The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Large-Scale and Single Continuous Installation by Roxy Paine at James Cohan Gallery
Roxy Paine, Distillation, 2010. Stainless steel, glass, paint, pigment. Dimensions variable. Photo: Sheila Griffin. Copyright the artist. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

NEW YORK, NY.- For Roxy Paine’s fourth solo exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, the gallery presents the artist’s new large-scale installation Distillation (2010). A single continuous piece, the artwork begins at the gallery’s front door and pierces its walls to travel all the way through the space to the back offices. The sculpture is Paine’s newest addition to his stainless steel Dendroid series, which includes Maelstrom, featured on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden in 2009.

Roxy Paine’s monumental new work Distillation becomes a metaphor for the artist's mental process. Paine re-examines alchemical methods to create a meditation on mystical industrialism. If the process of distillation is an attempt to find purity, the sculpture Distillation demonstrates the impossibility of that goal. An apt analogy can be found in Hilary Mantel’s writing on the alchemic practice in her 1989 novel Fludd, “After separation, drying out, moistening, dissolving, coagulating, fermenting, comes purification, recombination: the creation of substances the world until now has never beheld.” Paine describes his process as the fermentation of bundles of information, then the extraction of discrete compounds from the resultant mash, which when fractionated, overlaid and recombined become a transmutation from the familiar to the entirely new.

Paine's extensive body of work explores collisions between the natural world and the industrial. Distillation is an amalgam of structures that refer to vascular, neural, taxonomic, arboreal, mycological and industrial systems. The sculpture includes elements such as valves and flanges from petro chemical plants, tanks used for food processing, and glass vessels from the pharmaceutical industry. These seemingly standardized elements coexist with constructed parts such as blood vessels, neurons, hallucinogenic fungus, mycelium, bacterial formations, tree branches, a pair of kidneys, and a black box—all of these elements have varying levels of finish, from polished to raw steel to the introduction of paint.

On view in Gallery One, is a new wall installation from Paine’s Replicant series. In this series the artist creates meticulous simulacra of botanical species and eukaryotic organisms. Paine chooses to depict undesirable and toxic classes of plants or fungus; in the case of this installation 25 different fungus species from the psychoactive to the poisonous compete for space directly on the wall.

Works from Paine’s Dendroid series are included in many important public collections including Split (2003), Seattle Art Museum; Placebo (2004), St Louis Art Museum; Conjoined (2007), Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Askew (2009), North Carolina Museum of Art; Graft (2009), National Gallery Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Billboard/Façade (2009/2010), WANAS Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden. Paine’s upcoming international public commissions to be installed over the next six months include Inversion (2008), The Israel Museum; 100 Foot Line (2010), The National Gallery of Canada; Ferment (2010), Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Yield (2010), Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AK; and Discrepancy (2011) commissioned by the insurance company Munich Re to be installed in Munich, Germany.

Roxy Paine was born in 1966 in New York and studied at both the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and the Pratt Institute in New York. Since 1990, his work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums worldwide. Paine’s artworks are included in major collections, among them: De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg, NE; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY. Roxy Paine lives and works in Brooklyn and Treadwell, NY

Today's News

October 21, 2010

Sotheby's Presents Highlights from Its Inaugural Important Russian Art Sale in Moscow

Christie's to Offer a Selection of Items from the Marylebone Cricket Club Collections

Special Installation by Dan Colen at Colette in Paris During the Week of FIAC 2010

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Sale to Be Led by a Major Mark Rothko Painting

Museums Escape the Worst in Spending Review, will Only Face a 15 Percent Funding Cut

New Large-Scale and Single Continuous Installation by Roxy Paine at James Cohan Gallery

Swiss Archaeologists Find 5,000-Year-Old Door, One of the Oldest Ever Found in Europe

Exhibition at the Meadows Museum in Dallas Gives Sneak Peek at George Bush Archives

Exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery Focuses on Cézanne's Paintings of Card Players and Pipe Smokers

Important Russian Enamels and Fabergé from a Private New York Collection at Sotheby's

"No New Thing Under the Sun" Explored in Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

New Museum Presents "Free," An Exhibition Exploring How the Web Has Expanded Our Cultural Space

Rare and Exceptional Works Lead Christie's Classical and Modern Chinese Paintings Sale

November Sunset Estate Auction to Feature Jewelry and Handbags from the Estate of Maria Helen Smith

George Best 1968 European Cup Winner's Medal Fetches £156,000 at Bonhams

Hitler Becomes Major Berlin Tourist Attraction, more than 10,000 Visitors Walk in Since Opening Friday

Prefabricated Architectural Designs by Jean Prouvé Inaugurate Gagosian's New Project Space in Paris

Unseen "Favourite" Portrait of Wellington Set to Be a Major Draw at Thomas Lawrence Exhibition

Hal Foster to Be Awarded 2010 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing

Dallas Museum of Art Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Boy and an amateur archaeologist unearth legendary Danish king's trove in Germany

2.- Exhibition at The Met illustrates what visitors encountered at The palace of Versailles

3.- Philadelphia Museum of Art opens "Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950"

4.- Exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery presents a cross-section of works from Thomas Mailaender's career

5.- New York's Chelsea Hotel celebrity door auction raises $400,000

6.- Stevie Ray Vaughan's first guitar drives Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction to nearly $2.9 million

7.- Lichtenstein's Nude with Blue Hair tops $2.4 million sale of Modern & Contemporary Prints & Multiples

8.- $6.7 million Fancy Intense Blue Diamond sets auction record at Sotheby's New York

9.- Mexico court blocks sales of controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

10.- Dutch museums to conduct new research on the paintings of Pieter de Hooch

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