C24 Gallery is proud to present Transformation, the first solo exhibition in the United States by German artist Mike Dargas. This new body of work presents oversized, hyper-realistic portraits of people that challenge the viewer to consider the artist’s rigorous technique.
C24 GALLERY is pleased to Through the Frame, the first solo exhibition by California based artist Christian Vincent at C24 Gallery.
Christian Vincent's dream-like paintings explore the dynamics of conformity and desire in social situations within the framework of a post-industrial world. His strong compositions feel melancholic and evoke a strong narrative, with a sense of isolation.
Psychic Compound is Nick Gentry's first solo exhibition with C24 Gallery. On view will be a new series of portraits constructed from film negatives and recycled technological materials, mounted on light boxes. The anonymous, mixed media portraits are complimented by an installation.
C24 Gallery curated exhibition titled How Many Miles To Babylon, Recent Paintings From Los Angeles to New York. This exhibition was curated by Peter Frank.
We are pleased to present an exhibition showcasing the latest work of artist, Domingo Zapata. The exhibition will include twelve of Zapata’s Chaquetillas, in a series called Dress to Kill, and four Burladeros, as well as paintings of matadors dressed in full regalia tending to everyday tasks. Although considered a “blood sport” most enthusiasts, like Zapata, view bullfighting as a fine art. This new series recalls the artistic nature of a Spanish tradition brought to fruition by a contemporary hand. A Bullfighter in New York/ Un Torero En Nueva York will be on view November 6 through December 24th, 2014. There will be an opening reception on November 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In many countries, the stadium execution of the bull has been outlawed. It can be speculated that doing so has focused the audience on the true nature of the tradition. Like all artists, the work of the Torero relies on long standing formal gestures, an emphasis on aesthetics, as well as the energy and reception of the viewer. Bullfighting lacks elements of competition, rendering the spectacle, much like Zapata’s work, a thrilling expression of agility, vitality and courage.
Zapata’s Chaquetillas (bullfighting jackets) are an essential element of the traditional traje de luces or “suit of lights” ritually worn by the world-famous matadors during treasured Spanish pastime. The term traje de luces originates from the sequins and reflective threads of gold and silver woven into the jackets. The suits themselves are based on the flamboyant costumes of the 18th century dandies and showmen involved in tauromachia, which later became exclusive to the bullfighting ritual.
The graffitied photographs of models wearing the Chaquetillas capture iconic models using their semi-naked bodies as canvases. “A woman is a mother of creation,” Zapata says. “Without creation, we don’t exist. Therefore, I find women extremely important and caring and loving, you know?”
The Burladeros are wooden panels that are located a short distance from and parallel to the bullring wall, behind which a bullfighter can seek refuge from a bull during a bullfight. Zapata has adorned these solid shields of protection with brightly painted graffiti amid figurative outlines. The titles of each Burladero come from the names of well-known and bullfighters.
In his newest series of paintings Zapata explores the place of the bullfighter in the modern world. Daily rituals of modern life, such as walking a dog, surfing the internet or cooking dinner, are juxtaposed with the Torero in full, traditional garb is surrounded by a red saturated background. The vibrant crimson backdrop recalls the red capes used by the Torero’s in the final performance of a bullfight.
Domingo Zapata (USA) is a Spanish-American artist. Born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Zapata studied art in London prior to moving to New York where he currently lives and works. His works have exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including special events during the Venice Biennale and Art Basel Miami. Zapata has been commissioned for many murals throughout New York City and most recently for the lobby of New York City’s Freedom Tower.
ALTERED STATES 9.4.14-10.25.14
MARTIN DURAZO | RYAN PEREZ
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6 – 8 PM
New York, NY (June 6, 2014) – C24 Gallery is pleased to announce Altered States, an exhibition presenting the work of two Los Angeles based artists, Martin Durazo and Ryan Perez. In a convergence of experience and visual aesthetics, Altered States is an investigation in transformation, referring to different states of being, as achieved by physical and mental manipulation. The title of the exhibition refers to creating an altered state of reality through a narrative visualized by light, line, dimension and color. Altered States will be on view September 4 through October 25. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 11, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The work of Martin Durazo combines elements of high-design with the grittiness of social subcultures. He mimics the experience of achieving alternative spiritualties with large, abstract canvases covered with big, brushy strokes and gritty squeegee-scrapings of paint. In discussing his work, Durazo writes, I use fluorescent colors to employ what Peter Halley describes as the hyper-real. I find it fascinating that these colors are in vogue fashion-wise. I also feel that they have a relationship to punk and new wave music of the ‘70s and ‘80s, my coming –of-age years. His use of neon paint and metallic suggests both a hyper reality and black light illumination. Transcendental in nature, the works presented in Altered States are a part of a continuing body of work that explores the spiritual aspects of lurid and elicit behavior. The visual result is colorful and instantly attractive - it's audacious and at times flashy, yet always loaded with complex symbolism and stratified references.
The works of Martin Durazo pair perfectly with those of Ryan Perez, whose photographs of exacting studio constructions playfully confound traditional distinctions between artistic and industrial production. His work integrates computer generated and hand painted elements in artist frames, which are configured to trick the eye of the viewer, merging the real and digital world. In describing his work, Perez writes, As an image-maker, I can’t help but contemplate how the majority of the visual world we experience is constructed through a series of identity systems via graphic design… For Perez, his work exists metaphorically within the moment of seduction, when the utility of an object becomes inconsequential to the sensuality of its form and places emphasis on the space between representation and the aesthetic; connecting the sensual with the photographic object. Altered States presents work from two of his most recent series, B.O.G.O. Vision and Grey Bottoms, which use color and form to coincide with symmetry and compliments, creating wildly organic forms free floating in time and space.
Martin Durazo (USA) holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art from Pitzer College. He has exhibited at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Mark Moore Gallery, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, CB1 Gallery, Torrence Art Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, Harris Art Gallery at the University of La Verne, and White Box New York City.
