Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Installation view of memories of the future at Sean Kelly, New York
June 25 – July 30, 2010
Photo by Jason Wyche, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Press Release

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce memories of the future, a group exhibition curated by gallery artist Laurent Grasso. The exhibition will be on view from June 25 through July 30. The opening will take place on Thursday, June 24 from 6-8pm.

The word "temporal" is defined as "of or relating to the sequence of a particular time." Laurent Grasso's own work, such as the series of what appear to be 16th century paintings and drawings, Studies Into the Past, uses the conceptual notion of shifting temporalities and multiple temporalities existing simultaneously to create a surreal suspension in time. With this as the starting point for memories of the future, Grasso has assembled an impressive and diverse group of artists working across multiple media whose oeuvres he feels share similar conceptual concerns. These artists make reference to particular places or timeframes that are brought forward (or backward) to the present day, forcing viewers to question traditional notions of time as it exists in a rigid, linear sequence.

Works from the 20th century masters Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell give the exhibition both a literal and figurative historical context. Duchamp's photographs of accumulated dust are documents of an artwork where the raw material is time. Cornell's rare, early collages and "sand tray" box bring together imagery and found objects from historical source material – sand in this case as a metaphor for a universal symbol marking the passage of time.

Artists Rita McBride and Louise Lawler, whose works investigate the transportable nature of architectural space, are also featured in the exhibition. McBride's White Elephant sculpture suggests HVAC ductwork from an imaginary building, but is crafted in copper, a material too precious to be used for such a banal industrial application. Lawler's photograph of a Gordon Matta-Clark exhibition has multiple layers of temporal disjunction – not only does Lawler take a specific place out of its temporal context, but this same theme is at the heart of Matta-Clark's work as well.

Artists such as Davide Balliano and Claudia Wieser have created works on paper that manipulate imagery of classical sculpture and spaces through the insertion of contemporary gestures that force the viewer to move rapidly through the art historical timeline. Present-day manipulation of found material that seems to date back as far as the 18th century is incorporated into the work of Marine Hugonnier and Markus Schwinwald in the medium of collage and painting.

The abstraction of time and space, in some cases subtle, in others overt, is a common concern of all of the artists in memories of the future: Daniel Arsham, Davide Balliano, Matthias Bitzer, Martin Boyce, Pablo Bronstein, Ross Chisholm, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Laurent Grasso, Marine Hugonnier, Louise Lawler, Benoît Maire, David Maljkovic, Rita McBride, Christopher Orr, Pietro Roccasalva, Markus Schinwald and Claudia Wieser.

Laurent Grasso will have his first solo show with the gallery September 10 through October 23, 2010.

Checklist

MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE

June 25 – July 30, 2010


Gallery 1 (clockwise from south wall)

LAURENT GRASSO
Studies into the past - Eclipse, 2010
oil on panel
paper: 8 3/4 x 12 inches (22.2 x 30.5 cm)
framed: 12 3/4 x 16 inches (32.4 x 40.6 cm)
Inv# LG-42

MARKUS SCHINWALD
Margot, 2009
oil on canvas
18 x 13 3/8 inches (45.5 x 34 cm)
framed: 21 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches (54 x 41.3 cm)
Inv# MSc-0028

LAURENT GRASSO
memories of the future, 2010
neon, Plexiglas box
neon: 1 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches (4 x 50 cm)
box: 19 5/8 x 16 1/2 x 29 inches (50 x 42 x 74 cm)
edition of 5 with 2 APs
Inv# LG-44

MARCEL DUCHAMP
Elevages de Poussiéres, 1920 / printed 1975
gelatin silver print
image: 9 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches (23.2 x 29.8 cm)
framed: 27 7/8 x 21 x 1 3/4 inches (70.8 x 53.3 x 4.4 cm)
Inv# MD-73

DAVIDE BALLIANO
My tears will be light in the night of your eyes (Trajan), 2009
black ink and acrylic on silver gelatin photographic print
paper: 22 3/8 x 18 1/4 inches (56.8 x 46.4 cm)
framed: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
Inv# DBa-1


Gallery 2 (clockwise from east wall)

PABLO BRONSTEIN
Neoclassical Building with New Facade in the Style of Michael Graves, 2005
ink, gouache and pencil on paper in artist's frame in 2 parts
framed: 29 1/2 x 23 1/4 inches (74.9 x 59.1 cm) each
Inv# PB-1

