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The Medicine Show

November 7, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6-8pm
Artists and Scientists panel: Friday, December 13, 6:30pm

New York, NY – The Medicine Show, curated by Maddy Rosenberg, opens on November 7th in HaberSpace, CENTRAL BOOKINGÊŒs gallery for art and science exhibitions. Though an exhibition of contemporary artists delving into anatomy, it tips its hat to historical medical museums. We are also pleased to have the hand cuttings of BĂ©atrice Coron highlighted in the Focus Space in our ArtistÊŒs Book Gallery, with her own take on the human form.

The fascination with the workings of the human body is naturally a long standing curiosity, with artists reaching back to medical texts, while others bounce off of their own inner workings. Kathy Aoki reminds us of early anatomy lessons, reminiscent of Rembrandt, as we read a modern lesson from Evelyn Eller. Beauvais Lyons invites us to do double takes with his variations on “legitimate” scientific illustration whereas Steven Daiber takes a found 19th century text and updates it. Despo Magoni dissects, revamps and recreates GrayÊŒs Anatomy into all its parts. Alexandra Limpert in her automatons reveals the mechanics of the body on a human scale while Miriam Schaer presents the body as book in the simulation of a familiar home teaching tool. Cheryl Gross draws her own variations on the inner workings of the body. Kathy Bruce deals with the bodyÊŒs building blocks while Patricia Olynyk reveals an interior peek. C Bangs has us coming and going in a two-sided skeleton. Purgatory Pie Press presents the spine through MRIs whereas Brandstifter x rays and re-arranges. Barbara Rosenthal finds her spine in bluejeans as Paul Tecklenberg dresses x rays. John Frederick Walker flays his figures to get to the layers below. Max Marek splices and dices in his subtle paper layeringÊŒs of the body as Barbara Siegel collages and layers in her own way. James Martin buries his bones in tangled abstractions as Geraldine Ondrizek unscrolls the chromosomes of illness. Susan Rostow embeds bones and pills while Amanda Thackray fills her own vials. All in all, these artists dig deep in the age-old human quest to figure out the figure.

To round out the exhibition, the catalog of The Medicine Show will be part of NovemberÊŒs issue of CENTRAL BOOKING Magazine, http://centralbookingnyc.com/magazine

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Un/Natural Occurrences

September 8 – October 27, 2013

The newly named Haber Space, our gallery for art and science exhibitions, will open with Un/Natural Occurrences, also curated by CENTRAL BOOKING’s founder, Maddy Rosenberg, and featuring the work of 25 artists and collaborators. These are artists who are searching for more than the obvious in either bringing to light past and current indiscretions, warning against a catastrophic future if unheeded, working with the scientific community on possible solutions and sometimes just telling it like it is. We view this exhibition as a bookend to Natural Histories, which launched CENTRAL BOOKING’s initial space in 2009.

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris initially paired up as The Canary Project to document climate change, now bring more multi-faceted complexity to the plate. The multi-color etched artist’s books of Cynthia Back do more than record the landscape, but exposes one that is overrun through over development. Travis Childers builds pieces of the landscape of the future or is it a future that has already come? Eve Mosher invites us all to participate in our own re-greening of the world. Artists and scientists both, at the Institute of Sustainable Futures in Sydney, Australia, Aleta Lederwasch paints a gateway to environmental practices from here to there as Jade Herriman and Annie Bolitho’s community actions are geared to an appreciation of our waterways wherever they may be.

Tar paper and garbage bags never looked so elegant than in Suzan Shutan’s growing abstract elegies on a very real problem. Julie A. McConnell puts a colorful twist on the debris of a consumerist society and its effect upon the sea, just as Molly Heron takes repurposed plastics heading for the landfills and finds an aesthetic solution. Anne Gilman digs beneath the surface, exposing natural erosion compounded by human consumption. The march to destruction of Art Hazelwood’s global warming deniers elicits a simultaneous smile and sigh. Tammy Wofsey etches her way through the road to extinction and a fanciful way back from it while Judy Hoffman produces possible organic creatures of a fall-out.

