Exhibition

Decline and Fall

Press Release

DECLINE AND FALL

Featuring: Doug Hall, Candida Höfer, Martin Klimas, Ian McDonald, Andrew Moore, Vik Muniz, Joseph Park, Deborah Oropallo, Marci Washington, John Waters, Fred Wilson and Bing Wright

JULY 2 - AUGUST 8, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

During the month of July, Rena Bransten Gallery is presenting a group show titled. Artworks in Decline and Fall seek to describe how obsession or over-indulgence can lead to degradation and ruin. Works were selected for their representation of this progression rather than the complex histories and broader issues in between that may be imagined or pondered by viewers.

Doug Hall, Candida Höfer, and Andrew Moore's photographs capture not only social change but how art and architecture have been adapted to accommodate it. Hall's Helena, Wife of Constantine, Museum Capitalino, Rome confronts us with the shift from personal or political portrait commissions to de-contextualized objects housed in a museum. Moore's Peter the Great and BMW (Old Sculptor's Studio) shows the transformation from artist's studio to temporary garage, and Hofer's Palacio Peredo-Barreda de Caja Cantabria Santillana del Mar I marks a change from palatial living to exhibition space with decay, deferred maintenance and poorly updated electrical and phone wires as a consequence.

Joseph Park and>Deborah Oropallo comment on the trajectory of painting itself as they alter styles to influence meaning. Park's painting leave it on the dance floor, a post modern interpretation of a neo-classical history painting, uses cubism to review the initial intentions of validating revolution. Oropallo's Repunzel and Maid with Squirrel use images of female models from the internet merged with fops and frippery from 17th century European portrait paintings to challenge social, sexual, and political hierarchies past and present. Toppling old notions allow new visions and power structures to emerge.

Fred Wilson's Bust depicts a tiny black pharaoh head sitting between the white shoulders of a classic Greek torso - a re-ordering of Eurocentric thinking.

Bing Wright and John Waters' photographs show more literal declines - the fall and fade of a rose bloom with scattered petals and old human skin turned to wrinkles. Similarly, Martin Klimas catches a bourgeois curio statuette as it shatters into flying porcelain fragments.

Single signifiers are seen in works by Marci Washington and Ian McDonald; a ghost and a leonine power symbol serve as conduits to unknown histories and larger social issues.

Vik Muniz' Tower of Babel uses puzzle pieces to recreate the cautionary tale of man's hubris and God's punishment. The tower built to elevate man to God's level precipitated the shattering of mankind into different races and tongues.

DECLINE AND FALL

Featuring: Doug Hall, Candida Höfer, Martin Klimas, Ian McDonald, Andrew Moore, Vik Muniz, Joseph Park, Deborah Oropallo, Marci Washington, John Waters, Fred Wilson and Bing Wright

JULY 2 - AUGUST 8, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

During the month of July, Rena Bransten Gallery is presenting a group show titled. Artworks in Decline and Fall seek to describe how obsession or over-indulgence can lead to degradation and ruin. Works were selected for their representation of this progression rather than the complex histories and broader issues in between that may be imagined or pondered by viewers.

Doug Hall, Candida Höfer, and Andrew Moore's photographs capture not only social change but how art and architecture have been adapted to accommodate it. Hall's Helena, Wife of Constantine, Museum Capitalino, Rome confronts us with the shift from personal or political portrait commissions to de-contextualized objects housed in a museum. Moore's Peter the Great and BMW (Old Sculptor's Studio) shows the transformation from artist's studio to temporary garage, and Hofer's Palacio Peredo-Barreda de Caja Cantabria Santillana del Mar I marks a change from palatial living to exhibition space with decay, deferred maintenance and poorly updated electrical and phone wires as a consequence.

Joseph Park and>Deborah Oropallo comment on the trajectory of painting itself as they alter styles to influence meaning. Park's painting leave it on the dance floor, a post modern interpretation of a neo-classical history painting, uses cubism to review the initial intentions of validating revolution. Oropallo's Repunzel and Maid with Squirrel use images of female models from the internet merged with fops and frippery from 17th century European portrait paintings to challenge social, sexual, and political hierarchies past and present. Toppling old notions allow new visions and power structures to emerge.

Fred Wilson's Bust depicts a tiny black pharaoh head sitting between the white shoulders of a classic Greek torso - a re-ordering of Eurocentric thinking.

Bing Wright and John Waters' photographs show more literal declines - the fall and fade of a rose bloom with scattered petals and old human skin turned to wrinkles. Similarly, Martin Klimas catches a bourgeois curio statuette as it shatters into flying porcelain fragments.

Single signifiers are seen in works by Marci Washington and Ian McDonald; a ghost and a leonine power symbol serve as conduits to unknown histories and larger social issues.

Vik Muniz' Tower of Babel uses puzzle pieces to recreate the cautionary tale of man's hubris and God's punishment. The tower built to elevate man to God's level precipitated the shattering of mankind into different races and tongues.

DECLINE AND FALL

Featuring: Doug Hall, Candida Höfer, Martin Klimas, Ian McDonald, Andrew Moore, Vik Muniz, Joseph Park, Deborah Oropallo, Marci Washington, John Waters, Fred Wilson and Bing Wright

JULY 2 - AUGUST 8, 2009

PRESS RELEASE

During the month of July, Rena Bransten Gallery is presenting a group show titled. Artworks in Decline and Fall seek to describe how obsession or over-indulgence can lead to degradation and ruin. Works were selected for their representation of this progression rather than the complex histories and broader issues in between that may be imagined or pondered by viewers.

Doug Hall, Candida Höfer, and Andrew Moore's photographs capture not only social change but how art and architecture have been adapted to accommodate it. Hall's Helena, Wife of Constantine, Museum Capitalino, Rome confronts us with the shift from personal or political portrait commissions to de-contextualized objects housed in a museum. Moore's Peter the Great and BMW (Old Sculptor's Studio) shows the transformation from artist's studio to temporary garage, and Hofer's Palacio Peredo-Barreda de Caja Cantabria Santillana del Mar I marks a change from palatial living to exhibition space with decay, deferred maintenance and poorly updated electrical and phone wires as a consequence.

Joseph Park and>Deborah Oropallo comment on the trajectory of painting itself as they alter styles to influence meaning. Park's painting leave it on the dance floor, a post modern interpretation of a neo-classical history painting, uses cubism to review the initial intentions of validating revolution. Oropallo's Repunzel and Maid with Squirrel use images of female models from the internet merged with fops and frippery from 17th century European portrait paintings to challenge social, sexual, and political hierarchies past and present. Toppling old notions allow new visions and power structures to emerge.

Fred Wilson's Bust depicts a tiny black pharaoh head sitting between the white shoulders of a classic Greek torso - a re-ordering of Eurocentric thinking.

Bing Wright and John Waters' photographs show more literal declines - the fall and fade of a rose bloom with scattered petals and old human skin turned to wrinkles. Similarly, Martin Klimas catches a bourgeois curio statuette as it shatters into flying porcelain fragments.

Single signifiers are seen in works by Marci Washington and Ian McDonald; a ghost and a leonine power symbol serve as conduits to unknown histories and larger social issues.

Vik Muniz' Tower of Babel uses puzzle pieces to recreate the cautionary tale of man's hubris and God's punishment. The tower built to elevate man to God's level precipitated the shattering of mankind into different races and tongues.

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