Keren Cytter and Jon Rafman
Exhibition dates: May 10 – June
Reception for the Artists: Sunday, May 10, 6-8 PM
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11-6
Feuer/Mesler is pleased to present, Grand Tour, a two-person show of Keren Cytter and Jon Rafman for its inaugural exhibition at 319 Grand Street. The exhibition will present a new image series by Jon Rafman, a Keren Cytter video projection, and a collaborative installation.
Cytter’s work, Rose Garden, takes scenes from Luis Buñuel’s The Golden Age as its starting point. Buñuel’s film is a comedy about the insanities of modern life, paralleling the themes of Cytter’s works in which she conveys the perils and triumphs of contemporary life through alterations in conventions of narrative cinema. Cytter takes familiar storylines of love, sex, jealousy, murder and revenge and upends them through new uses of actors and actions—actors are emotionally detached from the lines they are reading or play multiple roles, and actions appear out of sequence and repeat themselves.
In his new series, You are Standing in an Open Field, Jon Rafman examines our idealized visions and our inescapable physicality. Executed on large and physical scale, appropriated romantic landscape paintings background various tableaus of cluttered computer workstations to conjure imagined portraits of its particular users. Covered in a clear substance that drips unevenly upon the prints’ surfaces and mounted to an array of hardware materials, the multifaceted images result as unique objects within the gallery space. The artist combines the real and the ideal, the traditional and profane, the grotesque and picturesque, the banal and sublime to reconceptualize still life painting and create works that are simultaneously celebratory and critical of the habits and habitats of our everyday online lives. You are Standing in an Open Field reveals the paradoxical consumption underlying our private environments for engagement, asking its audience to behold their spirit and surroundings as they gaze into the vacant and vast world of the screen before them.
Both artists examine nuances of contemporary life and their collaborative installation will place Cytter’s video, Siren, within a customized viewing station designed by Rafman and directly inspired by internet troll caves.
Keren Cytter (b. 1977, Tel Aviv, Israel) studied at The Avni Institute in Tel Aviv and received her degree from de Ateliers in Amsterdam. She currently has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and has been featured in exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Tate Modern, London; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Kunsthalle Zürich. Her work was included in the 53rd Venice Biennial; Found in Translation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; and Talking Pictures and K21 Kunstammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf.
Jon Rafman (b. 1981, Montreal, Canada) received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He will open a solo exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in June. His work has been exhibited at the New Museum in New York; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany; Kunsthalle Wein, Austria; and the Saatchi Gallery, London.
The exhibition will run concurrently with a show of new works by Brie Ruais at 30 Orchard Street.