International and National Projects Fall 2006: Charles Atlas, SunTek Chung, E.V. Day, Amy Granat, Kayrock and Wolfy, Philip Maysles, Ed McGowin, and Hope Sandrow

October 29, 2006–January 8, 2007

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center presents the work of six artists 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 film to painting and installation. The International and National Projects open on October 29, 2006 and will be on view through January 8, 2007.

Charles Atlas presents the video installation, Teach (1992-98), made in collaboration with the late Australian performer Leigh Bowery. A filmmaker and video artist, Atlas is a pioneer in the development of media-dance, a genre in which performance work is created directly for the camera. In the piece, Bowery lip-synchs to Aretha Franklin's "Take a Look" while wearing heavy makeup. His cheeks are pierced with metal ornaments, and he holds a set of oversized fake lips in his mouth. It is at once mesmerizing and unsettling.
 
Charles Atlas was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1958. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Atlas lives and works in New York City and Paris.

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


SunTek Chung presents a new installation and a series of photographs. As an update to the Arthurian legend, Chung creates a Zen rock garden that combines elements from Buddhism, mythology, and corporate logos and features a European long sword embedded in a computer monitor. Like his installation, Chung's elaborately staged photographs combine Eastern and Western imagery and stereotypes to humorous and startling effect, challenging notions of originality and authenticity.

SunTek Chung has exhibited his work nationally and internationally since 1997. He has participated in group shows at Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, Germany; Mouri Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Massimo Audeillo and Art in General, New York; and Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia, among others. He will have a solo exhibition at Samson Projects, Boston, Massachusetts  in spring 2007. Chung teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Franklin Sirmans.


For her second presentation at P.S.1, E.V. Day creates a new installation specifically for the Boiler Room, a gallery located in the basement of the building. By placing speakers throughout the room that emit the sounds of cats purring, Day brings the space to life with feline activity. The cats seem to pervade the room, with noises coming from around the massive boiler and from every niche. Known for her tensile sculptures involving gowns, dresses, and undergarments, this installation showcases another aspect of the artists practice.

E.V. Day has had numerous solo exhibitions, at such institutions as the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, New York; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington; and a 10-year survey at the Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Day was also featured in Greater New York 2000. Her works are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the New York Public Library; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Peter Norton Collection; and the Saatchi Collection, among many others.

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


Amy Granat creates 16mm projections in which the artist hand-scratches the film emulsion to produce abstract moving images. Accompanying the projection is the mechanized sound of the equipment itself and pre-recorded sounds of scratching, which the artist emphasizes by connecting amplifiers and speakers. Following in the footsteps of experimental cinema, especially the films of Stan Brakhage and the collaborative works of Hans Richter and Viking Eggeling, Granat investigates space and non-figurative imagery.

Amy Granat has had solo exhibitions at Oliver Kamm/5BE Gallery, New York, and CAN Centre D'Art Nuechatel, Switzerland. Since 2000, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including shows at Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva, Switzerland; Bizart Gallery, Shanghai, China; and Swiss Institute, The Kitchen and Lombard-Freid Projects in New York. Granat also conducted a performance at P.S.1 for Greater New York 2005. She is a founding member of Cinema Zero, an organization supporting avant-garde arts. She lives and works in New York.

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


Kayrock and Wolfy, the Brooklyn-based artists, who work together as Kayrock Screenprinting, have been producing silkscreen posters for bands, performances, benefits, and artists for the past six years. For their presentation in P.S.1's café, the duo produced wallpaper patterned after the security motifs of business envelopes. Overlaying the wallpaper is a selection of posters from past concerts as well as more recent works. Kayrock and Wolfy design and manually silk-screen posters, T-shirts, and CDs for artists like Cory Arcangel, Cecily Brown, Wayne Gonzalez, Alexis Rockman, Fred Tomaselli, and the bands Nada Surf, Oneida, The Rapture, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In addition, the team also created a poster to accompany the concurrent exhibition Music is a Better Noise.

Kayrock and Wolfy have presented their work internationally at venues in Munich, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, and Cleveland. A solo exhibition of posters and prints was held at Jessica Murray Projects in New York last summer.

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


Philip Maysles presents a large-scale wall painting and sound installation inspired by Robert Motherwell's Elegy series that the abstract expressionist produced as a belated response to the Spanish Civil War. Maysles fills the gallery with floor-to-ceiling versions of the iconic paintings, in both positive and negative renditions. The accompanying sound piece features interviews with artists and scholars, as well as Maysles personal accounts. In whole, the installation examines what the artist calls certain abstract forms and the symbolic order of white supremacy.

Philip Maysles is an artist and filmmaker who has been exhibited throughout the United States. He has shown his work at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York; Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas; Mint Gallery, California Institute of Art, Valencia, California; and Bell Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island; among other institutions. He received his M.F.A. from the California Institute of Art in 2005. Currently Maysles is a CORE artist in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Curatorial Advisor Franklin Sirmans.


Ed McGowin presents a selection from his Name Change project in which the artist legally changed his name twelve times and created new identities and corresponding bodies of artwork. While he initiated the series in 1970, McGowin has continued to produce paintings, sculpture, installations, and other works under each moniker. Independent and distinct identities, each person has ranged in their accomplishments. McDuff, one of the twelve, is now deceased, while Thornton Dossett has built up his own resume after exhibiting at galleries and other institutions. The presentation at P.S.1 features works from the past 35 years, including silk-screens of the change of name legal documents and drawings and paintings by the twelve alter-egos. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with accompanying essays distributed by the University Press of Mississippi.

A Mississippi native, Ed McGowin has been exhibiting his work throughout the United States and internationally since 1962. His work is part of the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Kuntsmuseet, Lund, Sweden; and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, among others. He has also completed numerous public commissions throughout the nation. McGowin now lives in New York and Connecticut.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Director Alanna Heiss. The show originated at the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, and will travel to the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; The Flint Institute of Art, Flint, Michigan; and Kunsthalle/Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia.


Hope Sandrow presents Godt Tegn, a selection of large-scale panoramic photographs documenting the life and travels of Shinnecock, a young rooster who followed her home and roosted in her garden. A member of the ancient breed of Paduan Fowls that were painted by 16th century Italian artists and who once roamed free among the Native Americans on Long Island, Shinnecock led the artist to explore and engage the landscape around her home, to capture that encounter photographically, and to share it with museum-goers in Long Island City, New York where the Paduan Fowl was once an indigenous species.

Hope Sandrow, a photographer and installation artist, has exhibited at museums across the United States, most recently at Contemporary Museum, Baltimore; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. Her work is included in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. She has received numerous awards including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and the Skowhegan Governors Award. Sandrow lives and works in Manhattan and Shinnecock Hills, New York.

This exhibition is organized by P.S.1 Director Alanna Heiss.


 

International and National Projects are supported in part by the Jerome Foundation.