Please join us at the gallery on Saturday, December 7th at 5pm for a panel discussion on “Anita, New York, Feminism, and Fantasy,” with Michael Bullock, Martha Edelheit, Rachel Middleman, Molly Surno, and moderated by Richard Meyer.
Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5pm, 76 Grand Street, New York
Collaborative 1971-1993 will open at the Accola Griefen Gallery October 24, 2013. This exhibition is the first to address the more than 25 collaborative performance rituals and community based workshops produced by Mary Beth Edelson starting as early as 1969. In planning and presenting these programs Edelson collaborated with organizations such as A.I.R Gallery, the utopian community of New Harmony, Indiana, and artists from The Women’s Building in Los Angeles. The collaborations will be represented by drawings and a chronology of photo documentation as well as a study area with scriptbooks, texts by and about the artist, and other documents. Collaborative will also include two Story Gathering Boxes, works which Edelson has created since 1972 and constitute an archive of participants’ personal thoughts.
avaf recently completed a short film commissioned by PUMA for films4peace 2013, an initiative that brings together contemporary artist to interpret world peace. This short film by avaf is underlaid with a convulsing background of abstract stripes, with gun motifs swirling onscreen as sinister pop-art cutouts. With a manic original score by Hugo Frasa, the film reaches a crescendo as the gun image implodes into symbols of gaudy consumerism. Read more by Dazed Digital and watch the film here.
From September 19- 22, 2013 view Melodie Mousset’s Impulsive Control video in the exhibition and performance event, Inherent Vice, the Peckham Artists’ Moving Image Festival in London. Inherent Vice assembles moving image, sculpture, painting, photography and objects. It proposes the term, keyed into medium, materiality and economic value. Installation artists include: Vanessa Billy, Lawrence Leaman, Neil Haas, The Hut Project, Alan Kane, Andrew Lacon, Kate Owens, Jeremy Millar, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Melodie Mousset. The exhibition preview is Wednesday 18 September, 18.00 to 21.00. For a ticket click here.
This Saturday at 6pm, Matt Connolly, Glasser, and Bree Zucker will perform at Suzanne Geiss Company.
MATT CONNOLLY Reads from Pollony’s Matt Connolly is a Los Angeles based artist. Connolly will be reading selections from his book Pollony’s, released earlier this year with Night Gallery. The Kingsboro Press will be releasing the second edition of Pollony’s this weekend at the New York Art Book Fair.
CAMERON MESIROW/GLASSER Glasser is the stage name of experimental singer-songwriter Cameron Mesirow.
BREE ZUCKER Songs for Snowden Bree Zucker is smart and an artist. By Robert Janitz. Zucker will perform with music composed and performed by Lukas Lauermann. Edward Snowden changed the harmony of things. As we end our relationship with the contemporary state in the survivors bin of 1984 it becomes apparent that the funniest jokes are the ones that aren’t funny. For example: I pretend to live in France and get $600 of social welfare every month. As an artist, the race to get to the punchline first can delay the proper meanings of things. Let’s take a break. Try to relax and deport your worries.
As part of our current show Digital Expressionism, SGC is staging a multimedia performance series that ties the current installation to similar themes explored in dance, performance art, music, and film. For the first performance, Thibault Lac animated the main gallery space with a dance to an electronic score, while BOYCHILD gave a compelling lip sync performance on Korakrit Arunanondchai’s catwalk. Check out purple DIARY’s snapshots here. Don’t miss next Saturday’s performances beginning at 5:30pm.
In this dream-like, psychedelic short film made for MOCAtv, Johanson is transported from his Echo Park home to a high desert where time ebbs and flows, backwards and forwards with a gentle wash, and where the sun rises and sets simultaneously forever. In the shade of a creosote bush he finds his wife, artist Johanna Jackson, and begins his creative process anew. Within The River of Time Is My Mind, featuring Johanson’s new paintings, sculpture, and found wood site-specific installation, is on view at MOCA Pacific Design Center and has been extended through October 13, 2013.
Within The River of Time Is My Mind, a new exhibition by Chris Johanson is now on view at MOCA PDC through September 22, 2013. It includes new paintings, sculpture, and a found wood site-specific installation. Check out these installation views and for more information on the show click here.
suzannegeiss.net, a temporary digital platform for emerging artists to utilize the url as a medium in the gallery context. Each week this summer until September 1st, a different artist or group will take over this domain. The content and purpose of suzannegeiss.net will be dictated by the artists during their allotted time, the gallery having no say in what appears on the site. Ah Hole Ah Hole finished last week and now we welcome Joshua Citarella.
