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Yesterday Amphoric
9/8/2012- 10/14/2012


September 8—October 14, 2012

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 8th, 7-10pm

Ginny Cook, Rosemary Mayer, David J. Merritt


Yesterday Amphoric examines the impact of historicity, memory and death on the corporeal and material life of objects. Posing as an ensemble of apparitions, effigies, relics, and shrouds, this exhibition is a requiem to timelessness. Denying the separation between body and object, each artist maintains a devout presence within the works displayed—evoking what Indian philosopher Ananda Coomaraswamy referred to as a “continuous condition” rather than representing a specific thing or discrete moment in time.

Ginny Cook connects modes of expression with forms of memorialization. Simultaneously inviting and resisting a sympathetic eye, Cook’s images mourn the failures of communication through photography while celebrating the fluid textual capabilities of the medium. David J. Merritt explores the negative inner-space of the body, the vastness of outer-space and archaeological methods of extraction, transport and display. Totemic and ritualistic objects cast and assembled with traditional materials like plaster and clay come into being from the calcification of marks made by hands pawing and scratching. The work of Rosemary Mayer became public in the early 1970’s with large-scale fabric sculptures named for forgotten women in Western history. This exhibition includes her work from the eighties based on Neolithic or Classical vessels that act as living figures relaying ghostly odes of ineffability and impermanence.


Press:

What artists are up to in Ridgewood: Regina Rex
QueensNYC: Anne Shisler-Hughes

Notes from New York
Glasstire: Katie Geha




Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Installation view of Yesterday Amphoric


Ginny Cook
Untitled (Sympathy Container)
2012
silver gelatin print
20 x 24 inches


Rosemary Mayer
Experiment: Cloud
1990
cheesecloth, reeds, rabbit-skin glue, bronze gilding powder
24 x 30 x 54 inches


Rosemary Mayer
Detail of Experiment: Cloud
1990
cheesecloth, reeds, rabbit-skin glue, bronze gilding powder
24 x 30 x 54 inches


David J. Merritt
Template KH
2012
Gypsum cement, unfired ceramic clay, graphite, custom wood frame
22 x 17 x 1 inches


Rosemary Mayer
Water Basket
1984
rag vellum, wood, rabbit-skin glue
24 x 30 x 54 inches


David J. Merritt
Nirvana
2012
High definition video on USB key
9 hours 15 minutes (looped)


David J. Merritt
Template 10-WWD
2012
Hydrocal, unfired ceramic clay, graphite, hair, saliva
118 x 3 x 3 inches


Ginny Cook
Untitled (Sympathy Container)
2012
silver gelatin print
11 x 14 inches


Rosemary Mayer, Amphora 1984, wood, rag vellum, rabbit skin glue, 46" x 43" x 29"