Ryan Perez (USA) holds a Master of Fine Arts from UC Riverside and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design. He has exhibited at the Control Room, Arts Brookfield at Bank of America Plaza, Raid Projects, Yautepec Gallery, the Riverside Art Museum, and LACMA Special Projects.
About C24 Gallery
Based in New York, C24 Gallery was established in 2011 with a commitment to showcasing groundbreaking contemporary art. The gallery provides a platform offering a base for early to mid-career artists, who have often achieved critical acclaim in diverse locales. The gallery represents artists working through all mediums with an emphasis on new media, and remains dedicated to its geographically diverse program.
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New York, NY (May 30, 2014) – C24 Gallery is pleased to present YELL-O, a group exhibition featuring work by J. Mikal Davis, Nick Gentry, Adele Mills and Ekaterina Panikanova. The title of the exhibition is a play on words, referring to the act of ‘Yell’-ing “O!” and the color yellow itself. Yellow is the most visible color of the entire spectrum, it is the first color that the human eye notices and is the most visible from a distance. Yellow symbolizes warmth, summer and happiness. YELL-O brings together a vibrant group of international artists who conceptually and literally reinterpret materials within their practice. YELL-O will be on view June 26 through August 23. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, June 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
J. Mikal Davis a.k.a. Hellbent (USA) has achieved acclaim for his unique street art and public murals throughout New York City and Europe, which fuse intense colors to create a bold, freeform geometry. Davis employs a variety of techniques that add a unique 3D quality to his work, including ornate stenciling of neoclassical patterns that create a kaleidoscope “quilt” of color in cubist patterns. The complex compositional puzzle of the background seems to push and pull behind bold imagery. Instead of a paintbrush, he often uses found materials and aerosol paint. Davis will present works from his most recent series, taking his signature street technique and translating it onto canvas to create a post-pop twist on Op Art. Recent exhibitions include “Past Future Perfect” Maxwell Colette, Chicago, IL and No Wave C.A.V.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Public works include Ralph Lauren Denim and Supply, New York, NY; Domino Sugar Factory, Brooklyn, NY; and Aqueduct Race Track, Queens, NY.
Nick Gentry (UK) integrates obsolete technology into his artwork, primarily floppy disks and film negatives, placing an emphasis on recycling outdated media and reusing objects. While floppy disks are mostly regarded for the information they store, Gentry examines their aesthetics instead. His work reflects on the quick pace of technology and how easily we forget what is deemed obsolete. On exhibition will be Gentry’s portraits of anonymous strangers that examine identity. The portraits incorporate floppy disks sent to him from around the world, with each disk containing an individual’s anonymous personal files. Gentry’s recent exhibitions include XChange, Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL, and Dataface, Whisper Gallery, London, England.
Adele Mills (USA) creates otherworldly, multi-dimensional artworks by combining slightly different photographs of the same object or two entirely different illusions, resulting in changing, seemingly moving image. She achieves this visual effect by creating a layered visual – a digitally printed photograph based on paper or linen, merged with painted acrylics on layers of transparent silk. Mills will present work from her most recent series, Parallax Gap, which explores the representation of simultaneous stillness and collision. Recent exhibitions include Photo L.A. in Los Angeles, CA. and Hostage, Galerie Kunstkomplex, Wuppertal, Germany.
Ekaterina Panikanova (Russia) paints across large spreads of old books and other documents mounted on wood, resulting in artwork that blurs the lines between painting, installation and collage. She arranges found books, notebooks and prints from different eras into an irregular grid, creating an unconventional canvas of disjointed surfaces. On exhibition will be Panikanova’s new work that creates a striking visual synthesis of drawings, mapping a vivid journey into the subconscious through images and symbols. Panikanova is a Russian artist living and working in Rome, Italy. Recent exhibitions include Un, due, tre, fuoco, z20 Gallery, Sara Zanin, Rome, Italy and Metamorfosi Dell’Aqua, Banca Carige, Rome, Italy. Collections include the Sciaretta Collection, Marmotti Collection and Barnilari Cerasi Collection.
New York, NY (March 20, 2014) – C24 Gallery is pleased to present BANG BANG, the first New York solo show of gallery artist Katja Loher.
BANG BANG will expand upon the artist’s exploration into the delicate relationship we have with our ecological environment. By using physical objects, such as her signature hand-blown glass bubbles and hanging balloons, Loher creates idealized, artificial worlds that sit in harmony with our own, often unpleasant, reality. Loher’s carefully choreographed videos are encased, mounted to the wall, or projected, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in her creations.
The exhibition will present a series based on the artist’s idea of the future of food after the Earth’s pollinators are extinct. These wall hanging videos are based on futuristic food supplies, which are set in the artist’s world and completely manufactured. In addition, the exhibition will introduce new hand-blown glass bubbles, a central part of Loher’s visionary way of displaying her videos. These videos have taken on multi-tiered meanings, as the glass orbs that encase the videos resemble ephemeral soap bubbles. Loher was inspired by the beautiful, delicate and fleeting nature of a bubble suspended in the air, only to dissipate and disappear forever within milliseconds of its creation.
As always in Loher’s work, the experiences that typically go hand-in-hand when interacting with video art are subject to the artist’s visionary treatment. The deconstruction of the rectangular format of traditional video plays a central role in the intention of her fantastical environments. The artist breaks away from the canon of video art by liberating video from the constraints of the bulky technology associated with the standard and historical displays of the medium. By integrating her video into sculptural objects, the finished pieces provide a unique chance to disappear into the artist’s world, allowing us the opportunity to disregard the external stimuli demanding our attention beyond the captivating mini-universes she creates.
