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A Preference for Abstraction 1: Sensation

Melanie Gilligan
2015
animation, production stills, 2 flatscreen televisions, digital picture frame
dimensions variable  

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Brice Dellsperger
2015
single channel video projection, sound
5 minutes, 5 seconds 
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Evan Eisel
2014
inkjet print mounted on aluminum
18 x 24 inches; 46 x 61 cm  

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Steven Baldi
2013
Oil, acrylic & colored pencil on linen
32 x 48 inches; 81 x 121 cm  
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Carina Brandes
2014
black and white photograph on baryta paper
11.5 x 13.5 inches; 29 x 34 cm  

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Steven Baldi, Carina Brandes, Bruce Conner, Robert Cumming, Brice Dellsperger, Evan Eisel, Melanie Gilligan, Bradley Kronz, Larry Sultan, and Wolfgang Tillmans
January 18th – February 15th 2015
83 Grand Street

Team (gallery, inc.) is pleased to announce a group show featuring work by Steven Baldi, Carina Brandes, Bruce Conner, Robert Cumming, Brice Dellsperger, Evan Eisel, Melanie Gilligan, Bradley Kronz, Larry Sultan and Wolfgang Tillmans. Entitled flats, the exhibition will run from 18 January through 15 February 2015. Team is located at 83 Grand Street, between Wooster and Greene. Concurrently, our 47 Wooster Street space will house Everyone Has Two Places, a solo show by New York-based artist Tam Ochiai.

In stage productions, scenery is traditionally provided by moveable open frames covered in lightweight material – usually painted or printed fabric – which represent walls or nature, interiors or exteriors as necessary. These theatrical flats, instead of striving for realism, serve merely to evoke and symbolize the world, maximally efficient indicators of space intended to frame action rather than undergo scrutiny.

This exhibition features the work of artists who generate meaning via cracks in mimesis, delving into the intermediary spaces where the illusory meets the actual in order to examine the understood but oft-unacknowledged gulf between the real and the reproduced, as well as the knowable functional reality of the artifice’s construction, the evidence of tremor in the Trompe-lœil painter’s hand. By emphasizing the rudiment, the seams, the backstage, the works in this show trigger the voyeuristic pleasure and heartbreak of witnessing a cultural monument depleted of its austerity, an artifact characterized by its own degradation, by a void begging to be filled with meaning by artist and viewer alike.

An artist who employs an alienation effect, pointing out to the audience the screen or the camera or the stage, does not necessarily sacrifice his work’s humanity. In watching a film, for example, the audience often does so deconstructively, searching for indications of its making – the use of a camera technique, the consistency of a set’s design, the style of a performance – which might also be regarded as chinks in the mimetic armor; however, this knowledge does not attenuate the work’s capacity to effect emotion – the tear-jerking power of romantic storytelling may remain intact, unscathed by the audience’s expertise.

A photograph is, despite a strong resemblance to its referent world, quite essentially distinct from reality – it constructs an impenetrable temporal fourth wall by accomplishing a real-life impossibility: the repetition ad infinitum of a moment, a single encounter, tantamount to the chronological isolation of a contingency. In this exhibition, the camera is consistently turned towards the proverbial mirror, foregrounding and interrogating the inherent falseness of the still image.

Although largely photographic in nature, flats is quietly multi-disciplinary, while its roster of artists, ranging from gallery debuts to works by museum stalwarts, remains decidedly multi-generational.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sunday, Noon to 6pm. For further information and/or photographs, please call 212 279 9219.

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Wolfgang Tillmans
2009
inkjet print mounted on aluminum in artist's frame
41 x 31 inches; 104.5 x 79 cm  
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Bruce Conner
1987
gelatin silver print
40 1/2 x 30 inches; 103 x 76 cm  

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Bradley Kronz
2015
mat board, acrylic paint, brass fasteners, color photograph
41.5 x 20 x 2 inches; 105 x 51 x 5 cm  

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Boxers, Mission Hills
Larry Sultan 
1999
chromogenic print
30 x 40 inches; 76 x 102 cm
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Drugstore and Street, Feature Film, "The Great Gift," Stage #12, June 1, 1977 Universal Studios

Robert Cumming
1977
iris print on rag paper
30 x 40 inches; 76 x 102 cm