LAURENT GRASSO
Studies into the past - Psychokinesis, 2010
ink and watercolor on paper
paper: 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches (30.2 x 30.2 cm)
framed: 19 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches (48.6 x 48.6 cm)
Inv# LG-33

MARINE HUGONNIER AND ABEL BOULINEAU
Untitled / Disguised as a Tear, 1875-1880/2008
3 framed parts: oil on canvas and two text panels
framed painting: 49 7/8 x 34 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches (126.7 x 87.6 x 12.4 cm)
framed text panels: 14 1/2 x 18 1/8 inches (36.8 x 46 cm) each
Inv# MH-3201

CLAUDIA WIESER
Kirche zu Hattula (Mittel-Finnland), 2009
gold leaf on page
paper: 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches (28.6 x 22.1 cm)
framed: 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches (31.8 x 24.8 cm)
Inv# CWie-1

JOSEPH CORNELL
Poetry of Surrealism, 1935-40
collage
paper: 16 1/16 x 13 7/16 inches (40.8 x 34.1 cm)
framed:18 3/8 x 16 1/2 inches (46.7 x 41.9 cm)
Inv# JCo-3

LOUISE LAWLER
Untitled, 2004/2005
cibachrome laminated on aluminum museum box
39 1/2 x 44 inches (100.3 x 111.8 cm)
edition of 5
Inv# LLa-549

DAVIDE BALLIANO
My tears will be light in the night of your eyes (Poseidon), 2009
black ink and acrylic on silver gelatin photographic print
paper: 19 5/8 x 18 1/4 inches (49.8 x 46.4 cm)
framed: 21 x 20 inches (53.3 x 50.8 cm)
Inv# DBa-2

BENOIT MAIRE
Luxe, 2010
Lambda print
paper: 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches (15 x 15 cm)
framed: 14 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches (36.2 x 29.2 cm)
Inv# BMa-1

DANIEL ARSHAM
Ibek, 2010
gouache on mylar
paper: 61 x 40 1/2 inches (154.9 x 102.9 cm)
framed: 63 x 42 1/2 inches (160 x 108 cm)
Inv# DArs-1

ROSS CHISHOLM
Souvenir, 2010
oil on canvas
9 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches (25 x 20 cm)
Inv# RC-241

PIETRO ROCCASALVA
Senzo titolo, 1997
crayon on paper
paper: 3 x 2 3/8 inches (7.6 x 6 cm)
framed: 16 3/8 x 12 3/8 inches (41.5 x 31.5 cm)
Inv# PR-6293
Private Collection


Main Gallery (clockwise from north wall on left)

MARCEL DUCHAMP
Elevages de Poussiéres, 1920 / printed 1975
gelatin silver print
image: 8 1/8 x 16 inches (20.6 x 40.6 cm)
framed:16 1/8 x 19 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches (41 x 48.6 x 4.4 cm)
Inv# MD-72
Private Collection

LAURENT GRASSO
Studies into the past - Projection, 2010
ink and watercolor on paper
paper: 11 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches (30.2 x 25.7 cm)
framed: 20 1/4 x 18 1/2 inches (51.4 x 47 cm)
Inv# LG-34

MARTIN BOYCE
Ventilation Grills (Our Breath and This Breeze), 2007
acid etched brass
5 parts: 9 x 16 1/2 inches (22.9 x 41.9 cm) each
installation dimensions variable
edition of 3 with 2 APs
Inv# MBy-1

DANIEL ARSHAM
The Owl, 2010
gouache on mylar
paper: 71 x 92 inches (180.3 x 233.7 cm)
framed: 73 x 93 3/4 inches (185.4 x 238.1 cm)
Inv# DArs-2

JOSEPH CORNELL (on pedestal)
Untitled, c. 1950
box construction
1 5/8 x 14 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches (4.1 x 36 x 21.7 cm)
signed by the artist
Inv# JCo-4

LAURENT GRASSO
Studies into the past - Sphère, 2010
ink and watercolor on paper
paper: 9 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches (24.8 x 22.2 cm)
framed: 18 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (46.4 x 43.8 cm)
Inv# LG-37

