The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 18, 2018

Exhibition brings together a group of works that acknowledge directly with the conventions of gallery architecture
Anna Plesset, Outlet, 2013. Oil on latex, dimensions variable. ©Anna Plesset. Courtesy Marlborough Chelsea.

NEW YORK, NY.- Marlborough Chelsea presents The Wall a group exhibition featuring Sebastian Black, David Brooks, Ara Dymond, Sam Falls, Brendan Lynch, Anna Plesset, Davina Semo, Clive Smith, April 4 – May 4, 2013.

The Wall brings together a group of works that acknowledge and contend directly with the conventions of gallery architecture by breaching, puncturing, picturing, mapping and sculpting from the uprights of the near-sacred and truly ubiquitous white cube.
In a typical exhibition, the strange, endlessly repairable skin of sheetrock is spackled and skimcoated to perfection each month, its flat-white, pebbled orange peel surface becoming the unheralded and invisible support for art. The Wall features paintings, sculptures and installation pieces that honor the material presence of these surfaces, forcing the gallery itself into service as an element of the work, elevating the stage to star player.

With these works, the simple and instructive qualities of white paint are brought into focus, reminding us that the gallery is, in a manner of speaking, a perpetual monochrome over which all manner of exhibitions are hung. Clive Smith’s oil painting of a whitewashed brick wall becomes, paradoxically, an exhaustively rendered abstraction forcing a viewer to acknowledge each deliberate flick of the brush as with a Robert Ryman. Reversing this effect, Sebastian Black’s sly allusion to an arthandler’s craft, through the use of subtly tinted patches of spackling over deliberately positioned holes, creates a new work from the labor pentimenti of countless exhibitions that have come before.

Brendan Lynch contributes a shoreline of brightly-hued pigment dust that laps at the wall from the floor. Apparently sanded from the wall, this work draws our attention to the intersection of the support for works of art and the ground on which a viewer stands, and appears simultaneously as an act of vandalism and the aftereffect of its removal.

Anna Plesset’s painting suggests similarly nefarious origins. Made directly on the wall at another gallery, the work has been cut out from the sheetrock, like smash-and- grab stolen art, and fastened to the wall of Marlborough Chelsea, forcefully appropriated and recontextualized for this show. Similarly, Sam Falls’ romantic and reverential rubbings made directly from his studio walls, lovingly acknowledge the structure and take the artist’s studio as their quite literal subject, and are transplanted here as proto-photographic image-maps.

Sculptors Davina Semo and Ara Dymond both breach the surface of the wallboard, inlaying and insetting steel and stone and thereby creating apertures, orifices and portals (in Semo’s case) and material hybrids that meld and equate matter of starkly different density and heft (in Dymond’s).

Another sculptor, David Brooks, gives us an extreme form of this interface by constructing from scratch his own wall and infusing it with incongruous objects. The embedded objects emphasize nature in quite literal collision with the built environment. Brooks’ sculpture impedes our easy entrance to the exhibition, forcing a physical experience and relationship to architecture that, like the walls themselves, is often erased within the gallery.

Today's News

April 7, 2013

Sotheby's Hong Kong Spring Sales see strength in market exceeding pre-sale estimates

Palazzo Grassi devotes the entirety of its space to the work of a single artist: Rudolf Stingel

Sotheby's to offer further masterpieces from the Mei Yun Tang Collection of paintings by Chang Dai-chien

New York's Museum of Modern Art announces first major exhibition of sound art

Exhibition brings together a group of works that acknowledge directly with the conventions of gallery architecture

Maya Lin explores aspects of the natural world through sculpture and drawing in new exhibition

Reflections on Water in American Painting exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts

Art Gallery of Ontario presents renowned Canadian artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

The renowned Benson Collection of early spoons at Christie's in London on 4 June 2013

Here, There and Somewhere In Between: The Royal Academy at Hatfield House

Bang! Another way to consider gun violence at the Frost Art Museum in Miami

Experience the Continental U.S. through Reality to Euphoria, JD Miller at Samuel Lynne Galleries

Spanish film director who gave Penelope Cruz her break dies aged 67 after a long struggle with cancer

First solo exhibition by American artist Luke Diiorio opens at Ana Cristea Gallery

New film and sound installation centers on the invention of 'frequency hopping'

Art X Detroit: April 10-14 featuring Liz Cohen, Design 99 and 38 Kresge artists

Kabe Contemporary opens "Disassembling Paradise" by artist Sergio Vega

From £800,000 Ferrari to barn-find Jaguar: Bonhams Hendon sale spans nine decades of motoring

First New York solo exhibition of work by Indian born artist Anjali Srinivasan opens at Heller Gallery

Water & Polaroid: Matthew Brandt's first exhibition in San Francisco opens at Highlight Gallery

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Porsche Super Speedster offered for first time in 50 years at RM Sotheby's Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction

2.- Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens opens 'Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection'

3.- Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti stars Vincent Cassel as the famed French artist

4.- Stunning colored diamonds expected to dazzle at Heritage Auctions' Summer Fine Jewelry Auction

5.- US designer Kate Spade found dead at 55

6.- Vincent Van Gogh painting sells for over 7 million euros: Artcurial auction house

7.- Sir Stanley Spencer painting discovered hidden under a bed during a drugs raid

8.- Oxford's Bodleian Libraries unveil UK's first major Tolkien exhibition in decades

9.- Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

10.- World's largest freshwater pearl goes for 320,000 euros

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

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
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful