Brigitte Kowanz / Mariano Sardón
November 14 - December 21, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14, 6-8 pm
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is pleased to present Transmissions, an exhibition of new work by noted new media artists Brigitte Kowanz and Mariano Sardón. This exhibition investigates encoded language systems and their formation of a cultural dialogue through contemporary sculptural forms.
Using artificial light as her primary medium, Brigitte Kowanz explores its relationship with space, language and time. Kowanz uses light as a linguistic system, manipulating it through the use of glass, mirrors and metal and shaping it into symbols, codes and text. The ultimate metaphor, light is the very means by which all modes of visual communication are possible.
Morse Code, one of the first forms of communication at the speed of light, recurs in Kowanz’s work in various forms and materials. In “Morse Alphabet”, Kowanz presents us with a circular arrangement of neon tubes. At intervals, black sleeves of varying widths block out the chalk-white color emitted by each lamp, with the illuminated and black sections combining to produce each letter in the Morse alphabet.
As a second-generation video sculptor, programming is fundamental to Mariano Sardón’s works. Crafting both the software and hardware himself, he explores the interconnected relationships between technology, science and art. By examining the human bodies relationship to technology, Sardon’s works function as prototype cybernetic interfaces, elucidating the boundaries of the physical and the digital.
The Morphologies of Gaze series was created by using metrics to trace the pupil movements of several subjects as they were shown a portrait. The artwork recreates the original portrait by using the information gathered to re-form the image based on how the subjects’ eyes traced that portrait. This further exemplifies Sardon’s interest in the connection between the human and the digital leading to the formation of communication.
Brigitte Kowanz (b. 1957) lives and works in Vienna Austria. Her work was recently included in the seminal exhibition The Light Show at the Hayward Gallery (London, UK). Kowanz has also held solo exhibitions at Borusan Contemporary (Istanbul, 2013), Häusler Contemporary (Munich, 2012) and Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch, 2012).
Mariano Sardón (b. 1968) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he is a professor, researcher and chair of the Electronic Art Degree at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Sardón was awarded the Konex Prize in Visual Art (2012) and obtained the Experimentation Prize in Non-traditional Supports and Video (2008) by the Argentinean Association of Art Critics.
"Nature of Language" by José Parlá
Site-specific installation commissioned by
SNØHETTA and North Carolina State University
Trailer for WATERMARK, a film by Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky
Watermark is a feature documentary film that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.
Watermark is directed by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, and is the third part of Burtynsky’s Water project, which includes a book Burtynsky: Water and a major photographic exhibition. Filmed and produced by Nicholas de Pencier and three years in the making, it is a logical extension of the trio’s previous collaboration, Manufactured Landscapes.
In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted- until it’s gone.
Commission for the San Diego Airport
Completed May 2013
The Journey starts at the security checkpoint of the San Diego International Airport. As you travel down the North Concourse, suspended just below the ceiling, the light ribbon is made out of 40,000 small spheres that create a virtual surface spanning 700 feet long. As one looks up, simple images flutter along the way to other airport destinations.
The goal of this commission included creating an artwork that served as both art and also a way finding element, using soft cues to lead passengers through the concourse. The artistic concept was further integrated and complemented in the architectural design and finishes in the floor and surrounding environment, creating an all-encompassing atmosphere. The final artwork is successfully integrated in the architecture and adds supplemental lighting to the environment.
Edward Burtynsky: Water
September 19 - November 2, 2013
New York – Two exhibitions of new work by renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky will be on view from September 19 – November 2, 2013, at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery and Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York. The exhibitions, both entitled Water, represent the artist’s largest and most remarkable project to date, tracing in intricate detail humanity’s complex relationship with the world’s most vital natural resource.
The exhibitions coincide with the publication of a new book, Burtynsky – Water, to be published by Steidl in September 2013, and the release of a feature-length documentary film, Watermark. In addition, a touring museum exhibition, Burtynsky – Water, organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), will be comprised of more than 60 works at the Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, from October 5, 2013 – January 19, 2014.
The dramatic large-scale photographs from 2007 – 2013 document the scale and impact of harnessing and consuming the world’s water supplies in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Iceland, Asia, and India. Burtynsky chronicles the various roles that water plays in modern life: as a source of healthy ecosystems and energy, as a key element in cultural and religious rituals, and as a rapidly depleting resource.