MATTHIAS BITZER
a dark man, 2010
ink and acrylic on canvas
94 1/2 x 82 5/8 inches (240 x 210 cm)
Inv# MBi-1

MARINE HUGONNIER
Art For Modern Architecture - Washington Post, January 1, 2000, 2010
silkscreened paper to newspaper front page
paper: 22 x 12 3/4 inches (55.9 x 32.4 cm)
framed: 25 7/8 x 17 1/4 inches (65.7 x 43.8 cm)
Inv# MH-3958

MARINE HUGONNIER
Art For Modern Architecture - Boston Globe, January 1, 2000, 2010
silkscreened paper on newspaper front page
paper: 22 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches (56.5 x 34.3 cm)
framed: 25 7/8 x 17 1/4 inches (65.7 x 43.8 cm)
Inv# MH-3954

MARINE HUGONNIER
Art For Modern Architecture - New York Times, January 1, 2000, 2010
silkscreened paper on newspaper front page
paper: 22 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches (56.5 x 34.3 cm)
framed: 25 7/8 x 17 1/4 inches (65.7 x 43.8 cm)
Inv# MH-3959

RITA MCBRIDE
White Elephant (mini), 2005
copper and steel
7 1/2 x 22 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (19 x 58 x 25 cm)
edition of 5
Inv# RMC-154.4

DAVID MALJKOVIC
Lost Pavilions, 2006-2008
collage on paper
paper: 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
framed: 40 1/2 x 30 inches (102.7 x 76.2 cm)
Inv# DMa-16

DAVID MALJKOVIC
Lost Pavilions, 2006-2008
collage on paper
paper: 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
framed: 40 1/2 x 30 inches (102.7 x 76.2 cm)
Inv# DMa-14

DAVID MALJKOVIC
Lost Pavilions, 2006-2008
collage on paper
paper: 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
framed: 41 3/4 x 30 inches (106 x 76.2 cm)
Inv# DMa-9

DAVID MALJKOVIC
Lost Pavilions, 2006-2008
collage on paper
paper: 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
framed: 40 1/2 x 30 inches (102.7 x 76.2 cm)
Inv# DMa-15

DAVID MALJKOVIC
Lost Pavilions, 2006-2008
collage on paper
paper: 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
framed: 40 1/2 x 30 inches (102.7 x 76.2 cm)
Inv# DMa-11

LAURENT GRASSO (On pedestal)
Psychokinesis, 2008
video transferred to DVD, animation, 12 minutes 30 seconds, looped
dimensions variable
edition of 5 with 2 APs
work is accompanied by a signed certificate of authenticity
Inv# LG-10.4

LAURENT GRASSO
Studies into the Past - Psychokinesis, 2010
oil on panel
paper: 11 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches (29.2 x 23.5 cm)
framed: 15 1/2 x 13 1/8 inches (39.4 x 33.3 cm)
Inv# LG-39

MARINE HUGONNIER
Art For Modern Architecture - New York Times Man on the Moon, July 31, 1969, 2010
silkscreened paper on newspaper front page
paper: 22 1/2 x 15 inches (57.2 x 38.1 cm)
framed: 25 7/8 x 17 1/4 inches (65.7 x 43.8 cm)
unique
Inv# MH-3884

JOSEPH CORNELL
Untitled, 1930s
collage
paper: 10 x 7 1/2 inches (25.4 x 19.1 cm)
framed: 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 inches (29.8 x 23.5 cm)
Inv# JCo-2

JOSEPH CORNELL
Untitled, 1930s
collage
paper: 11 x 8 1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
framed: 16 1/2 x 13 3/4 inches (41.9 x 34.9 cm)
Inv# JCo-5

PABLO BRONSTEIN
Large Building with Courtyard, 2006
ink on paper in artist's frame
framed: 20 3/8 x 25 3/4 inches (51.8 x 65.4 cm)
Inv# PB-2

MATTHIAS BITZER
Inconnue elle était ma forme préférée, 2010
graphite on paper
paper: 12 x 10 inches (30.5 x 25.4 cm)
framed: 18 x 16 1/4 inches (45.7 x 41.3 cm)
Inv# MBi-2

CHRISTOPHER ORR
Take It, Take It, 2008
oil on linen
7 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches (18.4 x 15.9 cm)
Inv# COr-148
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