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Jordan Wolfson’s Wild Solo Exhibition at David Zwirner

Colored Sculpture By Jordan Wolfson
Colored Sculpture By Jordan Wolfson (Above Photo By Josh White.  All Other Photos and Video By Gail)

Geoffrey and I suspected we were in for some kind of rare treat when we arrived at David Zwirner and found ourselves waiting in a short line just inside of the gallery foyer. We were informed that artist Jordan Wolfson had made the gallery promise not to let more than 20 people into his exhibit at one time. “Well, OK,” we thought. Why not build a little suspense before we entered the exhibit, the contents of which was not visible from where we were standing.

As we waited behind a virtual velvet rope, perhaps for ten to fifteen minutes, who knows, we could hear a cacophony of metal clanking against cement — not unlike sounds you might hear when you walk onto a busy a factory floor — interspersed with blaring snippets of pop music. We had no idea what we would see when we were finally granted access to the room.

This is what we saw, which explained where the clanking metal sounds were coming  from.

Colored Sculpture, as this mechanical puppet is called, has the red hair, freckles, and boyish look of such literary and pop cultural characters as Huckleberry Finn, Howdy Doody, and Alfred E. Neuman, which is more than a little disturbing for many reasons; but mostly because he appears to be a child.

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His once pristine paint job and highly polished appearance now bearing the visible signs of wear and tear, the red-haired puppet is suspended with heavy chains from a large mechanized gantry, which is programmed to choreograph its movements.

Colored Sculpture Standing

The sheer physicality of the installation, which fills the entire gallery space and includes the work being hoisted and thrown forcefully to the ground, viscerally blurs the distinction between figuration and abstraction, while furthering the formal and narrative possibilities of sculpture.

Colored Sculpture on the Ground

Sculpture Being Dragged
Installation View with Crowd

Colored Sculpture

And it gets even creepier: the sculpture’s eyes employ facial recognition technology to track spectators’ gazes and movements, thereby adding another layer of interactive corporeality to the work. Using fiber optics, its eyes also intermittently display a range of imagery and video footage, including the artist’s own animations and filmed footage, and other found visual material, all of which seem to mine the subconscious preoccupations and desires of our society and consumer culture.

When the sculpture looks at you, or appears to look at and engage with you, you can’t help but feel that you are watching a living entity being tortured. And if Wolfson intended for that encounter to fuck with your head, he succeeded beautifully.

Jordan Wolfson’s Solo Exhibition, Featuring Colored Sculpture, will be up Through June 25, 2016 at David Zwirner Gallery, Located at 525 West 19th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Colored Sculpture Lifted

Joseph Arthur Solo Exhibition at Able Fine Art

Joseph Arthur with Art
Artist/Musician Joseph Arthur with his Art (All Photos By Gail)

I first heard the name Joseph Arthur over 13 years ago, when he was recording for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label (then distributed by Virgin). What I discovered closely in tandem with his music is Joseph’s distinctive, almost primitive Picasso-esque style of abstract drawing, which you could see adorning his album covers and T Shirts.

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Although he is not quite a household name, both Arthur’s music and art careers have continued to thrive worldwide and I was lucky to attend the opening of a new exhibit of his artwork last night in Chelsea.

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Entitled simply, Solo Exhibition, this collection of vibrant and engagingly abstract portraits are mostly rendered in ink and oil pastel on paper or spray paint on paper. I’ve been following Joe’s art for years and it’s so exciting to see his considerable body of work progress and develop while staying recognizably in his unique style.

Joseph Arthur Art Exhibit Painted Instruments

Around the gallery you will also see a few guitars and musical instruments (such as a child’s toy drumset) as well as the lower half of a mannequin, all of which Joe has hand painted. It’s almost as if he just can’t stop being creative.

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Joseph Arthur Painted Guitar

With a little memory jogging, Joseph remembered me from an interview we did at the Virgin Records Offices in 2000 for the release of his critically lauded sophomore album, Come to Where I’m From — a really fun conversation which he admitted he “Think[s] of often,” which was flattering to hear.

Joseph Arthur Performing in Art Gallery

Once the gallery started to fill up with fans and admirers, Joseph sat down to play his guitar, accompanied by his trademark recorded loops and effects, which are truly mesmerizing. What a talented guy!

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If you enjoy colorful, thought provoking abstract art or are a fan of the spontaneity inherent in the street art movement, you will dig the creative force of Joseph Arthur.

Joseph Arthur’s Solo Exhibition will be on View through April 16th, 2013 at Able Fine Art, Located at 511 West 25th Street, Suite 507, in Chelsea, New York. Gallery Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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