Graham : I’ve never understood the thing that Morgan Freeman said to you.
Jonah : Oh, so this was about 10 years ago, I did a film with Morgan Freeman, a really small film, and the first ten minutes of the film are just us driving together in a car, and talking, and it took three days to shoot and he didn’t talk to me the entire time. Like, in between takes, right ? Cause he had so much dialogue to learn, right ? So in between we wouldn’t really chat, but we were in a car together for three days…
"This is an exhibition about looking. It’s about looking at ourselves, looking at others and how that affects the way we see the world. It’s about looking at art and the complicated and complicit relationship that this creates between ourselves, the work and the artist. It’s about desire, frustration, transparency and opacity."
Diana Artus, Barbar, Katie Cercone, Elly Clarke, Linda Franke, Delia Gonzalez, Jennifer Herrema, Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, Daniel Kingery, Lisa Kingery, Phuc Le, Mira O’Brien, Eva Maria Salvador, Andy Warhol
Stray Light Grey by Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe at the Marlborough Chelsea Gallery, NYC.
Articulated through the construction of multiple architectural settings, Stray Light Grey marks a unification of many of the thematic threads from previous projects into a sprawling sequence of interiors. Through a series of fictional and historical narratives the artists have composed an expansive, alternate world that reimagines culture through subjects such as rogue science, psychedelic drugs, mega-conventions and hypertrophic urbanism. A warren of corridors, chambers and passageways is configured into a spatial collage that gives a fragmented vision of a parallel metropolis. As if the visitor has entered a bizarro New York City simulated in a foreign country where the details have been perverted in translation. The overall conglomeration is a system of architecture that forms a sculpture in its totality, a concept of the city as a clumsy monument whose symbolic identity is never fully materialized.
“The bi-coastal artists have constructed a mind-boggling series of connected rooms representing different social groups and historical time periods that wind through different levels of the now almost unrecognizable gallery. Rooms include an Art Deco museum, an Off Track Betting parlor, an art gallery, an archive/library of an eccentric aristocrat and a “retail environment” which includes a cake shop and a plastic surgery clinic. By the time you hit the end, you may have forgotten where you began. Expect big lines, as only 30 people will be admitted at a time… Don’t miss this show. It’s the perfect launch to the Fall gallery season in NYC.” (PaperMag) - thru Oct 27
One of the coolest rooms in Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s installation at Marlborough Chelsea, Stray Light Grey (through October 27), is this closet-sized space whose walls are lined with computer circuitry and what smells like beeswax.
The works included address diverse notions surrounding the themes of fiction or deception. This collection, spanning several generations from Dada to the present, poses questions regarding identity, authorship, originality and reality. The practices and methodologies range from: depictions of fictional places, imagined personas, inaccurate histories, invented language, urban utopias and complex, unrevealed material gestures. - thru Feb 18