Thursday, July 26, 2012
Everyday Abstract - Abstract Everyday at the James Cohan Gallery
The James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York, NY, is presenting Everyday Abstract - Abstract Everyday, a quietly subversive show curated by Matthew Higgs, director of the downtown alternative space White Columns.
These coolly modern pieces have painterly allusions and also recall mixed media pioneers such as Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. Many of these abstractions are made of commonplace materials that aren't immediately obvious until you read the gallery labels: postcards, instant noodles, koolaid, broom sticks, chewing gum, urine.
The show raised some interesting questions that brought me out of my art school mindset: how is formal perception altered by knowledge of process, is surrealism still relevant, why does abstraction seem more lifelike than figuration, do utilitarian objects have symbolic meaning, and finally, what is art?
This engaging, experimental show will be on view until August 1, 2012. You'll be happy to know that the spirit of Dada is alive and well in Chelsea.
More images here.