Third Iteration: 511 W 25th Street
CAVE PAINTING INSTALLMENT #1
Oct 2nd - Oct 31st 2009
gallery hours Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Gresham's Ghost is pleased to announce its third exhibition, "Cave Painting," organized by Bob Nickas, which brings together works by forty artists who are engaged with picture-making manifested within a painting practice. This show follows another with the same title that was presented in Berlin at PSM Gallery in June 2009 that evolved as a result of Nickas's research for his book, Painting Abstraction, to be published in October by Phaidon Press. The project was initiated with months of studio visits in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Berlin. Most of the artists in the exhibition are also included in the book, which aims to open up a wider sense of how abstract painting can be understood today. The title, "Cave Painting," is a direct reference to the origins of picture-making, visual story-telling, and the beginning of painting. Expressionistic works are seen alongside those that are formally reserved; hand-painted pictures are shown in counterpoint to those that have their basis in mechanical procedures; the range of works accounts for both predetermined result and pure chance. Over the course of the show, a collaborative work by Richard Hoeck and John Miller, a child mannequin, will move each day to a different position in the gallery to "look at" and further animate the paintings — a strange, nomadic figurative element within the space.