CHRISTIAN VINCENT | THROUGH THE FRAME

C24 Gallery proudly presents Through the Frame, a new series of oil on canvas works by Los Angeles based artist Christian Vincent. Through the Frame will be on exhibition March 3 – April 26, 2017 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, March 2 from 6pm- 8pm.

In this brand new collection of dreamlike paintings, Christian Vincent explores and illuminates social behavior, conformity and isolation in the post-industrial world. Vincent’s distinctive use of perspective and color coupled with the device of defining and framing space with doorways, windows, and mirrors draw focus to the public and personal conflicts and complications of contemporary life.

The independent fictions Vincent portrays in Through the Frame explore existence and nature, and the relationships between the artist’s anonymous characters and the landscapes they inhabit. Within each scene is a metaphorically charged scenario, a miniature drama, which Vincent has become so famous for creating. Vincent’s poetic perspectives on the social and psychological behaviors that are fundamental to the American experience, cast the viewer in the twin roles of observer and voyeur, leaving them to question the nature of desire and individuality. Humanist themes present questions that resonate within all of us.

Vincent’s visual vocabulary sharpens the post-industrial American complex, and directs our attention to his concerns without relying on shock or cynicism. In Blind Spot, we see a large group, dressed exactly the same and painting the same image. The scene is taken off canvas and we are left to question how large the room and the group actually is. Are they learning to paint in the same style, or is it intentional mass production? Patterns in nature that mimic familiar human shapes are seen through multiple tableaus: Ocean waves mimic the faces of hurried people (Untitled, and Dissolve), and wallpaper evokes the ebb and flow of liquid currents, or crowds (Reflex). Within these patterns, we recognize something familiar. Vincent’s deft brush isolates us from others who linger just beyond the frames, creating both a sense of disconnection and a longing for fulfillment.

Art In America’s Gerrit Henry wrote:  “The artist Vincent most closely resembles is not a painter at all, but…novelist Sinclair Lewis. Like Lewis, with his knowing savaging of all things American, Vincent is at bottom a social commentator…[his] deep and perplexed love of his country is worked out in a melodrama of purely native characters and situations.”

Christian Vincent, born in 1966, lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and his work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, including at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Kansas City, MO; Naples Art Museum, Naples, FL; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY. Vincent’s work is included in several prominent private collections internationally.

Through the Frame is Christian Vincent’s first solo exhibition at C24 Gallery.

For further information and interview requests:     
Meghan Schaetzle    
meghan@c24gallery.com
t: +1 646 416 6300

KATJA LOHER | VUELA VUELA

VUELA VUELA is an all-immersive installation experience that explores the four elements of nature by relating each one to creatures infused with mind and spirit. The exhibition space draws visitors into an alternative world as they peek into the round glass portals on the gallery's facade.  The performance begins inside as they encounter each element through sound and vision while traveling through a phantasmagoric and enchanted universe. Hand blown glass bubbles hold microcosms of beauty and complexity that capture entire worlds and alternate realities in an instance of time. Videoportals open a passage into dimensions where poetic statements materialize into human form creating words and letters that dance in space.  Ballerinas take on the form of small creatures in a multicolored game of perspective and scale that ennoble the existence of tiny beings.  Vibrating trees taken from nature ooze Videobubbles akin to liquid sap with images from the rainforest, the healer, his medicine and his plants, infusing the endangered forest with a second life in this digital world of magic.  The spirit of the trees speaks, chanting the hummingbird song that symbolizes the connection between Earth and the Universe for the Ashanika healers from Peru - the song VUELA VUELA that has given the show its title.  Dancers in costumes mimic the metamorphosis of the butterfly and the somatic sonar-type communication between individuals in ant colonies, flocks of birds and bee hives.

