As August comes to an end, several Paddle8 member galleries have amazing summer exhibitions to check out before they close. We have rounded up some highlights in New York, Los Angeles and London that are well worth a visit!
Lisa Cooley (New York): Josh Faught: Longtime Companion, closes August 24, 2012.
In Josh Faught‘s second solo exhibition with the Lisa Cooley, he is presenting works made with “marginalized materials and techniques, such as weaving and other traditional crafts, to explore marginalized feelings – the intersection of identity, desire, loss, ornamentation, sexual politics, and domesticity.” Much of the work is based on transforming “text-based support networks” into drooping, woven sculptural pieces that fill the gallery space and cover the walls. Faught directly engages with the complex histories of such organizations as PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), the AIDS Quilt and other activist organizations. Be sure to check out this ambitious exhibition before it closes in just two days!
Michael Kohn (Los Angeles): INTER RUPTION – A Break in the Continuity of the Interstitial Space, curated by Kim Light, closes August, 25, 2012.
Michael Kohn’s large group exhibition INTER RUPTION, directly engages with histories of abstraction and the debates that surround it from a variety of perspectives and in a diverse array of mediums – from sculpture to photography. Featured in this impressive exhibition are Bruce Conner, N. Dash, Lukas Geronimas, Wyatt Kahn, Owen Kydd, Andrea Longacre-White, Agnes Lux, Sam Moyer, Dan Shaw-Town, Gedi Sibony, Valeska Soares, Andrew Sutherland and Phil Wagner. With the curatorial direction of Kim Light, INTER RUPTION breaks the mold of the “light” summer exhibition, instead focusing a critical and academic eye on artists “creating and addressing ‘imaginative perception,’ a pictorial language that interrupts the pleasure and ease of looking by fragmenting the continuity of a basic serial structure.”
Brancolini Grimaldi (London): Summer Show, closes September 1, 2012.
Brancolini Grimaldi is one of the world’s premiere galleries exhibiting photographic work, with an impressive roster of some of the most prominent contemporary photographers. Summer Show features a selection of works from some of the artists represented by the gallery, including Marie Amar, Roy Arden, Peter Fraser, Dan Holdsworth, Sophy Rickett and Massimo Vitali. If photography is of interest, this exhibition is a must see!
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica): Liza Ryan: Rare Bloom, closes September 1, 2012.
Rare Bloom, is a comprehensive exhibition of new work by artist Liza Ryan featuring large-scale color photographs as well as a massive multi-image installation. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the central piece of the same name, which is comprised of over 150 photographs mounted to panels of various thickness and displayed across a large wall. This amazing installation’s “non-linear narrative and filmic imagery lead the eye in a variety of directions, expanding the idea that a story can be told and experienced in innumerable ways.” Ryan‘s incredible work rests beautifully within Kayne Griffin Corcoran’s impressive space, and should be on anyone’s calendar who can make it to Santa Monica.
Cheim & Read (New York): Bianca Casady: Daisy Chain, closes September 8, 2012.
Daisy Chain is multi-media artist Bianca Casady‘s first major exhibition in New York since 2007, and includes a wide selection drawings, collages and sculptural pieces. This group of work, while divergent in form and medium, largely explores “gender and race, especially as they are played out in prison” as well as themes of “wounds/scars/reconstruction, monsters, power and subordination.” This comprehensive exhibition Casady‘s visual art, who is perhaps best known for being one half of the band Cocorosie, offers a rare look into another facet of Casady‘s many creative endeavors.