-[not(painting)]: extending the field


June 12 – July 19, 2003

Curated by Koan Jeff Baysa

Artists: Monica Castillo, Emma Dewing, Margaret Evangeline, Habib Kheradyar, Kunié Sugiura and Gyoko Yoshida

This exciting exhibition takes a different stance from the legion of shows about the arguable death of painting. The works selected are not paintings per se, but painterly works that ponder the actual versus conceptual boundaries of the pictorial plane and its disruption by form and time in video, photography, sculpture, installation, and performance. “-[not(painting)]:extending the field” is not intended to rehash the Lazarus non-issues of contemporary painting, but rather to probe the limits of the contentious picture plane, querying: “What physical, psychic, and historical spaces does this painterly work occupy?” and “How does the art galvanize the space between the viewer and the work?”

The exhibition gathers six artists from around the globe: Tokyo, Los Angeles, London, New York, and Mexico City, with their diverse painterly styles, broaching the definitions of painting with its oscillations between abstraction and representation, the sensual and the conceptual, and its facets with sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance. Margaret Evangeline (NY) startlingly disrupts and distorts the surfaces and reflections of electropolished stainless steel sheets by piercing them with bullets of varying caliber and backing them with porcelain, Chinese paper, or toile de jouy. Gyoko Yoshida (Tokyo) combines materials with immaterial qualities in color, volume, weight, and transparency in her elegant installed and framed works, jumbling the visual vocabularies and interrelationships of surface and frame. Monica Castillo (Mexico DF) presents a captivating projected digital video of a ballerina wearing open paint cans strapped to her trunk and limbs; her balletic maneuvers create a large action painting on the floor, as she in turn, becomes a painted object. Habib Kheradyar (LA) constructs his work of loose-weaved fabrics and armatures that insinuates movement with a shifting moiré pattern. In his dramatic performance, he is suspended and immured, then freed from within its fabric walls. Emma Dewing (NY/London) creates stunning works by loosely gesturing with molten pewter, picking up nuances of the horizontal surfaces upon which they are poured. The cooled forms are then composed on the gallery wall and floor. Kunié Sugiura (NY/Tokyo) encourages various animals to mark the surfaces of photographic paper placed beneath them with their movements and excretions. She then creates a photogram of the live animals on the same sheet with a flash of light, combining negative and positive mark-making aspects of the photographic process.

Koan-Jeff Baysa is a curator, writer, art collector, practicing physician, and alumnus of the Whitney Independent Study Program in Curatorial Studies. Dr. Baysa is on the boards of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University, Art and Science Collaborations Inc., Art Omi International Artists’ Colony, Cross Path Culture, and artbrain.org.
As part of this exhibition, we will host an artists’ panel with NY art critics and writers, Dominique Nahas and Jonathan Goodman, starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12th, 2003.

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