Photo Paige Silveria
Matt Kenny presents caricatures of One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, in detailed oil paintings. The style mimics New York street artists portrait parodies. Kenny anthropomorphizes the building into a looming creature bent on capturing the soul of New York City. On it’s homepage One World Trade Center self describes as “safe, sustainable, artistically dynamic - One WTC stands as a shining beacon for New York’s Downtown”. As the tallest building in America and given the violent past of this location, One World Trade Center’s influence extends far beyond downtown New York, a feeling referenced by the never ending horizon in Kenny’s leading painting. The progression of Kenny’s works in the gallery pull ever closer to the building, transitioning across the three paintings from night, to dawn, to day. “See Forever” also exhibits a shaped-canvas representation of binoculars, referencing the surveillance culture burgeoning in America within the years of the One World Trade Center's construction, and the technology necessary to connect with the building’s surroundings from it’s observation deck.
“See Forever” is on view until May 3rd at The National Exemplar, New York. Text and Photo Elise Gallant.
PARIS, LA #13 / CHEZ CHEZ PERV PERV BY GARDAR EIDE EINARSSON, MATIAS FALDBAKKEN, AND OSCAR TUAZON IS OUT NOW!
The latest issue of Paris, LA #13 (Chez Chez Perv Perv) has been created by artists Gardar Eide Einarsson, Matias Faldbakken, and Oscar Tuazon. In 2011, far-right terrorist Anders Breivik initiated a large-scale terrorist attack by detonating a van bomb at the government buildings in central Oslo. Shortly after the attack, Matias Faldbakken joined a visit to the buildings organized to assess and document the damage, notably to a series of murals by Pablo Picasso. The murals, sandblasted directly onto the concrete walls of the building by the Norwegian artist Carl Nesjar, are the first in a series of monumental works in concrete realized by Picasso, and mark the beginning of a working relationship that would continue for the rest of Picasso’s life.
The status of these defaced murals, and the peculiar Picasso/Nesjar collaboration, were the starting points of an exhibition entitled Chez Perv at Team Gallery, New York, organized by Gardar Eide Einarsson in the spring of 2014. This issue of PARIS, LA documents that exhibition and the aftermath, a three-way conversation on authorship, artistic labor, and perversion.
Photo Alexandra Ruiz
Prolific American novelist, playwright, critic, essayist and filmmaker Gary Indiana will be curating a selection of films for this months TV Takeover. Notably he is the author of three novels (Three Month Fever, Resentment, and Indifference) exploring real-life crimes and the way victims and criminals alike are often distorted and exploited by the mass media. Indiana also teaches philosophy and literature at the New School in New York City.
The takeover coincides with his third solo show in New York at envoy enterprises "GDA2: From The World Of Entertainment: Collages and Prints 1974 – 2014" - an exhibition showcasing Gary Indiana's practice over the last four decades.
Throughout his work, Indiana explores art, sexuality, violence, money, the media and contemporary America. Last year Indiana contributed to the 2014 Whitney Biennial. The video work entitled "Untitled (Stanley Park)" is a stunning video he made of the Presidio Modelo, a "model prison" of Panopticon design, built on the Isla de la Juventud off the coast of Cuba. The infamous prison, constructed between 1926-28, and closed for good in 1967, was home to many political prisoners, including Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. The footage of the decaying prison, with its rotted cells all arranged in a circle around an ominous guard tower, is spliced with excerpts from A Touch of Evil, The Shanghai Gesture and images of swimming jellyfish which served as a metaphor for the surveillance state.
Once quoted as saying "My tendency as a writer is to amplify the negative" his letter to our editor-in-chief Olivier Zahm published in issue 8 is no exception which can be read here.
GARY INDIANA "FROM THE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT: COLLAGES & PRINTS 1974 - 2014" at Envoy Enterprises, New York
Envoy Enterprises in New York presents Gary Indiana’s third solo exhibition From The World of Entertainment: Collages & Prints 1974 – 2014 curated by Alejandro Loureiro Lorenzo. It is the second installment of the gallery’s Great Debate About Art exhibition series and brings together four decades of work by the multifaceted American writer, filmmaker and visual artist. From The World of Entertainment showcases Indiana’s collages, photography installation and video piece that explore the narratives of contemporary America, sexuality, the media and violence. The exhibition is on view from April 19th at Envoy Enterprises, 87 Rivington Street in New York.
Photo Paige Silveria