~nano elements add up: ERIK DEN BREEJEN, RIITTA IKONEN, ELEKTRA Kb, MARK WAGNER, JASON CLAY LEWIS, DAVID PACKER , ANNE NOWAK
then, there were the artists who used ‘smaller’ elements – to build up a . . . whole.
and yes, the whole was . . . greater than the parts !!
the show also swung from the serious . . to the novel, from political rage to sad sentiments, touched on folk art, and hit the cutting edge – sometimes soft, sometimes hard – and, back again – many times over.
VINCE CONTARINO, who with KRIS CHATTERSON, of PROGRESS REPORT – curated the ERIK DEN BREEJEN paintings. yes, I consider Erik den Breejen’s work . . to be hitting the cutting edge, and HARD. color field painting, for our . . times !!
they are also very ‘quilt-like’, if you extend the . . formula.
meaning-wise: souvenirs of a time past.
formal construction: block lettering, connected patterns, etc. etc.
RIITTA IKONEN – small, strange objects were addressed, with no envelope or other packing . . and put in the mail, as is – by this Finnish artist. over 200 were sent out since 2001, and only 5 were lost.
curators MICHAEL VALINSKY and ARIELLE de SAINT PHALLE . . presented a hand-sewn book project by Elektra Kb. the project, a hand-crafted ‘soft’ book . . which is bound by buttons and button holes, which jumps way past ‘artisan’ – to ‘artist’ !!
was separated, and hung on the wall – for SPRING BREAK 2015.
Electra Kb, ‘Untitled (Book of the Cathara Insurgent Women)’, 2013
pigment prints on canvas, fabric felt, thread. each square: 12 x 19-1/2 in.
I totally loved these . . . minimal graphics – in play. just for themselves, and against the more narrative, or pictorial . . blocks.
very cutting edge, quilt. very cutting edge, graphics.
Elektra Kb …”where we live is liberated territory”.
I really don’t know what to make of that statement, but the stitching, and the background – are amazing.
well, art is liberating. craft, skills – are liberating. freedom to create and create political expression – is/are liberating.
I think humans get hung up on the ‘territory’ part. one tribe does not want to share with another, basic bio code. even in human relations, the ‘nano’ . . reigns.
see: Elektra Kb
she is an artist, born in Soviet-era Odessa, and currently studying for her MFA at Hunter College, here in New York.
on a less solemn note . . . but perhaps just as . . militant ?
it’s subversive to cut up . . US currency.
detail, MARK WAGNER . . a political statement, as well ?
women’s work ?
clean up – the economy ? I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry.
talking about . . ceramics !!
though these seem full scale, even life size . . . they are still, in a series, and thus: parts equal the whole !!
DAVID PACKER, ‘Short Circuit’, cast ceramic, 2011.
curated by GUY NELSON, of AQUARIUM for SPRING BREAK 2015.
last, but not least on the nano parts equal the greater . . whole.
small, tiny clay sculptures by ANNE NOWAK – lined up on the floor, outside the door.
they scared me, they . . s-p-o-o-k-e-d me.
anybody else know the late DAN ASHER’S tiny white clay figurines . . exacto !!
then I find out the exhibit is called: ‘The Dead People’s Dead Flowers’ – !!
the dead n-e-v-e-r die, get it straight – already.
Dan Asher died on Earth Day, coming up this very month, and apparently he’s STILL roaming this earth.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH