Picture Farm is proud to present Teeth Will Be Provided, new works on canvas by Matthew Lusk.
It is his second exhibition with the gallery.
Originally conceived as studies for larger installations, the works on exhibit are drawings that consist of chalk and charcoal on flat black canvas panels salvaged from an earlier exhibition at the Goethe Institut that the artist designed and built. The visual vocabulary of this crazed goup of drawings will seem familiar to cosmopolitan types; all of the images have been lifted and altered from cartoons that originally appeared in the New Yorker. Though all of the pieces deal with physical spaces as their subject, their wrecked and wracked human inhabitants make these more than proposals for physical built environments. They function as surreal and perverse Public Service Announcements; promotional materials for decadent contemporary existentialism.
The exhibition title comes from a fabricated tale of Christ that struck the artist as joke with especially New Yorker qualities:
“Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
A disciple asked, “But Master, what of those who have no teeth?”
And Jesus replied, “Teeth will be provided.”
The exhibition opens Friday, January 9 with a reception from 6-10 pm.
(A small, bespoke bar has been built by the artist for this purpose.)
A special musical performance will take place on the 24th of January featuring Dana Schecter, Lynn Wright, Algis Kyzis, Pete Simonelli, and Vincent Signorelli.
Doors open at 7 PM.
A closing reception will take place on Saturday the 31st.
Tonight at Picture Farm Gallery HQ : a lovely evening with this incredible artist, and a few lesser, if enthusiastic lights! Picture Farm Gallery will be presenting Yuri Shimojo‘s latest year-long mural in our narthex vestibule antechamber of honor and art from State Of Wonder.
It’s an informal event to celebrate community and the changing from the Year of the Horse to the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat! Stop by 338 Wythe Ave 6-9ish. Bring a bottle of wine and we’ll order pizza or somethin’.
We received a sneak peak of sculptor/collagist/memoirist/cartoonist Matthew Lusk’s work-in-progress for his upcoming January presentation at teh PF Gallery. Stay tuned for exact dates for both the reception and a series of salon happenings he will be curating.
The Picture Farm Gallery is very excited to host this show curated by Earle Sebastian. The imagery is potent and timeless and serves as a striking comment on the meeting place of fashion, identity and contemporary Africa.
More about the photographer Chris Saunders here. More about the artist Hassan Hajjij here.
With a title referencing the mischievous fun of scrawled bathroom graffiti, reading “For a good time call…,” Eric T. White’s new photographic series For A Good Time is a lighthearted and innovative reimagining of the classic nude photograph. Drawing on his own creative childhood play with basic household materials, the series employs bold monochrome seamless reams of paper found in the studio as a minimal yet evocative prop, hiding and revealing various parts of the body through careful draping and cutting of the paper. Through simplified lighting, colors and backgrounds, the subjects’ bodies are stripped from their context, appearing almost abstract. Combining a surreal Pop aesthetic with a palpable sense of spontaneity, the series transforms the nude body into a temporary readymade sculpture, only preserved permanently through photography.
Through his hundreds of vibrant photographic collages, his sculptural nudes in his recent series For A Good Time and his frequent editorial work for magazines such as New York Magazine, Nylon and Paper, New York-based photographer Eric T. White experiments with the possibilities and the limits of the medium, treating photography as a mixed media. Growing up with a lifelong passion for photography, White decided to pursue a career in photography after the death of his uncle who left all his cameras to his nephew. Fascinated by the photographic process while stripping down his own techniques to their basics, White almost exclusively uses on-camera flash, creating a consistent edgy and bold aesthetic through his entire body of work. Not only connecting the various aspects of his unique work, White’s uncomplicated process also allows for the possibility for increased compositional innovation, preserving fleeting playful moments with the lens of his camera. With art historical references from Surrealism to Dada to Pop Art appearing in his work, White’s photography captures the powerful beauty of portraiture whether fracturing the human body through eye-catching collage or redefining the nude through fascinating sculptural forms.
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In conjunction with Studio Sawada’s latest instillation piece at the Park Hyatt in MidTown, Kanae Maeda has brought Hirotoshi Sawada’s ethereal hanging sculptures to the Picture Farm Gallery for the month of September. Private viewings are available, and the gallery will be operating weekend hours. Please contact Kanae at State of Wonder.
“Thaw is an installation by Japanese artist duo Studio Sawada curated by Kanae Maeda. Their first exhibition in United States. The artists continue their exploration of the phenomenological effect created through the accumulation of ice. Made with special processed clear acrylic, each piece is uniquely constructed by free hand. The audience can experience the luster of reflection and shadow within the beauty of the work itself.
A critical feature of their practice is their ability to transform huge quantities of materials into sculptural installations that suggest the wonders of nature.”