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.
Adam Shecter, Last Men, 2011. Single channel digital video and animation. Dimensions variable. Video documentation courtesy the artist and Eleven Rivington.
Inspired by the science fiction novel Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon, Last Men imagines planet earth and its human civilization in the far distant future via a series of both lucid vignettes and decayed visual transmissions.