Artist Talk with Dor Guez in Conversation with Curator Sara Reisman at The 8th Floor

Wednesday, September 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC Artis, in collaboration with The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, presents The Nation’s Groves, an artist talk with Jerusalem-born artist Dor Guez at The 8th Floor in New York. Guez’s talk will focus on two of his projects that combine research of landscape and flora with traditional photographic processes to reveal less visible aspects of the region’s history. Guez will be in conversation with Sara Reisman, Executive and Artistic Director of The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Artis Curatorial Seminar Alum. Guez’s project, and the title of the talk, The Nation’s Groves (2010), refers to forestation efforts led by the Israeli government, which, beginning in the 1950s, managed and maintained groves, vineyards and lands that were nationalized following the establishment of the state of Israel, serving as a branch of the Zionist enterprise. Guez presents a collection of photographs, videos and scans from different archives that document and reflect on this forestation project and the work of The Nation’s Groves company to adopt and rapidly redefine the land as part of Israel’s nation-building process. Combining historical ethos with individual tales, the project presents a structural and formal tension between the artificial and the natural, imitation and origin. Guez will also speak about his latest photographic series Lillies of the Field (2019), which examines the link between nature and culture, based on pressed flower albums that were common souvenirs for tourists and pilgrims visiting the “Holy Land” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As with some of his previous projects focused on local landscape and vegetation, Lillies of the Field tackles the ways in which representations of the landscape, explicitly or implicitly, is subjugated to Orientalist precepts. Dor Guez was born into a family of Palestinian and Jewish Tunisian lineage. Guez’s photography, video, mixed media, and essays explore the relationship between art, narrative, and memory. Interrogating personal and official accounts of the past, his artwork raises questions about contemporary art’s role in narrating unwritten histories and re-contextualizing visual and written documents. Since 2006, Guez’s ongoing research focuses on archival materials of the Middle East. His work has been displayed in over thirty solo exhibitions worldwide. To date, eight catalogues have been published internationally about his practice. Publishers include Distanz, New England Press, and A.M Qattan Foundation. The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need. The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners.

Simon Fujiwara at 16th Istanbul Biennial

Opening this week of “The Seventh Continent”, 16th Istanbul Biennial with Simon Fujiwara, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud. “It’s a Small World”, Simon Fujiwara’s project for the Istanbul Biennial, began after he discovered a large quantity of semi-ruined figures of pop icons in the trash of an attractions manufacturer near Istanbul. He salvaged these figures and combined them with thirteen architectural miniatures. In these sculptural works, the functions of everyday civic architecture are blended with symbols from the mass entertainment world. Fujiwara’s miniature city draws attention to the ways in which fantasy and escapism have bled into the core structures of our everyday lives, often masking the brutal pragmatism of globalized capitalism. 14.9. – 10.11.2019

Coffee Shop – Wine Bar at Galerie Martin Janda curated by Ariel Schlesinger & Manuela Moscoso: 13.09.–25.10.2019

Ariel Schlesinger is curating the exhibition “Coffee Shop – Wine Bar” in collaboration with Manuela Moscoso at Galerie Martin Janda in Vienna. “Coffee Shop – Wine Bar” engages with questions of  states of matter, bodily contortions and figure/ground entanglements, featuring works by Sebastian Black, Santiago de Paoli, Kitty Kraus, Elena Tejada-Herrera, Sergio Prego and Ariel Schlesinger. Opening: Thursday 12th September 2019, 6 pm.

Circulation at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna curated by Florian Pumhoesel: 13.9.-25.10.2019

The exhibition consists of a selection of pieces by Florian Pumhoesl entitled Formed Speech (2016–19), in which he explores the possibilities of defining a vertical object that divides a sequence: the directions it refers to, the imagined space that could emerge in between or before, the convergence of such an object with linguistic signs or figures gleaned from architecture. These pieces form the structure for a series of historical and contemporary work. “Circulation” also includes works by Ella Bergmann-Michel, Alan Charlton, Christian (Georges Herbiet), Anita Leisz, Henrik Olesen, Wacław Szpakowski and Ad Reinhardt. Opening: 12.9.2019, 6 p.m.

Lawrence Weiner LONG AGO FAR AWAY at OSL contemporary 13.9.-19.10.2019

Lawrence Weiner’s exhibition  LONG AGO FAR AWAY at OSL contemporary in Oslo opens on September 13th.  The show comprises of three sculptures and is Weiner’s second show at the gallery. Coinciding with LONG AGO FAR AWAY, and as part of OSL series, there will be a published conversation between Francesca Gavin and Lawrence Weiner. Opening 12.9.2019 6 p.m.

Adel Abdessemed at Charim Galerie in Vienna

“A Casual Loop” curated by Ami Barak with ‘Fatalité’ (2011) by  Adel Abdessemed  is opening today at  Charim Galerie in Vienna. Parallel to the gallery exhibition, a special presentation will take place in Schleifmühlgasse’s project space. Fatality 2011, by Adel Abdessemed, is an installation of seven standing microphones, from Murano glass, from which one could no doubt roll out many metaphors. Opening 12.9. 6 p.m. Running 13.9. – 12.10.19

FLORIAN PUMHÖSL at Miguel Abreu Gallery

Miguel Abreu Gallery is pleased to announce the opening, on Sunday, September 8th, of Saltern, Florian Pumhösl’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will be on view at our 88 Eldridge Street location and will present a new body of painted reliefs. The type of saltern Florian Pumhösl refers to in these square works is a coastal horizontal structure consisting of ramparts, canals, and plains. Composed of a network of basins divided across a surface, saltworks store seawater, which evaporates over time to leave behind a salt deposit. As Pumhösl notes, the saltern is a “man-made landscape between sea and inhabited territory with modules characterized by flow and stagnation.” As an intervention into the seaside that modifies and inhabits the local terrain, the saltworks enact an abstraction that is perceived as natural. Following a morphological line of thought that adapts the spatial, temporal, and pictorial aspects of the saltworks, Pumhösl identifies the saltern as “an abstract image par excellence, because it is able to dissolve everything that appears manifest in it into relations.” SEPTEMBER 8 — OCTOBER 27, 2019

Douglas Gordon at ARoS Aarhus Art Museu

Douglas Gordon’s solo show at ARoS Aarhus Art Museu will be on view from September 7, 2019 to February 16, 2020 / The Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (b.1966) is among the major video artists to appear in recent times. The exhibition at ARoS is one of the most extensive presentation of Douglas Gordon’s works in Europe to date, shows a wide selection of the artist’s most important works.

Douglas Gordon at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum

Douglas Gordon’s solo show at ARoS Aarhus Art Museu will be on view from September 6, 2019 to February 16, 2020 / The Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (b.1966) is among the major video artists to appear in recent times. The exhibition at ARoS is one of the most extensive presentation of Douglas Gordon’s works in Europe to date, shows a wide selection of the artist’s most important works.