Evelyn Eller books a trip through the melting glaciers of Alaska, alas Michelle Wilson papercuts the disappearance of one that has already fallen victim in Bolivia. Susan Goethel Campbell is under the weather and over and around it, too. Florence Neal takes rubbing drawings of dying trees in a natural ecosystem as Peter Fend charts unnatural changes to Jamaica Bay and the natural way towards solutions. Eve AndrĂ©e LaramĂ©e delves deeply into the problem of nuclear waste while Elena Costelian presents us with a man-made wasteland. Tatana Kellner illustrates the toxic chemical effects of hydro fracking as they mix with the water table. Sabra Booth may present us with the essence and insecurities of oil rigs, but Ilse Schreiber-Noll has her take on disasters whether they be of nature’s doing or our own. Appreciation of the environment is one thing, actively creating a better one through thoughtful growth is the work of our institutions, with a steady prodding by us pointing them in the necessary directions.

We welcome the participation of the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney, Australia.

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Mapping the Surface

November 3, 2011 – January 15, 2012

We are accustomed to looking at maps in attempts to find direction, our relationship to a physical interpretation of the land. But that land can be more than a city or country, it can help us to navigate our bodies, to understand our environment beyond its physicality into the realm of cultural space, and to grasp an understanding though the visceral. Cartographers can tell us more than just the routes from one point to another, they can map terrains of landscape or psychological space, that amorphous state that adds up to a sense of a place beyond mere cataloging. They can also reduce all to the basic, the pure essence of line and plane. We may glide across the surface but there always seems to be a rumble below it, roaming around a skin that is, as skin is, porous and organic.

The altered, eroded, sliced and diced work of Doug Beube challenges us to read geography in the third dimension. Jeff Woodbury plays with our idea of mapping both physically with the malleability of rubber maps and metaphorically as we follow a path along a tree branch. Christina Mitrentse folds, assembles and hides travel maps, subverting their original intent, presenting us with an unreadable atlas as Heidi Neilson utilizes a traditional idea of cartography and conceptualizes it into an impossibility of a re-configured world.

The collaged artist’s book of Robin Price extends beyond the 43rd parallel into a personal numerology. Cindy Kane maps individuals we think we know in her writers series and explores regions through their particularity of senses; Dannielle Tegeder goes one step further and plots a highly abstracted place in multi-dimensional space.

Haptic Lab, blankets a neighborhood, delineating boundaries through the texture of materials with *Paula Scher graphically interpreting regions, this one guiding us through India. Alastair Noble takes cyanotypes, the blueprints of architects, to emphasize the blueprint of an environment sculpted by nature. Lilla LoCurto & Bill Outcault have long used their own bodies and now others to extend and flatten skin into a topographical journey.

Sabra Booth provides an animated excursion of the gulf coast, mapping her experience of mapping the environmental disaster, while Public Laboratories photographs the spill from a bird’s eye view, allowing us our own interpretations. The projects of Smudge Studio (Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth) evoke a time and place through the variety of consciously created elements of documentation as Robbin Ami Silverberg creates a sense of New York neighborhoods through accumulation of particular elements that brings the amorphous into the more concrete. Central to Barbara Siegel’s sculptural piece is a boulder that began a controversy over geographic ownership. For another take on the complications of history, Elena Costellian finds herself in a space haunted by the act of its own past circling around, and documents the process of her process of capturing it through a linear retracing.

However perceived, a map guides us to more than one destination.

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* Courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art. We also encourage you to watch Jim’s all too truthful comic vision of the art world,
The Madness of Art


Now You See It

Color and the Mind’s Eye

September 8th – October 23rd, 2011
Reception – Thursday, September 15th, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion Art: Color and Optics – Thursday, October 13th, 6:30pm
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

The richness of a colorful world we take for granted and yet it is a trick of the brain, perception wins out over the reality of a black and white environment. This exhibition brings together a group of artists through the exploration of color who examine the eye, who play with sight, who have us wonder at what it is we are seeing, or who question the “how” as well as the “why.”

