Check it out:
Dominic McGill's D.C. show at Fusebox Gallery is on view until May 8th; read the excellent Washington Post review here.
We're thrilled to announce that gallery artist Joy Episalla was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in their 2003 biennial competition. See her recent work here.
Great review of Joy Garnett's Riot on Artnet.
New work by Carrie Yamaoka, on view at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels, on view until April 4th, 2004.
Sandow Birk's second Dante series on view at Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.
We still have Amy Jean Porter drawings available at the gallery; read about them in New York magazine.
We're pleased to announce the inclusion of Emily Jacir in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Also, a new review of her work in The Washington Post.
Now available at the gallery: J'aime la Nature: A Blueprint for Asymetric Threats in Rhyme, a full color 'zine in a signed and numbered edition of 30, with text by Chris Habib and images by Libby McInnis. Comes with your choice of hand-printed t-shirt or tote bag! $60.00, come and get it.
Hilarious interview with Stefanie Nagorka, Home Depot sculptor, on NPR's All Things Considered.
Sandow Birk's Dante's Inferno is available for viewing on request. The gorgeous book is in an edition of 100. More information over at Trillium Press.
Until July 27th, you can see Nina Katchadourian's spider video Gift/Gift at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.
In the June 2003 Art in America, great review of Nina Katchadourian's most recent show here -- a "suberb...presentation [...] a ridiculously fun experiment."
Emily Jacir in Rainer Ganahl's private/public, through June 27th, in Munich at Häusler Contemporary, in Made in Palestine at the Art Car Museum in Houston, and here in New York in Homeland, the Whitney ISP's exhibition at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Many of the reviews are in: read about our most recent exhibition by Emily Jacir: "One of the most moving gallery exhibitions I've encountered this season." -- Holland Cotter, New York Times
May 13th -- June 26th, 2004
Debs and Co. is pleased to present world hotel, an exhibition of new work by Carrie Yamaoka. This will be Ms. Yamaoka's fourth solo exhibition with Debs and Co.
In world hotel, Ms. Yamaoka presents highly reflective and intensely toned pieces which test commonplace notions regarding form, color, and the psychology of perception. Continuing in her use of mylar, wood panel, epoxy resin and rubber in making work of gem-like appearance, Ms. Yamaoka has broadened her technical repertoire and the resulting works vary widely, in scale (paperback novel to room screen size) color (palest silver to deepest acid green) and construction (thin sheets of candy-like resin so thin they melt into the wall to large pieces with distinct gravity and "objectness").
In 78 by 56, Ms. Yamaoka uses liquid rubber on mylar in making one of her largest works yet. This work is also one of the lightest pieces Ms. Yamaoka has made, and can in fact be rolled up. Having the directness and freshness of a drawing, 78 by 56 is a larger than life sized doorway, funhouse mirror, map of the moon, decorative screen, slice of titanium and of course, none of these.
The play between associative meaning and the delights of formal experience are everywhere present in Ms. Yamaoka's work. In 90 by 7 + 30, a belt of blue-tinted rubber snakes down the wall in an improbable proportion of height to width. Within the course of its run, Ms. Yamaoka has banded the work into light and dark, making it appear to be a "naturally" occurring sequence of interference patterns. The resulting reflections, faithful to the arrangement of pigment within the rubber, are cast onto nearby surfaces in mimicry of countless experiments regarding the nature of light, space and time. The irony here is that this "natural" outcome is completely artificial, and due to Ms. Yamaoka's manipulation of the interior surfaces of the work.
While Ms. Yamaoka's works all operate formally as objects-unto-themselves, it is also true that their presentation together permits an appreciation of their conversations with one another. In world hotel this is especially true; given the variety of form within the focused range of Ms. Yamaoka's project, it is revealing to observe these works quite literally casting shade and reflecting upon one another. Within such a setting, the virtual, transitory, associative "word-meanings" of the works bounce within the mind while the formal attributes of the things-themselves reflect ad infinitum from surface to surface. It is in this sense that these new works do make up a "world hotel"; just passing through, they are full of potentiality, self-contained and full of transitory meaning.
Ms. Yamaoka had a solo show earlier this year at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels, and will have a solo exhibition at Studio 1.1 in London concurrent with this exhibition. She has recently exhibited in group shows at Wesleyan University, MassMOCA, Artists Space, and the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Of her last New York show in 2002, Ken Johnson wrote in the New York Times that her work added up "to a seductive marriage of voluptuous materialism and rigorous formalism."
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