OHWOW is pleased to announce Post 9-11, a group exhibition distinct of a decade and definitive of an era. The work of the nine artists represented (Dan Colen, Terence Koh, Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, Adam McEwen, Ryan McGinley, Agathe Snow, Dash Snow, and Aaron Young) defies categorization in a particular movement or style, yet poignantly references a collective history through works of painting, photography, sculpture, and installation.
Practicing in the new millenium, these New York based-artists, friends and collaborators, are brought together by a sense of community and shared history. Their relationships with each other cemented fully over the last ten years – a decade spent sharing ideas, studios, apartments, and themselves. This intimate connection not only informed their respective practices, it also influenced their creative progressions. The loose society of downtown New York provides affirmation that the bond created making art together proved a powerful factor in the voice and vision of these artists.
Creating imagery, which at times expressed a rebellious spirit and freedom, also responds to their experience of these ten tumultuous years. The Post 9-11 artists’ work runs the gamut: defiant, irreverent and destructive; sublime, utopian, and filled with emotion. Two former studio mates and room mates, Dan Colen and Ryan McGinley exhibit the polarity. A painting of tar and feathers adhered to canvas by Dan Colen, Blop!, 2011, appears chaotic and abject. It references the barbaric and archaic act of punishment and interjects a strong sense of materiality with the use of unconventional media. Conversely, Ryan McGinley’s photograph, Tom (Golden Tunnel), 2010, is a surreal and cinematically arranged image of a nude, male figure in a train tunnel. It is as transcendent in its ethereal treatment as it is existential in its choreography and open-ended narrative.
These brief examples articulate that as a whole, the work in this exhibition is effective in its ability to translate the myriad reactions possible in light of a connected reality. No two experiences can be exact in their expression, however, their aesthetic approaches, although disparate, present a visual memoir of a defining era. Reluctant in yielding to definition, yet decidedly American, Post 9-11 characterizes the mood and complexities of a decade.
Ryan McGinley, Tom (Golden Tunnel), 2010. C-print, 72 x 100 inches. Courtesy of Team Gallery and the artist.
Dan Colen, Blop!, 2011. © Dan Colen. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photography by Robert McKeever.
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 30, 6–9 PM
June 30 – August 27, 2011
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