Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty:
a group show curated by Sarah Schmerler
featuring artists Ellen Letcher, Francesco Masci, Alfred Steiner, and Pablo Tauler
and in the project room:
Jan 1–Jan 29, 2012
Norte Maar, 83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B, Brooklyn
Directions: L train to Brooklyn. Dekalb Ave stop. Cross streets are Wyckoff + Suydam.
Hours: Weekends 1-6 pm or by appointment
Bushwick, Brooklyn-Norte Maar is pleased to present Gʉilty / (NOT) Guilty, an exhibition curated by Sarah Schmerler and in collaboration with 45 Projects. The exhibition introduces four New York-based, contemporary artists who paint, draw, and make conceptual projects in methods that both take for granted — and re-cast —what society considers as being good, reasonable (and therefore valid) reasons for making a work of art. The exhibition opens with a New Year’s Day Champagne Brunch on January 1, 2012 from 11-2PM.
About the Artists:
Pablo Tauler: a dreamy sort of guy who knows how to rock a ballpoint pen. Born in Chile (and into Pinochet’s reign of terror), he had a tough time growing up as a teen in suburban Maryland. Now he transforms his memories into airy, luminous drawings.
Ellen Letcher: uses paint, not to depict her own imagery, but rather as an adhesive for affixing photos of consumer-goods (and other disturbing content!) ripped from mass-produced magazines and newspapers. She also co-runs a gallery called Famous Accountants in Ridgewood, where she shows new work by local artists.
Alfred Steiner: a copyright lawyer by day, Steiner bought a painting at CANADA gallery on the Lower East Side by Allison Schulnik, and had a replica of it fabricated with a 3-D printer. (Both, now considered a single artwork, are on display here.) To cover himself legally, he sent Schulnik an e-mail to give her a head’s up that he’d done the deed. She’s not worried. Yet.
Francesco Masci: Google surfer, classically trained Italian painter. He’s depicted (among other things) his girlfriend lying on a couch as a naked odalisque surrounded by raw meat; Twitter birds pooping on Charles Darwin’s head, and other phantasmagorical subjects with the accuracy of an Archimboldo.
*This exhibition was first ‘workshopped’ on 45projects.com in an Online exhibition called “The Guilt Show.” Paulius Nosokas designed the exhibit, the catalogue, and the site.
45projects.com is a virtual exhibition platform that shows real contemporary artworks in lushy rendered 3-D spaces and in e-catalogs. It was created in 2010 by Berlin-based artist and designer Paulius Nosokas and curated by Brooklyn-based art critic, Sarah Schmerler. Guilty / NOT Guilty began its life virtually on the site as “The Guilt Show” in May, 2011. 45projects is honored to be having its first brick-and-mortar production at Norte Maar.