ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS JURIED EXHIBITION, CELEBRATING THE DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIPS AMONG ARTISTS ON THE EAST END, OPENS OCTOBER 30
Exhibition Features Work by Seven Jurors and 14 Selected Artists Who Will Lead Gallery Talks; Five Artists Will Participate in the Artist-in-Residence Program
WATER MILL, NY 10/26/2016—The Parrish Art Museum presents the third iteration of Artists Choose Artists, the Museum’s ongoing exhibition that celebrates the artists of the East End and the dynamic relationships that unite the area’s creative community. On view October 30, 2016 through January 16, 2017, Artists Choose Artists encourages fellowship among today’s expanded, multi-generational network of artists and demonstrates the diversity of contemporary creative practice. Each of the seven distinguished jurors made two selections from nearly 200 online submissions, and conducted studio visits. Featuring painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media, the exhibition comprises the work of the seven jurors and fourteen artists, as follows:
Tina Barney with RJT Haynes and Dinah Maxwell Smith
Lynda Benglis with Garrett Chingery and Saskia Friedrich
Donald Lipski with Suzanne Anker and Ben Butler
Tony Oursler with Jackie Black and Marianne Weil
Jorge Pardo with Anne Bae and Monica Banks
Cindy Sherman with Bill Komoski and Toni Ross
Leo Villareal with Karin Waisman and Almond Zigmund
Corinne Erni, Curator of Special Projects, and Alicia Longwell, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator, made visits to selected artists’ studios that were recorded on video. Those videos will be compiled into a film that will be presented at the exhibition’s opening receptions, and available for viewing on the Museum’s Vimeo page.
“Artists Choose Artists is not only a wonderful survey of the richness and diversity of artistic talent on the East End, but a great means to nurture relationships between artists who are at different stages of their career,” said Erni. “Personally, it is a total immersion into my new community, as I am meeting everyone for the first time and starting a conversation.”
Five of the artists participating in the exhibition—Suzanne Anker, Anne Bae, Monica Banks, Ben Butler, and Saskia Friedrich—will also lead workshops as part of the Museum’s annual Artist-in-Residence program. Through the Museum’s partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations, nearly 350 East End students will visit the exhibition, meet the artists, learn about their artistic practices, and make art that will be displayed in the Parrish’s 2017 Student Exhibition. Gallery talks by the artists will be held on November 18, December 16, January 6, and January 13.
About the Jurors and Selected Artists
Juror Tina Barney’s photographs on view, The Children's Party, 1986, and American Flag, 1988, exemplify her career that began in the mid-1970s when, shooting in color with a large format view camera, she photographed tableaus portraying the daily life of her family and friends. Barney’s work is in the permanent collections the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many others. RJT Haynes is interested in memory and lasting effects that lie underneath fleeting impressions, as illustrated in his oil painting, Diptych: East & West, 2015. Dinah Maxwell Smith works from black-and-white snapshots of common motifs of everyday life to capture fleeting moments of the human experience in her paintings, including Beach Picnic, 1993, and Five Suits Redux, 2016 that will be on view in the exhibition
Lynda Benglis was first recognized in the late 1960s with her poured latex and foam works. Known for her exploration of metaphorical and biomorphic shapes, she is deeply concerned with the physicality of form and how it affects the viewer, using a wide range of materials to render dynamic impressions of mass and surface. A selection of her new work of handmade paper wrapped around chicken wire armatures, and painted in bright and sometimes metallic colors, will be on view. The exhibition features two paintings, Sport, 2016, and The Builder, 2013 by Garrett Chingery, an artist concerned with the notion of self and our relationship to the physical and non-physical worlds. Saskia Friedrich, who uses color and form as a way to shift perceptions and influence atmospheres, is represented by Stars, 2016 a site-specific installation of compositions made from fabric cutouts.
Donald Lipski garnered recognition early in his career with the installation Gathering Dust, comprising thousands of tiny sculptures pinned to the wall, presented at New York’s Artists Space in 1978, and soon after at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the Projects series. Artists Choose Artists features New Seascape Porn, 2016, an aluminum canoe, hung vertically, that has been drilled with uniform-sized holes plugged with rolled up sections of The New York Times. Suzanne Anker, founder of the Bio Art Lab at the School of Visual Arts, works at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. An ode to nature’s delicacy and decay, Remote Sensing, 2016 is a series of wondrous micro landscapes of Petri dishes created through 3D printing in plaster pigment and resin, and based on still life photographs, Vanitas (in a petri dish), 2013, which will also be on view. Influenced by geological forces such as erosion and weathering, Ben Butler is recreating a variation of his site-specific installation, Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects, a massive yet delicate and meticulously assembled matrix-like structure that reflects complex natural processes.
