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"Junkie's Promises" at Paul Kasmin Gallery Explores Ivan Navarro's Light Addiction

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At Paul Kasmin, a brass-and-cut-lead crystal light fixture by Josiah McElheny (left) intermingle with Yuichi Higashionna's Venetian glass chandelier (left) and Jorge Pardo's steel garlands (back). At center hangs Dzine's custom chandelier 'Around the Way Girl,' and at right, Courtney Smith's 'Immobile (from the series Insatiable Spaces).'
At Paul Kasmin, a brass-and-cut-lead crystal light fixture by Josiah McElheny (left) intermingle with Yuichi Higashionna's Venetian glass chandelier (left) and Jorge Pardo's steel garlands (back). At center hangs Dzine's custom chandelier 'Around the Way Girl,' and at right, Courtney Smith's 'Immobile (from the series Insatiable Spaces).'
The show at Paul Kasmin Gallery opened June 27 and runs until August 16. (All images courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery and David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com.)
The show at Paul Kasmin Gallery opened June 27 and runs until August 16. (All images courtesy of Paul Kasmin Gallery and David X Prutting/BFAnyc.com.)
A video still from Nicolas Guagnini's documented 2009 perfomance 'Wrong.'
A video still from Nicolas Guagnini's documented 2009 perfomance 'Wrong.'
Artist He An repurposed vintage LED signs for the piece 'He TaoYuan' from 2012.
Artist He An repurposed vintage LED signs for the piece 'He TaoYuan' from 2012.
Victor Grippo's 'Tiempo' recasts a common scientific experiment as art, powering a clock using zinc and copper electrodes wired to potatoes.
Victor Grippo's 'Tiempo' recasts a common scientific experiment as art, powering a clock using zinc and copper electrodes wired to potatoes.
R. M. Fischer's multipart light installation
R. M. Fischer's multipart light installation
Navarro's own piece, 'Satellite,' utlizes bicycle parts, a human-powered electric generator, and electric energy to make comment on the show's premise.
Navarro's own piece, 'Satellite,' utlizes bicycle parts, a human-powered electric generator, and electric energy to make comment on the show's premise.

The artist Ivan Navarro conceived "Junkie's Promises," the current group show he curated at Paul Kasmin Galleryas a way to explore how the artists who inspire him use light in their work, all exuding the same prodigous energy as William S. Burrough's antihero in his novel Junky. Through photographs, video, and installation, actual light and representations of it appear in the work of over 20 artists ranging from Dzine and Deborah Kass to Jorge Pardo and Pipilotti Rist.

"What is important in this exhibition is the premise that light contaminates its surroundings and demands specific terms for its manifestation," Navarro writes in his artist's statement. "One intention of this project is to show how these pieces create a visual and conceptual tension between the volatile quality of light or electricity and the solid materials that convey it." 

That substance—light—takes on many colorful, electrifying, and quixotic forms in this exhibition, up through August 16. View works from the exhibition in the slideshow above. 

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