Chuck Close, a modern Pointillist who builds images from mere scribbles of overlapping colors, takes the concept of the photographic dot into a new realm. Martha Hayden plays with our brain’s perception of color as space, with the variation on the eternal push/pull of the figure/ground question. The videos of Berlin artist Gerhard Mantz parade colors and shapes before us as they appear to morph from one plane to the next. Kate Temple takes her extensive studies of color theory, from Goethe onwards, to create atmospheric filterings through space, to see or not to see bare glimmers of landscape; David Ambrose layers color upon color until we see the glowing vibrations of transparencies ready to burst forth beyond the rectangle- or back into it. Yet the space in Nola Zirin’s paintings becomes a space of blue, as our eye winds around from deep space to the surface – or does it? But Sarah Stengle may be blue but blue still has its deeper meaning in a quest for what it does mean to be blue.

Katherine Jackson creates a lens for us to stand and look through, as it regards us noncommittally while Jo Yarrington’s sculptural piece models the eye through a lens lightly. Paul Tecklenberg turns optics on its head as the lens becomes a glass becomes a lens and Adrienne Klein, with echoes of Warhol, brings insight into the four-channel experience beyond the mere rods and cones of the title.

Master printer Ruth Lingen plays with the illusions of color on a daily basis while when working with Jessica Stockholder, color becomes a plaything. Peter Thomashow, a psychologist in his own right, lends his medical expertise to his playful assemblages. The book works of Julie Shaw Lutts explode from the boxes that contain them, this one dealing with a whimsical view of the science of optics. Kirsten Hoving may have a photographic historical outlook on the ocular, but W. David Powell manages with his witty collages of juxtapositions from historical textbooks to bring a contemporary perspective to the matter. Gareth Long takes his impulse from his library and gives us a reading on levels of perception.

All in all, these artists journey into the world, our world, colored by perception, psychology and the senses.

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Earthwork

April 14 – June 12, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 14, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, May 12, 6:30pm
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

Nineteen international artists look at the earth from all edges of it. Drawn, photographed, printed, cut, hacked, diced, assembled, witnessed, with resonating metaphors, these artists present their interpretations of the stuff we gravitate to.

David W. Powell combs discarded science textbooks to scavenge images, while the texts of Tania Kovats tell a different tale. David Redfern collages an advertisement of the truly high cost of the low cost of oil. Barbara Siegel recreates the study of a geologist through his own studies, a warm and inviting installation; Maureen Piggins uncovers the geologist by peeling away the layers.

British artist Alastair Noble plots and maps the terrain- literally. Nelly Ben Hayoun takes the geological phenomenon of a volcano and changes its context with amusing and thought provoking results. Julia Buttelmann, with her usual wit, presents her own mineralogical box of “gems” while Travis Childers gives us meta-rocks with his basic process of tape and collage; Adrienne Klein turns a pile of rocks into a social metaphor. As a ceramicist, Puneeta Mittal molds the earth into primal tubing and Eve AndrĂ©e LaramĂ©e encrusts a microscope as an artifact of a bygone civilization.

The French Canadian artist Guy LaramĂ©e carves his caverns into “stone” volumes. From his studio in London, Paul Tecklenberg dissects and slices the core. German book artist Tina Flau, in her impeccable hand rendered presentation, transports us around the earth and through it, while Anne Gilman beckons us to walk the topsoil, but tread lightly. Ellen Wiener reveals the earth page by page through a dance with words and images. The printed woodcut fossilized images of Susan Makov unfold but a journey unravels along the surface calm with the Japanese photographer Yoichi Nagata, the tension quivering beneath. Some artists analyze the world, these delve into the earth.

