International and National Projects Summer 2006: Joe Bradley, Drew Heitzler, Kalup Linzy, Curtis Mitchell, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, and Lisi Raskin

June 25–October 9, 2006

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents the work of six artists and artist-teams as part of the International and National Projects program. Featuring new and recent works, these solo exhibitions showcase a range of media, from video and photography to drawing and installation. The International and National Projects open on June 25, 2006.

Joe Bradley's monochrome paintings and installations of several canvases seem to posit the existence of a mysterious tribe created from radically simplified units. Artists making monochromes shoulder the historical weight of Minimalism, but Bradley's connection to the movement is tenuous; his acrylic layers on cheap, pre-stretched Fredrix canvases convey none of the object fetishism of Carl Andre or Barry Le Va's refined sculptural work. The pieces Bradley will unveil at P.S.1 feel like Canal Street knockoffs of Minimalism, which expand on the group of "figures" he recently presented at CANADA gallery.

Joe Bradley (b. 1975) has been exhibiting his work primarily in New York since 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at CANADA and Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary galleries in New York and at Allston Skirt Gallery in Boston. Most recently, Bradley's work was featured in a group exhibition at Galeria Comercial in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received his B.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. Bradley lives and works in New York.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Nick Stillman.


Drew Heitzler presents Subway Sessions (2002), a half-hour experimental documentary on Greater New York area surf culture, shot predominantly at Far Rockaway Beach. Using Super-8 film, Heitzler lends the work the aesthetic of a 1960s home movie, yet reminds the viewer that it was shot in late summer 2001, ending with references to the tragic events at the World Trade Center. The film is without dialogue and is driven instead by the soundtrack containing tracks by The White Stripes, James Chance and the Contortions, John Spencer Blues Explosion, and other bands.

Drew Heitzler (b. 1972) studied in New York at Fordham University (B.A.) and Hunter College (M.F.A.). He has participated in exhibitions and screening programs at Artists Space, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Exit Art, and Art in General, all in New York; at Space102, Grenoble, France; Ecart at Art Basel, Switzerland; and Cinema Zero at the Maison de La Culture, Bourges, France. Heitzler lives and works in Los Angeles.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Bob Nickas.


Kalup Linzy will present a series of black-and-white videos, three of them shot in 2002 and one in 2006. Riffing on the serial melodrama and cliffhanger endings of TV soap operas, memorable characters reappear throughout his videos, which absurdly but poignantly mine themes such as gender, sexuality, race, and stereotyping. As with all first-rate entertainers, Linzy's show is largely a one-man affair; he is director, writer, and primary actor. Recording the dialogue prior to shooting, Linzy and a cast of artist-friends subsequently lip-synch to the script, enacting a range of stereotyped roles: the benign grandmother, the tough-loving mom, the love-stricken boyfriend.

Kalup Linzy (b. 1977) was most recently featured in the exhibition Frequency (2005) at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Do You Think I'm Disco? (2006) at the Longwood Art Gallery, Hostos, in the Bronx. Linzy received his M.F.A. from the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2003 and currently lives and works in New York.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Nick Stillman.


Curtis Mitchell is known for his manipulated photographs, which are often stained and marked with footprints and other traces. The use of photography in his sculptural practice has naturally led to the inclusion of video. At P.S.1, he will present a recent sculptural installation that incorporates a video loop taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film, A Clockwork Orange. Mitchell combines the ultraviolent imagery he lifts from the movie with a theatrical composition in order to address class, race, and other societal concerns.

Curtis Mitchell has presented his work in solo exhibitions at the Esso Gallery, Andrea Rosen Gallery, and White Columns in New York, and at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh. A New York-based artist, Mitchell received a M.F.A in sculpture from Yale University in 1983.


Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs will present their photo series Twilight Switch (2006). With humor and wit, the series riffs on the tradition of documenting the road trip, in this case across the vast landscape of the continental United States. With references to pop culture and master photographers Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, all of whom documented their travels across the country, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs adopt a more whimsical approach toward this American tradition of being on the road. The result allows us to see a familiar landscape anew through the eyes of young European artists.

Both born in Switzerland in 1979, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs have worked together for more than three years on different projects and exhibitions in Europe. Onorato & Krebs graduated from the School for Art and Design, Zürich in 2005 and were awarded the Photo Grand Prix from the Hyeres International Fashion and Photography Festival in May 2005. They recently received an art grant from the City of Zürich, allowing them to live and work in New York for one year.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Neville Wakefield.


Lisi Raskin's installation Jack Shack (2006) consists of a life-size cross section of an imagined dirty bomb factory that the viewer can enter. The shack's contents reflect its operations, inventories, and inhabitants. It includes all of the objects necessary for constructing explosive devices, communication tools, and other equipment such as gas masks and lanterns. Through the shack's windows the viewer perceives a scene of military helicopters swarming the area as if to apprehend the bomber. This scene is rendered in four collages mounted on panel. The installation comments upon present day paranoia and fear of terrorism, unavoidably referring to places such as the cabin of the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski.

Lisi Raskin (b. 1974) lives and works in New York. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2003 and has since exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; Transmission Gallery, Glasgow; and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Raskin was included in Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Bob Nickas.


 

International and national projects are supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Jerome Foundation, and Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art.