Preview: Thu June 29, 12–8pm + Fri June 30, 12–6pm
Simon Preston Gallery is delighted to participate in the inaugural Condo New York, hosting Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo and Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala, bringing together an artist from each galleries program; Hudinilson Jr, Vivian Suter and Jessica Mein. Condo New York is a collaborative exhibition by 36 galleries across 16 New York spaces that will take place from June 29 – July 29, 2017.
Hudinilson Jr was one of the pioneers of xerox art in Brazil. Working across drawing, painting, mail-art, graffiti, Xerox art, performance and urban interventions, the subjective and political layers of the male body was a recurrent theme in his oeuvre. Through processes of creating facsimiles the artist turned his body into fragments and abstract forms. He created constellations of his everyday life, using the encyclopedic nature of collage, in order to create a new form of self-portraiture.
In meronumero, a densely-layered animation, Jessica Mein uses discarded billboard prints as a primary source material and reanimates their geometric forms through processes of scanning, cutting, masking and layering. Mein expands these physical processes onto canvas, by further ripping and unthreading transferred images. Focusing on the tension between image and surface new abstract images are renegotiated from the found material.
Vivian Suter’s process embraces the unpredictability of her natural surroundings, and the colour and composition of her paintings portray its wildness. The artist rotates her canvases between the indoor studio and outside landscape, allowing them to be stained by leaves and fruits from surrounding banana trees and nearby coffee plantation, as well as rain and mud from the region’s inclement weather, all of which leave their distinct trace. Her installations are dense and immersive, with canvasses often left unstretched and hung on racks or salon style suggestive of the casual arrangement of their production.
Galeria Jaqueline Martins: Hudinilson JR (b. 1957 São Paulo, d. 2013) was one of the pioneers of Xerox art in Brazil. In 1979 he founded the group 3nós3 with artists Rafael França and Mário Ramiro carrying out urban interventions in São Paulo’s urban landscape. He has exhibited internationally including Galeria Chaves, Porto Alegre, and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo (MAC/USP), 1983; 1st Bienal de Havana, 1984, ‘Arte Xerox Brasil’, the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; 18th Bienal Internacional de São Paulo, 1985; 3rd Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, 2001; ‘Rendam-se Terráqueos’ Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), 2012; Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo, 2012; Sao Paulo’s International Bienale, 2014; Taipei Bienale, 2014; Glasgow International Art Festival, 2014; Flash Art NY Desk, 2016. A retrospective was presented at Centro Cultural São Paulo in 2016.
Proyectos Ultravioleta: Vivian Suter (b. 1949 Buenos Aires) lives and works in Panajachel, Guatemala. Her work is currently on view as part of Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens and a solso exhibition is currently on view at The Jewish Museum, New York. Other recent solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Basel curated by Adam Szymczyk, 2014, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City, House of Gaga, Mexico City and The Mistake Room, Los Angeles. Recent group exhibitions include the 31st São Paulo Biennial curated by Charles Esche, 2014 and Olinka Or Where Movement is Created, at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Suter’s work has been shown extensively in Europe since the mid-1970’s at various venues including Stampa, Basel; Diagramma, Milan, Susan Wyss, Zürich; and Gallery Eva Keppel, Düsseldorf amongst others.
Simon Preston Gallery: Jessica Mein (b. 1975) in São Paulo and lives and works in Buenos Aires. She received her MFA from Hunter College, New York. Solo exhibitions include The Pavilion Downtown, Dubai, Simon Preston, New York and Galeria Leme, São Paulo. She also exhibited as part of The Street Files – Biennial El Museo del Barrio, New York; The Julia Stoschek Foundation, Dusseldorf; The Drawing Center, New York; Wellin Museum, Hamilton College, New York; Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico; Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai; Carbon 12 Gallery, Dubai; New York University, Abu Dhabi and Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, among others. Her work is included in collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf and The Albright Knox, Buffalo.
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Roberta Smith, “Out-of-Town Galleries Arrive, Bearing Art”, The New York Times DOWNLOAD PDF