Tony Oursler’s art—which covers a range of mediums including video, sculpture, installation, performance, and painting—has been exhibited in New York at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC and many others. #ISO, 2015, featured in Artists Choose Artists and inspired by a fascination with facial recognition technology, consists of a large aluminum panel that Oursler abstractly shaped into a face and embedded with video screens to constitute eyeballs and mouths typical of his work. Jackie Black’s photography examines the ambiguity surrounding mortality: Last Meal (Series), 2001-2003, is a menu of disgust—what may look like nourishing food is in fact the last meal requested by a death row prisoner. The Gun Show (Series), 2011-2015, is a stark and intimate portrait of the fascination with firearms. Marianne Weil's sculptures from textured, twisted metal enveloped in smooth, curving glass with titles such as Chiaro Cuore (Light Heart) are an improbable marriage and transformation of disparate materials that provide an opportunity for reflection on their collective psychological and physical properties.
Jorge Pardo’s body of work reflects the complex relationships between architecture, sculpture, design, painting, and drawing. Untitled, 2007, a silkscreen on unprimed linen, inkjet on canvas, and polyester shantung will be on view at the Parrish. Born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in the U.S., Pardo frequently blurs the lines that separate disciplines, presenting a fundamental challenge to the relationship between artwork and viewer. Anne Bae’s Of Human Bondage, 2016, meticulously assembled paper cages illustrating the ephemerality and inconstancy of human memories, are fluid metaphors for physical, emotional, and psychological bondage. Monica Banks uses porcelain to create Big and Small Moments, 2015-2016, cakes carrying miniature animal figures and objects such as bees, feathers, stones, and distressed dinnerware to both celebrate and grieve events she observes in nature and domestic life.
Cindy Sherman first came to wide attention with the seminal Untitled Film Stills and went on to photograph and cast herself in various roles through her masterful use of make-up, costume, setting, and pose. She has had exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and four Venice Biennales, among others. Artists Choose Artists features two rarely seen collages made in 2015 from earlier prints. Bill Komoski uses the layering and weaving together of patterns and material such as polyurethane foam, hydrocal, enamel and acrylic paint in his large-scale paintings, 2.14.15 and 10.29.15, to create complicated, ambiguous spaces that evoke a shifty, unsettled experience about order and disorder. Toni Ross's site-specific composition, April 13, 2016, made by joining multiple remnants from other works in clay provides a metaphor for completeness—the notion of a whole made up of disconnected, disparate parts.
Leo Villareal explores the realms of scale, pattern, color, and light through a reinterpretation of twentieth-century art movements such as conceptual, minimalism and pop. Interested in the visual manifestation of the code in light, Villareal uses the latest LED technology in Particle Universe, 2016. Karin Waisman's vegetal and ornament-inspired reliefs, Tondo V and Tondo VI, 2015, made of cast resin and ceramic, transform a wall into tactile and intricately sensuous surfaces as they reflect upon the natural processes of growth and decay, light and shadow, abstraction and representation. Almond Zigmund’s work strives to sharpen and challenge our perceptions of the spaces we move in. For Artists Choose Artists, Zigmund has created Primaried Structures, 2016, a new, site-specific installation combining sculptures and pedestals, creating a dynamic tension between rigorous, classical forms and choreographed gesture.
Artists Choose Artists is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the the Robert Lehman Foundation, Linda and Gregory Fischbach, Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, Fiona and Eric Rudin, Barbara Toll, Jacqueline Brody, Ellen Cantrowitz, Fred Schmeltzer, and James and Katherine Goodman. Public Funding provided by Suffolk County. WSHU is the exclusive radio sponsor of Artists Choose Artists.
The Artist's View: Artists Choose Artists
Artists featured in the exhibition lead gallery talks
Friday, November 18, 6pm
Friday, December 16, 6pm
Friday, January 6, 6pm
Friday, January 13, 6pm
$10 | Free for Members, Children, and Students
About the Parrish Art Museum
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.