143 Reade Street – New York 10013
143 Reade is a private gallery in a residential building in Tribeca.
January 9th – March 10th, 2012
The second exhibition organized by Lucien Terras at 143 Reade Street includes the work of five New York artists: Polly Apfelbaum, Tony Feher, Suzanne McClelland, Demetrius Oliver and Ann Pibal.
The quality and the reliability of measurements are a part of our education from a young age and help build our ability to conceptualize and interpret data. We grasp time-based concepts when they are visualized into charts (health, economic, climatic, demographic…). “Interval Measures” are standardized in scientific observations but artists, unlike scientists, create their own system of measurements to indirectly record non-observable and highly subjective personal constructs. The works in the exhibition present an oblique approach to analysis and organization pointing to artistic practices that parallel scientific experimentation.
For instance, Tony Feher creates a site-specific chart of colored string that extends throughout the length of the brick wall with extreme highs and lows. While the graph suggests measurable variations in observation, Feher is simply mapping the holes left behind by previous art installations – revealing its past history. The result is part chance, part decisions made at the time of the installation and the title Mind The Gap is a playful reference to the pop associations of the DayGlo colors of the string and the system that brings attention to what was once there.
Demetrius Oliver positions his camera towards the reflective surface of a kettle and the shutter registers staged strange events taking place in the studio. The circular compositions evoke a clock marking time and an apparatus of surveillance. With his large paintings on paper, silhouettes of discarded umbrella parts appear as x-rayed ghost images. The titles (Quanta, Bolide, Firmaments) are directly connected to the observation of celestial events, placing the scientific model at the core of his artistic approach.