Loher's Videosculptures open windows into kaleidoscopic worlds of recombined images and visions that mix different realities. Visual collages are generated using footage taken from the artist’s travels in the Peruvian Amazon in combination with elaborate choreographies filmed from a bird’s eye view in her green screen studio in New York. The resulting images originate from her ongoing experiments in Cymatics - the study of visible sound based on waves of geometric pattern - undertaken in her Videolaboratory. Physical space is transformed into an ethereal world inhabited by the spirits of nature. Chorals, bees and hummingbirds emanate from floating Rainbowmakers that rotate in space and reflect onto the surrounding walls. It is a dimension where life and impermanence intertwine. It is a liminal zone where extinct creatures and endangered species haunt the spectator through the artifice of technology: that very modern form of magic that is able to recreate alternate worlds and imbue them with life.

In this exhibition, Loher takes us on a new journey into the art of molding nature through the artifice of technology and performance.  Loher´s artifacts generate a virtually real world where human action becomes a creative act rather than a destructive force. The mutual relation between technology, art and magic becomes natural in this virtual jungle where the ancestral healer still dwells.

Art as artifice, art as practice, art as experience.

SEÇKIN PIRIM | HYPOCHONDRIAC

Hypochondriac features works that host parralleled symmetrical and asymmetrical ideas. In some cases, we also observe two versions of the same work, representing opposite poles. In Bullet, layered paper is situated in two separate, physical pieces to form a single relief sculpture. The right piece harbors precise straight lines which turn chaotically curved as they transition to the left piece. The work encompasses frenzy and serenity all at once - two moments of the same experience.

Placing the challenges of form and content at the center of his production, Seçkin Pirim describes Hypochondriac as "an exhibition that overlaps with my life, it lays my life bare. Each work has a story, and a corresponding title. I healed each of those conditions and deteriorations by working in a free and spontaneous manner. I had to genuinely force myself to venture beyond my own borders.”

Combined methods of obsessively symmetrical and precise optical effects with the exact opposite: a spontaneous and un-calculated style of production were used to create this new series of work. In Hypochondriac, the artist explores his personal struggle with hypochondria, the constant worry of having a serious illness, through his art practice. Pirim questions whether or not the notion of ‘the distorted’ or ‘immaculate’ can be described as diseased. Ultimately, Pirim accepts this duality as his own, without recourse or internal criticism. With this artistic process the artist examines himself and his art through a completely unfiltered lens.

 

NICK GENTRY | PSYCHIC COMPOUND

Using obsolete technologies like 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-ray prints, and floppy discs, Nick Gentry’s work comments on the rapidity and scope of contemporary technological shifts. These materials, sourced directly from individuals all over the world, come together—in one form—to suggest a compound of shared experiences. Paul Laster writes of Gentry’s portraits, “Creating a new form of portraiture that’s influenced by the development of the technology, identity and cyber culture in contemporary society, Gentry doesn’t consider the faces he forms to be the subject matter. His avatar’s bodies become vehicles for information from the past.”  His style is delicate yet bold, led primarily by the intrinsic qualities of the materials he chooses to work with, which creates a stunning and unique aesthetic.

By repurposing anachronistic technology, Gentry’s work raises questions regarding consumerism, cyber culture, and identity, while simultaneously highlighting our relationships with technologies of both the past and the future. The resulting portraits explore the line where reality meets illusion and memory. The intentional use of the word “psychic” in the exhibit’s title alludes to the intangible evolution of our external perceptions, which, as Gentry states, “relates to the soul or the mind--something spiritual that is not fully understood by science.”

Nick Gentry (1980) is a British artist living and working in London.  A graduate of London Art College Central St. Martins, notable exhibition venues include The Barbican, C24 Gallery in New York, Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami and appearances at Bonham’s Urban Art Auctions in London. International press for Gentry has included The Guardian, BBC, Widewalls, The Daily TelegraphThe MirrorThe Huffington Post, La Repubblica, This is Colossal, Juxtapoz, Shortlist, Whitewall, Wired, and the Wooster Collective.

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