This Friday is the opening for After Duccio at Ventana244 in Brooklyn. Friends of Henri Michael Zahn and George Hofmann will be featured! And we highly recommend that you get off your duffs and make your way out to the opening! There are a group of wonderful artists involved in the show and here’s a bit of the PR for the exhibit.
Artist Andrew Huston selects multimedia works by Michelle Ceja, Matthew Eiraldi, George Hofmann, Sherrie Levine, Gerhard Mantz, and Mike Zahn….
WWW.AFTER-DUCCIO.COM, the title of the show, is also a domain name created by Mike Zahn. It’s linked to a Tumblr page where the artist has uploaded more than two thousand image files that resist anachronistic taxonomies of genre or style. In this respect, Zahn has followed the archival impulses of Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Robert Heinecken, or Bernd and Hilla Becher to a ridiculous end, but a deep engagement with the brilliant color, subtle tactility, and historical recognition of his subject cites the irreducible facticity of any object’s remainder. In this respect, Zahn’s position isn’t so far afield from the one staked by painter George Hofmann, whose luminous Duccio Fragments navigate metaphorical abstract space by means of expressive gestures that metonymically recall passage from the Byzantine to the Renaissance. Matthew Eiraldi’s untitled sculpture is presented as an actionable bootleg version of the piece thumbnailed on the Saatchi Gallery website, and reproduced to approximate scale without the artist’s expressed permission. This ‘reblogging’ of a depicted thing within the nominal space of the white cube exponentially factors the equation of authorship with value and originality with legitimacy, variables of which Sherrie Levine, through her distinctive appropriations of Walker Evans, George Herimann, and Constantin Brancusi, is an acknowledged master. Michelle Ceja and Gerhard Mantz each conflate the actual and the virtual by animating surface, texture, and volume. The sculptural quality of their documents record the accession of light to our empirical senses by presenting fungible points that speed along vectors to infinite places where the viewer, at any particular moment, is not, but given time could potentially be.
I’m sure you’ll also come across Paul Corio and Dennis Bellone in deep conversation about the state of painting somewhere in the audience. Don’t be afraid to grab a beer, introduce yourselves and have a chat with all of these fantastic folks.