“Divination is a noble ambition, an infinite nostalgia. The power of predictions, be they good or bad, is the same as the power of memories, be they faded or vivid. Clairvoyants promise a blue sky, several times a day, to anyone. But we all know that the blue sky upon us may well fall.” It is this presage esthetics that pervades Marc Molk’s first solo show in Paris.The artist, whose lives are many, goes for the neglected art of allegory in a spiritualist register, where melancholia has put on golden clothes, ball garments. His mixed technique explores various states of pictorial matter, from large nuanced colourwashes to thick highlights. Often, he puts on a certain degree of naivety to tackle disenchantedly sentimental subject matters. Marc Molk: The Blue Sky Upon Us May Well Fall Apart is on view from September 27 to November 3, 2012 at Da End Gallery, 17 rue Guénégaud, 75006 Paris.
The Hole gallery presents the first New York solo show by LA based artist Eric Yahnker. For the past two years Yahnker has been preparing his massive drawings and sculptures for this exhibition, and it represents the culmination of his recent explorations. The works in this show range from meticulous, two-foot colored pencil and graphite drawings to towering ten-foot works on paper; from tiny sculptural interventions to massive three dimensional arrangements. The pieces en masse form a lyrical and disturbing poem – which takes the title Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf – about the state of the union and our contemporary American moment. Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf is on view until October 6 at The Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, New York
Street artist RETNA at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles where his exhibition of new works is currently on view until October 27, 2012.
Michael Kohn Gallery presents an exhibition of new paintings, works on paper and site-specific installations from artist Retna. Born and bred in Los Angeles, Retna has come to art world attention from his critically acclaimed participation in Art in the Streets, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Retna has a particular interest in the visual writings of ancient cultures, from Arabic and Persian to Hebrew and Native American. Both hieroglyphics and the graceful tradition of ink calligraphy inform his paintbrush while the angles and curves of his improvised alphabet echo the architecture of a mosque or Asian temple. Retna was invited into the gallery to transform both the interior and exterior spaces with his complex system of multi-layered lettering in an installation of murals and paintings like the above customized Rolls Royce. RETNA: New Paintings and Works on Paper will be on view until October 27, 2012 at Michael Kohn Gallery, 8071 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles.
The brilliant artist and graphic designer Matthew Henri of Free Gold Watch holding up an amazing new t-shirt print. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper
Someday All The Adults Will Die is a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design, surveying imagery produced before, during and after the punk years, and drawing upon previously unseen public and private archives and collections. Punk and post-punk graphic design is illuminated by examples of homemade cassettes, ‘zines, posters, handbills, records and clothing. Highlights include original artworks by Gee Vaucher, Linder Sterling, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, John Holmstrom, Raymond Pettibon and Penny Rimbaud alongside numerous anonymous artists. Someday All The Adults Will Die will be on view until November 4, 2012 at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London.
Artist Andrea Zittel discusses with members of press her exhibition Fluid Panel State, which addresses the thin line between visual and functional objects and will include unique woven blankets, panels and sheets installed in various conceptual configurations that continue the artist’s exploration of an earlier project titled “Cover.” photograph by Annabel Graham for Pas Un Autre. Fluid Panel State opens today and runs until October 27, 2012 at Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street, New York.
Lehmann Maupin Gallery presents Metamorphosis: Give Me Your Wings, an exhibition of new work by Japanese artist Mr. The centerpiece of Mr.’s exhibition is a massive installation to be constructed in the middle of the main gallery and interspersed with a series of new paintings. This sprawling installation, the first of it’s kind by the artist outside of Japan, embodies the post-disaster angst and frustration of the Japanese people since the catastrophic events of March 11, 2011. According to the artist, the Japanese people rose in a unified effort to recover from the devastation of the loss of World War II. But along with the recent economic stagnation, the earthquakes in Eastern Japan, and the after effects of the nuclear disaster, a collective depression from an inability to vent their frustrations continues to accumulate within their society. Metamorphosis: Give Me Your Wings will be on view until October 20 2012 at Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street, New York
Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents Too Much For One Man, a series of new works by acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Judith Supine, in what will be his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Using his mother’s maiden name as an alias to keep his identity anonymous, Judith Supine has become renowned in the street art scene for his distinct style, unique wheatpastes on building façades and impressive placement of public interventions in daring locations throughout New York City. In 2007, he hung a 50-foot figure off the side of the Manhattan Bridge, in 2008 he left a piece floating in the East River and then in 2009 he left one in a Central Park pond, one in a Queens sewer and another on the highest point of the Williamsburg Bridge. In recent years, Supine has focused more on studio work and elaborate gallery installations. His process involves a pastiche of printed ephemera. Supine describes the collage technique as “combining seemingly disparate images to reveal something that wasn’t previously apparent.” Too Much For One Man is on view October 6, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY