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Mike Asente, Nathan Bennett, Vincent Como, Elaine Kaufmann, Carrie Moyer, Sarah Oppenheimer, Yumi Janairo Roth, Seher Shah, Ruslan Trusewych, Arnold von Wedemeyer
January 9 - February 9, 2009
Momenta Art is pleased to present Infinite Possibilities, a group show of environments, images or objects that promote or encourage transformations.
Mike Asente's drawings are a manifestation of what could be described as a parlor game of the 21st century, "What would you blow up?" Asente's repeated explosion image is hand scratched onto the surface of 1960's advertisements printed surfaces. The physical act of removal of the actual image suggests a simultaneously additive and subtractive process of construction and destruction.
Acting as forgotten and inoperable Flavin sculptures, the ghost-like, minimalist-object, dangling, fluorescent fixtures of Nathan Bennett refer to the abandoned warehouses where the artist discovered them. Pure and derelict, these sculptures embody a false ready-made that has lost its functionality while confronting authenticity and form. A source photograph of the original warehouse in Ithaca, NY will be included with the sculpture.
Vincent Como explores the qualities of black from the standpoint of a color theorist, physicist, alchemist, and heavy metal connoisseur. The work takes given structures with an existent relationship to black and filters them into artworks, creating an expansive matrix of associations including Malevich and Reinhardt as aesthetic origins.
Elaine Kaufmann's International Design is a series of exquisite pencil drawings that appropriate the layout and text of home design magazines. Images of provisional housing are substituted for images of luxury while retaining the text describing the amenities of wealth. This work contrasts media projections of the normalcy of luxury with the more common state of worldwide poverty.
Carrie Moyer's paintings embrace an expanded lexicon of gesture, process and sign. Invented avatars - reminiscent of the Venus of Willendorf, ceremonial instruments, human beings and animals - are evoked through the interplay of abstract shapes, flows of pure color, glitter and transparent veils of poured acrylic. Tongue-in-cheek investigations of Herstory and Judy Chicago's "central core" imagery are playfully tweaked in large paintings that place abstracted fertility symbols within flat, poster-like landscapes worthy of a 1960s Supergraphic.
Much of Sarah Oppenheimer's recent work has been an exploration of how the subject's progression through architectural space approximates filmic experience, transforming the experience of moving through a space of display (museum, gallery) into a filmic progression, in which the body of the viewer becomes the body of the camera.
The work is linked to early abstract film - particularly the film Rythmus 21 - by Hans Richter (1921). In the drawings included in Infinite Possibilities, the artist segmented the film into a discrete set of stills so as to further analyze the progression of frame alterations.
Yumi Janairo Roth will present casually placed work pallets incongruously inlaid with decorative mother of pearl designs. Mother-of-pearl, a process and material associated with traditional Filipino furniture, suggests that the pallets serve as symbolic surrogates for Filipinos who have migrated around the world. The work also functions to expand the aesthetic dialogue by exploring the interdependence of an historical artistic technique and its globalized mirror: the functional aesthetics of commerce.
Seher Shah's Black Star Project is a portfolio of 25 prints that has evolved over the past two years. Each print is a study into the geometry of the cube and its multiple associations as both an architectural element, religious symbol, universal geometry and reductive massing. Using elements from ornamental art, animation, graffiti and architectural drawing, the studies use the power of transformation in symbolic meaning. Shah defines the Cube as the Black Star and represents ideas and connections of childhood memory where geometric forms and architectural spaces, part autobiographical, part mythology and part fairytale are woven together to create the visual narrative.
Ruslan Trusewych presents the phrase "and by you I mean me," in laser cut acrylic letters, resting inconspicuously amid an accumulated structure of tetrahedrons constructed of gold-glitter, hot-melt glue-sticks. Conflations of value become a stable support for a shifting casual proposition as this work fulfills its contained mission. In another work, an informal collection of marks is torn out of a notebook and triangularly framed in a reflexive manner that echoes the drawing's diagrammatic quality. Its formal elements, balanced, cancel each other out and leave an object that is not anything but nonetheless does what it says.