“While trying to accommodate the growing needs of an expanding – and very thirsty – civilization, we are reshaping the Earth in colossal ways. Over five years, I have explored water in various aspects: distress, control, agriculture, aquaculture, waterfront, and source,” states Burtynsky. “We have to learn to think more long-term about the consequences of what we are doing, while we are doing it. My hope is that these pictures will stimulate a process of thinking about something essential to our survival, something we often take for granted – until it’s gone.”
Burtynsky’s subjects include the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, pivot irrigation sites in Texas, and dryland farming in Spain. In these instances, the artist took to the air using helicopters and a small fixed-wing aircraft, to bring the scale of the human imprint into a more meaningful perspective. He also traveled to photograph millions of people bathing in the sacred Ganges River in India, mega-dam construction on the upper Yangtze and the once-per-year silt release on the Yellow River in China, the precious virgin watersheds of British Columbia, and the dry beds of the Colorado River Delta.
Burtynsky’s fifth book, Burtynsky – Water, published by Steidl (228 pages, 114 color plates/hardcover) will be released in September 2013. The book includes essays by anthropologist Wade Davis and New Orleans Museum of Art curator Russell Lord.
The feature-length film Watermark (co-directed by Edward Burtynsky and Jennifer Baichwal, produced and filmed by Nick de Pencier) will be released theatrically by Mongrel Media in Canada in the fall. More information will be forthcoming about a U.S. release date.
About Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky’s works are in the collections of over 50 museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; New York; Tate, London; Reina Sophia Museum, Madrid; and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. He is the subject of Jennifer Baichwal’s acclaimed 2006 documentary film Manufactured Landscapes, which won numerous awards and was shown at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. Burtynsky received the inaugural TED Prize in 2005. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006, and has received many other awards. He holds six honorary doctorate degrees, including two he received this spring. Born in Ontario in 1955, Burtynsky lives and works in Toronto.
About Howard Greenberg Gallery
Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York. The gallery exhibits at The Armory Show, The AIPAD Photography Show New York, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Art Basel, Paris Photo, and Art Basel Miami Beach. For more information, contact 212-334-0010 or email@example.com or visit www.howardgreenberg.com.
About Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is located at 505 West 24th Street, New York. The gallery exhibits at The Armory Show, The AIPAD Photography Show, New York, Paris Photo and PULSE Miami. For more information, please visit brycewolkowitz.com or contact the gallery at 212-243-8830 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The art consulting of Bryce Wolkowitz is featured in the July 2013 issue of Architectural Digest. The renovation of the Upper East Side townhouse was completed in collaboration with Designer Delphine Krakoff and Architect Oliver Cope.
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba film screening at the SVA Theater and reception at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, May 22, 2013
JR / José Parlá’s mural at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
for “The Wrinkles of the City Havana, Cuba” exhibition
May 7 - July 12, 2013
JR/ José Parlá
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba
May 7 - July 12, 2013
Opening reception: Tuesday May 7, 6-8 pm
The Wrinkles of the City was started by JR in Cartagena, Spain and has been reprised in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and most recently, Havana. In 2012, JR and Parlá photographed and interviewed dozens of senior citizens who lived through the Cuban revolution, flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of their subjects on the walls of city buildings. Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaces the images with palimpsestic, calligraphic writings and color. In a city devoid of commercial imagery, JR and Parlá’s enormous yet intimate portraits offer a stunningly humane contrast to the endless repetition of political icons.
This exhibition will consist of twelve large portraits from the Havana iteration of The Wrinkles of the City project along with a site-specific installation.
Since 2004, the French artist JR has traveled the world creating monumental portraits of ordinary citizens. He is widely considered one of the most influential and visionary of all street artists. JR was awarded the prestigious TED prize in 2011. A documentary film about JR’s Inside Out, a global art project providing people the opportunity to share their portrait and a statement of what they stand for, will be showing at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. His other projects include Women Are Heroes, Face 2 Face, and Portrait of a Generation.
José Parlá has received critical acclaim for his paintings, which lie at the boundary between abstract marking and calligraphy. Composed from layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera, his work evokes the histories of urban environments. He was recently commissioned by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (January 2013) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (September 2012), as well as having recently held solo exhibitions at Haunch of Venison (London, UK) and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery (Tokyo, Japan). In 2013, Parlá was added to the collection of the British Museum, (London, UK). José Parlá lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba, which was commissioned for the 11th Havana Biennial, has been made into a book published by Damiani/Standard Press, as well as a film, which will be on view at the gallery.