Monday, November 22, 2010

new work by Chris Mahonski in December!

Come by ADA for First Friday in December and see Realistic Weather, new work by local sculptor Chris Mahonski. Chris describes his work as trying to recreate some memory, or a translation of that memory. The show will open on December 3rd from 7-9pm, and run through Christmas Eve.

Monday, November 08, 2010

ADA artist Scott Hewicker Co-Curates HAUNTOLOGY at BAM/PFA

image: Paul Sietsema: Ship drawing, 2009 (detail); ink on paper diptych; each 50 3/4 x 70 in.; © Paul Sietsema/courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.

ADA gallery artist Scott Hewicker has co-curated this wonderful exhibit with Larry Rinder ( director of BAM/PFA ) at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive. It is up through December 5th this year.

From the BAM/PFA website:
essentially the logic of the ghost, is a concept as ephemeral and abstract as the term implies. Since it was first used by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in a 1993 lecture delivered at UC Riverside concerning the state of Marxist thought in the post-Communist era, the term hauntology has been widely discussed in philosophical and political circles, as well as becoming a major influence in the development of various sub-genres of electronic music.

This exhibition focuses primarily on the museum’s recent contemporary acquisitions, mixing these with a number of other works representing a wide range of periods and styles. Although the artists included in Hauntology do not necessarily see themselves as part of a larger movement, when viewed collectively a number of resonances appear, not unrelated to the musical interpretations of the theme. Works in Hauntology frequently incorporate archaic imagery, styles, or techniques and evoke uncertainty, mystery, inexpressible fears, and unsatisfied longing.

For Derrida himself, hauntology is a philosophy of history that upsets the easy progression of time by proposing that the present is simultaneously haunted by the past and the future. Specifically, Derrida suggests that the specter of Marxist utopianism haunts the present, capitalist society, in what he describes as “the persistence of a present past.” The notion of hauntology also can be seen as describing the fluidity of identity among individuals, marking the dynamic and inevitable shades of influence that link one person’s experience to another’s, both in the present and over time.

In the fifteen years since Derrida first used this term, hauntology, and the related term, hauntological, have been adopted by the British music critic Simon Reynolds to describe a recurring influence in electronic music created primarily by artists in the United Kingdom who use and manipulate samples culled from the past (mostly old wax-cylinder recordings, classical records, library music, or postwar popular music) to invoke either a euphoric or unsettling view of an imagined future. The music has an anachronistic quality hinting at an unrecognizable familiarity that is often dreamlike, blurry, and melancholic—what Reynolds describes as “an uneasy mixture of the ancient and the modern.”

This exhibition marks the first time that a museum has presented works of visual art within the framework of hauntology. Works by Luc Tuymans, Paul Sietsema, Carrie Mae Weems, Bruce Conner, Robert Gutierrez, Diane Arbus, Travis Collinson, Paul Schiek, Arnold Kemp, and others form loose groups in which one can discern various thematic concentrations: the enigma of place and placelessness, memorial and longing, transitional beings, displacement and disappearance, demonic manifestations, auras, elegies of nature, and the translucency of the psyche.

Scott Hewicker, artist and musician
Lawrence Rinder, director, BAM/PFA

Friday, November 05, 2010

MORGAN HERRIN , ada gallery artist at our sister gallery in NY , MULHERIN POLLARD PROJECTS!

Here are a few shots of Morgan Herrin's latest wood sculpture on view at Mulherin Pollard Projects in Chelsea, NYC. Dallas born and Richmond based artist, Morgan Herrin creates these masterpieces from construction grade 2x4's.

Herrin's wood sculptures have been highly sought after since debuting with ADA gallery in Richmond,Virginia selling to Lance Armstrong at a fair in New York in 2007 which was profiled in the New York Post, as well as The International Art Newspaper. Last year, Armstrong bought a second piece from ADA gallery, an incredible 6ft diameter globe piece with a fallen female figure, which is on view at The Livestrong Foundation in Austin. While touring the facility in a 2010 Men's Journal interview he says, "I love the Herrin piece because I know how much pain and work goes into each one of them".

Morgan's statement on this piece: "Untitled (Knight) is the product of the combination of two subjects: 15th century plate armor, and geological cave structure. Studied separately, these two subjects are completely unrelated. The manmade geometric precision of plate armor is formally opposite of the flowing, organic stalactites and stalagmites. Seen together, these two parts present a striking contrast in form and create a theme of time and the effects of nature. The pose of the figure and the general composition are references to the classical sculpture "The Dying Gaul" of ancient Roman antiquity. Rendered entirely in laminated construction-grade 2 by 4s, the material itself irreverently contradicts this classical allusion, and at the same time draws attention to our own culture's reliance on the fast, cheap, and impermanent."

Come see this magnificent work in all of it's 7 foot tall glory! Mulherin Pollard Projects at 317 10th Ave. NY,NY 10001. Gallery hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Morgan Herrin's new work at Mulherin Pollard Projects

Morgan Herrin's latest & greatest arrives in NYC!

Oh My! By hook or by crook, We got it in the door! I couldn't have pulled this off without the help of Sven Tresp, Gavin Wilson and Joe Riley! The answered the call of duty (er, friendship) by showing up this morning on 10th avenue to give Kirsten Kindler and Toto Feldman a hand with this bad boy. I can't forget the two guys from Hedley's art transport. They were great. Patient and really nice.
So, internet pals, You have to come to the opening this Thursday November 4th , 6-9pm , at Mulherin Pollard Projects. 317 10th Ave between 28th & 29th Sts.
I had Morgans work at Scope New York in 2008 with ADA gallery, and we caused quite the stir, getting on PAGE SIX in the New York Post and the front page of the International Art Newspaper (due to our sale to Lance Armstrong). Check out this latest piece, We'll have it up in Chelsea till the end of November. Gallery Hours: 11am - 6pm.