FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Organic Situation: Tyler Coburn, Peter Dreher, Zoë Ghertner, Geoffrey Hendricks, Margaret Honda, Kelly Jazvac, Denise Kupferschmidt, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Miljohn Ruperto, Peter Scott, A.L. Steiner + robbinschilds, and Jonathan Bruce Williams
July 16–August 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 16, 6–8PM
Koenig & Clinton is pleased to announce Organic Situation, a group exhibition that parses ideas about human relationships to both organic and engineered environments. Our contemporary moment is one of the network society, in which our increasingly mediated experience of ‘the natural world’ is blurred between the virtual and the real. Organic Situation offers varying perspectives on the interdependent roles of biology and technology in shaping perception, experience, and creative production.
Construing nature through language, image, and speech act, Paul Ramírez Jonas mounts a grid of 165 printed sheets of paper to form Paper Moon (I Create as I Speak) (2008). A single excerpted sheet of the text reading ‘I create as I speak’ rests on a lectern, inviting an incantation.
Two paintings by Denise Kupferschmidt draw on advertising, architecture and design elements from the early-20th Century to render ‘universal’ figures against graphic imagery of urban geometries. Peter Scott’s High Line Billboard, #1 (2015) offers a telling view of visitors framed by a now-iconic architectural feature on the local High Line park. Zoë Ghertner’s False Fronts diptych captures the aspirational façades of the rural American West.
Assembling topologies out of discarded advertisement vinyl, Kelly Jazvac’s sculptural works coax new questions about landscape and disposability. Resembling natural rock formations, the digital refuse lumps of Tyler Coburn’s Waste Management (2013-2014) memorialize technological byproducts.
Photographs from Margaret Honda’s series Les animaux du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (2005-2007) present elusive images of threatened or extinct specimens. Also referencing nature morte, the sculptures of Jonathan Bruce Williams push the living dead into stereoscopic focus.
A grid of oil paintings by Peter Dreher depicts light recorded at regular intervals on one alpine ridge over several days’ time. Also in line with German Romanticism, Miljohn Ruperto’s lenticular photograph Do Your Best (2014) attempts to convey Caspar David Friedrich’s seminal painting, The Sea of Ice (1823-1824) in a newer medium.
Trading in the visual language of myths, rituals, dreams, and photographic documentation, Geoffrey Hendricks’s Fluxus headstand performances invert the body’s relationship to land, sea, and sky. Meanwhile, the collaborative single-channel video and performance C.L.U.E. (Color Location Ultimate Experience) (2007) by A.L. Steiner + robbinschilds follows sentient bodies into the outdoors.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 334-9255. The gallery will be closed July 3–4. Beginning July 6, our hours of operation are Monday–Friday 11AM–6PM and by appointment.