a solo exhibition of recent work by French artist Anne-Lise Coste featuring new paintings executed primarily in spray-painted acrylic. In the main gallery, an immersive series of 12 black and white canvases based on details of Picasso’s Guernica breaks down the highly complex and visually dense painting into singular appropriated and abstracted scenes. In the smaller second space of the gallery is a display of a new series of text-based works and abstract paintings. Anne-Lise Coste was born 1973 in Marseille, France and currently lives and works in New York.
Adam Shecter,Event Erasers, June 2012. Performance at St. Ann’s Warehouse in New York as part of the experimental puppetry lab. A series of live animated scenes inspired by the matte paintings and analogue special effects of 20th century filmmaking. Courtesy the artist and Eleven Rivington. Photo by Richard Termine.
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.
Eleven Rivington presents a solo project room exhibition by PA-based artist Hilary Berseth (born 1979), on view from December 11, 2014 – February 15, 2015, at 195 Chrystie Street. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. Berseth was recently included in Beyond Human at the Peabody Essex Museum, MA, and Wax: Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture at Kunsforeningen GL Strand, Copenhagen. The exhibition comprises seven faces rendered onto geometric paper sculptures suspended from the ceiling at eye level.
Hilary Berseth continues his hybrid practice of drawing and sculpture with a series of seven works on paper. Each piece is folded into the facets of one of five Platonic solids: tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. On the surface of this geometry, a face has been drawn to scale in graphite. The facial expressions correspond to the seven basic emotions: anger, fear, disgust/contempt, sadness, surprise, happiness, and neutral. Two of the platonic solids, the tetrahedron and icosahedron, are repeated to complete the catalog of emotions. The faces are based on images from the Karolinska Directed Emotional Faces (KDEF), a stimuli set of 4900 pictures of human facial expressions used for psychological research on perception, attention, emotion, and memory.