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Sunday, November 30, 2008

MADE in USA: new works by Aron Namenwirth

vertexList has the distinct pleasure to present “Made in U.S.A.”,
a solo exhibition by Aron Namenwirth.

A reception will take place on Saturday, December 13th 2008 from 7pm - 10pm, with the artist in attendance.

The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, February 1st, 2009 (by appointment December 26st through January 8th).

Live performance by glomag at the reception, 8 PM.

"Obama", acrylic on wood panel, 2008

Aron Namenwirth presents “Made in U.S.A.”, a series of meticulously rendered “pixel paintings” depicting current presidential figures (including a winner, loser, and lame-duck), as well as religious prophets and spiritual and cult leaders, and one international villain, along with several abstract works. “Made in U.S.A.” marks several years of diligent work by Namenwirth exposing the manufactured and fabricated reality presented by media production and representation of political figures as celebrities in the post-American era. The work reveals our televised reality as an atomized and reified dislocated abstraction. In other works, global mapping, satellite imagery, and landscape images are fused into a new genre of Cartesian landscapes. Seen as an accumulative process of negation, the renderings merge the tradition of painting with contemporary digital imaging in fragmentary grids that appear as frozen blurs. Namenwirth’s work certainly announces that New Media has become “now” media.
- Charles Beronio

"Hillary", acrylic on wood panel, 2008

vertexList gallery hours are Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1pm - 6 pm, or by appointment.

We are located between Graham and Manhattan Avenues at 138 Bayard St. For more info
please visit our website or call 646 573 5837.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Photographs by Mimi Kim @ Queens Museum

November 30 – December 22
"Queens Museum of Art
Joy and laughter are essential for life...”
curated by Ada Cintron.

Opening Reception, Sunday, November 30, 3 - 7 PM

Mimi Kim, Photograps from Kenya, 2008

Presenting works by Mimi Kim, Ari Tabei, Sofia Maldonado, Randy West, Dominique Di Piedtrantoni, Melisa Anderson, and many more.

The Opening Reception, Sunday, November 30, 3 - 7 PM, includes ELECTRONIC SOUNDS by recording artist Costanza with (B_CO.ME) Marco Mesina, and SPOKEN WORD POETRY by acclaimed writer, Emanuel Xavier; performance artist, Caridad De La Luz a.k.a La Bruja; and slam poet, Roberto Vassilarakis a.k.a. Simply Rob. The Closing Event, Sunday, December 21, 5 - 7PM, will feature the MEDIA PERFORMANCE of Ari Tabei, and an ARTIST TALK session with participant guest artists, community AIDS activists, and representatives from AIDS Center of Queens County, ACQC.

FRAMING AIDS 2008, Queens’ Annual Observance of World AIDS Day Through the Arts, a program of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, presents an Art Exhibition, Film Screenings, Panel Talks, and Online Multimedia Projects from November 30 through December 22, 2008 in various venues in Queens, NYC.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brice Brown: American Boy @ Francis Naumann

Check out the new works by Brice Brown: the master of neo-feudal, post-deco queer conceptual art... ok, this whole category has been created just for him!

American Boy, a multimedia installation by Brice Brown just opened at Francis M. Naumann gallery. Presenting new work that combines painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and Internet-based art, Brown demonstrates how codified or repressed information always lurks just beneath the surface of things. Through his investigation of how covert innuendo is used to redirect, even corrupt the perceived intent of an object, Brown exposes the act of communication as a highly subjective and infinitely malleable phenomenon. His pieces offer an immediate and visually snappy first impression, while layers of manipulated and coded images shift the viewer’s initial understanding of what is being observed.

“Faggot Queen”

“Faggot Queen” (above) is a large site-specific installation consisting of multi-colored screen-printed aluminum tiles. It is a continuation of Brown’s ongoing long-term project of creating modular works that can be dispersed and reassembled in any configuration on any scale, at any time, in any location. Alternately referencing such diverse sources as landscape, baroque minimalism, and Pop art, this piece contains, among other elements, coded images sourced from gay “bear” pornography, replacing traditional notions of the classical homoerotic figure with those of stout, hairy, kinky men.

“Faggot Queen” (detail)

November 11 to December 19, 2008
Opening reception Tuesday, November 11

Francis Naumann Fine Art
24 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

T +1 212 582 3201

limited edition multiple: “Princess II,” 10 karat gold (electrum)


Thursday, November 06, 2008

David Clark and Michelle Gay lecture and reception on Thursday November 13th

Pace Digital Gallery presents Canadian new media artists David Clark and Michelle Gay.
David Clark lecture, 6pm; reception for the artists, 7pm.
Work on view Nov 13th through Dec 4th.
163 William Street, Rm 313; Pace University, New York City.

info + map:
Free and open to the public - please join us!

David Clark is a media artist who lives and works in Halifax, Canada. He is best known for his website A is for Apple that has been shown at over 50 film festivals around the world including Sundance, Transmediale in Berlin and the American Museum of the Moving Image. A is for Apple won Best in Show at the 2003 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austen, Texas and First Prize at FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has also made a feature film, numerous shorter videos and installation works. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Program in New York, and the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He currently teaches film and media arts at NSCAD University in Halifax.

88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (to be played with the Left Hand) is an interactive, non-linear piece that explores the life and philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein through a series of animated vignettes. Each of the 88 sections corresponds to one of the 88 constellations in the night sky. This work considers the questions that Ludwig Wittgenstein pondered in his eventful lifetime - logic, language, the nature of thinking, the limits of knowledge - all in relation to our contemporary digital world with it's symmetries, asymmetries, and doubles.

In Michelle Gay's work, drawing and photography are blended into low-tech animations combined with sophisticated software engines and interfaces which complicate these digital and real spaces. She employs drawing in her digital works to play the precision of the algorithm against the hand-drawn and inexact ink and graphite on paper. Concepts such as gender and its relation to technologies, the blending of synthetic and real experiences, and the possibilities of deriving meaning from non-linear narratives are grist in the mill of her studio practice. The Poemitron artware functions something like a dialogue with the computer. Employing a custom built natural language processor engine (including its mistakes), it creates texts that begin with a selected passage and morph into something entirely different. Also on view, Error Code.

Michelle Gay studied art and art history at the University of Toronto and then received her MFA from NSCAD in Halifax. She integrates a range of media, investigating the junctures between bodies and technologies. She builds computers to make and operate her interactive artworks. She collaborates with Colin Gay (a particle physicist). Interested in the possibilities of touch and poetics within new media projects, they develop artworks designed to play with technologies in non-useful ways. She is represented in Toronto by the Birch Libralato Gallery.