Bovey Lee: Undercurrents
Nevada Museum of Art, September 8, 2012 - January 2, 2013
November 1, 2012
Bovey Lee’s meticulously crafted paper-cut drawings explore the struggle between nature, urbanization, and the ownership of natural resources. Lee’s drawings are rooted in her study of Chinese calligraphy and pencil drawing, mediums in which she was immersed while growing up in Hong Kong.
Lee begins by sketching out her ideas by hand. She then devises a digital template made up of photographs, downloaded images, scans from magazines and books, and vector graphics. After her template is in place, she hand cuts the image with a knife onto a single sheet of Chinese rice paper.
The often airy and fragile, lace-like structures she creates contrast sharply with the themes of power, sacrifice, and survival underlying her work.
“Cutting paper is a visceral reaction and natural response to my affection for immediacy, detail, and subtlety,” Lee explains. “The physical demand from cutting is extreme and thrilling, slows me down and allows me to think clearly and decisively.”
Rob Wynne at the Norton Museum of Art
I Remember Ceramic Castles, Mermaids and Japanese Bridges, September 21, 2012 - October 6, 2013
October 1, 2012
New York-based artist Rob Wynne, who creates stunning and beautiful sculptures, reliefs, and installations inspired by diverse sources such as art, literature, and nature, will create the second site-specific project for the Norton’s main lobby. He has manipulated glittering, mirrored glass to create symbolic shapes and texts that simultaneously appear reflective and seem invisible. With this material, he gives form to a snippet of someone else’s conversation or an evocative idea such as “silence that wants to speak.” For this project, Wynne will integrate the natural world–birds, sea, air, flora, and insects – distinct to the Norton’s location through glass-beaded drawings and hand printed wallpaper, and incorporate examples of art from the Museum Collection.
Lisa Anne Auerbach in Funny. at the Flag Art Foundation
Curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, September 21 - December 15, 2012
October 1, 2012
There are multiple types of humor: dark, off color, smart, subtle, and downright hilarious. I am particularly interested in the pause that occurs between the delivery of a joke and the smile that indicates someone “gets it.” Unlike contemporary art, where there is no single meaning to a particular work, with humor people usually either think something is funny or they don’t. As with art, however, there are subtleties regarding the degree to which someone wants to participate in or play along with a jest. So it is not surprising that humor in art has a wide variety of manifestations. Richard Prince uses Borscht Belt–jokes that continue to deliver head-shaking laughs after all of these years, even in serious art contexts. Matt Johnson and Sarah Lucas manipulate or reassociate everyday objects to elicit a knowing smile.
Lisa Anne Auerbach and Marilyn Minter in GirlTalk: Women and Text at CAM Raleigh
September 22, 2012 - January 14, 2013
October 1, 2012
GirlTalk: Women and Text explores the construct of language, its persistent ambiguity and shifting character in the age of new media. Featured work represents a diverse range of artistic styles ranging from political textiles to large scale installations that employ portions of texts as building blocks. This exhibition takes its title from common nomenclature; “girl talk” is a term that emerged in the 1990s to describe a sense of belonging and conversations between women.
David Haxton in Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
March 16, 2012 - On view indefinitely
October 1, 2012
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image takes stock of the cutting-edge tools and materials used by video artists during the past forty years. The current installation features key artworks from the history of video art as well as a new generation of artists on the cutting edge of new media art practices.
Whitney Museum of American Art has acquired a group of five TIME drawings by Mungo Thomson
Special thank you to Carter Foster, Curator of Drawings.
September 30, 2012
Norton Museum of Art has acquired Closing Time by Andrew Brischler
Special thank you to Cheryl Brutvan, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art.
September 30, 2012
Wade Guyton OS at the Whitney Museum of American Art
October 4, 2012 - January 13, 2013
September 29, 2012
Over the past decade, New York–based artist Wade Guyton (b. 1972) has pioneered a groundbreaking body of work that explores our changing relationships to images and artworks through the use of common digital technologies, such as the desktop computer, scanner, and inkjet printer. Guyton’s purposeful misuse of these tools to make paintings and drawings results in beautiful accidents that relate to daily lives now punctuated by misprinted photos and blurred images on our phone and computer screens. Comprising more than eighty works dating from 1999 to the present, Guyton’s first midcareer survey features a dramatic, non-chronological design in which staggered rows of parallel walls confront the viewer like the layered pages of a book or stacked windows on a monitor. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture, and concludes with two spectacular new canvases, stretching up to fifty feet in length, which Guyton created specifically for the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer–designed building. The title, Wade Guyton OS employs the common acronym for a computer’s “operating system,” linking Guyton’s art to the technologies of our time.
