TM DAVY | Candela | November 22 - January 5, 2014 | 11 Rivington
Eleven Rivington is pleased to present a series of new intimately scaled paintings by TM Davy on view at the gallery’s 11 Rivington Street location from November 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014. The artist’s second exhibition at the gallery is titled Candela, referring to the candle flame central to each composition, a singular unit of luminous intensity radiating in a particular direction. This installation follows Davy’s recent exhibitions in Europe and the US, including a solo show at Exile, Berlin (2012); and his inclusion in The Temptation of AA Bronson at Witte de With, Rotterdam; Face & Skin at Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart; and Work at Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York (all 2013). A limited-edition handmade artist’s book accompanies this exhibition.
Candela is comprised of a focused series of 10 x 8 inch oil paintings which the artist began last year, following a group of figurative works that were presented as a solo show at LISTE, Basel in June 2012. In these canvases, painted from observation, full figures were posed and defined by ambient candlelight. The new works featured in this exhibition focus even further on this initial, simple idea: a single, lit candle defining the object, figure or space adjacent to it. Each painting contains light and delineates the subject, proposing simple and poetic pictorial narratives. The candela becomes a phenomenological source, conceptually weighted by the spectral sensitivity of the human eyes. The act of looking becomes the primary subject, with the artist suggesting an autobiographical chronicle based on the surfaces, colors, forms and details shown in each canvas, among them: domestic textiles, musical instruments, book pages, his husband Liam, their cat, flowers and foliage. Each canvas becomes a measure of time and a record of the act of private contemplation.
TM Davy was born 1980 in New York, NY and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He was educated at The School of Visual Arts (BFA, 2002) where he currently also teaches. In 2011-12, Sarah Michelson included commissioned portraits by TM Davy as part of her set, at performances at The Kitchen, NY (Devotion #1); The 2012 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (Devotion #2); and The Museum of Modern Art, NY (Devotion #3). Davy’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Summer Camp at Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (2012); B-Out, curated by Scott Hug at Andrew Edlin, New York (2011); Con Amore at Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark; No Soul for Sale, curated by Maurizio Cattelan and Cecilia Alemani, at Tate Modern, UK (2010) and X Initiative, New York (2009); and Nudes at Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo (2009. Reviews and articles include The New York Times, Time Out New York, Out Magazine, and Village Voice, among others.
TOBIAS SPICHTIG | This is what happened in the Jungle | November 22 - January 5, 2014 | 195 Chrystie Street
Eleven Rivington is delighted to announce the first solo show in New York by Swiss artist Tobias Spichtig, on view at the gallery’s 195 Chrystie Street location from November 22, 2013 – January 5, 2014. The exhibition is organized by Christian Wirtz.
Tobias Spichtig’s eponymous photographs present shots taken at the zoo, in an artificial recreation of the rain forest. They show what we expect when we talk about a rain forest: jungle. Apart from that, absolutely nothing is happening in these views – and if something were to happen, we probably wouldn’t see it. In Spichtig’s large compositions on canvas, executed in printing inks, the print medium is stripped of its function. These paintings become prints without a code that recall watercolors. Spichtig creates an accident that purports to be natural but instead is artificial. The ‘accident’ becomes an act of generating an image, which can also be understood as a primitive concept.
The artist’s practice is fuelled by its continuous circulation of media, formats, and materials. The constant within his work is an aesthetic claim upon form. His conscious awareness of the generation of images goes back to the aesthetic understanding that characterizes today’s visual culture: the overlaying of information, and its simultaneous, multiple representations. Spichtig’s concept thereby becomes a concentrated potentiality that induces, in its precision, new avenues of thought and jokes. And that is exactly what happens in the exhibition, the city, the jungle, and indeed in our thinking: something like reality is generated by chance.
Tobias Spichtig was born in 1982 in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was educated at Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste, Zurich, Switzerland (BFA & MFA) and currently lives and works in Zurich. Previous solo exhibitions include The blue, the red, the green, the cuboid and the pyramid, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Germany (2012); Sappy / UFO Romantics / Slave to Love, Van Horbourg, Switzerland (2011). Group shows include Ludlow 38, New York (2013); Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland (2013); Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2011/12), and Witte de With, Holland (2011), among others.