~JUSTIN SAMSON/COSMIC MOTION
JUSTIN SAMSON – ‘Inside the Cosmic Motion Picture Projector’
the show opened Jan 16, 2009
and runs: JAN 16 – FEB 21, 2009
JOHN CONNELLY PRESENTS – 625 WEST 27TH – CHELSEA
HEADS UP !! you have like 4 days left to catch this show !! and y-e-s, it is worth the scramble.
if you’ve been following Justin’s work – you’ll know right away, when you see this show – you are witness to an amazing leap of faith. a milestone, a career-defining show – that says – great things ahead – no doubt.
great things, now !!! Justin Samson has focused his mark – straight down on the nail head of glory.
the show has an incandescent edge, and a strict configuration, that was missing in his previous installations, though you couldn’t quite put your finger on what was so wobbly – and has forged a hard edged beauty that is all his own, and which cannot be denied.
from the press release:
“The title of the show, ‘Inside the Cosmic Motion Picture Projector’, refers to the human mind in relation to what we perceive as reality. The observer is the creator. Inspired by quantum theory and the recent global interest in the Large Hadron Collider built by CERN on the Franco-Swiss border, near Geneva, Switzerland, Samson has created a body of work that explores the concepts of quantum mechanics . . .
“Samson underlines that all matter in the universe is connected because all matter is really an energy wave. What we perceive as reality, is in fact our brain’s interpretation of the interference patterns of waves. We objectify these patterns as reality. To apply quantum theory, the physical world must be divided into two parts. These parts are the observed system and the observing system. On a subatomic level, physicists create particles just by observing them. On the macrocosmic level the human mind creates the universe. Reality is protected by thought. The mind is a wave. It is connected to everything in the universe.”
PIX FROM THE OPENING – JUSTIN SAMSON – ‘Inside the Cosmic Motion Picture Projector’.
on the right, SCOTT HUG.
JUSTIN SAMSON – his best show, yet. leaving the complex, often anthropomorphic soft assemblages he was known for, far behind – turns out – hard metal surfaces, pin point radiant light and cosmic universes – rock his inner visions like never before – who’d a thunk it. yet what a beautiful evolution, from cloth to metal. from artifacts to finely wrought copper, from movement & dance to light.. kind of breath taking. yet its done so quietly, so focused and defined – that, that’s kinda the wrong word. contemplatively radiant – how’s that – any better ?
PETE, BRIAN BELOTT, and STOSH TOKARSKI, are in, what looks to be a fun little show called: ‘Keeping Time’ – curated by REBECCA DAVIS, of Bose Pacia Gallery, and opening this Sat Feb 21, 2009 at JK Gallery in LA – the show will run through March 28, 2009.
see: JK GALLERY
JOSHUA SMITH and JEFFREY TRANCHELL.
Jeffrey has the concurrent show in the JCP project room.
see: JEFFREY TRANCHELL/PROJECT ROOM
JEFFREY TRANCHELL, in the JOHN CONNELLY PRESENTS – Project Room.
JEFFREY TRANCHELL, NOLAN SIMON, and KYLE KNODELL aka ‘dumpling’.
KYLE has a little ‘footnote’ claim to fame – he often works as a studio assistant to ALEXANDRE SINGH, and was with him – when Alexandre participated in the original 2008 BALLROOM MARFA – HELLO METH LAB.
On his own merits – he’d probably like to be better know as a photographer. He graduated from SVA – with a major in photography.
RICCI ALBENDA dropped by.
hand of BRIAN BELOTT, JUSTIN SAMSON and JESSE GREENBERG.
Plastics sculptor JESSE GREENBERG is based in Philly – we’ve seen his work here in NYC – in that awesome 2008 Bobo summer group show, BOBO’S on 27th ST. I would rate this guy as – number 1 – on my list of who we’d like to see given a debut solo show – of his own, in NYC !!
these painted canvases utilize tiny ‘lites’.
you can see the seeds of this work in the piece Justin made for the Dark Fair, last year. Brian Belott turned him onto the tiny portable ‘lites’.
see: Dark Fair/SWISS INSTITUTE/2008-04-20
this big canvas actually featured 2 of those long lasting eco-light bulbs !!
this copper column – also had ‘light’ works inside it.
this was a contrasting piece – in terms of metal surface, light and ‘theory’. the previous copper column was upright, and more contained – the light that emanated from within – was an even, warm, honey-like glow – this one is horizontal, with open metal ‘line’ work, of a ‘found’ nature – and pulsing. with an ever-changing, yet repeating pattern, or spectrum of what almost seems to be animated – colored light.
what I liked best about it – was how far out, and yet low-key – it was, at the same time.
MELISSA BROWN and ANNIE PEARLMAN. JOCELYN SHIPLEY, in the background.
voguing for the camera !!
MELISSA BROWN and ANNIE PEARLMAN.
MELISSA BROWN. you’d have to say 2008-09 – was a big break-out year for her.
just as this show is a big break-out for Justin.
earlier ‘planetary’ drawings, of last Spring 2008 – gave birth to some of the concepts that informed this show.
outside – BOBO’S NICK PAYNE !!
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH