â€‹Check out Sylvie Fleury's contribution to the Art Production Fund's After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery from 25 April through 29 September located at 159 Bowery.
â€‹al-che-my noun: the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.
Alchemical is not a show about chemistry. It is not a show about photographic abstraction or manipulated photography or the obsolescence of photography as one more useless modern technology. It is not a show about photography at all. Rather, it is a show about an impulse to visualize radical, quasi-mystical transformation, to turn economic depression into inspiration, stagnant politics into heroic mobilization, environmental disaster into cleansing reordering, dirty coal into light lithium. Short-circuiting the usual channels of science,technology, and expert knowledge, Alchemical looks instead to a cloudburst, an explosion, a strange light, to enact cathartic transformation, viz., the creation of a universal elixir. Viz., a miracle. Alchemical offers no solutions, explanations, rationalizations. It does not wish to â€śreach outâ€ť to, â€śmove forwardâ€ť through, or â€śthrow downâ€ť any particular set of current problemsâ€”the days of rational science, enlightenment idealism, corporate strategizing, and utopian convictions are over. Best hope for a lightening bolt, a golden ray, a glowing goat, just as the millions flocking to churches, playing the lottery, and tuning in to TV shows about vampires and psychics have learned to do. Change is inevitable but one might as well envision it positively, spectacularly, lead-into-goldly. Be wary of stocks, real estate, retirement plans, Rothkos. Trust only intuition and black magic to get you where you need to go.
â€‹"Some parting tips on attention-worthy art: at the L&M Arts stand, Barbara Krugerâ€™s â€śYou Look Good,â€ť presenting that compliment of choice for people of a certain age in big white letters on black; Huma Bhabhaâ€™s big, ravaged assemblage figures at Salon 94 and drawings on photographs at Stephen Friedman Gallery; Andrea Bowersâ€™s agitations on paper at Kaufmann Repetto and cardboard at Susanne Vielmetter (along with Nicole Eisenmanâ€™s paintings); two ambitious sculptures by the brainy Isabel Nolan at Kerlin Gallery; Helene Appelâ€™s small painting, â€śAbsorbent Cloth,â€ť a sweet portrait of a dishrag as formalist picture plane at the Approach; and Naama Tsabarâ€™s sarcophagus of fluorescent light tubes and thick, perforated black rubber mats at Dvir Gallery, the sarcophagus causing the mats to emit a bit of light and heat and a mild, not unpleasant odor. Did I mention that the efforts of female artists look particularly strong throughout the fair?"
Read the full article here!
â€‹The Wonder Cabinets of Europe exhibition, will take place at the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), New York. Please join for the opening on Saturday May 18th.
â€‹It is raining in our booth on Randall's Island, but we'll be here rain or shine. Come visit us at Booth C40.
â€‹"...Wilder cultural blending was seen in the series of works hung downtown at Salon 94 Freemans, African American and Latino vogue dancers Benny and Javier Ninja and Monstah Blach are portrayed, enacting finely differentiated gender identities while mirroring the poses of traditional Kabuki female impersonators and Byzantine icon angels. Live! (2013) is an image of a goateed Hispanic man wearing an enormous pearl headdress. Pointing one gold socked toe as he spreads a pair of cloudlike white wings, he's both spectacular and sublime."
Find the review here!
The May 2013 issue of New York Magazine features recent works by Sherry for the article "Meanwhile, Obama Might Actually Be the Environmental President."
"Now, through June 15, Salon 94's downtown Freemans gallery is presenting "Windows, Carpets and Other Paintings", a site-specific installation for which Ms. Woodman has recreated both the interior and exterior of an Italian palazzo using her hybrid painting-sculpture ceramic pieces. The artist, who turns 83 next and still jogs along the Hudson spoke with the Wall Street Journal over tea served in her quirky SĂ©vres crockery."
For the Woodman's full interview with Vibhuti Patel, click here.