Sunday, March 19, 2017

Armory Week: Material Pleasure, Part 2 of 3

Armory: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, detail of Fancy Letters

In this post we look at fiber and fabric in the service of painting and sculpture. True, there's very little actual paint in these paintings, but a compositional narrative is developed through what is (or isn't) on the surface. What else do you call it but painting? And to underscore that point, we open with work that bares the stretchers beneath. 

Armory: Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Fancy Letters, 2016, silkscreen on fabric and linen, with stain, ink and ceramic; at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City

Armory: Lauren Luloff, Dark Begonia, 2017, bleached bedsheets and fabric; at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris

Volta: Irfan Onurmen, no information available; at C24 Fallery, New York City

Armory: Dianna Molzan at Kaufmann Repetto, Milan and New York

In Chelsea: Edward Shalala, installation view at Luise Ross Gallery
Shalala has long been involved with the architecture of paintings, which is also the title of his solo show (up through April 15). His structure is in the deconstruction of the canvas

Below: Detail of Untitled, 2008, the work shown at right in the image above

Edward Shalala,Untitled, 2010, raw canvas and pulled threads, 8 x 8 inches

Armory: Rebecca Ward, Fey, 2017, acrylic and graphite on stitched canvas, 72 x 54 inches; at Ronchini Gallery

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Armory: Brian Wills, detail, at Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles and Paris

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Though I don't have the titles of these works, I do have the details, as the artist was in the booth when I was there. Each striped painting is comprised of  hundreds (thousands?) of threads pulled tautly and wrapped around the structural frame and panel back. Wills spaces the threads by eye and glues them into place. "How fragile are they? I inquired. "They're stronger than you think."

Detail below of the work at right, above

Armory:  Aiko Hachisuka, Untitled, 2016, silkscreen on clothing, foam, kapok, and wooden support; at 11R Gallery, New York City

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Armory: Jayson Musson, Two Pillars of Ivory, 2015, mercerized cotton stretched over cotton, 96 x 74 inches; at Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia

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Armory: Shinique Smith, Beneath the Blue Veil, 2016; ink, acrylic, fabric, collage, ribbon, yarn, and objects on canvas over wood panel; at David Castillo Gallery, Miami

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Shinique Smith, Bale Variant No,. 0024 (Everything). 2017; clothing, fabric, ribbon, rope, acrylic, mirror, fabric dye, and wood

Armory: Joel Andrianomeariosa, fabric scraps; at Sabrina Amrani, Madrid

My Facebook friend, Kevan Rupp Lunney, spoke to the dealer about this artist's work: "He asked all the important people in his life to give him black clothing which meant something to them and were worn at memorable occasions. He feels that the clothes carry the scents, DNA and memory of the people who wore them. Like a security blanket made from his community."

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Armory: Nevin Aladag, no wall label provided, but it's an assemblage of carpet parts; at Wentrup Gallery, Berlin

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Armory:  Faig Ahmed, handwoven wool carpet; at Sapar Contemporary
The artist deconstructs the concept of the traditional carpet and has it handwoven by traditional artists

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Armory: Hiroshu Sugito,  Purple (Bangkok), 2015, fabric and acrylic on plastic plate; at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

NADA: Fergus Feehily at Galerie Christian Lethert, Cologne

Below: Couple, 2013, found photo and cotton cloth

Salon Zurcher: Jonathan Brewer, no title or date provided, corduroy stitched onto burlap; at Demon's Mouth, Oslo

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Armory: Giorgio Griffa, Untitled, 1975, oil on canvas; Repetto Gallery, London

Armory: Lucio Fontana, at unidentified gallery

Armory: Angela De La Cruz, Scar Green, 2016, oil on [stitched] canvas, 27.5 x 19. 75 inches; at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Armory: Robert Moskowitz, Untitled, 1962, aluminum paint and collage on canvas, 40 x 54 inches; at Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York City

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Armory: Martha Tuttle, Symbolon (2), 2017; wool, silk, dye, pigment, and steel; at Tilton Gallery

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Armory: Ayan Farah, Waris, 2016; linen, jute, embroidery, clay, mud, salt, ash, India ink, and indigo; at Vistamare Gallery, Pescara, Italy

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Armory: Robert Rauschenberg, Lure (Hoarfrost), 1975, solvent transfer on fabric and collage, 48 x 42 inches

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Armory: Tomashi Jackson, Citrus Flavored Drink (Over and Under) (Boiuling vs Sharpe vs Briggs vs Elliot),  2017, acrylic on gauze and paper; at Tilton Gallery

Armory: Sanford Biggers, Undertowm, 2017; antique quilt, assorted textiles, silkscreen, acrylic, spray paint; 56.5 x 60 inches; at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City

Armory: Sterling Ruby, Drape Topography/Pink, 2016; acrylic, oil, elastic, and treated fabric on canvas; at Spruth Magers, Berlon, London, Los Angeles

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Salon Zurcher: Robin Lang, Stacked Module with Pocket, 2016, woven, app 36 x  18 inches; at Mathilde Hatzenberger Gallery, Brussels

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ADAA: Sarah Crowell at Casey Kaplan, New York City
No wall information provided, but I can tell you that these are sewn paintings

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NADA: Elizabeth Russell, Shape Logic installation, at Interface, Oakland

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