 


Measure for Measure

February 10 – April 3, 2011
CENTRAL BOOKING GALLERY II
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 10, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Developments in Mathematical Art
Thursday, March 24th, 6:30pm
Dr. George Hart, Dr. Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Susan Happersett, Sarah Stengle
(moderator)
Special screening of Between the Folds and
Paper Modeling workshop with Daina Taimina
Thursday, March 3rd, 6:30pm
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

Measure for Measure explores the art of mathematics and the mathematics of art. This exhibition highlights twenty mathematical artists and artistic mathematicians, the topology of the three-dimensional and the geometric illusions of three-dimensionality–and occasionally four. We follow the essential shape through transitions in planes and space, as it is drawn, painted, collaged as well as built, welded and crocheted.

Rosaire Appel “documents” things that are not, thereby placing the solemnity of most conceptual art on its head as she amply demonstrates that the cerebral can also be quirky and visual. Sarah Stengle’s finely crafted highly conceptualized work bespeaks of a life surrounded by mathematics and art. Will Ashford fuses text and image in a way that makes us feel they could not exist one without the other as Pablo Helguera delves into the inner pages of textbooks in his collages that hint of a simpler time of understanding. The boxed numbers and geometric pieces of Julie Shaw Lutts, though reminiscent of school lessons, resonate more with the playground than the classroom. The MacArthur fellow Erik Demaine and his collaborator father Martin Demaine find a fusion of mathematics and art in the seemingly impossible variations of folding a single sheet of paper.

The British artist Helen Friel, in her first New York exhibition, wittily offers us cut, scored, and folded pages that make us willing participants in transforming her book into the correct way to read it, as Chris Palmer’s geometric folded designs find their way from paper into cloth. Daina Taimina’s elegant crocheted inventions of hyperbolic planes hang, sit and integrate into their environment; Julian Voss-Andreae’s geometric models are of a harder kind. The delicate figures of Martha Lewis bring us back to the flat paper and then beyond it, with imagery echoing the mechanical walk of a Cubist. The complex three-dimensional objects of George Hart are formed by the repetition of seemingly simple shapes hooked together. Susan Happersett’s predisposition to counting and repetition creates patterns from page to page while Philip Sugden interprets his own dream of the Fibonacci series in the surface of the canvas.

The artist’s books of Thomas Parker Williams emerge into mathematical sequences; Norweigan artist Kristoffer Myskja engineers a machine in wood, paper, and metal both sleekly constructed yet kinetically functional that creates numerical patterns. Susan Kaprov intrigues as we ponder the randomness of her enigmatic painted puzzles while Anne Gilman finds structure in the grid in her small calligraphic and image collages. The floating interventions of Cherry Pickles interweave fourth-dimensional drawings among the two and three-dimensional works of planes and space.

Folded with paper, woven from wool, assembled in plastic and molded through steel, these artists play with the truly fine line between art and mathematics.


 

Attract/Repel

Nov. 4, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 11, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Thursday, December 16, 7pm
“The Stuff of Our Universe: Art and Experimentation”
Dr. James Beacham, Dr. Lee von Kraus, Carter Hodgkin, Martha Lewis,
Torino:Margolis (moderator)
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

Attract/Repel, the latest in the thematic series of art and science exhibitions at CENTRAL BOOKING Gallery II, features the work of artists who deal with the physics of push/pull magnetism, the electricity of being and a glow in the sky from light years away.

Participating Artists:
Julia BĂŒttelmann, Leanne Bell Gonczarow, Carter Hodgkin, Katherine Jackson, Martha Lewis, Pamela Matsuda-Dunn, Enzo Perin, Tom Phillips, W. David Powell, Carolyn Prescott, Barbara Rosenthal, Alan Rosner, Paul Tecklenberg, Peter Thomashow, Torino: Margolis, Julian Voss-Andreae, Claire Watkins

Berlin artist Julia BĂŒttelmann’s witty low-tech contraptions promise high-tech results – some that may even defy the laws of physics, while Alan Rosner’s sculpture beckons us to an interaction that creates circles – or is it an ellipse? Julian Voss-Andreae delivers steel molded into the internal layering of buckyballs and the pintsize figure that disappears before our eyes in a physics magic act. British artist Tom Phillips brings us quantum mechanics in a flight of puzzle-like colors and shapes that both explain and defy explanation and Martha Lewis sequences a journey through thermo dynamics by turning an altered book of a British mathematical society into a visual ride.