The artist films her work on a green screen, carefully directing her cast of characters to make movements, perform dances, or spell out her ‘video alphabet.’ Each tiny universe, in its aesthetic beauty, makes an elaborate commentary on a bigger issue. The finished products are visually mesmerizing, similar to watching the movements of synchronized swimmers working together in perfect harmony.
Loher’s contribution to the evolution of video art puts her at the forefront of the genre, continuing C24 Gallery’s mission of working with artists creating a unique dialogue within their evolutionary practices. With video as a starting point, Loher re-categorizes what it means to be an artist through her multidisciplinary practice, resonating with any audience, if only for the momentary opportunity to disappear into her fantastical world.
During the opening reception on May 8th, many of the central characters in Loher’s videos will be present and performing in the gallery.
About Katja Loher
Katja Loher was born in 1979 in Zurich, Switzerland and lives and works New York City. Loher's work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, including: Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, USA; MuBE, Museu Brasileiro da Escultura, São Paulo, Brazil; MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy; United Nations Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, China; SIGGRAPH Asia, Yokohama, Japan and Art Digital, Moscow, Russia. Her work is featured in many private and public collections, among them: 21C Museum, Kentucky, Credit Suisse Collection, Switzerland; eN Arts Collection, Japan; and Horsecross Collection, UK.
New York, NY (January 30, 2014) – C24 Gallery is pleased to announce the second North American solo exhibition by İrfan Önürmen, on view from March 4 - April 26, 2014. This exhibition is a continuation of C24 Gallery’s program of promoting and representing international contemporary artists working across all mediums.
The exhibition will feature never before seen canvas oil paintings; tulle portraits, a continuation of the artist’s “Gaze” series presented by C24 Gallery in 2012. Also exhibited will be a series of 18 tulle panels based on found images—gleaned from Instagram. Önürmen continues in his signature style: stripping his subject down to its fundamental shapes and forms, and then configuring it into something new—an image that serves to mirror our contemporary identities.
Önürmen creates delicate reliefs using cut layers of tulle. The layering accentuates the mercurial nature of the fabric and gives each work a mosaic-like quality. His process creates unexpected areas of visual encounter within the works. Entranced, the viewer is able to connect with what lies beyond their first view. The viewer is forced to slow down and process the image. His paintings, large in scale, have a similar effect. The artist meticulously adds brushstroke upon brushstroke, insinuating the unrealized profoundness of his found subjects.
The 18 panel Instagram series will be installed on the gallery’s 22’ atrium wall. The tulle panels will be gridded, reminiscent of an actual Instagram feed. Technology such as Instagram, where billions of images have been shared, allows Önürmen to collect anonymous images en masse. He then uses these images to create portraits that appear familiar to all, if only because of their persistent presence in our collective unconscious, fed by our daily habit of consuming the large amounts of images we encounter daily. By doing this, the artist creates a social X-ray, researching the surface of the image and inviting the viewer to look inside. He is interested not in the viewer’s passive relationship with the work, but in the viewer’s physical presence beside it. His priority is never the stories of the figures in his works, but in their relationship with the viewer, achieved using his signature relief style.
Önürmen’s recent works often reference the pixelated images we see on our computers and cell phones; only this time the images have been meticulously constructed and reference not one but a multitude of subjects and events. There are no formal boundaries in his work, instead he is constructing a portrait that goes beyond the flat picture plane, creating shadows and shapes that elicit a new way of looking at the portrait as a response to the way images are treated today. The complex layering of material in Önürmen’s studies also references the chaotic and claustrophobic experience of living in contemporary society, specifically the city.
İrfan Önürmen’s practice, diverse in terms of form, language and representative content, can be approached beyond a ‘stylistic’ foundation through the effect it creates. This is because the effect of Önürmen’s art emerges not on the surface or its periphery, but within the unique experience of the encounter with it. Whichever concept or material he uses, Önürmen, in his universe composed of reality and imagination and the visible and the invisible, blurs formal categories.
About İrfan Önürmen:
İrfan Önürmen was born in Bursa, Turkey, in 1958. Önürmen has exhibited extensively throughout Turkey and in Europe, including the Istanbul Biennial,Turkey; Museuo Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Polignano a Mare, Italy; Akadamie Der Kunste, Berlin, Germany; Kulturdezernat der Stadt, Frankfurt, Germany, and others. Önürmen lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. His work is also in the permanent collection of Istanbul Modern Museum of Art, as well as in many private collections including the collection of Leon Black. He has also been featured in art fairs such as Pulse New York and Pulse Miami, 2013, The Armory Show in 2012, Contemporary Istanbul, 2012 and 2013, and Art MRKT Hamptons Art Fair, 2012 as well as in auctions in the US and globally.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6 – 8pm
New York, NY (December 10, 2013) - C24 Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in New York by Belgian artist Johan Van Mullem.
Johan Van Mullem’s oeuvre is characterized almost entirely by portraiture. Rather than portraying a physical similitude, his works feature surreal depictions of the subjects’ innate desires and feelings. Van Mullem finds beauty in human experience; in the lines that develop with age; and the depth of eyes that have seen something they will never forget. Above all, Van Mullem’s concern is with artistic technique and individual emotion.
The body of work describes Van Mullem’s artistic vision on the most fundamental level. The haunting power of the works in the exhibition at C24 Gallery find thematic similarities to the work of William Blake and Francisco Goya, artists both known for their attraction to the inner workings of the individual. However, Van Mullem claims no real influence or knowledge of the cultural significance of art history as a whole. Instead, he views art as an extension of the self, or rather of himself.
About Johan Van Mullem
Johan Van Mullem (b. 1959) lives and works in Waterloo, Brussels. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and spent seven formative years in Tunisia. Declared “a rising star in the modern art world” by Bob Chaundy in The Huffington Post, Van Mullem has had solo exhibitions at venues in London and Belgium. Known mainly for his powerful depiction of faces, Van Mullem’s artworks are noted for their psychological penetration and for their deep examination of the relationship between the artist and his imaginary subject.
