Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Art & Lies at the Invisible Dog

Morgan R. Levy, Sleep Sweetly Until It Fades Away, 2010. Digital archival inkjet print. 22 x 38 in.

An Opening Party for Art & Lies will take place on Friday, April 1 from 6PM to 9PM at the Invisible Dog Art Center. This is probably the first art show that I've ever contributed to in a truly serious way. If you are not there, then you are a square. Here's the press release:

Curated by Risa Shoup, Art & Lies features a diverse collection of work focusing on issues that have figured prominently in her life: gender, environment, time, alienation and isolation.  Shoup hopes to provoke the audience to consider the creative role of the curator when viewing work that responds to themes that have been so crucial in the shaping of her life’s trajectory.
The group show features installations, photography, sculpture, video, and collage by six artists: Ryan Frank, R. Justin Stewart, Danielle Durchslag, Sam Vernon, Morgan R. Levy, and Kerry Downey.
“Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring”, an installation by Ryan Frank, portrays a series of figurative sculptures representing one woman’s struggle with how to present her gender and her transformation from femme to butch.  Presented in its NYC debut, is R. Justin Stewart’s “2AM to 2PM”, a 3-D sculptural map of the Minneapolis Bus System. “2AM to 2PM” has previously traveled to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI, the Mesa Art Center in Mesa, AZ and the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO. Collages by Danielle Durchslag and photographs by Morgan R. Levy will be the only 2-D, wall-mounted work in the show.  Durchslag’s portraits of infants collaged from different types of paper depict distress in childhood, while Levy’s large-format composite photographs portray the isolation of the wilderness in Iceland.  Kerry Downey’s videos address alienation with dark wit, and Sam Vernon’s work recalls the disparate influences of Kara Walker and Edward Gorey to create a truly haunting environmental installation about violence, race and psychic trauma.  An Artist Talkback will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, April 10 from 3-4PM.

In conjunction with Art & Lies, Shoup has invited participating artist Kerry Downey to present two film screenings that expand upon the themes of the exhibition. The first screening, Here and There, will be Wednesday, April 6 from 7-9PM, and will feature short films that explore how the social body navigates time and space.  This evening will feature short films by: Kerry Downey, Cybele Lyle, Douglas Paulson, Gordon Sasaki, Lior Shvil, and Jennifer Sullivan.  The second screening, Do Me, will be Wednesday April 13 from 7-9PM, and will address literal and figurative connotations of “getting fucked.” Short films by: Kerry Downey, Rebecca Goyette, David Kagan, Jannicke Låker, Tara Mateik, Jennifer Sullivan and Andrew Steinmetz, and Amber Hawk Swanson.

Additionally, an event to celebrate Jacob Krupnick’s feature-length music video for Girl Talk’s newest album, “Girl Walk // All Day” will be presented at the gallery during the exhibition. Dates to be announced.

Curator Risa Shoup is an Independent Curator and Development Consultant.  Currently she is the Residency Manager of the BRIC House Fireworks Residency Program, a collaborative artists’ residency at BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn and the development consultant for The Wassaic Project.  She has spoken about nontraditional artspaces at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, and at Harvard University.  This will be Shoup’s second show at the Invisible Dog Art Center.  An exhibition of new, site-specific installation work co-curated by Shoup and Ryan Frank will open at the Old Hotel, as part of the The Wassaic Project’s summer exhibition program on July 9, 2011.
The Invisible Dog Art Center is located on 51 Bergen Street between Smith and Court streets, accessible through the Bergen F/G stops. Gallery hours during Art & Lies will be noon to 7 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, from April 1-14.

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