"People Who Work Here" Exhibition

David Zwirner 19th Street

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As its title suggests, this exhibition features a group of artists who actually work at David Zwirner in various roles. Curated by Rawson Projects, a Brooklyn-based gallery co-founded in 2010 by James Morrill and Chris Rawson who also work at David Zwirner, this exhibition bridges the emerging and established gallery scenes, two sides of the art world that are commonly thought of as isolated from one another. In turn, it plays on notions of inside and outside, art and work, center and periphery, while at the same time testifying to the interconnectedness of the New York art world and the relationships that exist between new and established artists and galleries in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Many of the works on view engage with issues of abstraction, such as Justin Davis Anderson’s hand-painted Polaroids; Ben Berlow’s gestural works on found paper; Brent Harada’s hybrid works on paper; Sam Martineau’s paintings that evoke the aesthetic sensibilities of mid-century American graphic design; Chris Medina’s works that employ ink-jet techniques on canvas; Dave Miko’s painterly architectural interventions; and Ramon Silva’s installations of multiple abstract canvases. Other works explicitly draw upon art history, such as Cy Amundson’s paintings that ironically reference the history of figurative painting, and David Ording’s oil paintings that reinterpret canonical portraiture.

Some artists consider photography and video as unreliable and unstable media: Josh Brown’s images of racecars point to the imperfect nature of both the photographic medium and the spectator’s vision, and Justin Phillipson employs video compression to distort his source material to varying degrees, thereby disengaging the images from their original source. Liz Nielsen’s photographs reflect the artist’s interest in color and the physics of light.

Aengus Woods, in collaboration with John Holten, presents a video installation that examines the history of a purportedly little-known Eastern European avant-garde art group.

The exhibition also includes sculptural work by Clive Murphy, who manipulates the prescribed utility of found objects, and Aidan Sofia Earle, who constructs affective collages that reference memory and the body. Joel Fennell will present a new sculptural work that places physical and aural perception at the center of aesthetic experience.



from July 11, 2012 to August 10, 2012

Opening Reception on 2012-07-11 from 18:00 to 20:00

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