OPENING: Jan 10 | CLOSING: Feb 17 2017
Jonathan Callan Martí Cormand Darío Escobar Marco Maggi
Elena del Rivero Sergio Sister Adam Winner
Preoccupied with language and its limitations, Jonathan Callan often works with text - books, maps or photographs - as source material. No longer a secondhand carrier of information, text is turned into an object of first experience. His methodology consists of amplifying the physical aspects of the object by embedding or dissolving until the original form is barely identifiable. Through this sometimes violent, often obsessive process, Callan develops a system of inquiry, which both drives the work and generates meaning. Born in Manchester, England in 1961, Jonathan Callan graduated from Goldsmiths College and lives and works in London. His works have been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries throughout Europe and the United States. Select institutional exhibitions include: Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY (2014); Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT (2014); Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels (2014); Wesleyan University Museum, Boston, MA (2012); Teylers Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands (2012); John Michael Kohler Arts Center, WI (2010); Royal Society of British Sculpture, London, UK (2010). His work is included in major museum collections including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The British Museum, London; The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK; The High Museum, Atlanta GA; The Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Duren, Germany; and Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ.
Formalizing their Concept, an ongoing project, is a drawn anthology of the conceptual art movement. Iconic conceptual works from the 1960s and 1970s are rendered in graphite on paper and oil on cardboard with an extraordinary amount of attention. Born in Barcelona in 1970, Cormand lives and works in New York. Selected exhibitions include: Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2016); Galería Cayón, Madrid, ES; Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid, ES (2014); Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York; Galeria etHall, Barcelona, ES (2013); Portland Museum of Art, OR (2010 - 2011); Arranz-Bravo Foundation, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, ES; Galerie Lelong, New York (2010); Aldrich Emerging Artist Award Show, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT (2007); Villa Arson, Nice, FR (2006).
Renowned for his sculptural re-contextualization of everyday objects, Dario Escobar’s work explores concepts of cultural and historical hybridity ultimately attempting to reexamine Western art history from a Guatemalan perspective. Born in Guatemala City in 1971, Escobar lives and works in Guatemala City. His work has been exhibited extensively at biennials, museums and galleries internationally. In 2014, Harvard University Press published his first monograph, A Singular Plurality. Recent exhibitions include: Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil (2015), LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Pizzuti Collection, Colombus, OH (2014), 2013 California Pacific Triennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA (2013), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Santiago, CL; The Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA (2012); The Museum of Contemporary Art MOCA, Los Angeles, CA (2011); 53rd Venice Biennale, Mundus Novus - Arte Contemporaneo de America Latina at the Artiglierie dell'Arsenale, Venice, IT; La Colección Jumex, Mexico DF (2009).
Marco Maggi’s drawings and sculptures encode the world. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1957, Marco Maggi lives and works in New Paltz, NY. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America in galleries, museums, and biennials. His work is currently on view at the East Wing Biennial at the Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House, London, through June 30, 2017. His work will be featured in the upcoming group exhibition Paper into Sculpture at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas from March 11 through July 16, 2017. He represented Uruguay at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and his first monograph was published on this occasion. In 2013, he received the Premio Figari (Career Award), UY. Selected exhibitions include 3rd Bienal de Montevideo, Palacio Legislativo, UY (2016); Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2016); David Zwirner, New York (2016); Espacio Monitor, Caracas, VE (2016); Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2015); The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (2015); Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, BR (2012); NC-arte, Bogota, CO (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (2007); Fifth Gwangju Biennial, KR (2004); VIII Havana Biennial, CU (2003); 25th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, BR (2002); and Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, BR (2001). Public collections include Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; The Drawing Center, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
ELENA DEL RIVERO
Elena del Rivero explores notions of estrangement and intimacy. Drawing, painting, sewing and writing are intertwined processes, each a means of recollection, personal expression, and storytelling. Delicacy and a sense of loving attention coexist with a feeling of abandonment in most of her work. She is known for her letters; since 1991 she has made over 4,000 Letters to the Mother, private and obsessive, familiar and guarded. These unsent letters of censored paragraphs and crossed out lines are testaments to unresolved attempts at communication. From handmade paper the size of bed linens or banquet cloths, to pocket-sized diary pages, sheet music, silver or gold embossed, paper, in many forms, plays a major role in her work. Born in Valencia, Spain in 1949, Elena del Rivero lives and works in New York. Del Rivero’s work has been shown in many major institutions in the United States and internationally, including: The Reina Sofía, Madrid (1998); The Drawing Center, New York (2001); Institut Valenciá d’Art Modern, Spain (2006); The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2008); and The New Museum, New York (2011). Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Baltimore Art Museum, MD; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME; Pollock Gallery at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Birmingham Museum of Art, AL; and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, among others.
Renowned for his sculptural paintings assembled from objects resembling crates, porticos and window frames, Sérgio Sister’s extensive career has its roots in abstraction, minimalism and permutations of the ready-made. Sister's work can be examined in relationship to minimalism in the United States, the Arte Povera movement of the 1960s in Europe and the Neo-Concrete movement of the 1960s in Brazil. Sérgio Sister was born in São Paulo in 1948, where he currently lives and works. He studied painting at the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation, in São Paulo in the 1960s. He undertook graduate studies in social sciences and post-graduate studies in political science at the University of São Paulo. In 1970, he was arrested for protesting the military regime and detained for 19 months at the Tiradentes Prison in São Paulo where he attended painting workshops. In 2013, the monograph Sérgio Sister was published by the editions Casa da imagem on the occasion of his solo survey exhibition at Pinacoteca in Sao Paulo, with essays by Alberto Tassinari, Lorenzo Mammì and Rodrigo Naves. His work has been shown extensively throughout Brazil. His work is included in major public collections such as the Museu de Arte Moderna, the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paulo and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro. Select exhibitions include Museu Municipal de Arte, Curitiba, Brazil (2013); Centro Universitário Maria Antonia, São Paulo, Brazil; Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil (2007).
Made with a palette knife in dense, fleshy layers of oil, gesso, and linen, Winner’s sculptural paintings expose their own accidents and mistakes, laying bare the seams. Exploring imperfect gestures and the manifestation of internal conflict, his drawings and paintings are imbued with a sense of self-doubt, yet with confident control over the materials. His work can be viewed as a deviation from, and deformation of, ideal proportionality: the "golden ratio." Born in Bridgeport, CT in 1979, Adam Winner lives and works in Asbury Park, NJ. He received his BFA from Syracuse University in 2001. His work has been most recently shown in his solo exhibition Tyranny of Will at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland. Selected group exhibitions include: The Thin Line, 9.99 Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2014); Painting Alumni Retrospective, Syracuse University, NY (2014); Surrender Flag, Ampersand Gallery, Portland (2014); Provisionals, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York (2014); Evidence of Absence, Ziehersmith, New York (2014).