Joe Sheftel is pleased to present Vertigo, a three-person show featuring Craig Kalpakjian, Tracy Molis and John Tremblay. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, September 7, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will be on view from September 7– October 19, 2014.
The works in this show constitute vertiginous moments where the probable and improbable collide. By playing with the perception of time and the perception of image, working in different media, these three artists examine distinctions and slippages between the real and the unreal. They propose an instructive alternative to certainty.
Kalpakjian’s images present interlocking planes in views that are theoretically impossible — yet manage to exist. Using non-standard types of perspective, these works show geometric permutations of non-aligned angles. Kalpakjian’s handwritten texts overprinted in black condense and negate information and language into something unreadable but still coherent as a form of encryption.
Similarly, Molis presents us with an obscure image of the graphical user interface computer monitor. This vertical display format was almost instantaneously obsolete and forgotten, yet somehow the design has survived time and remains familiar.Her paintings function in this same vein, distorting archetypal sculptures to capture the journey of their imagery over eons.
Tremblay’s pieces challenge the physical orientation of our thoughts, most directly, by taking the fixed location of the painting from the wall to the floor, in the form of a low step-like table. The paintings’ transition from the vertical configuration to ankle-height-horizontal allows them to be read as images or as objects. They disorient the location where viewing occurs by taking the familiar wall work and presenting it in an unexpected location. The images depicted in black vary with bright colors and occur in a low space where subjects often go unnoticed.
Craig Kalpakjian is an artist working in New York who has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. Recent exhibits including his work include ‘The Optical Unconscious’ at The Gebert Institute in Switzerland; ‘Drone-the Automated Image’ in Montreal; ‘After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age’, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; ‘Entertainment’ at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York; and ‘The Evryali Score’ at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. His work was recently featured in Blind Spot Magazine.
Tracy Molis is an artist based in New York. Recent exhibitions and events include Kijidome, Boston; The Jewish Museum, New York; Torrance Shipman Gallery, Brooklyn; The Whitney Houston Biennial, New York; The Pitch Project, Milwaukee; ReMap4 in Athens, Greece; Stedelijk Museums’ Hertogenbosch, Netherlands; and Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn. This year her work in the Whitney Houston Biennial was featured in the New York Times. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2011.
John Tremblay is an artist based in New York. He has had numerous international solo exhibition including Studiolo, Zurich, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Recent group exhibitions include shows at Non-Objective Sud, France, Gagosian Gallery, New York; New Jerseyy, Basel, Palais de Tokyo, Paris and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland. Additionally, Tremblay has curated projects in both the United States and Europe.
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