SKYLAR FEIN: THE LINCOLN BEDROOM
EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 22, 2014
New York, October 7, 2013 — C24 Gallery is pleased to announce The Lincoln Bedroom, the second solo exhibition at the gallery by New Orleans-based artist Skylar Fein. The exhibition will present an installation continuing the artist’s re-envision of historic moments and figures. Fein’s exhibition will be on view November 1 – December 21, 2013.
Abraham Lincoln shared a bedroom with Joshua Speed in the 1830s in Springfield, IL. Many historians, biographers, and scholars have speculated about the nature of their relationship, causing an ongoing debate about Lincoln’s sexuality. Fein’s work combines factual and fictional histories, and proposes evidence of these uncertain moments through his imagery and objects. Since no photographs exist of the Speed residence, the artist relied on photos and sketches of similar structures, as well as on his imagination to create an impressionistic, and slightly hallucinatory re-creation that is far from a museum period-room.
Visitors will have the opportunity to enter Fein’s vision by walking up the stairs above the Speed shop and entering the bedroom. They will be greeted by the faint smell of hay and tobacco, and hear music reminiscent of that moment in time. The artist and his team have recreated the facade of the Speed store, along with a replica of the painted miniature of Judge John Speed, the family patriarch, and Speed and Lincoln's bed - complete with straw-stuffed mattress, among other décor and furnishings.
For his research Fein went to Louisville, KY to spend time with the remaining Speed family. He toured Farmington, the family plantation of John Speed, which still stands in immaculate 1840s condition. At the conclusion of Fein’s visit, he received approval from Virginia Speed, a noted art collector and philanthropist, and her assurance that she would view the installation along with other members of the Speed family.
"It would have been nice to have a Speed and a Lincoln be the first people to walk through the installation," Fein says. "But there are no Lincolns left." Abraham Lincoln's last undisputed descendant, Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, died childless in 1985.
About Skylar Fein
Skylar Fein (b. 1968, New York, NY) lives and works in New Orleans, LA. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; No Longer Empty Project, New York, NY; The Phoenix, New Orleans, LA; and Western Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Fein has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including The World According to New Orleans, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; Deutsche Bank’s 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY; and Prospect.1 Biennial, New Orleans, LA, among others. His work is included in many public and private collections including The Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; The Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, LA and The Whitney Museum of America Art, New York, NY.
New York, October 7, 2013 — C24 Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in New York by New Orleans-based artist Regina Scully. Titled Entrance, the exhibition will present a new series of paintings and will be on view October 29 – December 21, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, October 29, from 6 – 8pm.
Scully’s work continues to pose the question: are there other worlds and spaces we can enter beyond our known “reality,” a place where additional meaning is given to forms and their relationships to each other? Scully is driven as a painter to try to explore and explain these places. Through her imagination and intuition, she thinks of the painting as both a window and a portal. She explores as she paints and embarks on a journey with the painting while it is being created. The artist attempts to paint from an open universal point of view so that when the viewer enters a painting he or she understands and finds it familiar in a personal way.
Scully explains, “I try to hybridize disparate elements while also discovering new imaginary spaces that reference an archetypal entrance into the subconscious. My paintings do not try to tell the viewer what to see, instead they are meant to become a personalized dreamscape for the viewer, an enveloping labyrinth to enter and travel through, wherein the viewer experiences his or her own recollections and thoughts through association and memory.”
Within Scully’s paintings parallel worlds and cities come to life, inviting the viewer in to explore her dense micro universes. Her landscapes conjure domestic and urban spaces that feel familiar yet are foreign and embody an unbridled energy.
About Regina Scully
Regina Scully lives and works in New Orleans, LA. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia and received her B.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been included in numerous exhibitions including: Everyday Hybrid, Prospect1.5, Isaac Delgado Fine Art Gallery, New Orleans, LA; Prospect.2 Lafayette, Lafayette, LA; Double Crescent, curated by Dan Cameron, C24 Gallery, New York, NY; External, Eternal, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, among others. Her paintings are included in various private and public collections including the Microsoft Art Collection and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Collection.
"To encounter the work of Robert Montgomery is to make a tender encounter whose tenderness is enhanced by the public, communal quality of his work. To encounter his work is to have your body filled with a sad thunder and your head filled with a sad light. He is a complete artist and works in language, light, paper, space. He engages completely with the urban world with a translucent poetry. His work arrives at us through a kind of lucid social violence. No one has blended language, form and light in such a direct way.”
BLACK & BLUE LITERARY JOURNAL
New York, July 23, 2013 — C24 Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in New York by London-based artist Robert Montgomery. The exhibition will present the largest collection of his poetic, text-based installation works gathered to date, which are most often found within the public landscape. Montgomery’s exhibition will be on view September 10 – October 19, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 12, from 6 – 8 PM. A conversation with the artist will take place on Saturday, September 14, at 2 PM.
The work of Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual text art that includes artists such as Jenny Holzer and Lawrence Weiner. Although linked with his London predecessors of the YBA generation, Montgomery stands out by drawing from examples of public interventionist strategies and brings a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Essential to Montgomery’s work is the tradition of modernist Concrete Poetry, where the visual elements of words are as important in conveying the intended effect as the conventional elements of the poem, such as meaning of words, rhythm, rhyme, etc. The English art historian Edward Lucie-Smith, who began his career as a poet and an acolyte of Concrete Poetry, recently said of Montgomery’s work simply, “Yes to this, and yes again.”
For the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York, C24 Gallery will present texts from billboards that appeared on the streets of Berlin, London, and Paris as well as major new light works, and a large-scale “Fire Poem.” To coincide with the exhibition at C24 Gallery, Montgomery will install a series of works on the streets of New York in order to position his practice within the urban context that emphasizes its communal elements.
