Re-Planetizer curated by The Pit at Regina Rex, New York
September 11 - October 16, 2016
Opening September 11, 2016
Trudy Benson, Erik Frydenborg, Jess Fuller, Guy Goodwin, Nick Kramer, Sadie Laska, Jennie Jieun Lee, Adam D. Miller, Devon Oder, Bruce M. Sherman, and Nora Shields
"Building Better Worlds" -Weyland Yutani Corp.
Re-planetizer is a group exhibition curated by Los Angeles based, artist run gallery The Pit. The exhibition brings together the works of five artists from Los Angeles and six from New York. An opening reception will take place at Regina Rex at Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00pm.
Re-Planetizer brings together eleven emerging artists; a selection of artists from Los Angeles meets a group of New Yorkers who reflect a similar approach, attitude, and aesthetic interests. Re-Planetizer is a constructed word without a fixed meaning. It is abstract, playful, and it draws to mind grand gestures of generative creativity. It draws references to Science Fiction and the construction of planets or the rebuilding of planets. To generate new worlds one must first contemplate the void, look in the emptiness and desire to conquer or tackle that empty space. One must envision new horizons in a vacuum, or perhaps in the aftermath of a destructive force.
Jess Fuller's constructivist paintings are the result of collage, sewing, dying, ripping, or cutting, of multiple pieces of fabrics which are then adhered to the surface of the canvas creating compositions on top of compositions - the void is considered, and confronted over and over again in her process. At times they're psychedelic and chaotic, other times, free flowing with a visual ease. Jennie Jieun Lee's ceramic sculptures have an undeniable link to destructive forces as a catalyst for creation. Her cast ceramic heads are caving in, distorted, falling apart, and drowning in beautiful glassy glazes. Nick Kramer's works were created by pouring resin onto carved and painted foam. The resin dissolves the material, eating it from the backside frontwards, and eventually inhabiting the foam's original form. For process driven work with an emphasis on the destructive nature of materials, the end result of Kramer's work leaves the viewer with a whimsical sensation. Bruce M. Sherman's ceramic anthropomorphic sculptures lean toward an investigation of ancient totemic histories, with a heavy dose of humor. All of the works share a visual exuberance, are bold, have confrontational elements, and yet remain playful and at times humorous.
This exhibition is part of a series of on-going exchanges between The Pit and other artist-run spaces. Regina Rex will be curating a show at The Pit opening in January 2017.