~ANONYMOUS/ELTONO & MOMO
‘PLAF’ – ‘AUTONOMOUS MECHANISMS’
a collaborative project & exhibit by: ELTONO & MOMO
SEPT 1 – OCT 10, 2008 – the inaugural exhibit of one of NYC’S newest galleries:
ANONYMOUS GALLERY – 329 BROOME ST. bet THE BOWERY & CHRYSTIE ST.
LOWER EAST SIDE
HOURS: TUES-SAT 12-7 PM
Plaf is a word for . . . “splash in both Spanish and French and relates to this on-going project that features kinetic wooden sculptures that have been placed … in New York’s waterways. Constructed from used materials, the work will be left to the elements …”
– gallery press release
(this image & show was featured on the artlovers home page week of: OCT 7-15, 2008)
PIX FROM THE EXHIBIT:
the metal work doorway leads the way to one of New York City’s newest galleries:
ANONYMOUS. in fact this is their inaugural show.
a wall of graphic design & bold color – immediately grabs your attention.
78 PLAF MAKER PRINTS – $700. ea.
1 of 1 – meaning each one is a unique image and not repeated.
30 x 22 in on Lenox 100 paper.
Using a computer script designed by MOM – each print is developed by random selection. D Shapes, designed by both artists, are submitted to the computer program and the program
randomizes the shapes and completes each ensemble. therefore: “each print is an original design – produced by chance”.
PLAF MAKER PRINTS
PLAF MAKER PRINTS
PLAF MAKER PRINTS
PLAF MODELS – MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURES. PROTOTYPE FOR IN-SITU SCULPTURES.
Each MODEL is the replica used to create the full-scale kinetic sculptures that have been placed and fastened in several locations in the New York waterways. Constructed from used materials, the full-scale sculptures move and change shape with the rise and fall of the tides, the wake and undetermined circumstance. The sculptures were left to the elements as a way to explore the force and power of water.
PLAF – MODEL #1 – ($1,500)
PLAF – MODEL #2
PLAF – MODEL #3 – ($2,500)
PLAF – MODEL #5 – ($2,000)
detail, PLAF – MODEL #5
PLAF – MODEL #7 – ($2,700)
detail, PLAF – MODEL 7
in this dense city of people, skyscrapers and subways – it’s easy forget – we are a small island surrounded by ocean-fed waters. ELTONO and MOMO follow in the footsteps .. lifejackets !!? … of MARIE LORENZ and DUKE RILEY – in reminding us of the watery narrative close by and all around us.
MARIE LORENZ/PHOTO COURTESY: ANONYMOUS GALLERY
in fact, if you cruise the ANONYMOUS website – Marie’s photo pops up a few times, she also seems to have found a home here. In 2006 – MOMO and ZOSEN of Barcelona built a 12 ft. TOTEM POLE in the East River with Marie on a voyage of Marie’s ‘Tide and Current Taxi’.
In that project Marie has been “carrying people to the edge of civilization” for the past 3 years, in a boat she herself constructed.
see: ANONYMOUS/PLAF: ELTONO & MOMO
FLOATING PLAF MAKER #9 – ($900)
Painted wood-cuts. Added to Chelsea Piers floating debris and removed.
Each FLOATING PLAF MAKER was cut, painted, and placed into the sludge and debris that collects near Chelsea Piers. The wood pieces were then pulled from the debris and hung in selected order. Each piece includes 3-5 wood-cut pieces, painted on both sides – each piece is changeable.
FLOATING PLAF MAKER #10 ($900)
FLOATING PLAF MAKER #11
FLOATING PLAF MAKERS – on the gallery wall.
the exhibit also contained a wall of photo documentation of the projects.
PLAF – ELTONO & MOMO – in the New York City waterways.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH – unless otherwise noted.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE ARTISTS – FROM THE GALLERY PRESS RELEASE:
“The groundbreaking graphic interventions of the artist ELTONO, French born and residing in Madrid, have attracted attention in cities all over the world. He leaves his marks between Scotland and Brazil…. Eltono’s urban interventions are the result of a spontaneous reaction to confront the visual saturation of the urban space. Painting simple forms such as tuning forks, without an apparent message, is his way of countering the posters, advertising and signs that are imposed almost with force, to the eyes of urban pedestrians. In this context, his paintings propose a kind of visual rest, they do not sell or order anything, thy only exist in an aesthetic and composition proposal questioning mass communication.”
“MOMO is from the San Francisco Bay area. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, by way of 12 mostly adventurous years in southern climates: Jamaica, Spain, New Orleans, Key west, Taos, Georgia and North Carolina. He’s lived in tents, caves, cars and sheds. His ephemeral projects have sabotaged war advertisements, and he tagged the width of Manhattan (with his name in one long running line !!) … ”
see: ELTONO !!