Arnold von Wedemeyer's painstakingly produced video work On-Time Still Life I presents a vase of tulips withering, a slice of bread hardening, a monitor depicting rolling waves with a stock ticker screen crawl, and light moving across the entire tableaux. Three contradictory levels of time are shown at once in this 9:20 piece. It is a carefully manipulated, computer-controlled series of photographs shot over a period of two weeks at minute-and-a-half intervals. The imagery refers to the first stock market crash in history, "Tulipmania."
Mike Asente attended Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA. His work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at H29, Brussels, Belgium, Provisions Gallery, Washington, DC, and Schroeder Romero, New York, NY. He attended Yaddo Residency in Saratoga Springs, NY and Altos de Chavon residency, Dominican Republic.
Nathan Bennett received a BFA in sculpture and painting from Miami University and a MFA in sculpture from Cornell University. He is a recipient of a CCA Individual Artist Grant, Summer Scholars Fellowship and a National Woodcarvers Association Scholarship. He was awarded a Bronx Museum's AIM Program and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency. He is the recipient of a DAAD Fellowship in Berlin, and has been widely exhibited in numerous exhibitions including PS122 gallery in New York, Dayton Art Institute, Ohio, Earlville Opera House, New York, Howard County Arts Council, MD and Chadron State College, Nebraska.
Vincent Como received a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art in 1998. He has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, Santa Monica, and Cleveland and his work has been included in group exhibitions throughout the United States. He currently resides in Brooklyn.
Elaine Kaufmann received an MFA from Hunter College in 2004. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Rotunda Gallery, the Bronx Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Center for Book Arts, and Schroeder Romero Gallery in New York. She received a Puffin Foundation Grant in 2007 and an Artists Space Independent Project grant in 2005, and attended the Artist in the Marketplace Program, Bronx Museum of the Arts, in 2006.
Carrie Moyer is a Brooklyn-based painter and writer. In 1991, Moyer founded public art project, Dyke Action Machine! with photographer Sue Schaffner. Her paintings and agitprop interventions have been widely exhibited and reviewed nationally and internationally. Moyer has written for Modern Painters, Art in America and the Brooklyn Rail among others. She is represented by Canada Gallery in New York City. Dyke Action Machine!'s latest project is "DAM! Incorporated," a 16-page pamphlet published by Printed Matter.
Sarah Oppenheimer's recent and upcoming exhibitions include projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, Drawing Center, the Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, Momenta Art, PPOW in New York, Art, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Annely Juda Fine Art, London. She has received numerous awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2007.
Yumi Janairo Roth has exhibited nationally, with solo exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Art, CO, Apama Mackey Gallery, Houston Texas, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She had a solo exhibition at Ayala Museum, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines, in 2007. She has participated in Residency programs at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, Bemis Art Center, Omaha, NE, Institute of Art and Design, Pilsen, Czech Republic, Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Manila, Gallery Klatovy, Klenova, Klenova, Czech Republic, and Kohler Arts/Industry Program, Kohler, WI.
Seher Shah received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998.She has had solo exhibitions at Nature Morte, New Delhi, India, Bose Pacia Gallery, New York, NY , and Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, in 2007 and her work has been exhibited internationally in Switzerland, Singapore, Britain, France, India, and Australia.
Ruslan Trusewych received an MFA from Hunter College, New York in 2007 and attended Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands in 2006. He had a MFA thesis show at Hunter College Times Square gallery in 2007.
Arnold von Wedemeyer has degrees in Fine Arts and Visual communication at Kunsthochschule, Kassel, Germany. He has been a guest professor at Kunsthochschule, Kassel and a visiting lecturer at Universitaet der Kuenste, Berlin. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.
Momenta Art is supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, The Greenwall Foundation, Greenwich Collection, Ltd., The Jerome Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and individual contributors.