As an artist coming into his own in a distinctly digital world, Montgomery’s work made a significant impact in the online and social media communities, and ahead of the curve of its recognition by institutions. The rise of his work even suggests that the Internet community now directly influences the contemporary art discourse. Critic Matilda Battersby noted of Montgomery’s work in the UK newspaper The Independent, "an artist who sneaks around London plastering verses of poetry over advertising.” Maurizio Bortolotti selected Montgomery for the Orientale exhibition at the 2011 Venice Biennale. A further testament to the power of Montgomery’s text driven work are the scores of people across Europe and America who have used his texts as the basis for tattoos.
About Robert Montgomery
Robert Montgomery (b. 1972) lives and works in London, UK. He has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including recently mounted, major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof in Berlin with Neue Berliner Räume, and at the 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including KOP, Breda, NL; Athens Festival, GR; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR; 54th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT; The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK; The Grand Palais, Paris, FR; Guido Costa Projects, Turin, IT; The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland; and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle-Gateshead, UK.
New York, June 24 — C24 Gallery is pleased to announce Other Voices, an exhibition of works by Katja Loher and Rohan Wealleans. The exhibition will be on view July 9 – August 23, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, July 10, from 6 – 8pm. C24 Gallery’s summer hours will be Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm.
Katja Loher and Rohan Wealleans create other worlds or alternate universes, in which familiar objects are animated into strange and alien entities that have a life of their own. Their artistic processes allow the materials they use to convey a fantastical reality in their work.
This will be the first exhibition of Loher’s ethereal videos in New York. Her work takes video out of the conventional context it is associated with, such as the black box or projection screen. The borders of her chimerical world exist within hanging, hand blown glass bubbles, dining room tables and chairs, wine carafes, and wall-mounted structures. She refers to her concept of creating idealized artificial worlds that sit in harmony with our own reality that is often unpleasant as "aggressive beauty." Loher films her subjects against a green screen, choreographing dancers dressed in costumes of her design. Accompanied by peculiar soundtracks, her characters appear to have gracefully landed on earth like sparkling molecules of a technicolor rainbow. “My video sculptures attempt to free the moving image from technology,” states Loher, “I see art as a language, and technology is merely auxiliary."
New Zealand-based artist Rohan Wealleans is best known for his monstrous and colorful creations that employ paint as a transformative force that reaches beyond the realm of the ordinary into a reality that could be based in science fiction. Wealleans often uses the body as a canvas, painting and bedazzling figures in order to create characters rooted in the otherworldly. Other Voices will present a series of works the artist refers to as “Horror-gami,” movie posters and comic book sized works that have been charged with talismanic powers and energy. He infuses these works with a dense multi-layered mythology transforming paint on canvas or paper into living, breathing creatures from another dimension that continue to mutate. Also on view will be a series of new gouache paintings that explore similar notions of both physical and psychic transmutation.
New York, April 15 — C24 Gallery is pleased to announce Extravagant Features, a group exhibition curated by Clarissa Dalrymple. The exhibition includes the work of Davide Balliano, Jane Corrigan, Jane Kaplowitz, Alfred Leslie, Jon Rafman, William Stone, Rohan Wealleans, Rob Wynne and Magic Flying Carpets of The Berber Kingdom of Morocco. The exhibition will be on view May 7 – June 22, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 7, from 6 – 8pm.
Through the years, Clarissa Dalrymple has honed a keen sensibility to recognize artists at various stages of their careers. Her acute observations of the international landscape of museum exhibitions, art fairs and gallery shows provides her the opportunity to bring the work of emerging and seasoned artists to the attention of a wider audience. For Extravagant Features, Dalrymple brings together a selection of artists who express a form of exaggeration in their depiction of the human figure. With an element of caricature and abstraction, the works in the exhibition convey the allure of the figure, notions of the absurd, and at times, the vulnerability of the human body.
Multimedia artist Davide Balliano uses performance, drawing, video, photography and installation to delve into the most deeply hidden aspects of the human mind, revealing their fragility and contradictions through physical attributes.
Jane Corrigan’s intimately scaled canvases depict laborers from various historical periods. Rather than create historically accurate work, Corrigan allows her imagination to dictate the scenes and demonstrates her belief of time as malleable and of history as source that can be reshaped into fiction.
In the work of Jane Kaplowitz, cultural icons are imbued with emotion and nostalgia. From Hollywood characters such as Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and Robert DeNiro, to violence and fashion-obsessed hip-hop artists, to clichéd members of the gay community, she expresses sincerity and sentiment in her subjects, through their own outward appearance.
After gaining recognition as Abstract Expressionist painter in the late 1940s and 1950s, Alfred Leslie’s long career includes works in many styles and media, including photography and film. Since the 1960s, he has turned to the figure as his subject matter and his style become more realistic. He often works in grisaille, creating large-scale oil paintings depicting various configurations of the body.
William Stone’s sculptural works appropriate everyday objects, furniture and forgotten paintings, bringing them new life through modification. In doing so, Stone invites the viewer to contemplate the boundaries of utilitarianism, design, art, and the body.
Jon Rafman brings new meaning to the idea of found art by appropriating images from the virtual world, particularly from Google Street View. Through an indifferent camera and unaware subjects, Rafman’s images both celebrate and critique our modern existence and our physical presence in the world.
New Zealand-based artist Rohan Wealleans’s monstrous and colorful creations use paint as a transformative force that reaches beyond the realm of the ordinary into a reality that could be based in science fiction. Wealleans uses the body as a canvas, painting and bedazzling figures in order to create characters rooted in the fantastical and the otherworldly.
Rob Wynne’s paintings, installations and objects play with language and common symbols to create works that are both visually arresting and surprising in their power to create new and fluid meaning. A technical master, Wynne works in many media including glass, ceramic and painting, often incorporating reflective surfaces that distort the viewer’s image.
