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin; however, Violette’s works seem self-consciously constructed and theatrical. Wires fall in a cascade alongside the chandelier while the apparatus of steel tubes and sandbags supporting the wall remain in plain sight. By exposing these more banal technical necessities, Violette heightens the artificial spectacle of his installation, as if willing these two canonical art historical movements into an internecine danse macabre. He unmasks form and content as sites vulnerable to intellectual vandalism and moribund mythologizing.
Banks Violette was born in 1973 and lives and works in New York. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including those at Museum Dhont-Dhaenens in Deurle, Belgium; Kunsthalle Wein; the Modern of Art Museum of Forth Worth, Texas; Kunsthalle Bergen, Norway; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also participated in group exhibitions at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Migros Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Royal Academy, London; P.S. 1, New York; the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; among others.
Banks Violette throne ( and over and over again) 2009-10 Fluorescent tubes, steel, chain, wire and road case 299 H x 240 L x 108 W inches (759.5 H x 609.6 L x 274.3 W cm) Copyright Banks Violette Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Team Gallery, New York
Banks Violette blackouts/blackholes ( and all the things between) / for DS 7.13.09 2009-10 Plywood, aluminum, epoxy, fiberglass, steel, hardware, sandbags, and tape Installation dimensions variable Individual elements: 240 H x 189 L x 167 D inches (609.6 H x 480.1 L x 424.2 D cm) 172 H x 150 L x 147 D inches (436.9 H x 381 L x 373.4 D cm) 81 1/2 H x 172 L x 78 D inches (207 H x 436.9 L x 198.1 D cm) Copyright Banks Violette Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Team Gallery, New York
Anna Parkina "Nests" Project Space 530 West 21st Street March 5 - April 10 Opening March 4, 6-8pm
Gladstone Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Anna Parkina in the project space. Born in Moscow in 1979, Parkina’s work encompasses a variety of media, including collage, sculpture, and performance. In both her works in two and three dimensions, Parkina configures space as a subjective site simultaneously merging images and forms into a composite region. As Kim West writes in the catalogue for 2009 Venice Biennale, where Parkina’s work was included in the Italian Pavilion, the work achieves “striking visual effects by folding shapes and buildings, patterns and objects, silhouettes and contours into and out of one another, creating a layered, equivocal surface that may call to mind the impossible constructions and perspectives of Escher or perhaps even the treacherous images of Magritte.”
For the new body of work on view, entitled “Nests,” Parkina combines collage, watercolor and lithography. Her works are often rooted in the language of Soviet era montage and as such seek to overlap space “both mental and physical” in such a way as to create new and charged landscapes. Works like “Pendulum on the fourth floor“ in which Parkina superimposes fragments of her face over an image of that most ominous of Soviet Era icons, the super apartment block, exemplify this phenomenon. As Parkina herself says, the viewer may “recognize shapes and details which are totally independent, but [at] the same time it is impossible to separate one detail from the rest as there is almost organic fusion inside of the picture.“
Anna Parkina was born in 1979 and lives and works in Moscow. She studied at the Art Center College of Design in California and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her work has been exhibited around the world, including both the Venice Biennale and the Moscow Biennale in 2009. She also runs Tramway, a publishing house which produces artist’s books and magazines.
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Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am-6pm
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