David Powell’s seriously playful gridded sequence of collaged found images supply us with his own singular take on the subject of physics as Barbara Rosenthal’s videos deal with words and image, flow and motion, space and time. Katherine Jackson, in her poetic etched-glass works, weaves text and image into a light show of her intuitive response to physics. The solitude and natural beauty of Leanne Bell Gonczarow’s video of a caught moment in time of light settling on a prism, entrances us with the simplicity of early moving pictures. For Paul Tecklenberg, process and image meld as light creates the perception of image-as-duality; Carter Hodgkin’s dazzling explosions of color against the blackness of space are more than transcriptions of simulated particle collisions.

The paintings of Carolyn Prescott allow us to sit in on the very earnest electricity lessons being conferred on a young girl, at the same time Pamela Matsuda-Dunn amuses us with her response to the “theory of everything” glowing and bulging out of a textbook this student may come across. Enzo Perin, a Berlin artist debuting his work in New York, electrifies in his photographic self-portraits that resonate with more of the Monster than with Dr. Frankenstein; attraction being the province of Claire Watkins, who offers us magnetism with her stylistically elegant kinetic wall piece. Peter Thomashowpromises us assemblages that touch on electro-magnetism and a gizmo that combines motion, hypnotism, and the electrical nature of dreams, as we observe the collaborative pair Torino: Margolis, each a scientist/artist, together experiment with uncontrollable impulses of the electrical type.

All in all, these artists take a closer look at the forces that make our world our world, focusing on the foundations that we sometimes take for granted.


 

Chemical Reactions

September 2 – October 24
Opening Reception: September 16, 6-8pm
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

The basic elements of who we physically are can be said to be chemical, but certainly it goes beyond our biological selves and into our selves. The thirteen artists in this exhibition experiment with their own chemical analysis. An artist applies a solution to paper and watches as the paper is transformed by it, not merely on the surface but deep within it, to change at its core its essence – forever. Or, at least, until the next exposure to the elements. A chemical reaction can turn us into gentle doves – or vicious killers; sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently. Were the Romantic poets just a cultural phenomenon or the result of a chemical imbalance? When we love madly, is it not more appropriate to say we love chemically? We all have experienced our reactions to chemistry, with chemistry and by chemistry. These artists experiment with their own chemical analysis.

W. David Powell’s quirky photo collages present us with a witty spin on a pinch of reality mixed with the laboratory while Peter Thomashow breathes life into his curious chemically related sculptures. Irving Geis, noted scientific illustrator, brings the scientist’s imaginings to a luminous substantive representation of his own device, often seeing humor in the scientific conundrum.

Sabra Booth collages the chemistry of love in an unrelenting tale of its repercussions resultant in female troubles, or troubles to females. Pamela Matsuda-Dunn denies us entry into a chemistry text only to have it blossom above, while Todd Bartel’s text inspired form mimics his seriously playful diagramming of the chemistry of life. Lizzie Burns, both Oxford scientist and artist, lets us wear our chemicals externally, as they adorn our bodies in ornamentation. Fellow artist/scientist, Julian Voss-Andreae also takes his training into the realm of the object, presenting more than mere modeling of our chemical make-up in his bold abstracted sculptures.

Myriam Solar provides us with a visually induced chemical reaction in her rhythmic video. With Paul Tecklenberg we watch the rusting of an orange in another kind of sequence, as an image of a simple fruit through a chemical process becomes further alienated from the original. Jeffrey Allen Price in his own exploration of the visual effects of rust, stacks symbols rusted on paper, forming grids reminiscent of the periodic table, as Cheryl Safren offers us up a periodic table worthy of Paul Klee. The collaborators known as Metron (Diane Jones-Parry and Annabel Ralphs) document a bluing factory before it disappeared, leaving this work and only the residual dust as a memory. After all, the final chemical reaction ultimately leaves us, ourselves, as dust.

