Group Show Curated by Tom Burr
now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern.
OPENING RECEPTION SEPTEMBER 14, 6-8 P.M.

Works

From left: Lucy McKenzie, Ken Okiishi, Dash Snow, Dan Graham, Sarah Lucas, Elizabeth Peyton
From left: Dash Snow, Dan Graham, Elizabeth Peyton, Sarah Lucas
From left: Ken Okiishi, Sarah Lucas, Dash Snow, Dan Graham, Elizabeth Peyton, Emily Wardill
From left: Emily Wardill, Charline von Heyl, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mary Simpson, Josephine Pryde, Ull Hohn
From left: Mary Simpson, Josephine Pryde, Ull Hohn
From left: Mary Simpson, Ull Hohn, Josephine Pryde
From left: Ken Okiishi, Hilary Lloyd
From left: Hilary Lloyd, J. St. Bernard
From left: Ull Hohn, Josephine Pryde, Kaucyila Brooke, Hilary Lloyd
Lucy McKenzie. 2011. Oil on canvas. 98.43 x 68.9 inches
Ken Okiishi, 2011-2012. Inkjet on pictorico pro hi-gloss white film, chroma green paint. Dimensions vary.
Dash Snow. 2007. Collage. 15.75 x 11.25 inches, 40 x 28.6 cm.
Elizabeth Peyton. 2012. Pastel on black paper. 16.5 x 11.75 inches, 41.9 x 29.8 cm.
Emily Wardill. 2011. Inkjet print on silk. 37.01 x 23.23 x 6.3 inches, 94 x 59 x 16 cm.
Charline von Heyl. 2011. Cottonsheet and acrylic on linen. 62 x 60 inches, 157.5 x 152.4 cm.
Gordon Matta-Clark. c. mid 1970's. Mixed media. Dimensions vary.
Ull Hohn. 1987. Oil on canvas. 18.11 x 16.14 inches, 46 x 41 cm.
Ull Hohn. 1987. Oil on canvas. 18.9 x 16.14 inches, 48 x 41 cm.
Dan Graham. 1966-1999. Vinyl text on wall. Dimensions variable. Edition 10/10
Kaucyila Brooke. 1999-2004. Color photograph. 15 x 15 inches, 38.1 x 38.1 cm. Edition1/3
J. St. Bernard. 1990. Steel, C-print, resin, hardware. 90 x 24 x 4 inches, 228.6 x 61 x 10.2 cm
Ken Okiishi. 2011-2012. Inkjet on pictorico pro hi-gloss white film, chroma green paint. Dimensions variable.

Press Release

Bortolami presents

now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe

of my personality to seem beautiful again,

and interesting, and modern.

Curated by Tom Burr

 

NEW YORK, NY – Bortolami Gallery is pleased to announce now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern, a group exhibition curated by artist Tom Burr. This exhibition will mark the first occasion that Burr takes on the role of curator. It will include work by Kaucyila Brooke, Jean Cocteau, Dan Graham, Ull Hohn, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Gordon Matta-Clark, Lucy McKenzie, Ken Okiishi, Elizabeth Peyton, Josephine Pryde, Mary Simpson, Dash Snow, J. St. Bernard, Charline von Heyl and Emily Wardill. The exhibition runs from September 14th to October 27th, 2012, with a reception for the artists on September 14th from 6 to 8pm.

The title is taken from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Mayakovsky,” in which O’Hara references Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and suggests that the self is dependent on who we surround ourselves with, reflecting the multiplicity and fluidity of identity and authorship. In the exhibition Burr examines how personality takes on “an external form, an otherness,” and how this extension of oneself develops a fortuitous narrative. As O’Hara invoked Mayakovsky and other artists in his poems, Burr selected the artists in this show based on his own connection to them and to their artwork.

For both O’Hara and Burr identity becomes an indeterminate product of interaction with others, and a contingency of relation. The artists’ connections and shared experiences relate to Burr’s interest in the external forces that shape our identity and the autobiographical and corporeal nature of objects. Thus all the artists in the exhibition are connected, sometimes it is a literal connection like a shared studio wall – Ull Hohn shared a wall with Burr during their time in The Whitney Museum’s studio program in 1988 and Burr now listens to Charline Von Heyl paint through their shared dividing wall. The connection can also be emotional, as is the case with Elizabeth Peyton, an old classmate of Burr’s whose subjects over the years have included many of his intimates. Other connections are best described as tangential for Burr in which social and narrative functions of the persona yield “traces, imprints and remains, and objects that have been located and then located again,” said Burr.

For more information contact caroline@bortolamigallery.com.

 

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