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Lower East Side Printshop, Inc. presents The Lives of Forms

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26 May 2016 to 26 Aug 2016
Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm, Sat & Sun 12pm - 6pm
Opening: September 29, 2015, 6-8pm
Lower East Side Printshop
306 West 37th Street
6th floor
New York, NY
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Copper Holoweski, Recent Antiquities after Piranesi's Antiquities of Rome: Fragments of a CD
(after Piranesi's Fragments of the Marble Plan of Ancient Rome), 2016
Etching with Inkjet Chine Colle, 6" x 8" image 17.5 x 18" sheet, Edition of 10

Artists in this exhibition: Michael Adno, Silvina Arismendi, Natalie Beall, Alina Bliumis, Andrea Cauthen, Nina Feigin, Cooper Holoweski, Lindsay Packer, Felix Plaza, and Liz Zanis.

The Lives of Forms
Curated by Ksenia Nouril
Exhibition on view May 26th - August 26th
Opening reception May 26th from 6-8pm at the Printshop 

This exhibition meditates on the tensions between figurative and abstract forms in the works of ten contemporary printmakers. The artists featured cull their forms from a variety of sources—from newspapers and magazines to high school yearbooks and personal archives. Old and new, popular and erudite, anonymous and recognizable, the multifarious forms that populate these works tell stories that have both local and global reach.

The title of this exhibition is inspired by La vie des forms or The Life of Forms in Art, a 1934 publication by French art historian Henri Focillon, one of the most prolific and poetic writers on the subject. It describes the ways forms make themselves known to us, revealing their meanings while constantly changing with the world around them. “We must never think of forms, in their different states, as simply suspended in some remote, abstract zone, above the earth and above [hu]man[s]. They mingle with life, whence they come; they translate into space certain movements of the mind.”

The Lives of Forms includes works by Michael Adno, Silvina Arismendi, Natalie Beall, Alina Bliumis, Andrea Cauthen, Nina Feigin, Cooper Holoweski, Lindsay Packer, Felix Plaza, and Liz Zanis.

Ksenia Nouril is a Brooklyn-based art historian and curator. She is a Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, where she researches and plans programming on Central and Eastern European art. A PhD candidate at Rutgers University, Ksenia is writing her dissertation on contemporary Eastern European artists whose practices address the legacies of socialism. Previously, she worked at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she organized Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection, an exhibition examining unofficial Soviet art during the Cold War. 

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