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Anatomical /Microbial /Microcosms

May 13 – July 11, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 6-8pm: Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 22, 7pm: Panel Discussion: All in My Mind
Dr. Joseph LeDoux, Dr.Andre Fenton, Nene Humphrey, Eva Lee, Claire Watkins
Curator: Maddy Rosenberg

Participating Artists: Brian Alves, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Travis Childers, Barbara Confino, Elena Costelian, Thorsten Dennerline, Mary Hambleton, Nene Humphrey, Eva Lee, Linda Plotkin, Barbara Rosenthal, Paul Tecklenberg, Claire Watkins

From the microscopic origins of humans to the pieces of our anatomy, artists examine the biological “us.” Elena Costelian, in her first New York exhibition, lures us into the complex hidden mysteries of the heart and the elemental heart of lead as Thorsten Dennerline enchants us with his etched bodily journey through a layered sequence. Stephanie Brody-Lederman’s whimsical book object hints at both Cornell and Magritte, not to mention Mr. Potato Head. With Travis Childers the eyes have it as they pattern the surface while populating it. Scans of Barbara Rosenthal’s brain, in one their manifestations, paper the walls, while for Mary Hambleton it is the full body repetition that moves across the surface. Eva Lee brings us along for the journey in her explorations of the inner drama of the inner body as Claire Watkins presents us with her sculptural yet linear interpretation of the functioning neurosystem.

Barbara Confino marches us off to a possibly inevitable not so distant future of genetic warfare. Brian Alves presents us with the word as virus in various mutations as Paul Tecklenberg‘s photograms play on our perceptions of life under the microscope by manipulating the mundane imagery of a cork. Linda Plotkin’s biomorphic abstract dance of a microscopic world dazzles us with the electrifying colors of the deep as Nene Humphrey quietly delights us with the subtlety of shape and color. These artists take us on an intricate adventure into our physical makings.

In the further exploration of the confluence of art and science, All in My Mind is an informal talk about the brain and the connections between neuroscience and art. Three artists in the exhibition and two neuroscientists present their work and discuss what is in their minds when they do it. LeDoux promises to perform a few songs he has written about mind and brain.

A catalog of the exhibition is available as part of the second issue of the CENTRAL BOOKING MAGAZINE due out in June.


Astronomy: The Celestial

March 4 –May 2, 2010

Central Booking opens with the Big Bang in its new space as Astronomy: The Celestial inaugurates Gallery II. In this exhibition, artists explore the universe from a very earthly base as well as a more cosmic one. Ted Victoria’s human industrial detritus amuses us as it hovers continuously above the earth, and Doug Beube brings us back down to earth as he has us “read” all about it. Barbara Houghton in her re–visiting of Galileo evokes an eerie channeling as Karen Hanmer turns the heavens into paper riddles. Mary Hambleton’s delicate lyrical painted world softens the blow as Ilse Schreiber-Noll brings us to a dark one, built up in layers of paint and scratched through.

Eric Puybaret takes us over the rainbow with child-like wonder and Donna Levinstone calms us with her quiet passing of the day sky into the night one. With John Noestheden we find a brilliant universe dazzling us with the light from the darkness as Eva Lee weaves patterns of light that contrasts with the vastness of the space between. Susan Schwalb presents us with altar-like reverences for the beginning of it all while Carol Prusa delicately silverpoints a black hole and C Bangs combines the reality of it with the possible. Pamela Moore reduces all to pure form as Despo Magoni takes the personal and abstracts it into the universal universe.


Anthropology: Revisited, Reinvented, Reinterpreted

Nov. 19, 2009 – Jan.17, 2010

Central Booking gallery presents, Anthropology: Revisited, Reinvented, Reinterpreted, an exhibition where artists explore the great cultural landscape of past and present, and take a look at cultures from the inside, the outside, and through the passage of time. Myth and religion are examined and turned inside out. Human events are placed within an historical context that may have happened, could have happened and the most fantastical ones that actually did.