Also included in Extravagant Features is Magic Flying Carpets of The Berber Kingdom of Morocco, an ongoing curated project of carpets from the rural Berber women in Morocco. The rugs incorporate asymmetrical designs and traditional symbols that often represent female body parts in unusual color combinations. The project strives to spur production of rugs in order to maintain the weaving traditions of the rural Berber women. The carpets are all original, unique, and composed from a variety of sources: from handspun wool to recycled materials. The proceeds from the rug sales go directly to the women who create them.
C24 Gallery is pleased to announce Ends and Means, the first solo exhibition by gallery artist Charles Lutz. Ends and Means will be on view from January 17th through March 1st, 2013, with an opening reception on Thursday, January 17th from 6 – 8pm.
Ends and Means brings together a group of related paintings and sculptures that exemplify Lutz’s investigation into the value structures of American identity. Each group of works is derived from a relationship to the American experience - its abstraction of value and transience - both monetarily and morally.
The first group of paintings are constructed from stretched canvas and linen bags once used for transporting currency; they are reminiscent of Robert Rauschenberg's Combine paintings from the early 1970's. Their varied and tactile nature, which points to their origin of service, is now frozen. Another group of paintings are based on transcripts of bank robbery notes; copied by the artist, they mimic a gradual descent into the erratic nature of the original writer. Another group of paintings are taken from news wire images, manipulated and rendered in oil on canvas. These images reference internal conflict, financial peril, and the abstraction of monetization, which could be tapped from the current American psyche.
Lutz also translates these themes into three-dimensions, with a series of sculptures of ski masks worn in armed robberies. These works stand solemnly in polished stainless steel – as empty vessels, allowing the viewer to insert themselves into a historical or participatory role with the objects.
The works in Ends and Means allow the artist to continually mine our collective history, revealing a cold yet intimately personal reflection of the American consciousness. Through a dialogue with the readymade, Lutz explores and exploits both its aesthetic and emotional transcendence from low to high, creating a unique signature that at times replicates and references others directly, yet remains totally and unequivocally his own.
About Charles Lutz
Charles Lutz lives and works in New York, NY. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1982, and graduated with a BFA in Painting and Art History from the Pratt Institute in 2004. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions including: the 2004 Terminal 5 show, New York; 2007 Denial & Acceptance, PEP Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; 2010 Charts, Price Lists, Corrections, and Other Relevant Statements, Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, and others. On view concurrently to Ends and Means, Lutz’s Artificial Tree (Brillo Tree), a 15 ft. tall stack of replicated Warhol Brillo Boxes, produced in association with The Andy Warhol Museum will be on view at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, through February 2013.
C24 Gallery is pleased to announce IN IT, an exhibition of works by Ali Kazma. IN IT will be on view from November 7th through December 22nd, 2012, with an opening reception on Wednesday, November 7th from 6 – 8pm. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York and is curated by French writer, historian and philosopher Paul Ardenne. A conversation with the artist and the curator will be held on Thursday, November 8th at 7pm at the gallery. Kazma will also exhibit his work at the Turkish Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.
Ali Kazma’s videos raise fundamental questions about the significance of human activity, labor, the meaning of economy, production, and social organization. They also address the ethical questions of the status of images, their (non)-proliferation, and the fundamental questions of energy, time and space. How do our past and present design our future? How do we “obstruct” the passing of time?
For IN IT, Paul Ardenne has selected two new two-channel videos not seen before in the United States, together with older works by Ali Kazma that were pivotal to his practice. Ardenne’s selection will provide a unique view of the artist’s work, focused on the concept of “energy.” Bringing together these videos in concert, the viewer will see Kazma’s artistic exploration into the various rhythms energy manifests, whether slow, fast, frantic or suddenly disrupted. His imagery calibrates the course of time and gives rhythm to human gestures, whether they are mechanical movements, or the growth of nature around us.
A book with writings by Paul Ardenne and an extended conversation between the curator and the artist will be published by C24 in conjunction with the exhibition.
About Ali Kazma
Ali Kazma (b. 1971, Istanbul) lives and works in Istanbul. He has had a solo exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and will represent Turkey at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. His work has been included in numerous international exhibitions including the 2012 Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil; the 2001, 2007 and 2011 Istanbul Biennial, Turkey; Tokyo Opera City, Japan; Cetinje Biennial, Montenegro; Istanbul Modern, Turkey; 9th Havana Biennial, Cuba; San Francisco Art Institute, CA; Lyon Biennial, France among others. He received the UNESCO Award for the Promotion of the Arts in 2001 and the Nam June Paik Award in 2010 (together with Rosa Barba). He holds an MA from The New School in New York.
C24 Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by New Orleans-based artist Skylar Fein. The exhibition will be on view from September 13 through October 27, 2012, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 13 from 6 – 8pm. This will be the artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in New York and will present a new series of politically inspired works that will include paintings, sculptures and prints. A conversation with the artist and Dan Cameron, Chief Curator, Orange County Museum of Art, will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 7:00pm.
Skylar Fein’s work is inspired by his interest in various forms of social revolution that range from political figures and music to fringe cultures. He often employs found materials from his current home of New Orleans to illustrate the individuals he views as heroic for having gone against the status quo. Fein’s visual language frequently incorporates appropriated imagery and simple graphics taken from the mainstream or sub-cultures, in order to spark curiosity in the viewer about his historical and cultural discoveries.
For his first solo exhibition at C24 Gallery the artist will present new work that includes collages, prints on bed sheets, and paintings. In a series entitled Beckett at War, Fein turns to Samuel Beckett’s involvement with antifascist activities during the Second World War for inspiration. When the Nazis entered Paris, the Irish playwright fled to the south where he entered the Resistance. Fein’s new work combines factual and fictional histories, suggested as evidence of this part of Beckett’s life that he refused to talk about. “He fought fascism with words, of course, but also with grenades,” states Fein, “and in our current climate of a visual art eviscerated of any moral force and clarity, I take what courage I can from his pitiless un-apology.”
