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Puzzles and Portraits at Greg Kucera Gallery

Puzzles and Portraits

Greg Kucera Gallery
January 7 – February 20, 2016

PUZZLE – A PAINTING IN 150 PARTS is just that—a large, singular puzzle now broken into its individual, but constituent, parts.  Each puzzle piece was laser cut from a plywood blank, assembled as a whole, then painstakingly painted as a large image encompassing all the parts.

Now the pieces are presented in the gallery as separate parts. Each part is also its own unique whole, whether completely abstract, or depicting elements of landscape, still life or figurative imagery.

Viewers will not know what the complete image is until 2021 when the work is reassembled and exhibited as a complete pictorial whole for the first time publicly.  Until then, only the artists will have ever seen it whole.

For the SEARS PORTRAITS, the trio of SuttonBeresCuller, have relied on Sears photo department and their own various individual skills for make-up, costume and concept to create myriad views of themselves in different guises.  The artists would regularly schedule time at Sears with their ideas, props, clothing and cosmetics, and then work with the much amused or annoyed technicians there to snap their photographs.

Their costume choices include Mexican wrestler “Luchadores,” Seahawks fans, Mariners players, graduates, and even bridesmaids. They may be wearing gas masks, Groucho Marx masks, orange jail suits, goofy striped sweaters, Burger King crowns, or simply aluminum foil.   Elaborate make-up shows them as ghosts, vampires, or with gory bruises, cuts and black eyes.  They employ a number of alter egos including themselves as old men, cowboys, NASCAR fans, construction workers, or junior businessmen.  Or revealing facial expressions, postures or attitudes that are hard to pin down exactly but suggestive of the range that accomplished actors can convey.  In some of the most touching photos, the three men are shown juxtaposed to their own fathers, wearing the same outfits.  As the artists have aged over the 13 years this series has spanned thus far, the images become telling portraits of the artists as young men, and now middle aged men.

Posted January 16th, 2016

Exquisite Corpse: Planthouse Gallery

Exquisite Corpse

January 8 – February 17, 2016

55 West 28th Street, New York, NY  10001

Planthouse Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming group exhibition, Exquisite Corpse, an artful modern day collage of ‘pictorial consequences’, which accompanies the release of its first children’s book publication, 43 Monsters. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 8th.

The Exquisite Corpse, derived from the French expression “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” (or, “the exquisite corpse shall now drink the new wine”) is an exercise in improvisational intrigue that has challenged the agendas of artists since it was purportedly invented by André Breton and his Surrealist companions as a parlor game in the early th century. Traditionally, the Exquisite Corpse involves a rotating piece in poetic or visual form that is initiated by one artist, then continued by another, and finished by a third. The limitation of the ‘game’ is that the successive artists see only a fragment of the previous drawing upon which to elaborate, thus resulting in a playful, imaginative, and surprising image that is more than the sum of its parts. For our version of this experiment, we’ve invited  Planthouse veterans and friends to partner with artists and media of their choosing. The collective collaborations complete — along an essay by Night at the Museum and Dinner for Schmucks screen- writer David Guion—the veritable  ‘monsters’. Planthouse is delighted to manifest our own uncer- tain iteration of this game in homage to the cheeky humor of our new book 43 Monsters, which features the whimsical 1970’s childhood illustrations of Chuck Webster and a comic text by Arthur Bradford.

Exquisite Corpse Artists:

Richard Dupont, Carol Bove, Enoc Perez, Greg Foley, Will Cotton, Nathan Fox, Jamisen Ogg, Ryan Fenchel, Caleb Lyons, Victoria Haven, Dawn Cerny, Daft Kuntz, Ian Cooper, Libby Rothfeld, Paula Rondon, Naho Taruishi, Tatiana Istomina, Arturs Virtmanis, Robert Medvedz, Teresa Lui, Adam Raymont, Martha Lewis, Melissa Marks, Eva Mantell, Chuck Webster, James Siena, B. Wurtz, Alex Dodge, Glen Baldridge, Louise Sheldon, Martin Mazorra, Jenny Schmid, Damara Kaminecki, Ellen Driscoll, Selena Kimball, Stephanie Snider, Katherine Bradford, John Mitchell, Caroline Wells Chandler, SuttonBeresCuller, and David Guion.

Posted December 19th, 2015

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

Re-Living The City

12/04/2015 – 2/28/2015

We are proud to participate in the UABB.  Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the set themes of URBANISM AND URBANIZATION. Coorganized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages international, avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest.

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (SZ) will take place at the site of the former Dacheng Flour Factory in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, a declining factory complex built in 1980s.

 

Posted December 3rd, 2015

“Duwamish II” Featured for Seattle Art Fair

Seattle Art Fair

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2 | All Day 

In 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the Lower Duwamish River – a five-mile stretch through South Seattle – a federal Superfund site. During the Seattle Art Fair, SuttonBeresCuller will feature Billboards from the The Duwamish Photo Series, which grew out of research and testing being done on- site for the project Mini Mart City Park, a community-focused, brownfield revitalization project.

Image credit: SuttonBeresCuller, “Duwamish II” 2009

Posted July 28th, 2015

Big Top Grand Stand at MASS MoCA

Dazzling sounds, sights, and smells always surround the vast bright and colorful structures of a festival or circus. Also ubiquitous are the concession stands and mobile exhibits that make up much of this celebratory landscape. Vying for attention among the crowds, these transitory structures rely on brilliant lighting, color, and height to stand out and entice.

In response to the temporary environments common to fairs, festivals, and circuses, Seattle-based collective SuttonBeresCuller have created a large migratory outdoor sculpture entitled Big Top Grand Stand. This monument comments upon the aesthetics of its environment. Atop a 16′ flatbed trailer, four unique structures are neatly nested within each other and telescope skyward, extending the midway experience and creating a stacked sculpture in the lineage of Brancusi’s Endless Column. Adorned with flashing lights, vibrant flags, and reflective surfaces, this flamboyant homage has turned the concession stand into pure sculptural form.

Big Top Grand Stand was originally commissioned by Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, a dusk-to-dawn festival that takes place throughout the city of Toronto and attracts more than one million visitors to see its hundreds of projects, events, and exhibitions. For the 2014 edition of the festival, MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish put together the project The Night Circus. The exhibition of ten artists took as its inspiration the 2001 book The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In the novel, Morgenstern describes a curious event, a night circus that opens at dusk and closes at dawn. This is not your average circus with only clowns and tightrope-walkers; instead it is an epic magical contest – turning an ordinary circus into a true spectacle of magic and wits. Big Top Grand Stand became a perfect beacon for The Night Circus.

MASS MoCA is thrilled to bring this project to our campus on June 26, 2015, to kick off Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival. The piece will be located in the Museum’s Courtyard A / front parking lot, serving as a perfect entryway to MASS MoCA.

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Posted July 7th, 2015