Anthropology is Central Booking’s second exhibition from their series where art meets science; curated by Maddy Rosenberg (artist/curator) and Jon Coffelt (artist/curator) this group show features the work of 29 international artists. The participating artists are:

Pinky Bass, Sang-ah Choi, Paul Clay, Béatrice Coron, Mitchell Gaudet, Laura Gilbert, Janet Goldner, Karen Graffeo, Kelly Grider, Mona Hatoum, Christina Hope, Lee Isaacs, Kahn & Selesnick, Janice Kluge, Eunkang Koh, Chris Lawson & Leng Seckon, Max Carlos Martinez, Dana Matthews, Avery McCarthy, Antjuan Oden, Omar Olivera, Lothar Osterburg, Joel Seah, The Chadwicks (J. Blachly and L. Shaw), Elisabeth Wöerndl, Emna Zghal.

As you explore Anthropology, you will come across the installation of artists Kahn & Selesnick whose work provides a context for the impressive hypothetically “found” artist’s book, The Circular River, which is meant to document through text and panoramic photographs a Russian expedition of a century ago. Jimbo Blachly and Lytle Shaw assure us that they take their role as keepers of the flame for The Chadwicks, an historical New York family, quite seriously, albeit with wit.BĂ©atrice Coron, creates a life-size cut paper human maze for us to wander through while Janet Goldner, influenced by her yearly ventures in Mali, gives us a sequence of metal gates with text and image that are meant to be read as we pass through them.

From the years of studying the Roma of Italy, Karen Graffeo allows us to understand the unique culture of an otherwise private people, and the addition of books made by the Roma children gives us further insight into what their culture means to them as a clan. Chris Lawson’s collages made with Buddhist MonkLeng Seckon in Cambodia become a cultural record while transcending mere documentation. Lee Isaacs brings us “The Day Of The Dead” series that asks us to understand how culture expresses itself through the loss of loved ones. Paul Clay,who studied anthropology and therefore sees his work within that context, in his photographic and video work examines with the same rigor whether it be foreign cultures or ones closer to home. Mitchell Gaudet uses cast and slumped glass as a vehicle to explore our perceptions of specific religious practice and idolatry whileLaura Gilbert explores the family unit and asks us to understand how we react to each other as a culture and as individuals.

Mona Hatoum breaks down barriers to understand the domestic and how it is a microcosm of what we understand on a global level. Janice Kluge in her ceramics works within the confines of what many understand as domestic but turns these ideas on their head. Max Carlos Martinez remains haunted by the myths of the American west that his childhood was steeped in. German born Lothar Osterburg explores the myth of his adopted country with his photographs of staged sets of his own making that evoke the romance of the American Great Plains. Sang-ah Choi uses the pop-up book form in her own unique way, as a commentary on her life in America seen from the point of view of the outsider andEunkang Koh externalizes her internal memories, conflating her past culture with her present in her oversized book worlds.

Emna Zghal responds in her suite of prints to a little known poetic record of a 9thcentury repressed African slave uprising in her native Iraq that through failure still found success in changing the course of that nation’s history. Antjuan Oden’s approach is an organic one, adding pieces of his own culture to his work with found objects. The Austrian artist Elisabeth Wöerndl gives us a video of her response to her time spent in Chicago that becomes a musical integration of humans on the move. Avery McCarthy looks back upon certain photographs that carry with them resonances of high points in western cultural history.

Pinky Bass explores cultural mores as they refer to the feminine mystique in contemporary American culture and its relationship to other cultures around the world while Dana Matthews creates a large accordion book seeing the female as an iconic one. Kelly Grider’s archetypal and sometimes mythic work utilizes photography and delicate darkroom techniques. Christina Hope uses underwater photography towards an interest in a variety of archetypes as she personally conveys ideals of inclusiveness. Joel Seah through “The Hanky Code,” utilizes a sexual position charting system which harks back to the1960s and early 1970s, humorously playing upon the old archetypes of gay culture.