Also featured in the exhibition will be a series of paintings based on memorabilia from the American punk scene of the 1970-80s and other works that use early Modernism as a starting point to address topics such as fascism, sex and boredom, which the artist likens to “Suprematism on poppers.”
The Science/Astronomy Series
New York, July 7, 2012 — C24 Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of paintings and prints by Pedro Barbeito. These works date from 1997 to 2012 and are the result of the artist’s investigation on the impact of digital imaging on the language and history of painting, while addressing some of the successes and failures of technology and science. The paintings present imagery of the universe like black holes, dark matter, stellar births: phenomena that are being visualized in a variety of different shapes and forms yet have no standardized structure. Technology and digital imaging have altered our preconceptions of the world; we no longer define things solely by what we can see. Painting, in particular, illustrates both representation and abstraction in very simplistic terms – by what is recognizable and what is not. These seemingly abstract paintings are arguably the most complete representation of the phenomena, due to the various images depicted in multiple mediums, each providing another layer of information. This de-contextualizing of the scientific imagery by bringing it into the vernacular of painting raises questions of how we see things and interpret them due to their presentation. In The Science/Astronomy Series, Barbeito incorporates printouts, digital monitors and stereo lithography models into his paintings hence a symbiotic relationship occurs where each medium slightly alters the language and the interpretation of the other.
About Pedro Barbeito
Pedro Barbeito was born in La Caruña, Spain in 1969 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. The artist has exhibited his work internationally for the past fourteen years. Solo exhibition venues include Basilico Fine Arts and Lehmann Maupin Gallery in New York, Parra-Romero Gallery in Madrid, Charest Weinberg Gallery in Miami, and Galerie Richard in Paris. He has participated in museum exhibits at the Rose Art Museum in Massachussetts; the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, The Netherlands; the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida; and the Museo Ruffino Tamayo in Mexico City, among others. His solo exhibition Pop Violence at the Aldrich Museum opens Sunday, July 15 will remain on view through September 30 as a part of their united states series.
Becoming: worlds in flux
In an endless act of imagination the world is reinvented every day. Mindful that each of us improvises our self in this concert of infinite complexity and possibility the artists featured in Becoming: worlds in flux each create delicate, intimate and exhilarating realms within this ever shifting fabric.
This exhibition draws together a diverse selection of five artists from Germany, Japan, the Netherlands and Australia. Benjamin Armstrong transports the viewer into a grotesque and yet beautiful territory that confounds familiar categories. This otherworld of strange entities and interiorities, disquieting geographies and morphologies, triggers disorienting, compulsive responses in the viewer. Motoko Dobashi creates fantastical, labyrinthine architectural wall drawings, and works on paper that fuse once distinct traditions, mythologies and genres suggesting unforeseeable futures fecund with possibility. Takahiro Iwasaki builds exquisite, intricate, almost impossibly tiny structures, associated with industrial society and faith traditions on micro landscapes (of towels and other domestic fabrics) that seem one breath away from destruction. An air of longing pervades Jennifer Tee's performative installations and collages. Her complex multilayered pieces poetically blur the categories of fact and fiction, past and present and evoke the dislocating sense of in-betweeness that shapes contemporary experience. Using neon Brendan Van Hek produces gently glowing fields and geometries of light and energy that resonate with multiple histories, radiate luminous beauty and are imbued with a quiet spirituality.
Becoming is a precarious state. Always in the making and being unmade – each and every day – the world we inhabit relentlessly shifts, morphs and is transformed.
Curated by Melissa Keys.
The artists and curator of Becoming: worlds in flux are all 2012 residents at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn.
Opening reception: Friday, May 4th, 6 - 8 PM
New York, April 12, 2012—C24 Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in North America by İrfan Önürmen. The exhibition will present a selection of works produced since 2004, comprised of collages, paintings and stacked newspaper sculptures; all addressing the impact of the media on human experience and its visual representation.
In a variety of forms, Önürmen unveils the relationships and discrepancies between personal and public experience as seen through the lens of the contemporary media. With a visual language founded in broadcast and other public channels of information, the artist deconstructs the aesthetics to expose the disparity between reality and representation. In the series Crime Watching Önürmen turns to Turkish television and reveals the communicative pollution embedded within mainstream media in a group of monochromatic figurative paintings. In the Gaze Series, the artist depicts familiar looking figures whose identities are fictional inventions, inspired by characters found on the internet. Made from layers of tulle, these works form softly colored portraits that refer to the composition of pixels through the material’s texture. Önürmen’s Gaze Series combines various elements from different visual sources to create personalities that appear familiar only through their persistent presence in our collective unconscious.
In his relief series titled Panic, Önürmen addresses the visual excess of contemporary culture with large stacked newspaper sculptures. Using newspaper as material and content, Önürmen carves a landscape of images and erased texts that suggest the inflection of media driven anxiety upon the public.
The works in the exhibition at C24 Gallery occupy the interstitial space of the practical realm and a utopia exaggerating the readymade reality found in newspapers and other public media. Önürmen edits and embellishes these outlets through his practice to address the contradictions of contemporary social constructs.
About İrfan Önürmen
İrfan Önürmen was born in Bursa, Turkey in 1958. His work has been shown extensively throughout Turkey, and in Europe including solo exhibitions at Pi Artworks, Istanbul; The Göruntü Art Gallery, Adana; Siyaz Art Gallery, Bursa and many others. Önürmen's work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as the Museo Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Polignano a Mare, Italy; Istanbul Biennial, Antrepo, Turkey; Akademie Der Künste, Berlin, Germany; Kulturdezernat der Stadt Frankfurt, Germany and others. Önürmen lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.
C24 Gallery is pleased to present Jewel Box Comedy, an exhibition of works by Eric Hibit. This exhibition inaugurates the upstairs gallery as a project space for emerging artists, with its own exhibition schedule within the C24 Gallery program.
