Welcome to the Afterfuture
Opening reception: Saturday 2/22 4 - 6 PM
February 12 – March 16, 2014
Hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 6 pm and by appt.
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects presents Welcome to the Afterfuture an installation of new paintings by Gideon Bok (b. 1966). This is Bok’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Bok recently began a professorship at Boston University; this body of work chronicles his new studio environment in Boston.
Throughout his career, Gideon Bok has recorded the ebb and flow of people and objects in his studio. He accumulates traces of fragmentary experience in his painting, creating a map of the perceptual moment in time. The perspective in Bok’s studio bows and expands – we have the impression of looking in many directions at once. Bok’s layers of translucent paint enable the history of the image to evolve in real time. By overlaying multiple ‘still frames’, Bok envisions a cinematic parallel in painting.
In his new work, Bok’s paintings of records scatter the studio floor. It’s a meta twist: both the records and the paintings of the records have become part of the studio environment. Bok is a musician. His studio interiors are scattered with musical references (instruments, record players and albums), reminding us of the connecting thread between painting and music, in the work of Basquiat, Capt. Beefheart/Don Van Vliet, or John Lurie.
Bok’s documentation of his studio, and performance of perception, strike a chord with the Whitney’s recent Rituals of Rented Island exhibition of 70 – 80’s Performance in artist’s studios, lofts and alternative spaces. Bok’s painting relates as well to the intensive observational painting of Frank Auerbach, and the stylistic invention of painters like Dana Schutz.
Bok received his MFA from Yale in 1996. He is a recipient of a 2004 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as a Purchase Award through The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2005, his work was surveyed in an exhibition at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.City Nights:
Jane Dickson and Bill Rice
Opening reception: February 22, 4-6 pm
February 12 – March 16, 2014
shfap | steven harvey fine art projects
237 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002
Weds – Sun 12 – 6pm and by appointment
Concurrently, in our new space, around the corner at PROJECTOR, 237 Eldridge St, we present City Nights, an exhibition of paintings by Jane Dickson (b.1952) and Bill Rice (1931 – 2006). Contemporaries and friends, both artists are poetic observers of pre-gentrification New York, depicting the city’s nocturnal underbelly. Bill Rice was an actor who appeared in underground film and theater, an independent scholar and painter of atmospheric street scenes of the Lower East Side. Holland Cotter in The New York Times wrote, “the pictures with their thin washes of oil paint, are at once rigorously geometric in structure and smokily gestural as abstract Phillip Guston’s.” Rice wrote of his paintings, “Ideally I would like to invest the rectangle – the basic unit in any city scape – with the sensuality, color, texture, I find in the streets. I like to record the young, elegant, Black, Asian and Hispanic men who know how to move and glow in what would otherwise be a dreary landscape.” Rice’s work came to wider attention in 1985 when the poet Rene Ricard, penned a long paean to Rice in Artforum. Ricard stated that Rice was the “greatest living painter of the city, and in his painting there is no other city than New York, black New York.”
Bill Rice had shows at Patrick Fox Gallery, at 56 Bleecker St Gallery, at Janis Gallery in an exhibition organized by Richard Milazzo, and at Mitchell Algus. His most recent exhibition was at SHFAP’s 73rd Street space in June of 2011.
Jane Dickson, is known for her paintings of Times Square in the eighties, where she lived with her husband, the filmmaker, Charlie Ahearn, painting the neon light of bars and strip clubs. Glenn O’Brien wrote “Dickson’s transcendental reportage updates realism with the full blown post-modern spectrum of artificial light. The sun never intrudes on Dickson’s pictures. This is a world of endless night, where black light is the beacon of the black hole of desire.”
Using unorthodox supports such as black vinyl, astroturf, sandpaper and carpet, Dickson subsequently developed a broader view of American reality encompassing the suburbs, highways, casinos, amusement parks and demolition derbies.
Dickson’s vision (and Rice’s) might, in a different period, be termed “social realism.” Critic Peter Schjeldahl refutes this stating “Dickson is nothing if not a messenger bearing the news that those concepts, among others with which we presume to subdue the unruly, have imploded.”
Dickson has had solo exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, at Phillip Morris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art among others. She was 2014 recipient of a Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
The show includes a handful of important paintings by both artists including loans from private collections.
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