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Natural Histories

Sept. 10 – Nov. 8, 2009

Central Booking is pleased to announce the first in its series of exhibitions in Gallery II where art explores science. The inaugural exhibition, Natural Histories, traces a range of artistic responses to an ever changing external and internal environment, touching on the mere presence of human intervention. The gallery is transformed into an evocative space that creates its own natural habitat from the elements of each artist’s personal response to their concept of nature.

Judy Hoffman, whose leaf-like formed paper book works can be seen in Gallery I, creates an installation of found materials mostly organic with a contamination of inorganic materials that “grows” out of the ground and walls to invade the space. The Swedish artist Leonard Forslund contributes a unique book whose textural pages beckons to be touched, unlike his more typically formal work. And we know how in Ana Mendieta’s work her own body became inextricably intertwined with the natural world; here in a rarely exhibited artist’s book she focuses on her etchings. Steven Daiber has long been dealing with the rawness of nature and the objects of rural life. “wrapped” in the symbols of human intellectual life. The artist team of Doug Baulos and Janice Kluge utilize the pages of a book folding them into something akin to a weather vane, allowing one to question juxtapositions within it’s subjective framework.

Holly Sears beautifully seen natural forms exist in a tranquil yet subtly ominous world where all is not quite right. Cosme Herrera interprets formal landscape tableau within the confines of his inlaid wooden mythologies. Josh Willis’s seemingly bucolic miniatures are whole environments in themselves but seen together create a dreamlike world. Robin Holder utilizes her stencil process in a layering and building of forms in deep rich colors that vibrate in her small scenarios. We find the quirky insects of the German silkscreen partnership of Helga Eilts & Jule Rump on various surprising surfaces. Julie A. McConnell’s stereoscopes of the great outdoors evoke a simpler time yet the viewer becomes a voyeur as we are inserted into the images. Sara Garden Armstrong multi-layered litorals are a graceful play of ebb and flow undulating and teeming under intense pressures of primordial states. The softly transparent cloth of DesirĂ©e Alvarez juxtaposes the bold drawn imagery with the delicacy of the fabric.

Mary Frank has long explored the natural world in her work and the human place within it.Tina Flau who is fascinated by her own garden in the outskirts of Berlin, uses a native historical German text on natural history as the impetus for her artist’s book, with each illustration becoming its own printed plate. Antonia Contro’s digitally printed collages selected from her collaborative encyclopedia were inspired by the floral and fauna of Cape Cod.Donna Maria de Creeft’s images collaged from text become incorporated into a series of flags and Michelle Wilson’s text becomes the soil for her plant as it actually grows between the bindings of a book.

Tammy Wofsey truly wishes the human form into a tree with her stark and almost life sized woodcut. Scandinavian Amina Bech’s perfunctory studies of tree structures as other worldly places through the use of the tondo seem somewhat clinical in their formality. The photographs of the young German artist Sandra Hartleb of trees in the night creates her own haunting interpretation of a similar subject. The strongly graphic collaged prints of Martin Mazorra reflect human social mores echoed in the aviary world. The seemingly innocuous proliferation of butterflies by Sabra Booth contains the disturbing subtext of their exploding male population In central Texas, while April Vollmer’s painted creatures foreshadow her print work as they ominously fly out of the sky at us in their amoral quest to survive.

Gerhard Mantz, of Berlin, with his computer generated digital prints that mimic painting, resonate with images of an uninhabited planet erupted in its hot and cold extremes. Based on scientific analysis, Heidi Neilson in both her own work and her collaborative effort with theWeather Station project interprets cool data in a highly conceptual yet still visually stimulating way. Chris Jordan documents more directly 6 days of a New York sky in his time lapse video taken from a Chinatown fire escape. The Austrian artist Elisabeth Wörndl plays with the forms of the human brain and their similarities to the clouds in the sky, as she playfully melds them together.

Zane Berzina insists we examine the physical world close-up, thereby drawing us into a totally encompassing specimen placed within small boxes as Travis Childers invites the viewer into a world that seems at once familiar in his use of known domestic and household products, yet relies heavily on our feelings of displacement.

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