Alexis M. Teplin named artist of the week for The Guardian
Artist of the week 195: Alexis M Teplin
June 21, 2012
Comedy and unchastity are key in this American artist's vivid patchwork paintings and sculptures, which call for social change even as they flag up failures of cultural revolutions past
Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2011
Lisa Anne Auerbach, Orly Genger, Alexis Marguerite Teplin
November 30, 2011
Gavlak Gallery is pleased to announce our sixth consecutive participation in Art Basel Miami Beach. The gallery will feature the intelligently provocative work of three women artists: Lisa Anne Auerbach, Orly Genger and Alexis Marguerite Teplin. These three artists based in Los Angeles, New York, and London respectively share overlapping formal and conceptual concerns with respect to materials, notions of female desire and perspective, sexuality and gender, and the history of art from the Rococo through Pop Art and Minimalism. Each of these artists plays with the cultural and political significance of the materials used, such as found photography, wool, rope and existing vintage fashion items. The artists use both “high and low”, appropriated, banal, and common materials to produce an object, sprawling installation or painting that guides the viewer through their very specific perspectives on art and culture. They draw upon commonly recognized crafts, such as sewing, knitting and crocheting, which are frequently dismissed as “woman’s work”, and therefore not valuable, and re-contextualize it.
Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2010
Marilyn Minter and Rob Wynne
November 30, 2010
For Art Nova 2010, Gavlak Gallery presented a two-person exhibition featuring work by Marilyn Minter and Rob Wynne. Both artists produced new, major works specifically for Art Basel Miami Beach. Marilyn Minter (b. 1948, Shreveport, Louisiana) and Rob Wynne (b. 1950, New York) are both currently living and working in New York. Minter and Wynne are two artists of the same generation dealing with ideas of beauty, decadence, fantasy and glamour, but with two very different approaches
Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2009
November 30, 2009
For Art Nova 2009 Gavlak presents Phillip Estlund (b. 1974, Athens, Greece), a South Florida-based artist whose work deals with concepts that while at times are more urgent to the region, are also global concerns. Estlund is an observer of nature- both human and environmental- and an explorer of psychological space, physical terrain and raw, found materials. By taking the raw detritus that is left behind from natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes or manmade waste from old construction, he collects and reconfigures these materials as formal sculpture that reflects the "lower" architectural vernacular of South Florida.
Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2008
November 30, 2008
Gavlak is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Jose Alvarez (b. New York City, 1968) at Art Basel Miami Beach 2008. For this exciting exhibition in the Art Supernova section (Booth Q4), Alvarez will present a powerful combination of newly created mica paintings, collaged works-on-paper and video animations that continues his exploration of the complex intersection of mysticism, science, spirituality, and the construction of belief systems. Drawing on his long-standing dialogue with James Randi, the famous magician and renowned challenger of paranormal phenomena, and on his own recent visits to Houston's NASA Space Flight Center and to Australia's Parkes Observatory telescope, Alvarez explores how the unfolding of psychic hoaxes, the perceived supernatural energy of charmed objects, and the mysterious quests underlying space exploration all connect to the strong human desire for knowledge and transformation.
Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2007
"Along the Dixie Highway"
Lisa Anne Auerbach
December 6, 2007
For Art Positions Gavlak, West Palm Beach presents a solo presentation of works by Los Angeles based artist Lisa Anne Auerbach.
Lisa Anne Auerbach works in a variety of media: photography, knitting, and small publications. Living in Los Angeles since completing her master's degree at Art Center College of Design in 1994, she has exhibited most recently at White Columns, New York (curated by Matthew Higgs), Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. Auerbach has also been involved with High Desert Test Sites since its inception in 2003 with artist Andrea Zittel and produced the daily publication for Zittel's costumed hiking club project at the Frieze Art Fair in 2005.
Art|Basel|Miami Beach 2006
"The Meaning of Flowers"
December 7, 2006
The Meaning of Flowers is a new print project by Aleksandra Mir produced in Palermo, Sicily in the summer of 2006. Drawing upon the classic notion that flowers are imbued with meanings and a specific set of semantics with idealistic and hopeful connotations, Mir has edited and revised the botanical code in a more socially relevant fashion. The new meanings suggest insecurity, doubt, fatigue, betrayal and reconciliation, symptoms and elements that comprise the majority of romantic relationships. Combining both “high” and “low” fine art techniques, that of the elegant letterpress that recalls old world civility and the pressed fruit and vegetables harnessed from local markets which harkens back to kindergarten art activities, a completely new and idiosyncratic type of botanical print is created. Rather than those traditional Victorian botanicals that passively grace the halls and sitting rooms of respectable homes, these naively colorful works carry sophisticated implications and complicated overtones. The Meaning of flowers consist of 40 motifs on 19 x13 inches hand torn paper, printed in an edition of twelve with three Artist’s Proofs. Each set fits into a handcrafted and gold embossed portfolio sealed with a pink satin ribbon.
For more information, please visit Aleksandra Mir's website.