Saturday, January 19, 2013

Glitter and Folds @ ICA


February 6 through March 31, 2013

What do we know to be true? That the earth rotates, time moves forward, gravity pulls, and mirrors reflect light. A swinging pendulum traces seismic patterning on a gallery floor, concentric circles that reveal the invisible forces of their making. A single-channel video pulsates kaleidoscopic rhythms against a wall, the multiple reflections of conjoined mirrors echoed by a synthetic soundtrack of needles dropping. But as we move closer, reality seems to shift, and the certainties of perception and experience start to fold. A series of photographs embed the by-products of revelry—glitter, shattered mirrors, glass, and pearls—in soiled wastelands of an uncertain ground, asking us to reconsider seemingly inalienable laws of physics and faith. Elsewhere, the artist's body becomes a litmus test for the violence of social breakdown, a glittering reflection caught in a site of urban neglect.
Glitter and Folds, on view February 6 through March 31, 2013 in ICA's Project Space, presents photography, video, and site-specific installation by four contemporary artists, in whose works glitter appears to reveal a folding of invisible phenomena into material reality. As much as these actions divine the physical forces that structure the tangible fabric of everyday experience, they also reveal breaks in an urban and social landscape increasingly marked by precariousness, fear, and a gamble for redemption in the face of collapse.

Crystal Z. Campbell, Field Kallop , Jayson Keeling and Carter Mull.

Crystal Z. Campbell (b.1980, Prince Georges County, lives in Amsterdam) received an MFA from the University of California, San Diego and an MA in Africana Studies from the University at Albany-State University of New York. Campbell's work has been exhibited at Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, de Appel in Amsterdam, Netherlands and is currently on view in the group exhibition, Fore, at the Studio Museum of Harlem, NY. She is a 2003 graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and a 2010–11 Van Lier Fellow in Studio Art at the Whitney Independent Study Program. Campbell is currently a second-year artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. For Glitter and Folds, Campbell will present a new video work based on archival research into New York City's 1977 black-out and the sonic "birth" of hip-hop.

Field Kallop (b.1982, New York, lives in New York) received an MFA in Painting from The Rhode Island School of Design in 2009 and a BA in Art History from Princeton University in 2004. An Awards Program Nominee at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, her work has recently been exhibited at Allegra LaViola Gallery, Simon Dickinson Gallery and Mixed Greens in New York, Tompkins Projects in Brooklyn, Gelman Gallery in Providence, and Boston University. Combining a fascination with chemistry, physics, and astronomy with prosaic—often toxic—materials like bleach and diamond dust, and drawing inspiration from 20th-century abstract artists like Emma Kunz and Agnes Martin, Kallop's work occupies an uneasy site between the cosmic and mundane. Glitter and Folds is the artist's first museum exhibition.

Through the use of photography, video, and other related media, Jayson Keeling (b.1966, Brooklyn, lives in Brooklyn) creates artworks that provoke and dismantle pop iconography and the accepted politics of sex, gender, race, and religion. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, The Andy Warhol Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Exit Art, Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby, and The Bronx Museum. Keeling has been awarded residencies from the Art Omi International Residency Program in 2012, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2009 and 2007, as well as the Apex Art Outbound Residency to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2009. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art Forum, Art in America, Art Papers, The New Yorker, Time Out, Beautiful/Decay, Jalouse, The Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post among others.

Carter Mull (b.1977, Atlanta, lives in Los Angeles) is an artist living in Los Angeles. He received a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2000 and an MFA from CalArts in 2006. Mull's work has been exhibited widely, most recently at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Presentation House, Vancouver, Domaine Departement de Chamarande, Paris, Vilma Gold, London, Gagosian Gallery, New York and in the Venice Beach Biennial, Venice, California. His project intertwines multiple mediums to question the temporality of medias that construct our conception of the world. In turn, the practice recomposes an understanding of our shared, social imagination.

His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Getty Research Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. His practice has been discussed in publications and periodicals, including Artforum, Art on Paper, Art In America, Art News, Flash Art, Nero, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The New Yorker. Additionally, Mull collaborates under the moniker P & Co., a media production company established in 2009.

This exhibition is organized by ICA 2011-2013 Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow Jennifer Burris, and is accompanied by an illustrated publication.

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