The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, December 22, 2014

Carpets and Couplets: An exhibition of new work by Dirk Stewen opens at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Dirk Stewen, untitled, Hamburg, 2012 (detail). Inkjet prints, gouache, paper streamer, thread and tape on paper, 35 x 49 1/2 inches; 89 x 126 cm.
NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents Carpets and Couplets, an exhibition of new work by Dirk Stewen. For his third solo show with the gallery, Stewen focuses on mirroring and doubling, using kaleidoscopic ornamental patterns in combination with antique paper, thread, confetti, found text, sculptural elements, and his own black and white photographic images. The exquisite compositions that result, at once precise and delicate, explore the relationships between repetition and transfiguration, aesthetics and experience, image and emotion.

In the entryway, Stewen presents three assemblages of photography, thread, and streamers, interspersed with sheets of blank paper. The repeated pattern that anchors these compositions is from a photo of a palm tree, taken by Stewen in South East Asia, double exposed and manipulated into an abstracted sequence. Like a memory revisited over and over, changing slightly each time until it is fuzzy at the edges, Stewen flips and layers the image of the palm tree until it becomes an ornamental pattern. Punctuating this pattern with black and white photos - of a fight between Russian sailors, and a man's dress shoe - Stewen then adds colored thread and confetti. The thread provides subtle streaks of color that run throughout the composition, uniting the different segments, literally stitching together the patterned areas and the blank ones. As in poetry and music, where each word or note is dependent on the rest for meaning, each visual component in Stewen's work relates to the next, transforming and heightening significance to create a whole that is more than the sum of its parts.

A sculptural installation titled The road occupies the main gallery. Composed of a found text, a photograph, two delicate black rods, and a roll of paper unfurling into the space, this work examines the relationship of parts to a whole in three dimensions. The text, also titled "The Road," describes a work by Camille Pissarro but the accompanying illustration has been removed and "The Road" appears to refer to the paper path laid out on the floor. The photograph, framed with the text, is of a man with his arms raised in a gesture much like a photographer with a camera would make. Here themes of mirroring and doubling recur - the subject of the photograph mimics the photographer, and the road proceeds both forward and backward. Repetition is also crucial to Untitled (what I believe), two four-part works that share a title and are also installed in the main gallery. Made from a double exposure of a photograph of rose twigs, these works are kaleidoscopic positive and negative versions of one another.

The photos incorporated in each work serve as a catalogue of Stewen's experiences and are consequently autobiographical and full of emotion, though many have the elegant and impersonal look of a studio shot. The photos in the compositions in the side gallery, titled Soft Corps, XXVI-XXVIII, were taken in Tokyo, New York, Amsterdam, and Botswana and all describe and celebrate psychological resilience. Combined with antique paper, painted confetti and colored thread, the photography balances out these lyrical elements to create compositions that are both moving and whimsical.

Living and working in Hamburg, Germany, Stewen (b. 1972) is presently the artist-in-resident at the Chianti Foundation, Marfa, TX, through January 2013. The artist's upcoming exhibitions include ONLY HERE: The Federal Republic of Germany's Contemporary Art Collection Acquisitions from 2007 to 2011, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn, January 18 - April 14, 2013 (group) and Love is Colder than Capital. An Exhibition about the value of feelings, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, February 2 - April 14, 2013 (group).

Today's News

January 14, 2013

Berlin's Museum for Film and Television spotlights Martin Scorsese in exclusive show

From the Pre-Columbian world to Hollywood, treasures take the spotlight in Antiquities Saleroom's auction

A unique $2 Hall of Classics with inverted centre error stamp on cover achieves HK$4.8 million

Exhibition presents 70 works documenting Alex Katz's 60 year career as painter

Famed Tunisia mausoleum in Sidi Bou Said ravaged by fire thought to be from arson attack

First United States solo exhibition in ten years by Bernard Piffaretti opens at Cherry and Martin

First "Bone" of the Milky Way identified by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Wendell Castle presents an installation of stack-laminated pieces at Friedman Benda

Carpets and Couplets: An exhibition of new work by Dirk Stewen opens at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

The American International Fine Art Fair returns to Palm Beach this February 2013

Interventions by Laurent Grasso, Johan Grimonprez and Terence Koh on view at Sean Kelly Gallery

Exhibition of new work by the Canadian artist Hugh Scott-Douglas opens at Blum & Poe

Exhibition of new paintings by Julian Lethbridge opens at Paula Cooper Gallery

Sissi Farassat's first solo exhibition in New York on view at Edwynn Houk Gallery

Green Art Gallery presents "King Give Us Soldiers", a solo show of works by Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni

New Holocaust museum opened at gruesome WW2 site

Exhibition of recent works on paper by Andrea Way opens at Pierogi

Fabio Viale's first solo exhibition in New York opens at Sperone Westwater

St Anne's Medal sells for $59,000 at Kaminski Auctions New Year's Sale

Fateful B-52 flight revealed deadly weakness

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site