David Colman writes about the work of Chris Johanson and his upcoming shows. Read the article here.
A new exhibition organized by Sarah VanDerBeek, “High, Low & In Between” opens this Saturday, June 22nd at White Flag Projects in St. Louis, MO. The exhibition is a conversation between three artists who are close. Their proximity to each other in space and in thinking has engendered a dialogue about process and practice, inspiration and realization. As studio neighbors sharing a wall, as friends, and as siblings our doors open to each other. A quick question leads to longer thoughts and talks about where things have come from and where they are going. Read VanDerBeek’s full description here.
Chris Johanson talks with Priscilla Frank of the Huffington Post about his upcoming show at MOCA Los Angeles and the Quiet Music Festival he organized in Portland. Read the interview here.
"Within The River of Time Is My Mind" will open at MOCA Pacific Design Center on June 29th and will be on view through September 22, 2013. A new exhibition by Chris Johanson organized by guest curator Andrew Berardini, the exhibition features new paintings, sculpture, and found wood site-specific installation. Read more about the exhibition here.
Prudence Peiffer wrote a praising review of our recent show, Mary Beth Edelson, “22 Others, 1973” for the May issue of ArtForum. Read the review here
The premiere screening of “A Clean Sweep,” will be hosted at the Apple Store Soho at 8pm this coming Monday, April 29th. The short film is in anticipation of his upcoming exhibition opening at SGC on May 8th from 6-8pm. After the film, Lucien will discuss the making of the film with the film’s director of photography Deering Reegan, producer Jake Hanly, editor Benjamin Morsberger, together with Glenn O’Brien and Bill Powers.
In celebration of MOCA Miami’s 15th Anniversary, the museum exhibited new acquisitions and important works part of MOCA’s history in the show, “Pivot Points: 15 Years & Counting.” Included is assume vivid astro focus’s installation from the 2004 Whitney Biennial. This is the first time the installation has been restaged.
Last week Karen Rosenberg of the New York Times reviewed our current exhibition “22 Others, 1973.” It is the first time since 1973, that the works that comprised Mary Beth’s conceptual project “22 Others,” are on view together. Read the review here.
“22 Others, 1973” is now on view at the gallery through April 20th, 2013. Edelson has installed one of her most seminal projects, 22 Others, for the first time since it was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in 1973. Edelson is considered to be a pioneer of the Feminist Art movement. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at The New Museum, The Museum voor Moderne Kunst, The Brooklyn Museum, and others. During an extended study of Jung’s collective unconscious in the early 1970s, Mary Beth invited 22 artists and friends to prompt her to create artworks. The resulting body of work, 22 Others, engaged a fusion of consciousness with her peers and audience.
We will be presenting new work by assume vivid astro focus at the Armory Show 2013. We hope you can visit us at Booth #907
In the Observer’s recent feature on “New York Artist Now,” the editors compiled a list of artists contributing to the New York scene- “The Establishment,” “Next Generation,” , and emerging artists discussed in Andrew Russeth’s essay “2013 in 2033″. Kristin Baker has been spotlighted on the list “Next Generation.” Read the full article and lists here.
DISimages.com is now up and running. Explore the site to view the array of stock photography created in the gallery over the last month. There are only two days left to check out DIS Image Studio- come by to see Xavier Cha and DIS at work.
Former City College students, Johanson, McGee, and Reid will come together to collaborate and create new work for “(Almost) Free Formed: Celebrating Old Days and Hoping for New Times at CCSF”. The show opens Thursday February 21 and will be on view through March 20, 2013. To learn more about the City Arts College Gallery visit their site here.
On February 12th, “Antonio Lopez and the World of Fashion Art,” curated by André Leon Talley opened at the Savannah College of Art and Design Museum. The show is an extension of Antonio’s recent retrospective here at SGC and includes over twenty additional drawings selected by Talley. It will be on view through May 5, 2013.
DIS Studio Images has transformed the gallery space into a photo studio. Models, props, make-up artists, and photo equipment have been coming in and out, while the public is invited to take a peek into how DIS and other photographers produce their work. The first week included collaborations with Dora Budor and Frank Benson. Next week will continue with shoots by DIS, Max Farago, Anicka Yi, Jordan Lord, Josh Kline, and Jogging. All photographs will be available for sale after the show at DISimages.com- a stock photography website coming soon. DIS Image Studio will be taking place through February 24th at SGC.