In his work, Eric Hibit juggles imagery and abstraction, collage and illusion, sculpture and painting, gesture and detail. The result is a cohesive diversity; a set of objects that contrast and converse within the logic of artistic sensibility. The notion of juggling certainly matches the artist’s theatrical aesthetic. Bold color contrast, metallics, patterned fabric, and embellishments such as feathers and yarn are utilized without restraint in this work. Mr. Hibit continues to draw upon his tongue-in-cheek declaration, made in a 2010 exhibition press release, that he had founded a new breed of art known as “New American Folk Baroque”. However comic, the phrase articulates the artist’s adventure: in locating the elusive territory between Baroque and the handmade.
Eric Hibit holds a BFA from The Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. He has exhibited at Max Protetch Gallery, Anna Kustera Gallery, and Gallery Satori in New York. He has exhibited internationally in Giverny France. His work has been show at Geoffrey Young Gallery in Great Barrington, MA, and his last solo exhibition, entitledPicture Cohesion, was held at Curator’s Office in Washington, DC. His work was selected for the 2012 WPA/Corcoran Select Auction by Corcoran Museum curatorSarah Newman. Most recently his work was included in TOPS, a group show at Open Space in Long Island City, curated by Sun You, as part of President Clinton Projects. Mr. Hibit is adjunct faculty at New York University. He lives and works in New York.
with: Shannon Finley, Grazia Toderi, Canan Tolon, Rob Voerman
Opening reception: Saturday, March 10, 6-8 PM
C24 Gallery is pleased to present Kaleidoscope, a group exhibition curated by C24 Gallery Executive Director, Kristen Lynn Johnston. The gallery’s fourth exhibition includes the work of four international artists: Shannon Finley (CA), Grazia Toderi (IT), Canan Tolon (TR), and Rob Voerman (NL). The exhibition will be on view through April 21, 2012. There will be an opening reception on March 10, 2012 from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Kaleidoscope incorporates a range of media, from abstract paintings to large-scale installations, by artists whose work is characterized by the common thread of consistent changes in the capacities of human perception. Shannon Finley supplies the geometric tropes for Kaleidoscope as he explores light, depth, and form with maturity. His paintings are seemingly abstract, however Finley takes a referential approach to his medium. Grazia Toderi has created a new two-channel video installation and a series of drawings for Kaleidoscope. The projection is similar to a kaleidoscopic instrument—the two projections turn round in opposite directions, one on the right and one on the left, appearing similar but always different. The video draws from a collection of aerial views of different cities, inventing a new cartography at once nostalgic and alien, and presenting an impossible point of view. Canan Tolon’s work portrays architectural spaces in conflict, manipulating reality with refraction to manifest illusion. Her work reveals a vision of a problematic world often overlooked. Rob Voerman’s art depicts fictive communities that construct a simultaneous vision of utopia, destruction, and beauty. While fleeing from and reflecting on a rapidly changing society, the artist attempts to create his own world without posing any moral judgment. Voerman will produce a large site-specific work in the atrium space at C24 Gallery. In Kaleidoscope, Finley, Toderi, Tolon, and Voerman traverse the visible landscape and expand our perception.
Based in New York and founded in 2010, C24 Gallery focuses on identifying and fostering some of the best new international art talent from diverse geographies such as Turkey, India, Europe, and the Americas.
Upcoming exhibition at C24 Gallery
Irfan Önürmen, solo exhibition, May 3 through June 9, 2012
with: Nida Abidi, Derrick Adams, Kathe Burkhart, Katie Cercone, Deville Cohen, Georganne Deen, Jen Denike, Glen Fogel, Kate Gilmore, K8 Hardy, Kati Heck, Adam Helms, Lisa Kirk, Jill Magid, Aleksandra Mir, Shana Moulton, Laurel Nakadate, Ylva Ogland, Clifford Owens, Fay Ray, Kenya (Robinson), Mika Rottenberg, Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Elif Uras, Amy Wilson
C24 Gallery is pleased to present CAMPAIGN, a group exhibition curated by Amy Smith-Stewart. The exhibition places the popular depiction of the female body in a torrent of unrestrained expression from 27 international artists. Smith-Stewart states: “We are a culture obsessed with image making. The rapidly growing and absolutely powerful rise of new media embrace the celebrity lifestyle of “making it.” Who we are and what we are have become reflections of popular thinking.”
Incorporating an array of media, CAMPAIGN goes under the surface of digitally manipulated imagery of the homogenized female in order to understand how this has become a repository for confused and misplaced notions of status, power, dominance and beauty. By showing how women’s bodies are marketed, CAMPAIGN poses questions such as: What perpetuates this hegemonic depiction of women and how do we reveal what is really underneath the super-perfect veneer?
While appropriating imagery from mainstream culture and repurposing fashionable tropes, CAMPAIGN creates alternative meanings that reveal hidden truths—exploring the stereotypes of femininity to uncover contemporary self-reflective practices. The artists show how technological advances enable the manipulation of a visual vernacular. This fuels a fixation with transformation that complicates ongoing struggles with personal identity.
About Amy Smith-Stewart
Amy Smith-Stewart is an independent curator based in New York. She is the founder of the nomadic gallery, Smith-Stewart. She was Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/The Museum of Modern Art, New York from January 2002-December 2005 where she was also one of six curators of Greater New York 2005. Presently, she is on faculty at the School of Visual Arts, MFA Fine Arts Department and the Sotheby’s Institute, New York, MA Contemporary Art program.
Performances by Kenya (Robinson), Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, Shana Moulton, and Katie Cercone and The Push Pops will take place during the opening reception.
For more information about other performances during the exhibition, check our website for the schedule.
Upcoming exhibition highlights:
Kaleidoscope: Rob Voerman, Grazia Toderi, Shannon Finley
March 10 - April 21, 2012
Irfan Önürmen, May 3rd - June 9, 201