Whether layered by traditional media or driven by Conceptual principles, the two artists we’re looking at this week use film to set the visual landscape of their work. Morgan Paley in London presents a unique film by Morgan Fisher (American, b.1942) that combines Abstract scenes with Conceptual ideologies, while in New York, Leila Heller Gallery and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art join forces to pay tribute to Farideh Lashai (Iranian, 1944–2013).
Maureen Paley in London, UK, will stage four viewings of video artist Morgan Fisher’s film ( ). Devoid of a traditional plot, the unifying idea behind this abstract film is to play with the concept of memory. Visitors will have trouble remembering exactly what happened after their first viewing, but after repeated screenings, they’ll begin to give shape to the film. The visual markers of ( ) are close-up shots, or small still lives, threaded together in a conceptualized fashion; the camera zooms in on a watch or a rolled dice, conveying to the viewer small pieces of the film’s design. Using the influence of Conceptual artists like Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007), Fisher follows a rule that drives the piece, but the rule is completely invisible, allowing chance to give it direction and create markers of memory.
MORGAN FISHER will be on view from to at Maureen Paley, 21 Herald Street, London E2 6JT UK.
In New York, Leila Heller Gallery and Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art have collaborated to stage a tribute exhibition in honor of the recently deceased Iranian artist Farideh Lashai. The artist was celebrated for her influence on the aesthetic construction of Middle Eastern Contemporary Art, and for her fantasized paintings and videos that gave a transient nature to ideas of reality, time, and space. By layering painting with video and sound, the artist used visual markers of the past and present to comment on modern day Iran. In an installation presented at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art entitled When I count, there are only you...But when I look, there is only a shadow (2013), the artist created etchings inspired by Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746–1828) as a backdrop to her film installation El Amal (2011). The juxtaposition of the universal theme of war presented in traditional media along with new technology sheds a nostalgic light on the violent condition of modern Iran. At Leila Heller Gallery, the exhibition also highlights Lashai’s use of layered painting and film in its presentation of five works from the series Rabbit in Wonderland. Once again, by layering these diverse media, the artist references the political landscape and ideologies of Iran in the 20th century, while also keeping at the forefront the beautiful detail that now typifies Middle Eastern Contemporary Art.
Farideh Lashai: Thus in Silence in Dreams' Projections will be on view at Leila Heller Gallery from to at 568 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001. Farideh Lashai: It is it, and it is only now...will be on view at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art from April 3 to May 8 at 37 W. 57th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10019.
Browse openings by city to see where art can be found in your town!
WALLS AND BRIDGES: EDOUARD BALDUS A BICENTENARY EXHIBITION at James Hyman
April 4–7, 2013
16 Saville Row, London, W1S 3PL United Kingdom
New Canaan, CT
“Defining Line” paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Judith Trepp at Heather Gaudio Fine Art
April 4–May 28, 2013
21 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT 06840
New York, NY
Vertical Club at Bortolami
April 4–27, 2013
520 W. 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Alyson Shotz: Fluid State at Carolina Nitsch Contemporary Art
April 4–27, 2013
534 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011