Chris Johanson has been included in The Ackland Art Museum exhibition More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since 1990s. It is the first major exhibition to investigate the ways in which contemporary artists have addressed love as a political force, as a philosophical model for equitable knowledge exchange, and as social interaction within a rapidly changing landscape of technology and social media. Organized by consulting curator Claire Schneider, it includes 48 works of art by 33 emerging and established contemporary artists who actively engage with love and the many ways it can be expressed through beauty, emotion, humor, texts, elaborate craft, sound environments, and interactive projects. It is on view through March 31, 2013.
Curated by Anthony Elms (upcoming curator of the Whitney Biennial 2014), White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart presents the work of artists engaged with clothing, adornment, and self-presentation to highlight the inventive design, tactical implementation, or sartorial sense by which we multiply and complete our personalities. The exhibition will include five of Rammellzee’s signature masks and several collages. On view in ICA’s First Floor Space February 6 through July, 28, 2013. For more information on the exhibition visit the ICA site here.
In conjunction with DIS Magazine’s Stock Photography Issue, DIS Image Studio at The Suzanne Geiss Company will become the center of production for DIS Images – a serial project focused on manipulating the codes and trends in stock photography. DIS will invite a select group of artists and photographers to participate in what is to become an assembly line of image-making. Come by the gallery Wednesday through Sunday during the month of February to see the shoots in action and follow DIS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest schedule and live coverage of the unfolding events.
The Rammellzee Galaxseum, the current show on view at the Children Museum of Art, reveals the inner workings of Rammellzee’s artistic vision and traces his career trajectory beginning in the 1970’s. It will close this coming Sunday, February 3rd. This is the last month to view the comprehensive collection of works that expounds on Rammellzee’s legendary Battle Station and his treatise Gothic Futurism. For more information on the exhibition and museum hours, visit their website here.
Andrea Scott reviews Ryan Johnson Self Storage for The New Yorker. Read her descriptive write-up here.
After visiting the gallery for Ryan Johnson’s opening, Adam wrote the wonderful review, “In Storage,” for V MAGAZINE.COM. He writes, “In Self-Storage, we find a brilliant attempt to actualize the contours of his memories and their effect on his psyche. His last minute paint strokes suggest he was still wrestling to reveal their shape. This unfinished process is a welcome show of humility.” Read the full version here.
In anticipation of Ryan Johnson’s opening tomorrow, Art Info visited his studio in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. Ryan shared his new sculptures while discussing the inspiration behind them. Watch the full video here. And be sure to view Self Storage opening Saturday, October 27th from 6-8pm.
On August 23 2012, avaf transformed the Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo for the museum’s 2012 gala party. The immersive installation included a projection-mapped façade on the famous Oscar Niemeyer’s building on Ibirapuera park, along with interior installations of amassed wall panels, fluorescent lights, masks, and countless balloons that spelled a slew of portuguese words built from the letters that make up avaf’s name. See the facade in motion here.
For the current October issue of Art Forum, Jon Raymond explores the art of Chris Johanson from its early West Coast roots, Mission School days, and to his foray into abstraction in a feature entitled “Golden State”. Raymond’s praising piece identifies Johanson as “…not only a great chronicler of this culture, but one of its great shamans. Using only his mind and his hands, he has created a wild path for himself, and a vision of hard, hilarious truth for his community.” Read the full article in print in the latest Art Forum issue or online here.
Currently on view at The Children’s Museum of the Arts, is a comprehensive retrospective on RAMMELLZEE curated by Prescott Trudeau. The exhibition reveals through life-size costumes, masks, character frescoes, figurines, paintings, and the iconic letter racers, his unique self-made mythology known as Gothic Futurism. This mythology included not only the visual arts, but performance and musical recordings. Listen to RAMMELLZEE’s legendary “Beat Bop” here and check out images of the preview of the show that SGC enjoyed on October 3rd, 2012 here.
If on the West coast, don’t miss Melodie Mousset’s current exhibition “Impulsive Control”, on view at Susanne Vielmetter gallery through October 20th. The show centers around a performance where the artist privately performed in her studio a collaboration with the ceramist Christopher Miller. Mousset positioned herself on a potter’s wheel while the ceramist shaped a series of the vessels over her face, mask-like clay skins that covered her entire head above her mouth. The result of the project extended to 10 ceramic vessels - sculptural snapshots of moments of osculating movement, as well as several videos filmed from above and recording the progression of the vessels as they seemingly grow out of the artist’s head. The videos capture the initial impetuous of the project – the idea of the artist’s head as a malleable mass - and present the illusion of this mass to be opened, molded, transformed and extended. Read the press release here.