Paint Hotel, Instal­la­tion view


Lewis Baltz
Park City #35, 1980
Gelatin sil­ver print
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)


Lewis Baltz
Park City #41, 1980
Gelatin sil­ver print
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)


Lewis Baltz
Park City #61, 1980
Gelatin sil­ver print
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)


Lewis Baltz
Park City #88, 1980
Gelatin sil­ver print
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)


Nicolás Guagnini
Work #16, 2013
Oil on can­vas
35 x 59 inches (88.9 x 149.9 cm)


Paint Hotel, Instal­la­tion view


Carter Mull
Pan­ther, 2012
Ink, gouache, pas­tel, and pasted paper on paper
63 x 46 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches (160 x 118.7 x 3.8 cm)


Carter Mull
Pan­ther, 2012 (detail)
Ink, gouache, pas­tel, and pasted paper on paper
63 x 46 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches (160 x 118.7 x 3.8 cm)


Ross Bleck­ner
Unti­tled, 1991
Oil on can­vas
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)


Ross Bleck­ner
Unti­tled, 1991
Oil on can­vas
18 x 14 inches (45.7 x 35.6 cm)


Sher­rie Levine
Black Mir­ror, 2004
Mir­rored glass and mahogany frame
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)


Paint Hotel, Instal­la­tion view


Daniel Buren
Paint On/Under Plex­i­glas on Serig­ra­phy, Right Cor­ner Up Out, No. 1 Black, Sit­u­ated Work, 2013
Acrylic paint on Plex­i­glas over striped cot­ton can­vas
98 1/2 x 82 3/4 x 1/4 inches (250.2 x 82 3/4 x .6 cm)


Alex Da Corte
Junior M.A.F.I.A., 2013
Enamel paint, mir­ror, clear film, Plex­i­glas, adhe­sive vinyl, Junior Baldwin’s sweat­shirt sleeve, anodized metal frames
56 x 56 inches (142.2 x 142.2 cm)


Paint Hotel, Instal­la­tion view


Viola Yeşil­taç
Wenn das Sujet sich unwohl fuehlt, 2013
Ink on reverse of yel­low vinyl
55 x 72 inches (139.7 x 182.9 cm)

MAY 5-JUNE 9, 2013

PAINT HOTEL

OPENING RECEPTION: SUN, MAY 5, 6-8PM
ON VIEW: MAY 5-JUNE 9

Lewis Baltz
Ross Bleck­ner
Daniel Buren
Alex Da Corte
Nicolás Guagnini
Sher­rie Levine
Carter Mull
Viola Yeşil­taç

“[T]he poten­tial for paint­ing will emerge in the con­junc­tive decon­struc­tion of the three instances that mod­ernist paint­ing has dis­so­ci­ated (the imag­i­nary, the real, and the sym­bolic).“
Yve-Alain Bois, “Paint­ing: The Task of Mourn­ing”

“We live entirely, espe­cially if we are writ­ers, by the impo­si­tion of a nar­ra­tive line upon dis­parate images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shift­ing phan­tas­mago­ria which is our actual expe­ri­ence.”
Joan Did­ion, The White Album

Objects are inevitably images. As we nuance our ter­mi­nol­ogy for read­ing imagery within art­work, gen­er­al­i­ties like abstract and real­is­tic begin to lose their mean­ings. The image, inserted, ref­er­enced or trans­posed, may no longer be eas­ily read, as lay­ers of mean­ings, con­texts and ref­er­ences hover over its sur­face and rest beneath its lay­ers. Paint­ings become loca­tions of tem­po­rary lodg­ing where dif­fer­ent forms of mean­ing live in longer or shorter stays – pay­ing indi­vid­ual or cor­po­rate rates, at the bar, in the suite, or in the unused work­out room in the base­ment.

Con­cepts that have been applied to the works at hand demand the­o­ries and philoso­phies that impose mean­ings onto artis­tic choices – choices that may be purely aes­thetic, ide­o­log­i­cal, or per­haps unknow­able. Rather than align­ing and jux­ta­pos­ing art­works by those the­o­ries, Paint Hotel seeks to desta­bi­lize fixed the­o­ret­i­cal and genealog­i­cal nar­ra­tives. The point is not to be anti-theory, but rather to allow for an imme­di­ate expe­ri­ence.

Per­haps it is time to accept the ver­dict that what we are look­ing at trig­gers human curios­ity with its desire for a story, a moral and a res­o­lu­tion, and to replace these fil­ters of view­ing with more neu­tral fil­ters that release the nar­ra­tive.

The works in this exhi­bi­tion explore how we fil­ter the pol­i­tics of what would be “inter­est­ing” for us to know in order to cre­ate coher­ence. They inves­ti­gate the chasm between trauma and nar­ra­tive in the space where artists can cre­ate works that may in fact “doubt the premises of all the sto­ries.”

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