Friday, November 16, 2012

PRE-THANKSGIVING READING EXPLOSION KNOCKOUT TAKEDOWN!!! AT MULHERIN + POLLARD, SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17

PRE-THANKSGIVING READING EXPLOSION KNOCKOUT TAKEDOWN!!! 
MULHERIN + POLLARD
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17 | 7PM |  187 CHRYSTIE STREET 


Jeffrey Rotter, celebrated great guy and author of the novel The Unknown Knowns. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including McSweeney's, the New York Times, and Spin.

Eric Amling, an excellent tipper, and author of the chapbook LEGAL PURE (Greying Ghost Press). His recent work appears or is

 forthcoming in 6x6, Crush and The Minus Times.

Jason Porter, adored by his own mother, and author of Why Are You So Sad?, the crisp little pip of a novel which is anticipating publication in an upcoming evenly numbered year in the majority of non-Mayan calendars.

Paul Benney, a full body translator and life-long learner. He co-directed the San Francisco based dance company OnSite during both the Twentieth and Twenty First Centuries. Currently Mr. Benney teaches Recreational Arts at St. Ann's School and also can be safely said to improve anybody's dance party by a factor of seven.

When: 7 p.m., November 17, 2012 | Where: Mulherin + Pollard, 187 Chrystie Street, NYC | Why: Why not?

Friday, November 09, 2012

OLOGY at Mulherin + Pollard, Opening Thursday Nov.15 (6-9)

OPENING NOVEMBER 15, 2012
6-9pm
at
Mulherin + Pollard

OLOGY : MORGAN HERRIN new works

 Morgan Herrin, Otzi, 84" x 42" x 24", recycled lumber, 2012

MORGAN HERRIN : OLOGY

Morgan Herrin is an artist with an extensive background in wood crafting and carpentry that unites a deep understanding and appreciation of the properties and materiality of wood with a fascination for the human form. His works have utilized wood to mimic materials ranging from the hard surfaces of iron, copper, and bronze, to the more delicate and fragile organic shapes found in nature, from plant and moss forms to bone and skin. In this new exhibition of his work, he takes as his subject the remains of the Ice Man (or "Oetzi" as scientists named him), the mummified 5,300-year-old man that was discovered in 1991 in the Eastern Alps near the border between Austria and Italy startlingly well preserved in the ice, as if thousands of years had not passed. The sculpture, in a similarly vivid fashion, is an astonishing, frighteningly lifelike image of our ancestral past captured in an almost dancing gesture, as if frozen in time for all of eternity to witness.
 Morgan Herrin, Otzi, 84" x 42" x 24", recycled lumber, 2012



copper gate


In his previous work, Herrin created works that harkened back to classical sculpture, using as his primary medium standardized dimensional lumber-planed wood with a smooth finish prepared primarily for commercial construction purposes. His newest work utilizes found, aged lumber, which allows for a rougher, weathered appearance and the qualities of a grittier realism, aligning perfectly with his current subject matter.


Herrin earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and an MFA in Sculpture in 2005 from Ohio State University in Columbus OH. His work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the United States, as well as art fairs with ADA Gallery in Miami and New York City. Herrin lives and works in Richmond, VA, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University.  

DANIEL DAVIDSON AT MULHERIN + POLLARD

DOUBLE FEATURE
DANIEL DAVIDSON
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MULHERIN + POLLARD
187 CHRYSTIE STREET
NY, NY 10002
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OPENING THURSDAY NOVEMBER 15, 2012 , 6-9PM







http://mulherinpollard.com/Daniel_Davidson_Double_Feature.html

The works in "Double Feature" display figuration and abstraction as twin protagonists spilling into a spontaneous mirroring field, where the initial gesture of an inkblot or an accidental scratch can open out and transform into a tangled architecture of faces, dizzying designs, and vibrant color.

Davidson approaches his drawings by working directly on selected portions of the paper, often opposing faces with abstract forms on differing sides, then wetting the paper and making numerous folds to produce symmetrical transfers and unexpected new images-a process that results in something akin to an hallucinatory Rorschach test, a Burroughs-Gysin visual cut-up/fold-up experiment, or the remnants of some wildly disorienting dada parlor game.

The source of his images are often anonymous faces both young and old, glimpsed from found photography, fashion advertising, or out-dated period portraits shorn of their original contexts, so that the multiplicity and complication underlying them are exposed-we see an exaggerated smile of joy come to reveal hidden terror or fear, or a simple, placid gaze become riddled with wonder, confusion, anxiety, or a sense of the mysterious.

The "double feature" of the show's title can also allude to the almost cinematic qualities of the drama that is choreographed and staged within the drawings, as figures become part of an unfolding narrative where visual elements are set free to unfurl in a looping montage of incongruous, complementary, and unexpected emotional states occurring before the viewer.

Davidson was born in San Francisco in 1965 and earned his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990. He was the recipient of an American Academy in Rome Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 1994, and his work has been exhibited widely in solo and group shows in the U.S. and abroad in cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, and Tel Aviv. He has been included in numerous shows at Mulherin + Pollard and its sister space, ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA, and been featured at art fairs including most recently NADA Hudson (2012), as well as at this fall's DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Davidson currently lives and works in Brooklyn.